Wolfe's Walk-off Wins Duel

Alex Wolfe has his 10th home run trot with a walk-off homer in a 6-4 victory over Utah. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)


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PROVO -- Delivered with a dramatic two-run walk-off home run by third baseman Alex Wolfe, BYU earned a 6-4 victory over rival Utah Saturday to claim the baseball Deseret First Duel title.

“Winning the Deseret First Duel is important to us,” BYU coach Vance Law said. “The guys fought hard and played all 27 outs. They showed great character.”

The Cougars improve to 18-20 on the year and 6-9 in Mountain West Conference play with the victory while Utah falls to 19-18 overall and 7-8 in MWC action.

If the season-high crowd of 1,826 fans attending Saturday’s decisive battle for the baseball Deseret First Duel came to witness great baseball drama, they got their wish. The contest was a back-and-forth duel in every sense and ended with the home-standing Cougars celebrating in full force at home plate after scoring three runs in the bottom of the ninth to come back for the win.

Entering their final at-bat trailing 4-3, the Cougars put five batters at the plate to produce the three runs that would provide the winning tally. Shortstop Austin Hall started with a single to right and stole second base to put the tying run in scoring position. With two outs, catcher C.J. Ayoso knocked the first pitch up the middle to send Hall home from third to even the scoreboard.

The Cougar faithful were still enjoying Ayoso’s clutch performance when Wolfe brought the crowd to its feet and his teammates from the dugout with a one-one-count opposite-field blast over the leftfield wall to clear the bases. The win gave BYU the Duel's baseball portion for the third straight year over the Utes.

“That was a huge home run,” Law said. “After almost three hours of misery, it was 30-seconds of ecstasy.”

Utah got on the board first in the top of the second with one run, but BYU manufactured two runs on three singles as Ryan Bernal, Jonathan Cluff and Chase Frampton all found holes in the Ute defense.

The Cougars nearly put another run across the plate in the bottom of the third when Sean McNaughton sent a fly ball into right field with one out and runners on the corners. Brandon Relf tagged from third but was thrown out at home by Utah’s Rick Cornu for a disputed double play.

The fourth inning held some promise as well for the Cougars as Cluff followed Bernal’s leadoff hit-by-pitch walk with a double down the left field line. The BYU bats, however, were unable to deliver as Utah got the next three batters to get out of the jam.

Utah reclaimed the lead in the top of the sixth when leftfielder Nick Gumeson sent a shot over the rightfield wall to bring in catcher C.J. Cron, who started the inning with a single. After a ground-ball out to Hall at shortstop was followed with a Utah single, Cougar starter Chris Capper produced another grounder that Hall and Relf turned for a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

Cougar centerfielder Stephen Wells evened the tally in the bottom of the seventh when he blasted a one-out solo home run well over the fence in right-center to chase Utah pitcher Bryn Card from the game. Utah, however, responded with a run in the top-half of the next inning to get the upper hand at 4-3 and force Capper from the contest.

On in relief, Kevin Sloan shut down the Utes in the top half of the ninth to set up the come-from-behind final at-bat for the Cougars. Sloan earned the win to improve to 7-0 on the season. It was Sloan's second win this week over Utah.

Ayoso, Cluff and Wolfe each delivered two hits on the day to highlight the offensive production. BYU earned its six runs on 11 hits while Utah was able to cross the plate four times on its 12 hits.

The Cougars take a break from league action as they play next week in Seattle against the universities of Seattle and Portland.


Utah at BYU

Apr 24, 2010 at Provo, Utah (Larry H.Miller Field)

Utah 4 (19-18,7-8 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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

CORNU, Rick rf........... 5 0 0 0 0 2 2 1 0

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

CRON, C.J. c............. 4 1 2 0 0 0 8 1 1

GUMESON, Nik lf.......... 4 2 2 2 0 0 4 0 1

SHARRAR, Jo Jo dh........ 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0

MOORMAN, Mark 1b......... 4 0 2 0 0 1 5 1 0

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

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

CARD, Bryn p............. 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

ADAMS, Zach p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Totals................... 36 4 12 4 1 5 26 6 8

BYU 6 (18-20,6-9 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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

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

WOLFE, Alex 3b........... 5 1 2 2 0 1 0 1 1

McNAUGHTON, Sean lf...... 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 2

HANCOCK, Alex pr/lf..... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

BERNAL, Ryan 1b.......... 2 1 1 0 0 1 10 2 0

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

FRAMPTON, Chase dh....... 4 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1

HALL, Austin ss.......... 4 1 1 1 0 1 5 5 0

WELLS, Stephen cf........ 4 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 3

CAPPER, Chris p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0

SLOAN, Kevin p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 34 6 11 6 3 7 27 13 7

Score by Innings R H E

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Utah................ 010 002 010 - 4 12 1

BYU................. 020 000 103 - 6 11 2

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Note: 2 outs, 0 runners LOB when the game ended.

E - BLANC(3); WOLFE(12); CAPPER(2). DP - UT 1; Cougars 2. LOB - UT 8;

Cougars 7. 2B - GUMESON(5); BELTRAN(6); AYOSO(13); CLUFF(12). HR -

GUMESON(9); WOLFE(10); WELLS(3). HBP - BLANC; BERNAL. SH - YAGI(3);

BERNAL(4). SB - HALL(7). CS - RELF(2).

Utah IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP

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CARD, Bryn.......... 6.1 8 3 3 1 3 25 27 91

ADAMS, Zach......... 2.1 3 3 3 2 4 9 12 55

BYU IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP

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CAPPER, Chris....... 7.1 11 4 4 1 4 32 33 97

SLOAN, Kevin........ 1.2 1 0 0 0 1 4 6 26

Win - SLOAN (7-0). Loss - ADAMS (1-2). Save - None.

