Josh Chapman raised his record to 3-0 after pitching 5 2/3 innings in relief.
May 6, 2014
PROVO, Utah - The Utah baseball team rallied from a six-run deficit to defeat BYU, 12-10, in Provo on Tuesday evening.
Down 9-3 after six innings, Utah scored five runs in the seventh inning and four runs in the eighth inning to take the lead. Konnor Armijo drove in six runs, including a grand slam in the seventh inning and a two-RBI single in the eighth. He went 3-for-5 at the plate.
Josh Chapman, who entered in relief in the fourth inning with Utah down 8-2, pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on six hits with five strikeouts. He raises his record to 3-0 with the victory.
"It showed some character and competitiveness for us to come back and win," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "Just like Sunday, we could have gone flat and gone away and we didn't. We had some big at-bats in the seventh inning and Konnor topped it off with a great swing on a pitch to get us four big ones. Huge win for us after a tough weekend. Chapman was really the hero with this win. Throwing five innings with a depleted bullpen from Sunday, that was huge for our pitching staff. It was huge for our team to win this game on the road."
Down 9-3 entering the seventh inning, Braden Anderson was issued a one-out walk and Davis singled to right field to put two on. Smith hit a ball hard up the middle that ricocheted off the pitcher for a base hit to load the bases. BYU was forced to change pitchers with the injury. A ground out that initially looked like a double play was bobbled and the Cougars were able to just get one out, but TJ Bennett drew a walk that reloaded the bases for Armio, who hit his second home run of the season to left field, cutting the BYU lead to one run, 9-8.
BYU would cut into the lead with a leadoff solo home run in the bottom of the eighth, and a walk put a runner on with no outs before Chapman got two strikeouts and a ground out to end the threat. In the bottom of the ninth, a strikeout and double play ended the game to give the Utes the victory.
Utah continues on the road this week with a three-game series against Washington State, beginning on Friday, May 9.