Wolfe's Double Downs Utes

Wolfe scored three of BYU's nine runs. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)


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PROVO -- Alex Wolfe hit a two-out double in the bottom of the eighth inning Thursday to lift BYU to a 9-7 victory over Utah at Larry H. Miller Field.

“That was a fun game,” said BYU head coach Vance Law. “Wins and losses take care of themselves when we go out and play well.”

Senior reliever Kevin Sloan preserved his perfect record; going just over one inning to record his sixth win of the season. The right-hander struck out one and allowed one hit in front of a season-high crowd of 1,279.

The Cougars (17-19 overall and 5-8 in the Mountain West Conference) jumped out to an early lead on a two-out, RBI single from junior Ryan Bernal. Bernal was 2-for-3 on the night with four RBI and a three-run home run, while playing left field for the first time since junior college.

Joining Bernal in changing positions were senior Brandon Relf, who played second base instead of shortstop, junior Dane Nielsen, who moved from second to third and sophomore Austin Hall, who was at short instead of third.

Wolfe continued his hot streak, going 4-for-4, with two RBI, including the game-winner on a two-out double in the bottom of the eighth off of Ute pitcher Zach Adams, whom he coached last summer. Wolfe raised his batting average from .321 to .340 in his performance.

“It’s the Utes,” Wolfe said. “You’ve got to beat these guys.”

With the victory, the Cougars avenged last year’s Mountain West Conference tournament loss to the Utes.

The three-game series of the Deseret First Duel continues Friday and Saturday at 6:00 and 1:00 p.m., respectively. The Friday night game will be broadcast live on BYU-TV.


Utah at BYU

Apr 22, 2010 at Provo, Utah (Larry H.Miller Field)

Utah 7 (18-17,6-7 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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YAGI, Tyler 2b........... 5 1 4 2 0 0 3 1 0

CORNU, Rick rf........... 4 0 2 2 0 1 3 0 0

KUROCZKO, Nick 3b........ 5 2 1 1 0 1 0 1 2

CRON, C.J. 1b............ 5 1 2 0 0 0 8 0 2

WALKER, Devin dh......... 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0

REED, Josh pr........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

GUMESON, Nik lf.......... 5 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0

SHARRAR, Jo Jo c......... 5 1 1 0 0 0 8 0 2

BELTRAN, Michael ss...... 4 1 0 0 1 1 1 2 4

BLANC, Cooper cf......... 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

WHATCOTT, Jordan p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0

DUKE, Brock p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

ADAMS, Zach p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 38 7 14 7 1 3 24 6 10

BYU 9 (17-19,5-8 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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

NIELSEN, Dane 3b......... 5 2 2 0 0 1 0 4 0

WOLFE, Alex 1b........... 4 3 4 2 0 0 10 1 0

AYOSO, Bryce c........... 5 1 2 1 0 1 4 1 1

McNAUGHTON, Sean dh...... 2 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 1

BERNAL, Ryan lf.......... 3 1 2 4 1 1 1 0 0

CLUFF, Jonathan rf....... 3 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 2

HALL, Austin ss.......... 4 0 1 0 0 3 1 3 0

WELLS, Stephen cf........ 4 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 4

NEIL, Matthew p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

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

SLOAN, Kevin p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0

McKNIGHT, David p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 34 9 13 8 4 8 27 14 8

Score by Innings R H E

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UU.................. 002 002 300 - 7 14 0

BYU................. 200 000 43X - 9 13 2

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E - NIELSEN(9); HALL(6). DP - UT 1. LOB - UT 10; Cougars 8. 2B - CRON(7);

GUMESON(4); WOLFE(9). 3B - YAGI(1). HR - KUROCZKO(6); BERNAL(10). HBP -

WALKER; WOLFE; CLUFF. SH - CORNU(2); BLANC 2(4). SF - WALKER(1);

McNAUGHTON(2). CS - YAGI(4).

UU IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP

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WHATCOTT, Jordan.... 6.0 7 2 2 3 6 23 27 115

DUKE, Brock......... 1.2 4 6 6 1 1 8 11 43

ADAMS, Zach......... 0.1 2 1 1 0 1 3 3 15

BYU IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP

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NEIL, Matthew....... 5.1 7 4 3 1 1 22 24 71

SHUTT, Justin....... 1.1 5 3 3 0 0 8 9 42

SLOAN, Kevin........ 1.1 1 0 0 0 1 4 6 20

McKNIGHT, David..... 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 4 5 23

Win - SLOAN (6-0). Loss - DUKE (0-2). Save - McKNIGHT (6).

WP - WHATCOTT(3); NEIL(2). HBP - by WHATCOTT (CLUFF); by DUKE (WOLFE); by

McKNIGHT (WALKER). Inherited runners/scored: ADAMS 2/2; SHUTT 1/0; SLOAN 2/0.

Pitches/strikes: WHATCOTT 115/74; DUKE 43/25; ADAMS 15/10; NEIL 71/50; SHUTT

42/27; SLOAN 20/12; McKNIGHT 23/13.

Umpires - HP: John Cortez 1B: Mik Hendrickson 3B: Jason Rogers

Start: 6:29 pm Time: 3:01 Attendance: 1279

Weather: 54 degrees, partly cloudy

UU 1st - YAGI singled to right field (0-0). CORNU struck out looking

(0-2). YAGI out at second c to 2b, caught stealing. KUROCZKO flied out to cf

(2-2). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BYU 1st - RELF singled up the middle (2-2). NIELSEN fouled out to 1b

(1-0). WOLFE singled to right field (2-2); RELF advanced to third. AYOSO struck

out swinging (1-2). WOLFE advanced to second; RELF scored on a wild pitch.

