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Utah baseball team rallies in 9th inning to defeat BYU

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  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    May 16, 2014 11:46 a.m.

    Chris,

    You are also wrong about no power conference teams being rivals with non-power conference. Guess who has been Colorado's natural rival for sever decades? Colorado State. They play every year.

  • HS Sport Dude Salt Lake City, UT
    May 15, 2014 4:47 p.m.

    @ Chris B...

    How about Clemson (ACC) and South Carolina (SEC) or Georgia (SEC) Georgia Tech (ACC)or Florida (SEC) Florida State (ACC).

    You need to broaden your scope. Many schools have very strong rivalries outside of their conference.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    May 15, 2014 4:10 p.m.

    Chris B,

    When the Pac 10 was expanding, they didn't consult Utah on who else to invite. So don't pretend Utah had anything to do with BYU not getting invited. Had they (the Pac 10) schools wanted to, they would have invited BYU. I don't think the Sunday play issue was the biggest issue. There are a host of other reasons, but their play on the field and in other sports certainly didn't keep them out. They have a stronger tradition of success in many of the Olympic sports that Utah has and the Pac 12 places a high value on those. Your hyperbola cannot change the fact that they have a strong sports program. I firmly believe BYU has strong enough sports programs to get in to a major conference.

    Changing conferences cannot create rivalries and it can only destroy them, if the teams stop playing. The Pac 10 made a mistake in not inviting BYU and compromised their own prior ideal as the conference of natural rivals. They made the decision to do that when their raid of the Big 12 failed and they had to find a partner for Colorado, but that doesn't make us rivals.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    May 15, 2014 12:31 p.m.

    Mormon Ute,

    We didn't invite byu to the Pac 12 because they are not worthy of an being added, its that simple. Its not the sunday issue, byu just isn't as great of a program as their fans think. The Pac 12 made the smart decision by adding Utah and we've made the right decision by not inviting byu.

    No power conference team is rivals with any non-power conference team other than Notre dame.

    San Diego state think USC and UCLA are rivals, like byu does with Utah. Again, no power conference team is rivals with mid-majors.

    Can you name me a single one in the nation other than power conference quality notre dame?

    NONE!

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    May 15, 2014 10:18 a.m.

    Chris B,

    The conference cannot create a rivalry just by saying it is one. If the Pac 12 wanted to say with it's previous pattern of keeping traditional geographical rivals together, they should have found a way to bring BYU in along with Utah. Since they failed in doing that, they have tried to create a rivalry where there isn't one and it likely will never happen. BYU is our rival and always will be.

  • Rose Bowl call yet? Salt Lake City, UT
    May 15, 2014 7:42 a.m.

    Chris B

    "BYU is not our rival. Colorado is..."

    Says the BYU obsessed troll who has never even posted on a Colorado blog.

    Despite their denials, the only way that Utah fans can prove that BYU is no longer their rival, is to disappear completely from BYU blogs, and to stop comparing BYU to Utah anywhere they post...

    as if that's ever going to happen.

    The truth is, what's happening in Provo with a team that the Utes won't even play again until 2016, is of exponentially bigger interest to the kids on the hill, than their season-ending pillow fight in the rockies opponent.

  • John D. Davis, UT
    May 14, 2014 11:55 p.m.

    Rockarolla, have to agree with you:

    WE MISS VANCE!

    A lot.

    Everyone does.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    May 14, 2014 8:35 p.m.

    @ Chris B

    BYU is still Utah's rival, and that is not about to change. Sorry.

  • HS Sport Dude Salt Lake City, UT
    May 14, 2014 4:54 p.m.

    @ Chris B,

    Utah's all time record against Colorado in Baseball is 0 - 0...... They do not have a baseball team.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    May 14, 2014 3:43 p.m.

    Mormon Ute,

    byu is not our rival. Colorado is

  • VegasUte Las Vegas, NV
    May 14, 2014 2:57 p.m.

    Nice win guys!

    Go Utes!

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    May 14, 2014 11:35 a.m.

    Happy for my Utes! Any time a team is struggling a win over your rival can lift your spirits. Go Utes!

  • Jeremy234 SLC, UT
    May 14, 2014 11:25 a.m.

    Street11: Both Utah and BYU could be great in baseball. The problems as I see there are A.) facilities, there really is no on campus training rooms, skill centers, or lounges for the baseball teams and B.) Utah isn't a baseball state the way a lot of places back East are. Places in the mid-west and East coast baseball is huge in a way that we almost can't understand so the talent pools are bigger and the commitments are more regular.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    May 14, 2014 10:59 a.m.

    street11--

    "Why? The coaches? Overall Programs? Just being in the state of Utah where its cold? Any ideas?"

