MORAGA, Calif. (May 4, 2018)—Host Saint Mary’s erupted for nine runs in the fourth and fifth innings en route to a 10-3 victory over BYU baseball on Friday.
It started out as "déjà vu all over again," as the Cougars took a 1-0 lead in the first inning for the second day in a row.
First baseman Brian Hsu hit the first of three singles in that inning and scored on swinging bunt by Nate Favero. That bunt had enough “English” on it, causing catcher to field it and allowed Hsu to score from second.
A controversial double play ended the second frame when BYU catcher Noah Hill was ruled to have interfered sliding into second base.
The Gaels, now 28-18 and 12-8 in the West Coast Conference, tied the game in the third when a single glanced off Hsu’s glove. SMC took the lead when Kevin Milam tripled off centerfield wall to start its four-run rally in the fourth when Cougar senior starter Hayden Rogers was chased from the mound.
BYU outfielder Brock Hale was robbed of a base hit by the diving Gael centerfielder in the fifth with two Cougars aboard.
The final two runs for BYU came in the seventh when freshman pinch-hitter Kolby Kelton doubled for his first hit as a collegian to score Brennon Anderson and Hale.
The Cougars, now 19-22 overall and 8-12 in the WCC, hope to avoid a sweep at SMC with a Saturday afternoon tilt at 1 p.m. PDT.