BYU baseball trounced by Utah

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Hayden Nielsen and the Cougars beat Saint Mary's 14-3 to snag the third seed in the WCC tournament.
Hayden Nielsen throwing to first earlier this season. Nielsen and the Cougars fell to Utah 8-1 on Tuesday. (Universe Archives)

BYU baseball took a hard loss to in-state rival Utah 8-1 Tuesday in Salt Lake.

The Cougars are now 34-15 overall and 15-9 in the West Coast Conference. They are one game behind Gonzaga in the WCC standings and are currently tied for second place with Saint Mary’s.

Utah led from the get-go scoring in the first, second, fourth and fifth frames for a 5-1 lead. They tacked on three more in the seventh to trump the Cougars from battling back.

The Cougars couldn’t get anything going until they put up three hits in the sixth inning, earning one run, making the score 4-1. BYU rallied in their last at bats in the ninth inning, putting two men on base after a lead off single and a walk before the Utes recorded the final two outs.

This was the third and final game of the three-game season series that started back on March 15, where BYU shut out the Utes 6-0. They played again April 12, where BYU again dominated them with a commanding 14-3 victory. Both games were played in Provo.

BYU had 13 hits in the game and left 12 men on base.

The Cougars finish up their season this weekend hosting Santa Clare Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting at 6 p.m.

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