Baseball Downs BYU 7-1 at Smith's Ballpark
SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah baseball won its Friday night game against BYU 7-1 at Smith's Ballpark to clinch the series win over the Cougars.
Kyle Robeniol came out pitching fire and went 6.0 innings striking out eight and only allowing two hits. He got the win moving his record to 1-1 on the season. Out of 79 pitches, Robeniol threw 54 strikes.
Utah only totaled six hits, but made them count as Jayden Kiernan and Shea Kramer both had two RBI. The Utes also battled at the plate, drawing seven walks.
After taking a 1-0 lead in the third, the Utes really got going in the fourth. With runners on first and third and no outs, Kramer stepped up and hit a rope to left center for a triple, scoring both runs to go up 3-0. Matt Richardson knocked in Kramer in the next at bat with a single to right field.
Richardson's hit chased BYU's starter, but the Utes weren't done in the inning. Chase Fernlund drew a walk and after Jaylon McLaughlin bunted the runners over to second and third, Kiernan hit a fly ball to score Richardson from third.
Up 5-0, Utah added two more runs in the sixth inning with the big hit coming from Kiernan. With a runner on third, he knocked a double to put Utah up 7-0.
Randon Hostert relieved Robeniol in the seventh inning and took care of things the rest of the way. He pitched the final three innings and only allowed one run on three hits. Robeniol and Hostert combined to hold BYU to only five hits and only walked three.
Richardson and Fernlund both reached base three times in the game and each scored two runs. The bottom of the lineup did the most damage for Utah as everyone scored a run that was batting fifth through ninth.
Tomorrow Utah will go for the series sweep over the Cougars down in Provo. The game will be on BYUTV with the first pitch coming at 3:11 p.m.