Saito arguably had his best performance of his early college baseball career earlier today, striking out 15 batters in 9 frames against Keio University. The 7-0 victory made Waseda University the Tokyo Big 6 Baseball League Champions in the Fall Conference.
Keio University looked overmatched from the start as Saito piled up 10 strikeouts in the first 5 innings. Saito also gave up four hits, 2 of which were doubles, and to 2 free passes. For the season, Saito finished the season 4-2 with a 0.78 ERA (league best). In 57.2 innings, he faced 227 batters and gave up 5 runs (all earned) on 45 hits and 10 walks to go along with 52 strikeouts.
Yuuki Saito (left) was awarded the Top Pitcher award for his 0.78 ERA. The man standing next to him is Waseda University Senior, Left Fielder Yukinaga Tanaka (right); he won the Top Batter award with his 22-for-56 performance that also included 10 runs, 4 doubles, 3 homers, 35 total bases, 18 ribs, 3 stolen bases, 6 walks, and 5 strikeouts over 14 games.