BASEBALL: A must-win was secured by BYU baseball with a 4-2 victory over Loyola Marymount on Saturday to stay alive in the West Coast Conference playoff race.
“I just loved our approach,” BYU coach Mike Littlewood said. “This is the team that I always envisioned we could be, just playing solid. For (Brandon) Kinser to come back three days in a row was tremendous but he’s got that kind of arm and rarely do you see that out of a closer.”
BYU (16-25, 7-11 WCC) held LMU (24-16, 12-6 WCC) to just four hits, while the Cougars pounded out 10. Kolton Mahoney (5-5) started for the Cougars and dominated, throwing no-hit ball and striking out three through the first five innings.
BYU didn't score until the third, when a double from Hayden Nielsen, a single by Brennon Lund and a wild pitch gave BYU a run.
LMU tied it in the sixth, breaking up the no-hitter with a double and triple to score a run. But the Cougars responded with RBI singles from Bret Lopez and Jarret Jarvis and a sacrifice fly from Nielsen in the bottom of the inning for a 4-1 lead.
In the seventh, Mahoney hit a batter and threw three wild pitches to score the final LMU run. Kinser got a strikeout to end the inning and held off LMU through the eighth and ninth for the victory.
TRACK: At Walnut, Calif., Curtis Carr posted the fastest collegiate time in the nation in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to lead BYU at the Mt. San Antonio College (SAC) Relays this weekend.
Carr’s time of 8:37.54 was second in the meet to Canadian professional and Olympian Matt Hughes. With the top mark in the country, he has qualified for the NCAA regional meet.
Other good performances from the BYU men included Jared Ward in the 5,000m (13:26.98, fourth-best collegiate) and Tommy Gruenewald (14th, 10,000m, 29:37.56, NCAA regional qualifier).
MEN'S TENNIS: At Provo, team captain Francis Sargeant and freshman Jacob Sullivan set the tone with their singles wins in BYU men’s tennis' 6-1 victory over No. 75 Portland.
The Cougars are 10-14 overall, 4-5 WCC. The WCC Championships begin Wednesday in San Diego.