University of Utah baseball fans may be asking today: Where has pitcher Guy Fowlks been hiding?
The right-hander from West Jordan threw a complete-game, 8-4 victory over BYU at Derks Field Wednesday, in just his fourth start of the season. He began the game with a 3.57 ERA, tops for any Ute starter, but was tied for the fewest appearances - six.One of those appearances was last week against BYU, however, when he gave up one run in four innings. That apparently impressed Ute Coach Rick Sofield enough that he started the sophomore this time. Call it luck or shrewd coaching, it worked, as Fowlks limited the Cougs to seven hits in raising his record to 4-0.
Ute hitters, meanwhile, continued to hammer Cougar pitching, pounding out 12 hits against a trio of hurlers. They scored five runs in the first inning on five singles, a walk and an error, handing the loss to starter Aaron Mirandon (2-1). Leading the way were Mike Edwards, with four singles, and Jeremy Chiles, with four hits in his return to the starting lineup.
The Cougars made their only threat of the ballgame in the third, when shortstop Gabe Diaz and second baseman Brent Turley opened the inning with back-to-back homers - the first homers of the season for both players. John Wagner followed with a single, but the heart of the Cougar lineup managed only to score Wagner on a sacrifice fly, and that threat ended. BYU had four hits the rest of the game.
For the fifth-place Utes (6-8 WAC, 17-26 overall), the victory keeps alive their hopes of making the WAC tournament. With lowly Air Force coming in for four games at Derks this weekend, Utah stands a good chance of gaining ground on fourth-place Wyoming.
Third-place BYU (9-6, 24-11), on the other hand, faces a four-game homestand against WAC power San Diego State.