BYU Baseball wins home opener against Utah Valley

The Slugging BYU Cougars beat crosstown rival Utah Valley behind a strong combined effort of the pitching staff.

Provo, UT – These guys just find a way to get it done.

12 games into the season, BYU Baseball is on an absolute tear. Sporting mustaches, these Cougars get it done by swiping bases, pitching gems, and hitting bombs and they found a way to get it done tonight.

Facing crosstown rival UVU, BYU was able to come away with a 6-1 victory on a night where the team had a hard time getting the bats going thanks to a combined effort of the pitching staff.

Starting pitcher Maverick Buffo left the game after the first inning with the win, but BYU’s bullpen came up big throwing a combined seven different pitchers and held the visiting Wolverines to just four hits and two walks.

Leadoff man, Brennon Lund started the game by drawing a walk from UVU starting pitcher Danny Beddes. Lund used his speed to steal second and third base and broke open the scoring on a Eric Urry sacrifice fly. The Cougars tallied one more run after Brennon Anderson reached on a walk and was able to score due to a dropped fly ball by UVU’s RF.

Despite taking the loss, Beddes pitched a great game for the Wolverines only allowing two hits to the red hot Cougar bats.

“Buffo got us off to a great start,” Littlewood said. “I liked what our bullpen did. (Danny) Beddes is the best pitcher we’ve seen this year.”

Beddes was knocked out of the game in the fourth inning when BYU was able to break open the scoring. The inning started off by Colton Shaver singling to right-center then Kyle Dean was hit by an errant pitch in the hand. Bronson Larsen reached base on a walk to load the bases and Shaver scored after Brennon Lund was beaned. With the bases still loaded, Hayden Nielsen knocked a two-RBI single to right field scoring Dean and Larsen. Marco Briones then came in relief for Beddes and Brennon Anderson rounded out the scoring with a poke to the right side that scored Lund.

UVU scored their first and only run in the top of the seventh when Mark Krueger and Spencer Gothberg reached base on hits. Krueger advanced to third on a double play hit by Craig Brinkerhoff that got Gothberg out. Krueger was then able to score on a throwing error.

BYU closed out the game on a gem by lefty Riley Gates who struck out the side on ten pitches.

BYU next plays Niagra in a four game series beginning on Thursday at 6 pm.

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