BYU, Utah baseball: Cougars edge Utes in extra innings

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  • Striker Omaha, NE
    March 27, 2014 7:01 p.m.

    "BYU's baseball team now has just as many wins against Utah this school year as all their other varsity sports combined."

    You really want to bring up the Duel? Besides this year, Utah has only won it once outright. No 2013 was a tie and it's hilarious that they decide who wins the tiebreaker as the year comes to an end. That year was a tie. BYU has won it four times. BYU has dominated Utah overall since 2008. I guess this year they finally fixed their clock that says, "Countdown to beating BYU."

    Congrats to the baseball team for pasting Utah. Let's go for the sweep.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    March 27, 2014 5:34 p.m.


    Perhaps, there was a runner thrown out at 3rd, it was a strike out and then a throw to 3rd by the catcher that got the runner trying to steal, so it was a very unusual K-2-5 double play.

    I have not seen the pac12 sites picture, I was just trusting that the utah fan that made the claim above was being honest about it. I was at the game, I did see the runner called safe at 3rd when he was clearly out, I also saw him called safe at home on an admittedly closer play but it was still easy to see the ball get there before the runner and the catcher get the tag down when the runner was not yet to the base. Maybe the tag missed on that one but generally that is called an out just on the basis of the ball being there and the tag being down. regardless that play should have never happened as the runner was easily out at 3rd.

    There was more than one play at 3rd and more than one at home so it is possible both pictures are of the other plays.

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    March 27, 2014 12:28 a.m.

    @ Duckhunter

    You're mistaken. The picture that accompanies this article was taken in the bottom of the second inning. BIss was thrown out on the play while trying to steal third.

  • 54-10 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 26, 2014 6:49 p.m.

    HS Sport Dude
    Salt Lake City, UT

    Just typical Duckhunter stuff.

    You'll understand after you read these comment boards for a while.

  • HS Sport Dude Salt Lake City, UT
    March 26, 2014 5:57 p.m.

    @ Duckhunter

    You need help.....The guy that is clearly out at 3rd and in the picture and the guy that scored and was clearly safe as shown by the PAC12 Network replay are different players. One is #12 and the other is #20.


  • Gone fishin PAC Country, CA
    March 26, 2014 5:56 p.m.

    Total domination of Utah in baseball over the years. Way to go Cougs.
    Just another sign that BYU is superior to u athletics. Yeah, they may win a basketball game every century or so and do have a nice run in football going but this domination baseball is very impressive.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    March 26, 2014 4:11 p.m.

    @there you go again

    There was more than one play at home. Are you sure you are refering to the correct one? But let's assume you are and he was safe at home, the picture shows him clearly out at 3rd so the play at home should have never occured anyway. I do find it interesting that the pac12 channel would show him safe at home while ignoring the botched call at 3rd when he should have been out in a lame attempt to legitimize the run.

    Also as to the lead off triple that didn't score, that was a great half inning by BYU and their pitching and defense. utah did not deserve to win, they were outplayed by a better team.

  • killarney Lincoln Park, IL
    March 26, 2014 3:20 p.m.

    "BYU's baseball team now has just as many wins against Utah this school year as all their other varsity sports combined."


    - BYU's overall records are better than Utah's.

    - BYU played in a bowl, while the Utes were playing couch potatoes.

    - BYU's men's and women's basketball teams were both invited to the Big Dance, while neither Utah team even got a sniff from the selection committees.

    - BYU is once again dominating Utah in the Directors' Cup standings.

    - Three years after joining the PAC, Utah fans are still using BYU as their measuring stick for success.

    March 26, 2014 1:44 p.m.

    CSD, it's still a rivalry and can be fun to be a part of when it's not toxic. You don't speak for me at all in the sentiment, however, that some enjoy a losing season with a win over byu more than a successful season with a loss to them. I was more pleased with women's soccer this year making the NCAA tournament although they lost a tough game to byu than last year when they beat a much better byu team and didn't go anywhere in the postseason.

