Brigham Young University
Mar 03 | 03:30 PM
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Auburn University
Plainsman Park

351 S Donahue Drive Auburn AL 36849

Ralph R. Zobell | Posted: 3 Mar 2018 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Ralph R. Zobell

Tigers sweep doubleheader, 21-4 and 9-5

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BYU vs. Auburn game two box score

BYU vs. Auburn game three box score

 

AUBURN, Alabama (March 3, 2018)—Nationally-ranked Auburn swept BYU baseball in a Saturday doubleheader, 21-4 and 9-5.

The first game against the No. 18 Tigers, now 12-0, got out of control early.  In the second of the twin bill, the Cougars were down 8-1, then closed the gap to 8-4 by the sixth inning.

“It makes for a long day when your two starters in a doubleheader go a combined three innings,” BYU coach Mike Littlewood said. “Auburn is a very good team and they beat up our pitching staff today. “

In game one the Cougars jumped out to their only lead of the day when Daniel Schneemann tripled in the first inning to the right field corner and teammate Keaton Kringlen walked. With two out, Brock Hale battled to a full count then homered on the eighth pitch thrown to him with a blast over the angled wall in left field for a 3-0 lead.

In the bottom of the first frame, the Tigers scored seven runs and never looked back as BYU rotated through seven pitchers to stop the 20-hit barrage.  Auburn pounded eight doubles, which enabled most of the 12 batters and one hit batsman to score.

“There were a lot of disappointments today but if there was a silver lining it would have to be the way Brock (Hale) swung it, and the performance of Alex Perron,” Littlewood said. “We won't see a team like Auburn the rest of the year and hopefully we can take a few positives from the series and build on things.”

Hale ended up hitting 4-for-4 in game one, including a double.  In the nightcap Hale pounded another dinger to left field in the fourth inning for BYU’s first run. Hale raised his batting average from .176 to .279 in the doubleheader.

Back-to-back doubles by Nate Favero and Hale accounted for the Cougars’ second run in the sixth inning of game two. Brian Hsu doubled in Hale, then scored later from third on a balk with the bases loaded as the Cougars batted around their lineup, drawing close at 8-4.

The Cougars had their chances to get back in the nightcap, but left the bases loaded in the sixth and eighth innings.

Starting left-handers Hayden Rogers (2-1) and Kenny Saenz (0-2) were the pitchers of record for BYU in the doubleheader. Transfer Perron, the third pitcher the Cougars used in the nightcap, ended up being the most effective of the day for BYU.  He threw a shutout inning of relief in game one and 3 and 2/3 innings in game two.

BYU, now 5-6, prepares for its home opener in a three-games series starting Thursday evening against Division I foe Nebraska Omaha.

Ralph R. Zobell | Posted: 28 Feb 2018 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Ralph R. Zobell

First-ever meeting at undefeated No. 18 Auburn

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Game Notes

A first-ever matchup at No. 18 Auburn in Alabama and BYU baseball on Friday starts a three-game series between the Tigers and Cougars.

Auburn is 9-0 after upsetting No. 11 South Alabama earlier this week and BYU has a 5-3 record.

“This trip will be a great experience for our program and a real test for our team,” BYU coach Mike Littlewood said. “I really respect Coach Thompson and what he's done in a short amount of time at Auburn. We know they will be well coached and we will have to play our best to compete with this team.

“We will see three power arms and a probable first rounder in Casey Mize. We are just really excited to play a quality SEC opponent and hope to gain valuable experience from the trip.”

BYU junior right-hander Jordan Wood (0-0, 2.25) will start on the mound in Friday’s game at 5 p.m. CST.  Senior lefty Hayden Rogers (2-0, 3.65) will start at noon in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader. Lefty transfer Kenny Saenz (0-1, 10.80) is scheduled to start in Saturday’s nightcap.

All three BYU games at Auburn will be broadcast live locally by ESPN Radio 960 and streamed on its website.  Friday’s game will have a live video stream on ESPN3 (the SEC Network-Plus). Only Friday's game will also have a live audio stream through BYU Radio-Sirius XM 143.

Auburn and No. 8 Stanford (8-0) are the only remaining undefeated teams on BYU’s schedule.  Coming into this week, the Cougars were ranked by one national poll as having the No. 1 strength of schedule and ratings percentage index (RPI) in the NCAA.  Auburn was ranked No. 31 in that poll’s RPI index and No. 133 in strength of schedule.

The Auburn campus at 702 feet above sea level will be the second highest in elevation thus far for BYU baseball which practices at 4,553 feet.  The CSUN campus is 807 feet and Hawai`i’s campus is at 95 feet.

Following the Auburn series, the Cougars open their home season on March 8 with a three-game series against Nebraska-Omaha.

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