Utes Win First of Baseball Duels

Centerfielder Kent Walton was 3-4 on the afternoon with three runs in a 7-9 loss to Utah Tuesday at Miller Park. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- In the latest installment of the Deseret First Duel between in-state rivals BYU and Utah, the BYU baseball team (14-18) fell to Utah (13-14) at Miller Park 9-7 Tuesday.

Nelson Castleberry recorded the loss and fell to 2-4 on the season. Centerfielder Kent Walton was 3-4 on the day and scored three runs in the loss. BYU now leads Utah in the Deseret Duel points standings, 28-23.5.

"I'm proud of the way our guys battled at the plate, but we can't afford to give up big innings," BYU head coach Vance Law said. "It's frustrating as we try to save starters for the weekend, but we don't know what we're going to get each time we go to the bull pen."

The Cougars got on the board first as Utah starter Andrew Wilding had trouble getting ahead of the BYU hitters. Leading off, Walton reached first when he was hit by the first pitch of the game. He later scored on a wild pitch, and the Cougars led the Utes 1-0 after one inning of play.

Walton scored again in the third as did Dan Vargas. Walton reached on a singled to the left side of the infield and scored on a sacrifice fly from Steve Parker. Vargas reached on a double, and Bryce Ayoso earned the RBI by hitting Vargas in with a single to right field.

After three and a half innings the score was 3-2 in favor of the home team. The Utes scored their first runs in the fourth inning off Cougar reliever Castleberry. He gave up back-to-back singles to start the inning followed by a sacrifice bunt that moved both runners into scoring position. The first crossed the plate on a wild pitch, and the next scored on a ground out to the short stop.

The Utes took a 7-3 lead in the fifth inning with five runs on three hits. Castleberry allowed three walks, all five runs, and all three hits to the eight batters he faced in the fifth. Sean Anderson came in to face the ninth batter of the inning and recorded the final out.

BYU gave up two more runs in the top of the seventh inning and fell behind 9-3. The Cougars got those back and then some in the bottom half of the inning, though. In the inning Walton scored for the fourth time, and Vargas scored for the second time. Sean McNaughton and Brandon Relf also scored in the inning. Jonathan Cluff earned two RBI while McNaughton and Vargas recorded one RBI apiece, closing the gap to 9-7 in favor of Utah.

Still down 9-7 in the bottom of the ninth inning, McNaughton reached on a walk to lead off the BYU at-bat and bring the tying run to the plate. Up next, Parker was ahead in the count with two balls and no strikes, but he popped out to the catcher for the first out of the inning. Vargas then flied to center field and Ayoso ended the game with a chopper to third base on which he was thrown out at first base.

The Cougars will hit the road for a three-game set this weekend against Washington with games scheduled for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The team will then return to Provo for a four-game home stand starting Tuesday at 6 p.m. against Southern Utah.

Univ. of Utah at Brigham Young Univ.

Apr 08, 2008 at Provo, Utah (Larry H.Miller Field)

Univ. of Utah 9 (13-14)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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SHIMADA, Corey 2b........ 4 1 1 0 1 1 5 2 0

GUYMON, Cody dh.......... 5 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0

SHRINER, Jesse c......... 3 2 1 0 2 0 7 2 3

HENNIS, Dustin lf........ 4 3 2 0 1 1 1 0 1

FERGUSON, Fred lf....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

JONES, Austin 1b......... 5 2 4 4 0 0 6 0 0

BLANC, Cooper cf......... 3 1 1 1 1 1 5 1 0

BELTRAN, Michael ss...... 5 0 2 3 0 0 2 4 0

RELF, Tyler rf........... 5 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 4

LEGG, DC 3b.............. 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 0

WILDING, Andrew p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

JAMES, John p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

STREICH, Stephen p...... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

WOLFGRAMM, Geoff p...... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

CHIMPKY, Robert p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 37 9 14 8 5 6 27 12 8

Brigham Young Univ. 7 (14-18)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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WALTON, Kent cf.......... 4 3 3 0 0 0 1 1 0

MCNAUGHTON, Sean lf...... 4 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 0

PARKER, Steve 3b......... 5 0 1 1 0 1 1 3 0

VARGAS, Dan ss........... 3 2 1 1 2 0 2 4 0

AYOSO, Bryce dh.......... 5 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 1