  • WJCoug South Jordan, Utah
    March 26, 2014 1:24 p.m.

    CougarSunDevil - the teams might be insignificant, but the players are not. BYU had three or four kids drafted last year. I understand that the first pitcher for Utah was throwing low to mid-90s all game, with other pitchers hitting the low 90s as well. Whitney for BYU mashed the ball each time he was up.

    It might seem insignificant to you, but I guarantee it is not insignificant to the players and the pro teams that might one day draft them. Besides, it was BYU vs. Utah and I don't care what anyone says, it doesn't get much better than that.

  • CougarSunDevil Phoenix, AZ
    March 26, 2014 12:32 p.m.

    “No matter how good each team is … we always know this is going to be a battle.”

    BYU (9-17, 1-5)
    Utah (9-14, 0-6)

    Looks like they both stink. Not that baseball is anything to brag about in college (coming from an ASU fan where baseball championships happen frequently). However, this shows just how absolutely insignificant every team in the state of Utah is on the national front.

    "BYU's baseball team now has just as many wins against Utah"

    Coming from Utah fans who have "moved on" from BYU to "PAC-12 glory" and yet has not done anything since moving to the PAC 12. Continued proof that Utah fans place more importance on the BYU game than they do anything else. They would rather lose every other game, in every sport, except the BYU game because that's the only game they care about.

  • WJCoug South Jordan, Utah
    March 26, 2014 12:16 p.m.

    I was at the game as well. Neither of these teams have faired very well this year, as evidenced by their records, so it is a real compliment to over 2,000 fans showing up to support both sides.

    Regardless of their records this was a very entertaining game. Pitching was very good (starting pitchers for both BYU and Utah prepped at Taylorsville High School) and Kinser was lights out the last four innings. There were key hits and good defensive plays. I agree with Duckhunter that there were a couple of botched calls that lead to runs for Utah, one at first and one at third - but that is baseball. In the end BYU was able to overcome and made the big plays when needed.

    It was a great night for baseball.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    March 26, 2014 11:58 a.m.

    Regarding the play at home, the PAC-12 replay showed the runner clearly beat the tag.

    Re: Utah baseball...

    If you cannot advance the lead-off hitter who tripled to start the inning...

    You do not deserve to win.

  • Duckhunter Highland, UT
    March 26, 2014 10:37 a.m.

    I went to the game last night, there was a very good crowd, almost as many BYU fans there as utah "fans". utah benefitted from 3 awful calls that lead to 2 of their scores, obvious outs where the runner was called safe, ridiculous calls really. BYU won on a squeeze play in the 11th inning, a really sweet play well executed. The game had very good pitching on both sides and some very good defense from both sides as well. utah's second baseman in particular made some very good defensive plays. It was a beautiful night as well, warm, calm, perfect for baseball.

    Also the caption for that picture is wrong, the runner was called safe on that play, one of the 3 awful calls I was referencing. He was then called safe going home on a very simlar play, the ball obviously beat him to the plate and the tag was down, simply terrible umpiring.

  • Cougar 4 Life Provo, UT
    March 26, 2014 8:04 a.m.

    Great job Utes. I guess that PAC 12th sticker didn't help!

  • Y Grad / Y Dad Richland, WA
    March 26, 2014 6:46 a.m.

    Nice report, Ryan.

  • Cletus from Coalville Coalville, UT
    March 26, 2014 6:37 a.m.

    It doesn't matter if we lost because we are in a power conference and that means everyone still thinks we are prestegous anyways.

    Go Utes!

  • Two For Flinching Salt Lake City, UT
    March 25, 2014 11:40 p.m.

    Well, better than last time.

    March 25, 2014 11:40 p.m.

    BYU's baseball team now has just as many wins against Utah this school year as all their other varsity sports combined. Congrats!