McNAUGHTON walked (3-2). BERNAL singled to left field, RBI (0-0); McNAUGHTON

advanced to second; WOLFE scored. CLUFF grounded out to 1b unassisted (3-1).

2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

UU 2nd - CRON flied out to cf (1-1). WALKER grounded out to 3b (1-0).

GUMESON grounded out to ss (1-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BYU 2nd - HALL struck out swinging (0-2). WELLS grounded out to 1b

unassisted (3-2). RELF fouled out to 1b (0-1). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0

LOB.

UU 3rd - SHARRAR reached on a fielding error by 3b (1-1). BELTRAN walked

(3-1); SHARRAR advanced to second. BLANC grounded out to 3b, SAC, bunt (1-1);

BELTRAN advanced to second; SHARRAR advanced to third. YAGI singled to right

field, RBI (0-2); BELTRAN advanced to third; SHARRAR scored, unearned. CORNU

singled to first base, RBI (0-0); YAGI advanced to second; BELTRAN scored.

KUROCZKO flied out to rf (0-1); YAGI advanced to third. CRON reached on a

fielder's choice (0-1); CORNU advanced to third; YAGI out at home p to ss to c.

2 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB.

BYU 3rd - NIELSEN struck out swinging (0-2). WOLFE singled up the middle

(2-2). AYOSO lined into double play p to 1b (2-0); WOLFE out on the play. 0

runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

UU 4th - WALKER flied out to cf (0-0). GUMESON flied out to rf (1-0).

SHARRAR singled to left center (0-1). BELTRAN grounded out to 3b (3-1). 0

runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

BYU 4th - McNAUGHTON flied out to 2b (3-2). BERNAL walked (3-2). BERNAL

out at first p to 1b, picked off. CLUFF singled to second base (1-1). HALL

singled to right field (1-2); CLUFF advanced to second. WELLS struck out

swinging (0-2). 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

UU 5th - BLANC fouled out to rf (1-1). YAGI flied out to cf (0-2). CORNU

flied out to 1b (1-0). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BYU 5th - RELF lined out to 2b (2-2). NIELSEN flied out to rf (0-1).

WOLFE singled to left field (2-2). AYOSO reached on a fielder's choice (1-2);

WOLFE out at second ss to 2b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

UU 6th - KUROCZKO homered to left center, RBI (1-1). CRON doubled to

right field (1-1). CRON advanced to third on a wild pitch. WALKER grounded out

to 2b, RBI (1-0); CRON scored. GUMESON doubled down the lf line (1-1). SHUTT to

p for NEIL. SHARRAR grounded out to ss (2-2); GUMESON advanced to third.

BELTRAN grounded out to 3b (0-1). 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

BYU 6th - McNAUGHTON walked (3-2). BERNAL struck out swinging (1-2).

CLUFF hit by pitch (1-0); McNAUGHTON advanced to second. HALL struck out

swinging (0-2). WELLS reached on a fielder's choice (1-2); CLUFF out at second

2b to ss. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

UU 7th - BLANC singled to center field (2-2). YAGI tripled to center

field, RBI (1-1); BLANC scored. CORNU singled to left center, RBI (1-0); YAGI

scored. KUROCZKO reached on a fielder's choice (2-2); CORNU out at second 2b to

ss. CRON singled down the lf line (1-1); KUROCZKO advanced to third. WALKER

flied out to cf, SF, RBI (3-2); KUROCZKO scored. GUMESON singled to center

field (3-1); CRON advanced to third. SLOAN to p for SHUTT. SHARRAR grounded out

to p (2-1). 3 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

BYU 7th - DUKE to p for WHATCOTT. RELF grounded out to 3b (2-1). NIELSEN

singled to left field (1-1). WOLFE hit by pitch (2-0); NIELSEN advanced to

second. AYOSO singled to right field (0-0); WOLFE advanced to second; NIELSEN

advanced to third. McNAUGHTON flied out to rf, SF, RBI (1-1); NIELSEN scored.

BERNAL homered to right field, 3 RBI (2-2); AYOSO scored; WOLFE scored. CLUFF

grounded out to ss (2-2). 4 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

UU 8th - BELTRAN reached on a fielding error by ss (0-0). BLANC out at

first 1b to p, SAC, bunt (1-1); BELTRAN advanced to second. YAGI singled to

second base (1-0); BELTRAN advanced to third. CORNU grounded out to p, SAC,

bunt (1-1); YAGI advanced to second. KUROCZKO struck out swinging (3-2). 0

runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 2 LOB.

BYU 8th - HALL struck out swinging (1-2). WELLS flied out to rf (2-0).

RELF walked (3-2). NIELSEN singled through the left side (1-0); RELF advanced

to third. ADAMS to p for DUKE. WOLFE doubled down the rf line, 2 RBI (2-2);

NIELSEN scored; RELF scored. AYOSO singled to center field, RBI (2-1); WOLFE

scored. McNAUGHTON struck out swinging (1-2). 3 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1

LOB.

UU 9th - McKNIGHT to p for SLOAN. CRON flied out to lf (2-2). WALKER hit

by pitch (3-2). REED pinch ran for WALKER. GUMESON singled to left field (3-1);

REED advanced to second. SHARRAR flied out to rf (2-2); REED advanced to third.

BELTRAN struck out swinging (0-2). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

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