FORT WORTH, Texas Less than a week after giving up a dozen runs in one inning to BYU, the University of Utah baseball team shut down the Cougars, 9-3, in the first round of the Mountain West Conference baseball tournament Tuesday.
There was no magic against the Utes this time like the Cougars experienced last Friday and Saturday in coming from behind. BYU dug another deep hole and couldn't get out of it or get Utah out.
Utah's Brian Budrow, who came in to the tournament on 10 days rest, had a one-hit shutout through 6 1/3 innings, allowing the Utes (23-26 overall) to build an 8-0 lead on BYU.
He finished giving up three runs, two of which were earned. The right-handed pitcher earns the win in scattering five hits, fanning 10 BYU batters in the process. Budrow threw the first complete game of his career.
Utah hammered out 10 hits as Tyler Relf led the way with a 3-for-5 night, plating two RBI. He was one of four Utah batters with two RBI to their credit. Both Dustin Hennis and Corey Shimada had a pair of RBI. Hennis' came off of a two-run homer in the third, and Shimada's on another two-run shot in the fourth. Jesse Shriner also plated a pair of runs.
It was Shimada's homer in the fourth that scored the game-winning run for Utah.
Utah took advantage of Cougar errors at right field and at shortstop, and a walk and a hit batsman mainly after two outs twice paving the way for two-run homers in the third and fourth innings by Dustin Hennis and Corey Shimada.
"I told my team after the third inning that we've got to chip away and put pressure on them, but we went fishing away at the slider," said BYU Coach Vance Law. "We just didn't swing the bats well and you aren't going to have too much success when that happens."
Steve Parker hit a towering two-run homer, scoring Kent Walton who got on base with an error to start the seventh inning. Thus, BYU avoided being shut out for the first time since April 2007 when TCU won 7-0 in Fort Worth.
In the eighth, BYU threatened with runners on the corners, but Budrow enticed Walton to ground out to third base the fifth time of the game to the hot corner and second of that inning.
The Cougars loaded the bases with no outs to start the ninth before Brandon Relf grounded into a double play on which pinch-runner Michael Bowen scored the final run.
BYU falls to 22-35 overall.
The Cougars play San Diego State on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in an elimination game, while Utah plays second-seed New Mexico today at 3 p.m.