CLUFF, Jonathan rf....... 4 0 2 2 0 0 2 0 3

LEACH, J.C. 1b........... 3 0 0 0 0 2 10 0 0

KO, Kasey ph/1b......... 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1

MUSSO, J.T. c............ 3 0 0 0 1 1 6 0 2

RELF, Brandon 2b......... 3 1 0 0 1 1 4 3 0

MILLER, Jared p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0

CASTLEBERRY, Nelson p... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

AMERSON, Sean p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

SHUTT, Justin p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

WELCH, Daniel p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

WARD, Michael p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 35 7 11 6 5 6 27 14 7

Score by Innings R H E

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Univ. of Utah....... 000 250 200 - 9 14 1

Brigham Young Univ.. 102 000 400 - 7 11 1

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E - WOLFGRAMM(1); PARKER(7). DP - UT 2; BYU Cougars 3. LOB - UT 8; BYU

Cougars 7. 2B - HENNIS(8); LEGG(2); VARGAS(13); CLUFF(8). HBP - WALTON. SH -

BLANC(3); LEGG(4). SB - SHIMADA(12). CS - MUSSO 2(2).

Univ. of Utah IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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WILDING, Andrew..... 3.0 5 3 3 1 2 13 15

JAMES, John......... 2.0 1 0 0 1 2 5 6

STREICH, Stephen.... 1.2 5 4 4 2 1 10 12

WOLFGRAMM, Geoff.... 1.1 0 0 0 0 1 4 4

CHIMPKY, Robert..... 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 3 4

Brigham Young Univ. IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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MILLER, Jared....... 3.0 3 0 0 0 1 11 12

CASTLEBERRY, Nelson. 1.2 5 7 6 3 1 9 13

AMERSON, Sean....... 2.1 3 2 2 1 2 9 10

SHUTT, Justin....... 1.0 2 0 0 0 1 4 4

WELCH, Daniel....... 0.2 0 0 0 1 1 2 3

WARD, Michael....... 0.1 1 0 0 0 0 2 2

Win - JAMES (2-3). Loss - CASTLEBERRY (2-4). Save - CHIMPKY (3).

WP - WILDING(2); CASTLEBERRY(3). HBP - by WILDING (WALTON). PB - MUSSO(5).

Umpires - HP: Lew Carleton 1B: Matt Marziale 3B: Alan White

Start: 2:01 pm Time: 3:03 Attendance: 925

Univ. of Utah starters: 3/2b SHIMADA; 5/dh GUYMON; 7/c SHRINER; 16/lf HENNIS;

28/1b JONES; 23/cf BLANC; 8/ss BELTRAN; 30/rf RELF; 20/3b LEGG; 10/p WILDING;

Brigham Young Univ. starters: 9/cf WALTON; 15/lf MCNAUGHTON; 5/3b PARKER; 13/ss

VARGAS; 11/dh AYOSO; 8/rf CLUFF; 35/1b LEACH; 10/c MUSSO; 4/2b RELF; 18/p

MILLER;

Univ. of Utah 1st - SHIMADA popped up to 3b. GUYMON grounded out to 2b.

SHRINER singled to third base. HENNIS flied out to rf. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0

errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 1st - WALTON hit by pitch. MCNAUGHTON flied out to

cf; WALTON advanced to second. PARKER flied out to rf; WALTON advanced to

third. WALTON scored on a wild pitch. VARGAS walked. AYOSO singled to

shortstop; VARGAS advanced to second. CLUFF reached on a fielder's choice;

AYOSO out at second ss to 2b. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Univ. of Utah 2nd - JONES singled to right field. BLANC struck out

swinging. BELTRAN grounded into double play 2b to ss to 1b; JONES out on the

play. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 2nd - LEACH struck out looking. MUSSO struck out

looking. RELF grounded out to ss. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Univ. of Utah 3rd - RELF reached on a fielding error by 3b. LEGG

grounded out to p, SAC, bunt; RELF advanced to second. SHIMADA singled to

center field; RELF advanced to third. GUYMON grounded out to p, bunt; SHIMADA

advanced to second. SHRINER popped up to 2b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 2

LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 3rd - WALTON singled to shortstop. MCNAUGHTON

singled to right center; WALTON advanced to third. PARKER flied into double

play cf to 2b to 1b, RBI; MCNAUGHTON out on the play; WALTON scored. VARGAS

doubled to left center. AYOSO singled to right center, RBI; VARGAS scored.