    If U can locate it, Matthew Piper recently detailed this very thing....Additionally, BallJunkie outlined above the reason we haven't been as competitive this season as last [yes, even in defeat]....Finally, we play in our nation's toughest conference, top-to-bottom....We're inherently disadvantaged and will struggle to compete in the upper-echelon of our standings....UW hasn't ever been anything prior to this season, OSU only a handful of years ago surfaced on the map and UO only recently brought their program back, so it's not as if these three schools have historically been juggernauts....They also aren't buried in snow 'til mid-March, when we play our first home game of the season.

    We can compete, in time, yet we'll never be elite in this sport....We do have a HC who's widely respected w/in coaching-circles, but transitioning in this sport will last many years and will never reach the point of routinely competing w/the ASUs/UCLAs of the world....This is reality.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    May 14, 2014 10:50 a.m.

    Saw the game on the PAC-12 Network. Unbelievable! I guess this is why people love/hate baseball. It really isn't over until its over (as Yogi used to say). It really is a great story for someone whose struggled all year get the walk-off single, though. Still you kind of feel sorry for BYU to lose a heart-breaker like that.

  • Jeremy234 SLC, UT
    May 14, 2014 10:13 a.m.

    old but not stupid: Look at some of the most successful football programs of all time: Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Nebraska. Those are some of the coldest places in America. Not many kids really want to play on a 120 degree field in Arizona or in the heat and humidity of the deep south. People make the assumption that "oh I've been to Arizona in December it's nice there kids must want to play there." Yeah, try going down to the field in September and playing ball in full pads. It's not so nice then.

  • Old But Not Stupid Moorpark, CA
    May 14, 2014 10:03 a.m.

    Samwise
    Eagle Mountain, UT

    "So one bad team beat another bad team. I am so glad that I don't care about baseball. Congrats to the Utes for winning their world series."

    Sam...they are 2-2 vs. BYU this year. So I don't think we can grant them a "win" for "their world series."

    Of all people Colin Cowherd of ESPN educated me on the fact that for the outdoor sports schools in GA, FL, LA, MS, AL, AR, TX, NM, AZ, CA and maybe OR would always have a significant advantage in recruiting the best talent. I think that general principle is obvious to anyone who can deal with reality.

    That is why Ute basketball under your Coach k MIGHT have a chance to do some good things with that program (possibly the same for gymnastics). However, reality will dictate that football and baseball will NEVER dominate in the PAC or anywhere else.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    May 14, 2014 8:59 a.m.

    Find out what cold/rainy weather successful teams are doing and replicate it.

    For example...

    Washington... unlike its cousins to the south who seem to have deep pockets... has done some things that both BYU and UTAH would do well to copy.

  • Samwise Eagle Mountain, UT
    May 14, 2014 8:41 a.m.

    So one bad team beat another bad team. I am so glad that I don't care about baseball. Congrats to the Utes for winning their world series.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    May 14, 2014 8:40 a.m.

    Just like football!

    Just like basketball!

    Just like gymnastics!

    You guys do have rugby though, LOL.

  • CougarSunDevil Phoenix, AZ
    May 14, 2014 8:16 a.m.

    street11

    "Isn't it sad to see the records of both BYU and Utah in baseball?"

    I was wondering why the picture made Utah players look like they just won the world series. It's because it was for them.

  • BallJunkie Salt Lake City, UT
    May 14, 2014 1:11 a.m.

    With their Left Fielder (started 2014 with a very hot bat) recovering from major knee surgery, Center Fielder (one of the best 2013 offensive weapons and able to cover tons of ground in the outfield) hobbling on one leg, Third Basemen (most promising 2013 Freshman and defensive gem) recovering from a broken collar bone, and Middle Infielder/Third Basemen (tied for second in 2014 batting average) out with stress fractures in his backā€¦..the Utah Utes figure a way to beat BYU two times in a row. The team is resilient and proves that playing great competition every week has significant benefits. I would have loved to see this team play healthy.

  • street11 Heber, UT
    May 14, 2014 12:14 a.m.

    Isn't it sad to see the records of both BYU and Utah in baseball? As an avid baseball fan its depressing to see our two best schools not do very well in baseball. Why? The coaches? Overall Programs? Just being in the state of Utah where its cold? Any ideas?

  • Rockarolla West Jordan, UT
    May 13, 2014 11:26 p.m.

    Hey coach Littlewood are you going to find some relief pitching or just wait until the birds come and cover you with leafs and they recycle you back the Dixie? How many games are you going to lose in the last inning? This is just sickening.
    And this isn't just because you lost to Utah tonight but it's been all year! I thought I'd never say this but,. where the heck is Vance Law?

    No great speed, average fielding, now power, shaky starting pitching and relief pitching that couldn't beat many high school teams! Whitney, Lopez and on certain days Caldwell are the only D1 players on your roster. Get it together!