Baseball Falls To BYU In Second Game Of Series

Cooper Casad (photo by Meghan Laurel Photography)
Cooper Casad (photo by Meghan Laurel Photography)

STOCKTON, Calif. - BYU posted a 12-1 win over the Pacific baseball team in game two of the West Coast Conference series Friday. Kevin Sandri stretched his hitting streak to 12 straight games, and Matt Tarantino finished with two of the Tigers five hits.

BYU's Brady Corless held the Tigers in check with six innings pitched, allowing one earned run on three hits with six strikeouts. He improved to 4-0. Mason Marshall tossed the final three innings, allowing two hits to pick up a three-inning save.

Will Lydon took the loss, as he surrendered five earned in 1.2 innings while pitching on short rest against BYU. Following four straight games last weekend,  stretching from Friday through Monday, and a Thursday start to the series with BYU, Cooper Casad stepped up for the Tigers relief corps, eating five innings out of the pen. The Cougars added six runs, five earned before Ed O'Bannon III finished up, with one run allowed in 2.1 innings of work.

After a leadoff walk and a single, Daniel Schneemann doubled to right center for a 1-0 BYU lead. The Tigers mowed down a runner at the plate for the first out, but a second run came in on a sacrifice fly as Danny Mayer made a catch crashing into the wall in foul territory. Colton Shaver followed with an RBI double down the left field line before Lydon escaped further damage.

The Tigers picked up a run back in the bottom of the first, as Kevin Sandri was hit by pitch and Matt Tarantino singled to center. Sandri advanced to third on a flyout and came in on a sacrifice fly from James Free II as the Tigers pulled within 3-1.

The Cougars plated two in the second on a pair of singles, an RBI fielder's choice and an RBI single from Keaton Kriglen.

With the bases loaded in the third, Cooper Casad struck out Casey Jacobsen, but on a fly out from Anderson, the throw from Keaton Glover to third beat the runner ahead of Shaver crossing the plate, but Kyle Dean slid around the tag at third for a sacrifice fly and a 6-1 BYU lead.

The Cougars added a run in the fifth on a solo homer by Dean, and tacked on four in the seventh as Larsen doubled, Dean singled him home, and after a walk, Jacobsen posted a sac fly. Brennon Anderson delivered a two-run double to center for an 11-1 lead.

In the ninth, BYU added another Jacobsen sacrifice fly for the 12-1 lead.

The Tigers fall to 12-17 overall and 2-9 in West Coast Conference play. BYU improves to 16-12 overall and 6-2 in WCC action.

Game three of the series will be Saturday at 1 p.m. with LHP Ricky Reynoso taking on BYU LHP Hayden Rogers.