Wolfe's Double Downs Utes
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PROVO, Utah (April 22, 2010) - 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 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting 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.
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