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UTES, COLD CAN'T COOL TORRID BYU

Despite a cool Alaskan wind that blew snow Friday morning atop a Cougar Field tarp, the temperature of BYU's baseball team is at a season high.

Friday afternoon, University of Utah took on a BYU team that hasn't lost at home this year and is carrying around an eight-game winning streak in its bat bag.In fact, for the first time this year the Cougars are hitting over .300 and the team earned-run average has dropped below that of their opponents.

So Friday wasn't a good time for the last-place Utes to try and cool off the first-place Cougars.

LeRoy Brown and Ryan Roberts each hit a pair of home runs, and the Cougars got seven solid innings out of starting pitcher Scott Haws to hold off Utah 14-10.

The Utes struck for two runs in the first inning, but their lead was gone by the bottom of the third inning when Brown hit a solo shot to right field and Roberts hit a two-run blast down the left-field line off Utah starter Jason Struble.

BYU added a run in the fourth and two more in the fifth, but the big blow came off Brown's bat in the seventh - a grand slam that pushed the Cougars lead to 11-2.

Utah tried to make a game of it when the Utes rattled a tired Scott Haws and a tight Mike Nielsen and rallied for eight runs total in the eighth and ninth innings off the two Cougar pitchers.

Matt Hagan, Corland Felts and Ben Marziale all doubled in two runs and Kevin Bracy hit a solo home run.

But Utah's ninth-inning rallied died when Nate Truax popped up to end the game.

"I know Mike (Nielsen) complained that he couldn't get loose. When the ball hits the bat in this cold air, it tends to really carry," said BYU coach Gary Pullins. "I thought our guys battled at the plate and made some nice defensive plays."

The two teams are scheduled to meet again today for a noon doubleheader.