CEDAR CITY Southern Utah jumped out to a 14-0 lead through two innings Wednesday on its way to an eventual 18-6 victory over BYU in college baseball action.
BYU used 24 players, including six pitchers, as its record fell to 12-16 overall, while the T-Birds improved to 11-11. BYU substituted at every position in the game.
The victory enabled former Cougar Alec Reichle to get his first win of the season. BYU got off to a rocky start when SUU scored its first run off a double steal, then cleared the bases with a double in the first inning to take a 6-0 lead.
"This was the best two-inning spurt we've had this year," said SUU head coach David Eldredge of the six and eight runs scored in the opening frames. "We really played a complete game and had to, to beat a great team like BYU. Hopefully this will help us string together a great weekend."
In addition to the run-scoring double steal during SUU's first at-bat, Mac Nelson smacked a three-run double in the T-Birds' six-run first.
The Thunderbirds added eight more runs to their total in the home half of the second inning, including a two run double by Chester Wilson and a grand-slam home run by senior Joe Wright.
BYU finally broke through in the fourth against Reichle, a former Cougar, as the visitors strung together three hits for their first run. Reichle looked to have a little extra in the tank against his former team.
"I always think you have a little bit more edge when going against a former team," Reichle said of the experience. "But the bottom line is that it was just a game, and everybody did a great job to beat a great team today."
The teams will meet again on April 15 in Provo.
SUU will now face its first Summit League challenge in IPFW this weekend. Meanwhile, BYU tries to end its loss skid tonight with the 8 p.m. MDT game at UNLV.