Brigham Young University
Mar 15 | 06:00 PM
7 - 4
Gonzaga University
Miller Park

400 E University Parkway Provo UT 84604

Jordan Christiansen | Posted: 15 Mar 2019 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Jordan Christiansen

Cougars Defeat Bulldogs on Hale's Big Night

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PROVO, Utah – Senior Brock Hale hit a key double and a towering home run to help lift BYU baseball over Gonzaga 7-4 on Friday night at Miller Field.

“They played relaxed tonight and we matched Gonzaga’s energy,” BYU head coach Mike Littlewood said. “We were into every single pitch in the dugout and it showed. When the guys on the field know everyone in the dugout is with them and supporting them it really, really helps. Tonight, everyone was on the same page.”

BYU vs. Gonzaga Box Score

Game Summary

  • Brock Hale broke a tie in the bottom of the fifth with a double that cleared the bases loaded
  • Easton Walker earned his first win of the year and first since 2016 before his mission, pitching 3.2 innings with no earned runs or walks
  • The Cougar bullpen did not allow an earned run for the 12th time in 17 games this season, going 8.0 innings with six hits, one walk and five strikeouts

Player Highlights

  • Brock Hale: 2-4, 2B, HR, R, 4 RBI
  • Easton Walker: W (1-0), 3.2 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 0 BB
  • Brian Hsu: 2-3, HR, 2 R, BB, RBI

Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth, BYU (13-4) doubled its run total via a double by senior Brock Hale, clearing the bases loaded and scoring sophomore Mitch McIntyre, senior Brian Hsu and freshman Carson Matthews.

BYU tacked on another run the following inning. Sophomore Danny Gelalich hit a two-out single that dropped in right field before senior Noah Hill brought him home with a double to left field to bring the score to 7-3 over Gonzaga (7-9).

BYU fell behind early in the game at 3-1 by the end of the second inning, managing its one run on a two-out home run over the scoreboard in left field by Hale. But the Bulldogs went the next six-plus innings scoreless thanks to the combined efforts of McIntyre and sophomore Easton Walker on the mound. Walker earned the win, his first of the year, allowing zero earned runs and no walks.

Hitting in the leadoff spot for just the second time this season, Hsu hit a solo shot off the scoreboard in the bottom of the third to cut Gonzaga’s lead to a run, 3-2. Sophomore Jackson Cluff hit a one-out double in the fourth frame, advancing to third on a fly ball before tying the game on a wild pitch.

Sophomore Drew Zimmerman earned his second save of the year and seventh of his career, coming on in the ninth with one runner on, but three strikeouts from the right-hander closed out the game.

The Cougars and Bulldogs will play for a third and final time on Saturday, March 16, at 1 p.m. MT. The game will air live on TheW.tv, ESPN 960 and BYU Radio.

 

 
Jordan Christiansen | Posted: 13 Mar 2019 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Jordan Christiansen

BYU Begins WCC Competition with Zags

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PROVO, Utah - Off to its second-best start in program history, the BYU baseball team opens West Coast Conference play hosting Gonzaga, the reigning WCC champions. 

At 12-3, BYU is off to its best start since going 14-1 in 2016. The Cougars are currently on a six-game win streak and have won 10 of their last 11 games.

BYU Game Notes - Gonzaga

BYU has played solid on offense and defense - the Cougars are currently 35th in the nation with a .296 batting average and No. 27 with an ERA of 2.98.

Sophomore third baseman Jackson Cluff earned the Cougars’ first WCC Player of the Week award for his efforts against UVU and Milwaukee last week. Cluff batted .600 with nine hits, including two doubles and two triples, to go with seven RBIs, six runs, two walks and two stolen bases.

Starting for the Cougars on Thursday will be senior Jordan Wood who is 2-0 in four starts with a 1.88 ERA. Junior right-hander Jarod Lessar will start game two; he's 2-1 with a 5.28 ERA. Sophomore Justin Sterner will start game three with a record of 3-1 and a 1.77 ERA.

BYU vs. Gonzaga Game 1
Thursday, March 14
6 p.m. MT
Miller Field
TheW.tv, BYU Radio
$1 Drinks and Flavor Bar

BYU vs. Gonzaga Game 2
Friday, March 15
6 p.m. MT
Miller Field
TheW.tv, BYU Radio, ESPN 960

BYU vs. Gonzaga Game 3
Saturday, March 16
1 p.m. MT
Miller Field
TheW.tv, BYU Radio, ESPN 960
$1 Cougar Tails

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