Sophomore Jason Price became just the second MWC pitcher with 100 or more strikeouts this season in Wednesday's win over BYU.
May 26, 2004
LAS VEGAS - Odds and luck were finally on the side of the Utah baseball team as it defeated Brigham Young 10-4 in the first game of the Mountain West Conference Championship this afternoon, snapping a 13-game losing skid to the Cougars.
Utah tied a MWC Championship record with seven doubles on the game. It was the third time this season and second time against BYU that Utah accomplished that. The Utes also rattled off 15 hits and set a new Utah single-season record for double plays turned in a season with 59.
Sophomore Jason Price (4-8) earned the win on the mound. He scattered 10 hits, giving up four runs, three of which were earned, in eight innings pitched. He struck out five and had no walks. With the start, he has 17 on the season, which ties a Utah single-season record. Price now has 102 strikeouts on the season, just the second MWC pitcher to surpass the 100 mark.
Junior Clay Westmoreland entered in the bottom of the ninth and struck out two of three batters faced.
BYU plated one run in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly to take a 1-0 lead.
The Cougars tied it a two in the bottom of the inning on a fielding error by right fielder Eric Chevalier.
Sophomore Ryan Khoury hit a solo homer in the top of the fifth to put the Utes back ahead 3-2, but BYU came right back with a run in the bottom of the inning on an RBI-single to tie it again.
In the top of the sixth inning, senior Jared Pena led off with a single. Senior Michael Westfall, Jr. then hit the first of three RBI-doubles. Designated hitter Tyson Olson and Welsh hit the other two to give Utah a 6-3 advantage.
After a Cougar solo homer in the bottom of the seventh narrowed the Ute lead to four, Utah added two more runs in the top of the ninth on a pair of RBI-doubles by Westfall and Olson. Westmoreland then retired three straight batters in the bottom of the inning to seal the win.
Olson and freshman Jay Brossman led the Utes at the plate, each going 3-for-5 with two runs scored. All three of Olson's hits were doubles and he also added two RBI. Westfall was 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBI, while Khoury was 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI. Ciaramella and Pena rounded out the group of six Utes with multi-hit games, going 2-for-5 with one run and one RBI apiece.
Utah will face San Diego State at 3 p.m. tomorrow, May 27.