BYU roundup: Softball falls at regional; men's golf in hunt for NCAA spot

2014-05-16T19:56:00Z 2014-05-17T09:45:04Z BYU roundup: Softball falls at regional; men's golf in hunt for NCAA spotDaily Herald Daily Herald
May 16, 2014 7:56 pm  • 

SEATTLE -- After putting together an all-around team effort to beat Northwestern 7-2 in the first round of the NCAA regionals on Thursday, No. 12 seed Washington overpowered BYU softball on its way to a 9-0 victory on Friday afternoon ending, the Cougars' 16 game winning streak.

“It was a bad day,” BYU coach Gordon Eakin said. “Washington is an excellent team. They deserve a lot of credit for taking care of us the way they did, but we had a little to do with that too. We didn’t play how we are capable of playing.”

McKenna Bull came into the game and pitched 4.1 innings, striking out eight. McKenzie St. Clair and Katie Manuma each finished 1-for-2 and Ashley Thompson drew two walks.

In the elimination-bracket game later Friday evening, the Cougars were ousted from the tournament with an 8-3 loss to Northwestern. 

The Cougars took a 3-1 lead after one inning against Northwestern, but the Wildcats came back with four in the top of the fourth to take the lead for good.

Sydney Broderick was 2-for-3 with two RBI for BYU. Manuma drove in the other BYU run. 

In Thursday's win, Manuma, Gordy Bravo and Lauren Bell each had two hits, a run and an RBI for the Cougars. Tori Almond (11-6) earned the victory going 4.2 innings with three strike outs and allowed only two earned runs.

MEN'S GOLF: At Auburn, Ala., the BYU men's golf team heads into the final round of the NCAA Auburn Regional in the top five following a solid performance by Justin Keiley and Jordan Rodgers on Friday.

"It's always nice to have your four and five guys put up respectable numbers for the team," BYU coach Bruce Brockbank said. "Keiley is playing solid like always and we moved up a couple spots. We're in great company and we just have to go out and have a great day. We have a great chance to advance and it's nice to be in contention."

The Cougars carded a 6-over 294 in the second round and are 17-over-par overall. BYU tied in fifth place with Texas, trailing fourth-place Virginia Tech by a single stroke. Alabama remains on top at 5-under-par with Auburn trailing by 15 strokes (10-over) for second place. The top five teams from each regional will advance to the NCAA Championships on May 23-28 at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan.

Keiley is tied for 10th overall and had two birdies Friday. Rodgers is tied for 23rd at 4-over after a 71. Jordan Hammer is tied for 39th, Joe Parkinson is 8-over (tie 42nd and Cole Ogden is 12-over. 

The final round is today.

BASEBALL: At Portland, Ore., Kolton Mahoney struck out nine Pilots to lift BYU baseball to a 6-3 win over Portland. The Cougars (21-31, 11-15 WCC) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning at Portland (11-40, 5-21). Mahone (6-6) limited Portland to just a first-inning single until the seventh inning.

“My curve was working along with my slider, everything was over the plate,” Mahoney said. “It makes it a lot easier so you can just go out and throw strikes.”

The Cougar offense continued to generate runs. Bret Lopez scored BYU’s third run in the sixth thanks to a sac-bunt, then advanced home on a wild pitch. Hayden Nielsen doubled in Jarrett Jarvis with one out for a 4-0 lead that same inning. Nielsen led off the eighth with his second double of the day and later scored on Eric Urry’s groundout. Brennon Lund score later on an error.

BYU concludes its season today at noon MDT against Portland.

TRACK: At Atlanta, the BYU track and field turned in a strong performance on the first day at the Georgia Tech Invitational.

Travis Fuller won the 3,000m steeplechase in a career-best time (8:55.91), qualifying him for regionals. Zachary Stetler was third in the shot put (57-4.75). Keith Keller was fifth in the javelin (205-11. For the women, Deezbaa Whaley was fifth in the hammer (186-4) and teammate Cherilyn Bunker was sixth in javelin (132-10). 

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