"Ben was great today," said associate head coach Gabe Zappin. "He was able to get through some tough situations... when Ben is on, he's tough to beat."
With the win, Saint Mary's improves to 6-13, while Utah Valley drops to 8-11.
The Gaels got their runs early and in nearly the exact same way. In the top of the first, Anthony Gonsolin led off with a double and advanced to third on a Markus Melgosa sacrifice. Brenden Kalfus singled through the left side for an RBI, giving SMC the 1-0 lead.
In the third inning, Gonsolin again led off with a double, this one to left center. Melgosa had a sac bunt to get the runner to third. Kalfus then grounded out to second base, which resulted in an RBI and SMC led 2-0.
"This was a good team win," said Zappin. "We were good defensively and executed with Melgosa's sacrifices and Kalfus' RBI."
The Gaels added an insurance run in the eighth inning as Anthony Villa singled through the left side for an RBI, scoring DonAndre Clark.
Griset threw 130 pitches, 97 for strikes in his nine innings of work. He gave up five hits, walked one and struck out 12. Six of his strikeouts came in the final four frames.
Saint Mary's and Utah Valley are back in action on Sunday, with the winner earning the series victory. First pitch is slated for 1:00 p.m. on the SMC campus.