College baseball roundup: Utes rally for victory over UNLV; UVU, Dixie win
SALT LAKE CITY — The University of Utah baseball team rallied from a 4-1 deficit for an 8-4 win over UNLV on Saturday afternoon.
Down 4-1 after five innings, the Utes' bats came alive to take the lead with a four-run sixth inning. Austin Shackelford drove in the first run of the inning with a single with the bases loaded after the first three batters of the inning reached base. He was followed by Jo Jo Sharrar, whose double to the gap in right-center sent in three runs to give Utah a 5-4 lead.
The Utes added to their total in the seventh, as Cody Guymon had an RBI single and Shackelford hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot over the left-field fence, putting the Utes up 8-4.
Brock Duke pitched the first three innings, allowing three runs on four hits before leaving the game with a hand injury. Reliever Joe Pond went four innings and allowed just one unearned run on two hits, striking out two. He picked up the win to raise his record to 3-3 on the year. Tyler Wagner went the final two innings with three strikeouts.
Shackelford, Shawn Cooper and James Brooks each had two hits for Utah, while Sharrar and Shackelford each drove in three runs.
UNLV was led by Trevor Kirk, who had three of UNLV's six hits in the game. Starter Joe Robinson gave up six runs in six innings and got the loss to go to 3-3 on the year.
The Utes and Rebels play the rubber match of the series today at 1 p.m. Any weather-related updates will be posted on UtahUtes.com.
BYU FALLS TO PEPPERDINE: At Malibu, Calif., Pepperdine got a two-out, two-run, bases-loaded single in the eighth inning to claim a 5-3 victory Saturday afternoon over BYU.
The Waves, now 14-13, took an early 3-0 lead thanks to a pair of home runs, but BYU battled back to tie the score in the seventh inning.
BYU, now 14-12, finally got on the scoreboard when it loaded the bases and scored on a walk by Dane Nielsen. Stephen Wells tied the game at three-all with a two-run double to right field.
After a steady one-hit effort by Blake Torgerson for 31?3 innings, BYU junior Matthew Neil came on in relief and retired the side in order in the sixth and seventh. Neil retired the first two batters of the eighth before surrendering four consecutive singles.
BYU struggled after falling behind in the first and second innings. The Cougars' missed a scoring opportunity when Chase Frampton grounded into an inning-ending double play in the fifth which ended the threat with two on.
"We are disappointed we didn't come away with a sweep, but pleased overall," said BYU coach Vance Law.
The Cougars bus back to Provo to host Utah Valley University on Tuesday at 6 p.m., in a game televised live by BYUtv.
UTAH VALLEY THUMPS NEVADA: At Reno, Nev., a new-look lineup paid dividends for Utah Valley as the Wolverines pounded out a season-high 26 hits in a 19-6 win at Nevada on Saturday.
All 10 players with at-bats had at least one hit and Austin Heaps, Billy Burgess and Kai Hatch each had four hits. Heaps doubled three times and drove in four runs, Burgess hit a three-run homer and Hatch had an RBI triple in the second for the Wolverines (7-15).
"Yesterday I thought we started to change our approach in a good way and today we really stayed in it," said head coach Eric Madsen. "I was really pleased how we kept the pressure on every inning."
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