UPDATED: Five Cougars earn NFL opportunities as free agents

PROVO, Utah – In addition to defensive end Bronson Kaufusi being drafted Friday in the third round by the Baltimore Ravens, three other members of the 2015 BYU football team received NFL free-agent deals immediately following the draft on Saturday while two others received mini-camp invitations on Sunday. 

Five-run ninth powers No. 30 BYU over Zags 5-4

Freshman Keaton Kringlen drove in two runs with a one-out single to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth to help No. 30 BYU defeat Gonzaga, 5-4, Saturday. (Photo by BYU Photo)

PROVO, Utah – No. 30 BYU baseball scored five runs in the ninth to come back from a 4-0 deficit to beat Gonzaga 5-4 on Saturday at Miller Park.

Despite leaving 11 men on base heading into their final at bat and a lackluster day at the plate, the Cougars (30-10, 12-6) finally heated up when it mattered most.

"[Our approach was] to come out and do what we do, but for eight innings it didn't work," BYU coach Mike Littlewood said. "Fortunately, we play nine innings in this game."

Cougars complete series sweep of Tigers with 8-4 win

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STOCKTON, Calif. – Two Cougars tallied three RBI to lead BYU softball to an 8-4 win at Pacific on Saturday to complete the series sweep.

"It was very important for us to sweep the series this weekend to keep our slim edge in conference play," BYU head coach Gordon Eakin said. "As coaches, we are proud of the team for fighting and playing three solid games."

Bell blasts Pacific in doubleheader sweep

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STOCKTON, Calif. –Lauren Bell’s five RBI over two games, including a game-winning home run, led BYU softball to 5-3 and 5-4 wins over Pacific in a doubleheader on Friday.

"Those were two great wins today," BYU head coach Gordon Eakin said. "It was an excellent team effort. The three-run home run by Bell in the seventh is certainly one of the biggest hits of the season. It was big time."

Bulldogs take game two 9-5

Eric Urry had a snow cone catch to lead off the eighth inning and a pair of singles in a 9-5 loss by No. 30 BYU against Gonzaga Friday night. (Photo by BYU Photo/Jaren Wilkey)

PROVO, Utah – No. 30 BYU baseball struggled on the mound in a 9-5 loss against Gonzaga at Larry H. Miller Field on Friday night.

“We were wild over the middle of plate today in bad spots,” BYU head coach Mike Littlewood said. “What we expected from Hayden Rogers was to throw quality strikes on both sides of the plate. He did it at times, but ultimately it wasn’t enough.”

Bronson Kaufusi selected by Baltimore Ravens in third round of 2016 NFL Draft

PROVO, Utah (April 29, 2016) – BYU defensive end Bronson Kaufusi was selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the third round with the 70th overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft on Friday night in Chicago. Kaufusi is the second BYU player to be drafted by the Ravens, joining consensus All-America tight end Dennis Pitta who was a fourth-round pick in 2010.

No. 30 BYU wins 11-2 over Gonzaga in series opener

Junior Michael Rucker gave the No. 30 BYU baseball team seven innings of one-run ball for an 11-2 win over Gonzaga on Thursday night. (Photo by BYU Photo)

PROVO, Utah – No. 30 BYU baseball cruised to an 11-2 win over the Gonzaga Bulldogs behind productive bats and the arm of junior righthander Michael Rucker on Thursday night at Miller Park.

Rucker, a former Zag, gave up one earned run in the first but settled down to deliver six scoreless frames after that start. He fanned six and scattered six hits over his seven innings to improve to a nation-best 9-0 mark on the season. He was tied for No. 1 in wins in the NCAA entering the game.

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