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."
While the offensive lineup wasn't a complete overhaul, several UVU players were in different spots defensively. Goose Kallunki had a three-hit, three-RBI day while making his first collegiate start at third base. Hatch started at shortstop and Kirk Doxey made his first start of the year at designated hitter, doing so in the leadoff spot. Heaps, who has been the DH for the majority of the season, made his fifth start of the season at first base.
Trailing 3-0 after one inning, UVU got back-to-back doubles from Heaps and Kallunki to start the second. After Court Zollinger sacrificed Kallunki to third, Hatch ripped a triple to left center and then scored on an RBI ground out by Jason Zundel.
Nevada got two runs back in the bottom of the inning, the first on Nick Melino's second home run of the series, to take a 5-4 lead after two.
The Wolverines answered with three more in the third, two in the fourth and five in the fifth to take control of the game.
In the third, Kallunki's base hit plated Chris Benson and Burgess, and Doxey walked with two outs and the bases full to score another run. Heaps' second double of the game scored both fourth-inning runs to push the UVU lead to 9-5.
In the fifth, the Wolverines took advantage of a throwing error to extend the inning and score five times after there were two out. Heaps drove home two more with his third double and Zollinger also had a two-run double in the frame, giving Utah Valley at 14-5 lead.
The Wolfpack (6-16) would threaten to put a dent in the score in the sixth, getting a run and loading the bases with one out. Josh Swenson came in for Utah Valley and recorded back-to-back strikeouts, getting Hugo Hernandez looking and Curtis Frisbie swinging on a 3-2 pitch to end the inning.
The Wolverines scored five more in the eighth — two on a base hit by Cole McWhorter and three on Burgess' home run — to score a season-high 19 runs on the afternoon.
Preston Olson (1-0) pitched 31?3 innings out of the bullpen and allowed just one run on two hits to get the win, and Swenson threw 32?3 scoreless innings to get a save, his third of the year.
Both Benson and Burgess each scored four runs and Utah Valley had seven doubles as a team. Heaps' three doubles ties a school record for doubles in a game while the 26 team hits are tied for second-most all-time.
The series concludes on today at 2 p.m. MDT from Peccole Park. A win would give the Wolverines their first series win against Nevada in five tries.
DIXIE STATE SWEEPS PAIR OF WINS: At Phoenix, Ariz., right-hander James Mahler recorded eight quality innings and sophomore Troy Hunter went the distance as the Dixie State baseball team took down Grand Canyon twice, 4-2 in 10 innings and 9-4, in a Pacific West Conference doubleheader at Brazell Stadium.
Mahler struck out five, limiting the Antelopes' (18-17, 13-11 PWC) offense to two runs and five hits. Despite the quality start, Mahler received a no-decision. Kyle DiMartino picked up the win (2-0), scattering one hit in the 'Lopes' ninth, and Daniel Zapata struck out Danne Quiroz with the bases loaded in the 10th to secure his fourth save.
Hunter won his fourth-straight appearance, limiting the daunting GCU offense to four runs and nine hits in the finale.
Dixie State (19-9, 15-5) bounced back with a pair of victories after seeing its season-long seven-game winning streak snapped Friday by Grand Canyon. DSC increased their lead in the Pac West to three games over idle Hawaii Pacific heading into a five-game series with the Sea Warriors beginning Wednesday.
The Red Storm offense collected eight hits in Saturday's opener, with Tyson Littlewood going 3-for-5 and Sam Friend adding two hits, two runs and an RBI to lead the way.
Justin McKee was charged with the loss, surrendering two runs in the 10th inning. McKee had a walk, a strikeout and a wild pitch in 22?3 innings of relief.
Grand Canyon scored twice in the second inning to assume a 2-0 cushion. P.J. Garcia singled to right field, scoring Tyler Bair for the first run. Kaleb Evans later scored from third on a double play ball for the Antelopes' second tally.
DSC tied the game, 2-2, with single runs in each of the third and fourth innings. Eric Bond drew a one-out walk in the Storm third and scored when an errant throw sailed past first base. In the fourth, Friend led off with a base hit and advance to second base on a wild pitch. Joe Andrade singled to center with two outs to bring in Friend with the equalizer.
The 'Lopes had a chance to end the game in regulation, but R.J. Etchebarren was gunned down at home plate by a Jordan Hanley throw from left field.
Dixie State rode the momentum of the preceding defensive stop by notching two runs in the first extra inning. Trevor Goff tripled the kick off the frame and scored two batters later on Friend's single. Tony Nelson provided some insurance with an RBI groundout, plating Friend.
Zapata entered for the Storm and recorded two quick outs. GCU responded by loading the bases with two singles and a walk. Zapata buckled down and struck out Quiroz swinging to end the contest.
In the second game, DSC took an early 1-0 lead on Nelson's run-scoring single in the first inning.
The Antelopes tied the game in the second inning with an unearned run, an error on Hunter.
Dixie State took a 5-1 lead in the top of the fourth. Nelson walked with one out and advanced to third on an Andrade double. A wild pitch scored Nelson. Three straight run-scoring hits pushed the Red Storm lead to four runs, as Bond doubled to the gap in right-center while Nick Urban and Colton Yack both singled.
After GCU closed within one run, 5-4, an Andrade double and a Hanley single in the fifth inning pushed the cushion back to three runs.
The Red Storm set the final cushion with Yack's RBI single in the sixth and a pinch-hit sacrifice fly by Chase Pittsenbarger in the seventh.
Yack's three hits and two hits apiece from Andrade and Bond paced the DSC 11-hit attack.
Coltin White allowed six runs on seven hits in four innings for the loss (5-3).
Dixie State travels to the Hawaiian Islands to begin a series with HPU on Wednesday night. Earlier in the season, DSC took three of four games played against the Sea Warriors at Bruce Hurst Field.
GAME NOTES: Goff has the longest active hitting streak for Dixie State — 17 games. ... Hunter has seen his season ERA drop from 10.03 on March 5 to 4.64 after his complete game on Saturday.