Utah pitcher John James went head-to-head with San Diego State sophomore ace Stephen Strasburg, and prevailed with a 1-0 victory today in the Mountain West Conference tournament.
James (4-7), the Utes' No.3 pitcher, had his first complete game in his collegiate career. He allowed four hits and four walks while striking out nine. Strasburg (8-3), the Mountain West Conference Pitcher of the Year, went seven innings, giving up five hits, one earned run and three walks.
Utah (25-27), the No.5 seed, will play No.6 seed UNLV (23-36) in about 55 minutes in another elimination game. The No.3 Aztecs finished the season 31-28.