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Utah baseball downs UVU 15-8

James Brooks' six hits tied a school record as Utah baseball overwhelmed the UVU Wolverines 15-8 in a windy and cold Tuesday night contest down in Orem. 

Utah opened the game with an impressive first inning, scoring five runs on their way to a quick 9-2 start and held off the Wolverines' comeback hopes when they pulled within three in the sixth. Two runs in the seventh, however, ended any comeback and the Utes won their second straight contest and their 19th total on the season. 

Trey Neilsen had a three-run home run in the first, as Utah wasted little time getting on the board.  

UVU is currently at the top of the Great West Conference and had already defeated the Utes earlier this season. However, Utah, fresh off a series-winning three game set against Tulane, proved too much for the 15-19 Wolverines. 

Brooks is the fifth player in program history to have six hits and the first since Doug Beck in 2005. Beyond just his hits, though, he drove in six runs. 

Luke West earned his first career start for the Utes, who used a total of four pitchers Tuesday. Reliever Stephen Streich pitched three innings and recorded his first win of the season. 

Utah now returns to conference play as they travel to take on Air Force for a three-game set Friday. They will also complete the March 27th contest that was halted due to travel plans. It's a game Utah leads 9-4 through seven innings. 

The box score is after the jump...

Utah at Utah Valley
Apr 26, 2011 at Orem, Utah (Brent Brown Ballpark)


Utah 15 (19-15)

Player   ab    r    h  rbi   bb   so   po    a  lob 
BROOKS, James ss 
BELTRAN, Michael 2b 
CRON, C.J. 1b 
COOPER, Shaun lf 
GUYMON, Cody dh 
NIELSEN, Trey 3b 
GREEN, Gavin cf 
RELF, Tyler cf 
WEST, Luke p 
STREICH, Stephen p 
KONDO, Kesley p 
WAGNER, Tyler p 
Totals  43  15  17  15  27 

Utah Valley 8 (15-19)

Player   ab    r    h  rbi   bb   so   po    a  lob 
Doxey, Kirk dh 
Haws, Austin 2b 
Amicone, Derek ph/2b 
Benson, Chris cf 
Heaps, Austin 1b/lf 
Kallunki, Goose 3b/1b 
Hatch, Kai ss 
Exon, Alex c 
Burgess, Billy rf 
Zundel, Jason lf 
Pratt, Willie 3b 
Healey, CJ p 
Beecher, Kyle p 
Brimhall, Craig p 
Chadwick, Ryan p 
Sundwall, Peter p 
Totals  37  11  27  10 


Score by Innings                    R  H  E
Utah................ 504 010 203 - 15 17  1
Utah Valley......... 112 003 010 -  8 11  1
E - WEST, Luke(1); HEAPS, A(5). DP - Utah 1; UVU 1. LOB - Utah 6; UVU 9. 2B - BROOKS 3(16); CRON(18); NIELSEN(11); RELF, Tyler(4); DOXEY, K 2(5); HATCH, K(3); BURGESS, B(5). 3B - BROOKS(4); CRON(1). HR - NIELSEN(6). HBP - BENSON, C. SF - BENSON, C(1). SB - HATCH, K(4).


Utah   ip  er  bb  so  wp  bk  hbp  ibb  ab  bf  fo  go  np 
WEST, Luke   2.2  12  16  64 
STREICH, Stephen W,1-1  3.0  14  16  57 
KONDO, Kesley   2.1  29 
WAGNER, Tyler   1.0  11 
Utah Valley   ip  er  bb  so  wp  bk  hbp  ibb  ab  bf  fo  go  np 
Healey, CJ L,0-1  2.1  14  15  51 
Beecher, Kyle   2.2  12  14  49 
Brimhall, Craig   1.2  24 
Chadwick, Ryan   1.1  21 
Sundwall, Peter   1.0  18 


Win - STREICH (1-1). Loss - HEALEY, C (0-1). Save - None. WP - WEST, Luke 3(3); STREICH(6); BEECHER, K(4). HBP - by WEST, Luke (BENSON, C). Pitches/strikes: WEST, Luke 64/38; STREICH 57/31; KONDO 29/18; WAGNER 11/8; HEALEY, C 51/36; BEECHER, K 49/30; BRIMHALL, C 24/12; CHADWICK, R 21/12; SUNDWALL, P 18/10.

Umpires - HP: Randy Upton 1B: Blake Jensen 3B: Al White 
Start: 6:05pm Time: 3:01 Attendance: 887 
Weather: Cold and Windy