Utah dropped a 19-6 game at Franklin Covey Field Saturday.
April 23, 2005
SALT LAKE CITY - BYU roughed up University of Utah pitchers Saturday afternoon at Franklin Covey Field. The Cougars tallied 19 runs and rapped out 24 hits against Ute pitching, en route to a 19-6 victory.
BYU (27-11-1, 14-4 MWC) got started early, scoring four runs in the first frame off of Utah starter Bryce Freed. Cougar third baseman Brandon Taylor drove in all four runs with a grand slam, which was his 14th home run of the season.
The Utes cut their deficit in half in the bottom of the second. Ryder Olsen's two-run double made the score 4-2. BYU added a single run in the top of the third. Utah's Doug Beck ripped his fourth home run of the season deep to left field in the bottom of the third, pulling Utah within one, 5-4.
But that was as close as Utah (13-24, 6-12 MWC) would get. The Cougars tallied 11 runs in the fifth and sixth innings, combined. BYU's seven-run sixth inning effectively ended the contest. Casey Cloward had a two-run single in the four-run fifth for the Cougars, who then sent 13 batters to the plate in the sixth. BYU scored its seven sixth-inning runs on nine hits, including three doubles and a triple.
Utah scored two in the seventh, one on a double play with the bases loaded and one on a Beck double, making it 16-6. BYU added one in the eighth on Seth Iorg's first round-tripper of the season. The Cougars tacked on two more in the ninth to account for the 13-run margin of victory.
Freed (1-5) took the loss for Utah. He lasted just one inning, allowing four earned runs. Blake Torgerson (5-2) tossed six innings for BYU to take the victory. He allowed four runs, only two of which were earned.
Taylor was 6-for-6 at the plate for the Cougars, scoring three runs and tallying six RBIs. Andrew Law was 4-for-6, with two RBIs and two runs scored for BYU. Beck (2-for-4) and Ryder Olsen (2-for-4) combined for four of Utah's nine hits.