Two-out rallies help Cougars sweep Seattle

2012-04-13T00:03:03Z Two-out rallies help Cougars sweep SeattleDaily Herald Daily Herald
April 13, 2012 12:03 am  • 

SEATTLE -- Two-out rallies by BYU in both games of Thursday's baseball doubleheader led to a Cougar sweep over Seattle University, 6-3 and 9-3. BYU (16-12) took the lead in the four-game series in Seattle and a 3-1 advantage in the overall series with two games remaining with the Redhawks (15-14).

Wes Guenther got RBI singles in both games, but his third inning poke through the right side was the game-winner. That run was the only Game 1 run that wasn't scored with two outs.

The Cougars took a 3-0 lead after the first inning of game one thanks to five consecutive singles which scored Brock Whitney, Jaycob Brugman and Austin Hall.

Brugman had an RBI double in the second, helping to chase Redhawks' starter Brandon Kizer off the mound. Kizer had been the winning pitcher when he stymied the Cougars in a 2-1 victory last month in Provo.

In the eighth, BYU loaded the bases, but only scored one off Andrew Law's sacrifice fly.

The early runs gave confidence to BYU starting pitcher Chris Capper, who earned his third victory of the season. Capper escaped jam in the second and sixth innings with men on the corners and a runner on third in the fifth, which accounted for some of the dozen runners stranded by Seattle in game one.

Capper helped himself by closing the first-inning threat with a pickoff at first base. Guenther threw out a Redhawk trying to steal second in the second. Capper was relieved by Tyler Westensee in the seventh and Chris Howard in the eighth. Howard gathered strength to finish the ninth from a 5-4-3 double play.

Back-to-back doubles by Kelton Caldwell and Dillon Robinson in the fifth inning produced a 5-2 lead in Game 2. Then with two outs, Guenther added another RBI double in the fifth, which took SU's second pitcher off the hill with the Cougars leading 6-2.

That lead was enough to secure the victory for BYU sophomore Marc Oslund, who improved to 3-0 following his first start of the season.

This evening's game will be at 6 p.m., at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, before returning to Bannerwood Park for Saturday afternoon's finale.

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