March 13, 2007
Provo, Utah - Utah Valley jumped out to an early lead but BYU came from behind to earn a 12-8 win in front of 1,094 fans at Larry H. Miller Field on Tuesday night.
Four UV errors helped lead to three unearned runs for the Cougars who improved to 11-6 with the win while the Wolverines fell to 5-11.
The Cougars jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI single from freshman Steve Parker, scoring Austin Hall
Utah Valley got some clutch hitting in the third when Derrick Thomas roped a bases loaded two-out pitch from Jesse Craig in the right-center gap, clearing the bases and giving the Wolverines a 3-1 lead. Keiki Albino, Tyler Garretson and Dan Bulow all scored on the play.
After Eli Slesk was hit by a pitch, Jace Brinkerhoff singled to right to score Thomas and an errant throw home allowed Slesk to score as well. Austin Heaps then capped the six-run third with a single, driving in Brinkerhoff.
Thomas drove in his fourth run of the game in the fourth when he grounded into a fielder's choice with the bases loaded, allowing Garretson, who led off the inning with a bunt single, to score.
From there it was all BYU though as the Cougars scored five in the bottom of the fourth and three each in the sixth and seventh.
In the fourth, Jason Johnson doubled home two runs and J.T. Musso tripled to right and scored on what was scored an error on Thomas at the plate.
In the sixth, Leon Johnson drove in a run with a single up the middle and Hall drove in two with a single, giving BYU its first lead of the game, 9-7.
The Wolverines got a single run back in the seventh when Thomas scored on a Heaps single to right, but Dan Vargas' two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh sealed UV's fate.
Heaps finished with three hits to lead Utah Valley while Brinkerhoff had two hits. Leon Johnson had three hits to lead the Cougars.
Dan Christensen (1-2) took the loss for the Wolverines after coming on in relief of starter Bryan Smith. Blaine Howell (1-0) got the win on the hill for the Cougars.
BYU now holds an 8-2 advantage all-time between the two teams with two games remaining this season.
Up next, Utah Valley will travel to Reno for a three-game series beginning Friday against WAC foe Nevada.