BYU moved into third place and Utah to within a half game of fourth place in WAC baseball play Friday.
The Cougars (11-7 WAC, 26-12 overall) split a doubleheader with Wyoming, winning the first game 5-4 and losing the second, 6-3. The Utes (10-8, 21-26) swept a doubleheader from Colorado State, 12-7 and 4-1.BYU has won two of three games on this visit to Laramie, dropping the Cowboys from third place to fourth. The Cougars and Cowboys conclude their four-game series today, while the Utes play another doubleheader in Fort Collins, Colo.
In BYU's first game Friday, the Cougs scored all five of their runs in the fourth inning, the big blast being a three-run double by Brian Simpson. The Cougars failed to score again, and with the score still 5-2 coach Gary Pullins brought in relief ace John Vandenburgh to close out the 'Pokes. Vandenburgh gave up two runs, but Ryan Hancock came on to strike out the final batter and get the save. The winner for the Cougs was Rob Jensen.
In the second game, BYU jumped in front again, scoring three runs in the top of the first on back-to-back doubles by Chris Cooper and Brent Brown. But Wyoming pitcher Barry Goldman held the Cougs scoreless the rest of the way, while his teammates touched the Y.'s Mike Nielsen for six runs.
In the Utes' first game, Utah, leading 6-3, broke the game open in the sixth inning with a six-run spurt that included a grand-slam homer by Brett Alvey. Alvey's two-run shot in the second inning had put the Utes ahead 4-0. Utah also got homers from Robert Castellano and Shaun Peters. Bill Moeller got the win.
In the Utes' second game, Mike Hughes' three-run homer broke a 1-1 tie with two outs in the seventh inning to clinch the victory. Reliever Jim Hallinan got the victory.