Bret Helton went 2-for-3 with two doubles for the Utes.
May 14, 2013
PROVO, Utah - BYU broke a tie in the eighth inning as the Utah baseball team dropped a heartbreaker to the Cougars, 5-4 on Tuesday evening.
With the game tied 4-4 in the bottom of the eighth, a leadoff double down the left field line and a one-out walk led to BYU scoring on a ground out after the ball was hit just slow enough that the Utes couldn't turn the double play. Two batters later the Utes made a play at the plate to get out of the inning.
After BYU got two quick outs in the ninth, Trey Nielsen led a late rally with a double down the left field line. Connor Eppard and Bret Helton battled at the plate and both drew a walk to load the bases, but the Cougars got a strikeout to end the game.
On the mound, Chase Rezac pitched five innings, allowing three runs with five strikeouts. Joe Pond pitched 2/3 of an inning and struck out two while allowing one run and two hits, while Nick Green allowed one hit and one run over 1 2/3 innings. Green earned the loss to fall to 0-2 on the year. Luke West pitched part of the eighth inning.
BYU took a 2-1 lead in the third inning with the help of four singles. However, the Utes came back in the top of the fourth to score two runs with two outs. Konnor Armijo singled and Biss Larsen walked which led to RBI singles from Smith and Scaggari.
Utah added a run in the top of the sixth inning. Helton hit his second double of the day and Larsen singled, moving to second after the left fielder bobbled the ball. An RBI single through the left side off the bat of Scaggari gave the Utes a 4-2 lead.
The Cougars rallied in the bottom of the sixth inning to score two runs and tie the game at 4-4. Three hits led to a run, and a hit batter loaded the bases for BYU leading hitting Jacob Hannemann. Hanneman walked after a six-pitch at-bat to bring in a run and tie the game before Green got out of the inning with a strikeout.
The Utes stranded 12 runners on base, while forcing BYU into leaving nine on.
Utah closes out its season with six-straight home games, beginning with a three-game non-conference series against Kansas beginning on Saturday, May 18, at 12:00 p.m. MT.