CLUFF flied out to cf. 2 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Univ. of Utah 4th - CASTLEBERRY to p for MILLER. HENNIS singled to

center field. JONES singled to center field; HENNIS advanced to second. BLANC

grounded out to 3b, SAC, bunt; JONES advanced to second; HENNIS advanced to

third. JONES advanced to third; HENNIS scored on a passed ball. BELTRAN

grounded out to ss, RBI; JONES scored, unearned. RELF struck out swinging. 2

runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 4th - JAMES to p for WILDING. LEACH struck out

swinging. MUSSO walked. RELF popped up to 1b. MUSSO out at second c to 2b,

caught stealing. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Univ. of Utah 5th - LEGG grounded out to 3b. SHIMADA walked. SHIMADA

stole second. GUYMON popped up to 2b. SHRINER walked. HENNIS walked; SHRINER

advanced to second; SHIMADA advanced to third. JONES singled to left field, 2

RBI; HENNIS advanced to second; SHRINER scored; SHIMADA scored. BLANC singled

to center field, RBI; JONES advanced to second; HENNIS scored. BLANC advanced

to second; JONES advanced to third on a wild pitch. BELTRAN singled up the

middle, 2 RBI; BLANC scored; JONES scored. AMERSON to p for CASTLEBERRY. RELF

grounded out to p, bunt; BELTRAN advanced to second. 5 runs, 3 hits, 0

errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 5th - WALTON singled up the middle. MCNAUGHTON

grounded into double play ss to 2b to 1b; WALTON out on the play. PARKER struck

out swinging. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Univ. of Utah 6th - LEGG singled to left field. SHIMADA grounded into

double play ss to 1b; LEGG out on the play. GUYMON struck out swinging. 0

runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 6th - STREICH to p for JAMES. VARGAS walked. AYOSO

reached on a fielder's choice; VARGAS out at second 3b to 2b. CLUFF singled to

center field; AYOSO advanced to second. LEACH popped up to ss. MUSSO flied out

to lf. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Univ. of Utah 7th - SHRINER walked. HENNIS doubled to right field;

SHRINER advanced to third. JONES singled through the left side, 2 RBI; HENNIS

scored; SHRINER scored. BLANC reached on a fielder's choice; JONES out at

second cf to 2b. BELTRAN grounded out to ss; BLANC advanced to second. RELF

struck out looking. 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 7th - RELF walked. WALTON singled through the left

side; RELF advanced to second. MCNAUGHTON singled up the middle, RBI; WALTON

advanced to second; RELF scored. PARKER singled to shortstop; MCNAUGHTON

advanced to second; WALTON advanced to third. VARGAS reached on a fielder's

choice, RBI; PARKER out at second 3b to 2b; MCNAUGHTON advanced to third;

WALTON scored. AYOSO struck out swinging. CLUFF doubled to left field, 2 RBI;

VARGAS scored; MCNAUGHTON scored. WOLFGRAMM to p for STREICH. KO pinch hit for

LEACH. KO flied out to cf. 4 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Univ. of Utah 8th - KO to 1b. SHUTT to p for AMERSON. LEGG doubled down

the rf line. SHIMADA struck out swinging. GUYMON singled to second base; LEGG

advanced to third. SHRINER grounded into double play 3b to 2b to 1b; GUYMON out

on the play. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 8th - MUSSO reached on a fielding error by p. MUSSO

out at second c to ss, caught stealing. RELF struck out looking. WALTON

grounded out to ss. 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 0 LOB.

Univ. of Utah 9th - WELCH to p for SHUTT. HENNIS struck out swinging.

JONES flied out to rf. BLANC walked. WARD to p for WELCH. BELTRAN singled to

center field; BLANC advanced to second. RELF flied out to cf. 0 runs, 1 hit,

0 errors, 2 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 9th - FERGUSON to lf for HENNIS. CHIMPKY to p for

WOLFGRAMM. MCNAUGHTON walked. PARKER popped up to c. VARGAS flied out to cf.

AYOSO grounded out to 3b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

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