Brigham Young University
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University of San Diego
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Torero Way San Diego CA 92110

Ralph R. Zobell | Posted: 15 Mar 2013 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Ralph R. Zobell

USD wins second night in a row

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SAN DIEGO—Another ninth-inning nail-bitter escaped BYU baseball’s grasp Friday as the University of San Diego won, 5-3.

For the second night in a row, the Cougars (9-9) saw their lead evaporate to the Toreros (13-6) who are atop the West Coast Conference with a 2-0 record.

BYU’s Kelton Caldwell hit a two-run homer, scoring Brock Whitney in the second inning for a 2-0 Cougar lead. Caldwell added a third RBI in the third with a single that increased the margin to 3-0.

USD chipped away at the lead, scoring one in the third, tying the game in the fourth and taking a 5-3 advantage in the fifth.

Reliever Wes Homick stymied the Cougar bats in order in the sixth and seventh innings, eventually striking out eight in the game.

In the bottom of the seventh, Jaycob Brugman turned a double play when Kris Bryant flew out to left field.  The Cougar junior completed the double play when he threw out the Torero runner diving back into first base.  That was Brugman’s fifth double play of his Cougar career and his 23rd assist from the outfield. The Cougars turned three double plays, to remain one of the NCAA leaders.

That momentum carried to the eighth frame. With two out and Cougars on first and second, Homick gave up back-to-back singles to Jarrett Jarvis and Bret Lopez. Jarvis tried to advance to third on a wild pitch but was thrown out to end the inning and BYU threat.

In the bottom of the eighth, USD advanced a runner to third. Then catcher Jarvis caught the Torero in a squeeze run-down with Adam Law tagging him before he reached home.
Law battled for a ninth-inning single as USD went through a pair of relievers replacing the lefty Homick, who improved his record to 3-0.

“It’s kind of telling if someone has an effective left-hander it’s going to shut us down with our lack of depth,” BYU coach Mike Littlewood said. “He (Homick) had a good mix and was throwing three pitches for strikes. It was tough to solve him.

“We came out with a great mind-set, but we need to get more production out of our middle infield even though they are playing so well defensively. We pick and chose our innings the way our lineup shapes up. We don’t quit, and I guarantee you, we will come out with the same attitude. We have a hunger to win. We have played well enough to win the series.”

The Cougars complete the three-game series at USD on Saturday afternoon.

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Ralph R. Zobell | Posted: 12 Mar 2013 | Updated: 8 Nov 2020
Ralph R. Zobell

League play begins with BYU at San Diego

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League play begins this week for BYU baseball as Thursday starts a three-game series at the University of San Diego.

BYU [9-7) meets USD (11-6) on Thursday and Friday at 6 p.m. PDT, with the finale on Saturday at 1 p.m.

“We want to take the same approach of concentrating on the things we can control, playing catch, throwing strikes and working to keep ourselves in games to give us a chance,” BYU coach Mike Littlewood said.

Scheduled to start the opener for the Cougars is  Desmond Poulson (2-0, 1.57 earned run average). Fellow junior Adam Miller (1-3, 3.91) will be on the mound Friday evening, and sophomore  Jeff Barker (2-2, 3.27) will be on the hill Saturday.

The Cougars are coming off a pair of upset victories over No. 21 UC Irvine, 6-3 and 3-1, as they head to San Diego.

Seven of BYU’s pitchers have registered victories, Poulson and Barker each with two wins. Sophomore James Lengal  has recorded four of the Cougars’ five saves.
Thanks to freshmen mid-fielders Brennon Anderson and Hayden Nielsen, along with juniors Adam Law and Brock Whitney at the corners, BYU remains in the NCAA’s Top 10 teams in double plays.

USD is ranked No. 4 in the nation in home runs, led by All-American and reigning West Coast Conference Player of the Week Kris Bryant who is No. 1 in the nation in runs, home runs and walks.  Fellow Torero Dillon Haupt is also No. 1 in doubles.

The Cougars fly to San Diego, then bus to Las Vegas for a Monday non-conference game at UNLV before flying home for a four-game series with Kansas.  All of the games at USD and UNLV will be broadcast live locally over KOVO Radio 960 AM.

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