Game Two In Provo Goes To BYU As Pacific Falls 9-3

Erik Lockwood - Photo byL Keith Sanpei
Erik Lockwood - Photo byL Keith Sanpei

Provo, Utah - Taking on the Cougars for the second of three games in Utah, the Pacific baseball team suffered a 9-3 loss as BYU captured the season series on Friday, April 4. The loss for the Tigers dropped their record to 13-19 overall and 4-7 in the WCC while the Cougars improved to 12-20 on the year and 4-7 in conference play.

For the second-straight night the Cougars had the Tigers number at the plate as BYU matched their offensive output from the night prior with 15 hits while plating nine runs. Unlike the night prior, however, the night started well for the Tigers as Pacific plated a run in its first trip to up on Friday night. In the inning, the Tigers used a pair of doubles from junior Tyler Sullivan and sophomore Gio Brusa to jump on the board first and take their first lead of the series.

Despite the quick start, the Tigers were unable to hold back the Cougar offense as BYU responded with four runs in the bottom of the first to take control of the game and take a lead it would never relinquish. In the inning, the Cougars used a three-run home run from Brock Whitney to do the bulk of their damage in the inning before tacking on a fourth run in the inning.

As they did the night prior, the Cougars continued to build on their lead throughout the night as they added a runs in each of the even innings of the contest. The Cougars used single runs in the second, fourth, and sixth innings to build their lead to 7-1 before the Tigers found a glimmer of light in the eighth with two runs of their own. The catalyst of the inning was a leadoff triple by sophomore J.P. Yakel while a sacrifice fly by Brusa led to the first run and a single by senior Erik Lockwood completed the inning.

Back within striking distance, the Tigers could not keep up as the Cougars put the game away in the bottom half of the eighth with two more runs to complete the sweep of games in Provo. The game on Saturday is scheduled to be played in Orem at Utah Valley University's stadium as scheduling conflicts have forced the Cougars off campus for the series finale.

The loss in the game went to junior Michael Hager (2-4) after he lasted just 2.0 innings while giving up seven hits and five runs. In relief, freshman Will Lydon held the Cougars in check for much of the night with five innings of work in his first appearance out of the pen for the Tigers on the year. He would give up just two runs on six hits while striking out a pair. For the Cougars, Kolton Mahoney (4-4) took the win with an 8.0 inning performance on the mound. He scattered nine hits and gave up three runs while striking out eight during his time in the game. 

The last game of the series in Utah is scheduled for 11:00 am PST as the teams meet for the third and final time in 2014.