BASEBALL: Jeff Barker quieted the bats of Loyola Marymount until BYU caught fire and pulled out a 6-2 victory Friday at Larry H. Miller Field.
“Jeff Barker came out and gave us a tremendous start,” BYU coach Mike Littlewood said. “He’s been good in most of his starts this year and we really needed that leadership and that outing from him. Our whole goal is to put nine innings together, one inning at a time and look what happened on the scoreboard.”
Barker made the difference for the Cougars (15-25, 6-11 WCC). He threw eight innings, giving up eight hits and only one earned run to improve his record to 3-5.
Bret Lopez and JC Snyder had two hits apiece, Lopez with a double and a seventh-inning triple for two RBI.
The Lions (24-15, 12-5 WCC) saw their seven-game win streak end.
The two teams again play today at 1 p.m.
SOFTBALL: Sydney Broderick continued her hot hitting to lead BYU softball to a 7-3 victory against Weber State at Gail Miller Field.
“It was a good team win,” BYU coach Gordon Eakin said. “It was nice to bounce back after falling behind two to nothing to this Weber State team who was aggressive and came out swinging.”
Broderick finished 3-for-3 with a home run and three RBI. McKenzie St. Clair finished 2-for-3 with a home run and Ashlee Robinson was 1-for-1 with a double, both scoring two runs each.
Tori Almond earned the win, pitching 5.1 innings and striking out six. McKenna Bull was credited with the save, striking out four over 1.2 innings pitched.
WOMEN'S TENNIS: At Spokane, Wash., impressive performances of Mayci Jones, Toby Miclat and Morgan Anderson-Littlewood proved to be enough as the Cougars clinched a 4-3 victory for the fourth consecutive WCC win in a match against Gonzaga
“We played great doubles today which was a nice improvement from yesterday,” BYU coach Lauren Jones-Spencer said. “We played some good singles today up until the clinch -- great job to Mayci, Toby and Morgan for playing solid.”
The Cougars improved to 12-7, 8-1 WCC.
The WCC Tournament is April 23-26 in San Diego. BYU will be the second seed.