Ninth-inning rally falls short in 4-3 loss at Pepperdine

Riley Gates had a no-hitter going through five-plus innings in a 4-3 loss at Pepperdine on Saturday. (Photo by BYU Photo/Jaren Wilkey)

MALIBU, Calif. — A ninth-inning rally fell short for No. 26 BYU baseball, falling victim to a grand slam Saturday afternoon in a 4-3 loss to Pepperdine.

Starter Riley Gates had a no-hitter and a 1-0 lead going into the sixth inning.  The slam by the Waves’ Brad Anderson gave Pepperdine (22-20, 12-9) control until it nearly got away in the ninth inning.

Cougars headed to NCAA Finals with top-six finish, Garner ties for fourth

BATON ROUGE, La. — Backed by a 3-under tournament performance from Lea Garner, No. 37 BYU women's golf placed in the top-6 at the 2016 Division I NCAA Women's Regional on Saturday, good to advance to the Division I NCAA Women's Golf Finals. 

With the sixth-place finish, the Cougars qualify for a position in the Division I NCAA Women's Golf Finals held in Eugune, Oregon May 20-25.

Senior Day win leads BYU softball to sweep of Santa Clara

Seniors third baseman Coco Tauali'i Bond and centerfielder Gordy Bravo helped the Cougars to a 9-1 win over Sant Clara in their final home game at BYU. (Photo by Kimber Haner)

Box Score: BYU vs. Santa Clara game 3

PROVO, Utah — Senior third baseman Coco Tauali’i Bond drove in three runs and hit two doubles on Senior Day as BYU softball run-ruled Santa Clara 9-1 Saturday afternoon at Miller Park.

The leadoff batter, fellow senior centerfielder Gordy Bravo, shined in her home finale as well, going 1 for 2 with one walk and a run scored.

Bull sets season strikeout record in doubleheader wins

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PROVO, Utah – Behind home runs from Libby Sugg and Ashley Thompson, BYU softball defeated Santa Clara 4-3 and 15-4 in a doubleheader on Friday at Gail Miller Field.

“It’s always nice to win,” BYU head coach Gordon Eakin said. “We had to battle and tough it out in the first game, but in the second game we came alive with the bats and played really well.”

Waves shut out No. 26 BYU on Friday

Eric Urry now has an eight-game hitting streak after getting one of five singles for BYU in a 3-0 loss at Pepperdine on Friday. (Photo by BYU Photo/Jaren Wilkey)

MALIBU, California (May 6, 2016)—Pepperdine evened the series by shutting out No. 26 BYU baseball, 3-0, on Friday.

The Cougars (31-12 and 13-7 West Coast Conference) still control their own destiny in holding on to first place in the league.

However, on Friday a pair of Wave pitchers limited BYU to five hits.

“Chandler Blanchard threw well today,” BYU coach Mike Littlewood said. “He kept us off balance and (Ryan) Wilson was very good out of the pen.”

Cougars prepare for national championship match against Ohio State

Men's Volleyball Blog | May 06, 2016 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 5:03 pm | Updated: May 7, 2016 8:14 am | Permalink

BYU men's volleyball took to the court at Rec Hall Friday morning for a 90 minute practice. Following the training session, players Ben Patch, Jake Langlois, Erik Sikes and head coach Shawn Olmstead met the media for a press conference. The team studied film on Ohio State during the afternoon and evening in preparation for Saturday's match against the No. 3 seed Buckeyes.

Garner’s 69 helps move BYU into top 5 at NCAA Women’s Regionals

BATON ROUGE, La. — Led by a strong 3-under-par performance by senior Lea Garner, BYU women’s golf moved up the leaderboard on Friday into a fifth-place tie at the 2016 NCAA Women’s Regional being played at The University Club in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Five new PR's at Weber State Twilight

(Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

OGDEN, Utah – Five BYU athletes set new personal records Wednesday and Thursday at the Weber State Twilight Meet.

“This meet was a nice opportunity for many of our student-athletes to continue to get ready for the upcoming regional meet,” BYU head coach Ed Eyestone said. “A number of our sprinters and throwers actually have two meets this week. At the conclusion of the Weber State Twilight, many of them will be heading to Los Angeles for the Occidental meet on Saturday.”

Five new PR's at Weber State Twilight

(Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

OGDEN, Utah – Five BYU athletes set new personal records Wednesday and Thursday at the Weber State Twilight Meet.

“This meet was a nice opportunity for many of our student-athletes to continue to get ready for the upcoming regional meet,” BYU head coach Ed Eyestone said. “A number of our sprinters and throwers actually have two meets this week. At the conclusion of the Weber State Twilight, many of them will be heading to Los Angeles for the Occidental meet on Saturday.”

Rucker and No. 26 Cougars claim 9-5 victory at Pepperdine

Mike Rucker improved to 10-0 with a 2.58 earned run average now after helping No. 26 BYU to a 9-5 win at Pepperdine on Thursday. (Photo by BYU Photo)

MALIBU, California (May 5, 2016)—Michael Rucker kept his record unblemished at 10-0 as he helped No. 26 BYU baseball to a 9-5 win at Pepperdine on Thursday.

The Cougars improved to 31-11 and just as important to 13-6 to remain in first place in the West Coast Conference.

One of Rucker’s shining moments came in the fourth inning. The junior right-hander walked the first two Waves in that frame before registering the his second of five strikeouts in the game on three straight pitches.