Ben Mordini struck out six in four innings against BYU.
March 27, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah baseball team had one of its best offensive outputs of the season, but fell to BYU in a high-scoring game, 9-8 on Thursday evening.
The Utes struggled with errors during the game, committing five to allow BYU four unearned runs.
BYU took a 2-0 lead through the first two innings before Utah scored four runs in the bottom of the second to go up 4-2. The Utes had five hits in the inning, including RBI hits from Green, Leiter, Ryan Cooperstone and Morin.
An RBI single from Tanner Chauncey helped BYU cut the lead to 4-3 in the fourth inning before the Utes added two runs in the bottom of the inning. Morin hit an RBI double for the Utes in the inning, as they were also able to take advantage of an error to score a run.
The Cougars tied the game at 6-6 in the top of the fifth, scoring two of their three runs in the inning behind a two-RBI triple off the bat of Kelton Caldwell. Caldwell led BYU at the plate with a 3-for-5 performance in the game.
Each team scored a run in the sixth inning to put the game at 7-7 before BYU took the lead for good in the top of the seventh, scoring a run with the help from two Utah errors. The Cougars kept their advantage into the eighth inning as again each team added a run. The Utes stranded two on base in the eighth, as Tyler Relf and Cooper each had doubles in the inning to keep the BYU lead to one run.
Neither team could get anything going in the ninth inning.
Utah used four pitchers, as starter Ben Mordini went four innings, striking out six and allowing two earned runs on seven hits. Tony Vocca threw 3 2/3 innings, allowing one earned run on four hits with two strikeouts. Nick Green had a strikeout in throwing part of an inning, while Mitch Watrous did not allow a base runner in throwing the ninth inning.
BYU's Marc Oslund earned the win, throwing 2 2/3 innings. The Cougars used six total pitchers.
Utah plays its first Pac-12 home series this weekend against UCLA, beginning on Friday, March 30, at 6:00 p.m. MT.