Cougars take lead in PING Cougar Classic

2012-04-28T00:02:55Z Cougars take lead in PING Cougar Classic Daily Herald
April 28, 2012 12:02 am

Daily Herald

The BYU men's golf team took advantage of fielding two teams as the Cougar A and B teams are in first and second, respectively, after two rounds at the PING Cougar Classic at Riverside Country Club in Provo.

"We had a really tough time deciding between who would play on the A or B team," BYU assistant coach Todd Miller said. "(Head coach) Bruce (Brockbank) and I knew going in that there was a chance that our B could beat our A."

After one day of action, the A team is ahead by one stroke. After shooting a first round 2-over 290, they stormed into the lead with a second round 4-under 284 to grab the lead.

Zac Blair led the way for the A team, shooting rounds of 70 and 71, good for a 3-under 141. Blair is tied for fourth.

While Blair was the highlight of the A team, Mike Jurca was the brightest spot for the Cougars on Day 1. Jurca had eight birdies, along with three bogies, in the first two rounds, carding a 5-under 139, good for first place overall.

"Mike has been playing fabulous golf for the last month," Miller said "We had a good feeling that he was going to play well during the tournament."

Jurca, who recently returned from a mission, is playing in his first tournament of his BYU career. Prior to his mission he redshirted during the 2008-09 season.

Along with Jurca and Blair, the rest of the Cougars are playing solid golf. In total, seven BYU golfers are in the top 20 after two rounds of competition.

"Our guys understood that it would be a tough day in this cold," Miller said. "We need to get off to a good steady start tomorrow because we know that the teams behind us are capable of playing great golf. We can't give them any hope of a comeback."

Also competing in the tournament are Utah State and Southern Utah. For complete results visit www.golfstat.com.

The tournament will conclude today with a 9:30 a.m. start time.

• Baseball: At San Francisco, pitcher Marc Oslund kept BYU in the game through eight innings until his teammates completed a 2-1 victory Friday over the University of San Francisco.

BYU (18-16, 7-4) remains in second place of the West Coast Conference, one game behind No. 16 San Diego, in evening the series at USF (20-26, 7-7).

Oslund, who improved to 4-0, retired the Dons in order the first three innings as he took a no-hitter deep into the fourth frame. USF's highly touted hurler Kyle Zimmer surrendered a leadoff home run to Dillon Robinson in the fifth.

"Zimmer is the real deal, BYU coach Vance Law said of the Don ace evaluated by many scouts on hand to witness his 10 strikeouts. "He has a great breaking pitch and kept us off-balance with his change."

Robinson's homer, only the second of BYU's season, was three-quarters up the right-field netting and gave the Cougars a 1-0 lead.

"He (Robinson) is now starting to swing the way he is capable," Law said.

USF tied the game with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth, but Oslund continued to battle as he recorded three of his six strikeouts in the seventh and eighth frames.

"Oslund pitched a masterful game," Law said. "He is starting to get better velocity. He's always been able to get his curve ball over. He's a very emotional player and a good leader. He does not like to lose and is giving it his all every pitch. I'm thrilled for him, he's very deserving."

The Cougars threatened several times in the game, including having bases loaded for naught in the second inning.

In the eighth inning USF benefited from an inning-ending double play when Austin Hall struck out as Jaycob Brugman was stealing second base. Brugman was ruled out because of batter interference.

The stalemate ended in the ninth when BYU's Kelton Caldwell fisted a one-out double to left field off USF relieving ace Elliott Waterman (3-1). Caldwell moved up to third on an errant pickoff move and scored the winning run on Brock Whitney's sacrifice fly.

That paved the way for Mason Marshall to get his eighth save of the season in the ninth, retiring the Dons in order thanks to a 6-4-3 double play.

The rubber match of the three-game series between the Dons and Cougars is this afternoon.

• Men's tennis: At San Diego, the fourth-seeded BYU men's tennis team fell to No. 1 seed Pepperdine 4-1 in the semifinals of the WCC Tournament.

The Waves (21-6), who are ranked No. 7 in the ITA national polls, grabbed the doubles point from the Cougars (16-9) to take a 1-0 lead. then won at No. 3, 4 and 5 singles to guarantee the victory. Spencer Smith managed the only singles win of the day for the Cougars.

Pepperdine 4, BYU 1: Doubles, Tearney/Llompart, P, def. Batrakov/Kawka, 8-4; Fanselow/Turner, P, vs. Sargeant/Smith, DNF; Clarke/Sofaer, P, def. Cullimore/aEraso, 8-3. Singles, Sebastian Fanselow, P, vs. Georgy Batrakov, DNF; Spencer Smith, BYU, def. Finn Tearney, 6-3, 6-3; Alex Llompart, P, def. Patrick Pawka, 6-2, 6-3; Mousheg Hoyhanisyan, P, def. Keaton Cullimore, 7-5, 6-3; Hugh Clarke, P, def. Francis Sargeant, 7-5, 6-0; Jenson Turner, P, vs. Michael Eraso, DNF.

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