HBP - by CARD (BERNAL); by SLOAN (BLANC). Inherited runners/scored: SLOAN 2/1.

Pitches/strikes: CARD 91/56; ADAMS 55/34; CAPPER 97/68; SLOAN 26/17.

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

Start: 1:02 pm Time: 2:37 Attendance: 1826

Weather: 57 degrees, sunny

Utah 1st - YAGI singled to left field (2-1). YAGI advanced to second on

a throwing error by p. CORNU struck out looking (2-2). KUROCZKO flied out to cf

(0-1). CRON flied out to rf (2-1). 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 1 LOB.

BYU 1st - RELF walked (3-2). RELF out at second c to ss, caught

stealing. AYOSO struck out looking (1-2). WOLFE out at first 1b to p (0-1).

0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Utah 2nd - GUMESON doubled down the lf line (0-0). SHARRAR reached on a

fielder's choice (0-1); GUMESON out at second ss unassisted. MOORMAN singled to

right field (1-0); SHARRAR advanced to second. BELTRAN doubled down the lf

line, RBI (1-1); MOORMAN advanced to third; SHARRAR scored. BLANC struck out

looking (0-2). YAGI flied out to lf (0-1). 1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2

LOB.

BYU 2nd - McNAUGHTON lined out to 2b (2-1). BERNAL singled to center

field (0-0). CLUFF singled to shortstop (0-0); BERNAL advanced to second.

FRAMPTON singled up the middle, advanced to second, RBI (1-1); CLUFF advanced

to third; BERNAL scored. HALL grounded out to 1b unassisted, RBI (0-1);

FRAMPTON advanced to third; CLUFF scored. WELLS flied out to lf (2-1). 2

runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Utah 3rd - CORNU struck out looking (1-2). KUROCZKO grounded out to 1b

unassisted (0-0). CRON reached on a fielding error by 3b (2-2). GUMESON

grounded out to p (0-0). 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

BYU 3rd - RELF singled to left field (3-2). AYOSO popped up to ss (2-2).

WOLFE singled to center field (3-1); RELF advanced to second, advanced to third

on a fielding error by cf. McNAUGHTON flied into double play rf to c (0-0);

RELF out on the play. 0 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Utah 4th - SHARRAR singled up the middle (0-0). MOORMAN grounded into

double play ss to 2b to 1b (3-2); SHARRAR out on the play. BELTRAN struck out

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

BYU 4th - BERNAL hit by pitch (3-2). CLUFF doubled down the lf line

(1-0); BERNAL advanced to third. FRAMPTON flied out to cf (0-0). HALL struck

out swinging (0-2). WELLS fouled out to lf (2-0). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2

LOB.

Utah 5th - BLANC grounded out to 1b unassisted (1-1). YAGI walked (3-2).

CORNU fouled out to 1b (0-0). KUROCZKO grounded out to p unassisted (0-1). 0

runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

BYU 5th - RELF flied out to cf (2-2). AYOSO doubled down the lf line

(1-0). WOLFE flied out to lf (1-0). McNAUGHTON flied out to lf (3-2). 0

runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Utah 6th - CRON singled to right field (1-1). GUMESON homered to right

field, 2 RBI (1-2); CRON scored. SHARRAR grounded out to ss (0-0). MOORMAN

singled up the middle (1-1). BELTRAN grounded into double play ss to 2b to 1b

(0-0); MOORMAN out on the play. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BYU 6th - BERNAL struck out looking (1-2). CLUFF grounded out to ss

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

LOB.

Utah 7th - BLANC singled to shortstop (0-1). YAGI reached on a fielder's

choice (1-2); BLANC out at second 1b to ss. CORNU popped up to ss (1-2).

KUROCZKO grounded out to ss (2-1). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

BYU 7th - HALL popped up to 1b (0-0). WELLS homered to right center, RBI

(0-1). ADAMS to p for CARD. RELF walked (3-2). AYOSO struck out swinging (2-2).

WOLFE struck out swinging (1-2). 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Utah 8th - CRON singled to center field (2-1). GUMESON reached on a

fielder's choice (0-0); CRON out at second p to ss. SHARRAR singled up the

middle (0-0); GUMESON advanced to second. SLOAN to p for CAPPER. MOORMAN struck

out looking (2-2). BELTRAN singled to left field, RBI (2-2); SHARRAR advanced

to second, out at second lf to 3b to ss; GUMESON scored. 1 run, 3 hits, 0

errors, 1 LOB.

BYU 8th - McNAUGHTON walked (3-2). HANCOCK pinch ran for McNAUGHTON.

BERNAL grounded out to p, SAC, bunt (0-0); HANCOCK advanced to second. CLUFF

struck out swinging (1-2). FRAMPTON struck out swinging (1-2). 0 runs, 0

hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Utah 9th - HANCOCK to lf. BLANC hit by pitch (2-2). YAGI out at first 1b

to 2b, SAC, bunt (1-0); BLANC advanced to second. CORNU grounded out to ss

(0-2); BLANC advanced to third. KUROCZKO grounded out to 1b unassisted (2-1).

0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

BYU 9th - HALL singled through the right side (2-1). HALL stole second.

WELLS flied out to cf (3-2). RELF flied out to rf (2-2); HALL advanced to

third. AYOSO singled up the middle, RBI (0-0); HALL scored. WOLFE homered to

left field, 2 RBI (1-1); AYOSO scored. 3 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

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