Bret Helton had five strikeouts for the Utes.
April 23, 2013
PROVO, Utah - The Utah baseball team fell to BYU, 9-3, on Tuesday evening.
BYU jumped out to an early lead, scoring two runs in the first inning and four runs in the second inning in the loss.
Utah (16-20) was led at the plate by Braden Anderson, who had two of Utah's seven hits on the night. Utah struggled with timely hitting, leaving 10 runners on base throughout the game.
Starting pitcher Chase Rezac pitched 1 2/3 innings before being replaced by Bret Helton. Helton, in just his third career appearance on the mound, pitched over four innings of scoreless ball before allowing three runs in the sixth inning. He had five strikeouts on the night. Nick Green struck out three of the five batters he faced over the final 1 1/3 innings.
"The bright spot today was Bret Helton," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "After we used four pitchers on Sunday, we're a little thin pitching-wise and Bret stepped up today. I'm really happy with that. We left 10 runners on base, and a lot of those were in scoring position. We need to get some two-out hits. We didn't get that done today, but we'll battle back and get ready for the weekend."
Although the Utes put two runners on in the first inning with two outs after Trey Nielsen doubled and TJ Bennett walked before BYU got out of the inning with a fly ball out. The Cougars got on the board quickly in the bottom of the first with a first-pitch home run from Jacob Hannemann, and took advantage of two walks and an infield single to score another run to go up 2-0 before Utah got out of the inning with a double play.
Utah left two runners on in the third inning before breaking through on the scoreboard in the fourth. AJ Young singled before bloop singles from Cody Scaggari and Anderson sent Young across the plate.
BYU added three insurance runs in the seventh inning with three hits and walk to take a 9-1 lead.
The Utes loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth after two walks and a hit by pitch, allowing Cory Hunt to send home a run with a sacrifice fly and Wyler Smith scored on a wild pitch to cut the BYU lead to 9-3 before BYU got two ground outs to end the inning.
Utah returns to the diamond on Friday, April 26, beginning a three-game series against Arizona State at 6:00 p.m. MT.