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Utah baseball tops BYU in extra innings, 7-6

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Stop the presses, but Utah beat BYU, again. This time it came on the diamond as Utah topped the Cougars in Provo by a score of 7-6 in 13 innings. Utah broke a 6-6 tie in the top of the 13th inning, when Josh Rose drove in the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly to right field after Chandler Anderson was intentionally walked to load the bases. Anderson had an awesome day, going 3 of 5 and recording 3 RBI, 2 of which on a 2 run homerun.

Utah, after taking a lead early in the game, had to battle to tie the game in the seventh inning at 6-6. Kyle Hoffman led off the inning with a single, but three hit batters helped bring home a run for the Utes. Not the most glorious way to score, but you’ll take it anyway you can. Utah did jump out to a 5-4 lead after four innings, but BYU pulled in two more after the fifth after three walks and some base hits pulled them ahead.

One of the stories of the game was the inability for Utah to convert opportunities with men on base. Utah left 17 runners on base throughout the game while BYU stranded 11. You can’t leave that many guys on base if you want to have sustained success, and BYU gifted them many of those runners by hitting five guys.

Utah did lose the earlier matchup to BYU 11-6, and had another game cancelled due to weather. Utah now jumps back into Pac-12 play, as they wind down the season.