BYU blanks Loyola Marymount to even baseball series
LOS ANGELES — BYU baseball scored early and often Friday night defeating LMU, 8-0, behind a pitching gem by junior right hander Bryce Robison at George Page Stadium.
With the win the Cougars improve to 6-11 (1-1) on the season, while the Lions drop to 8-9 (1-1).
“It was a real team effort tonight,” said BYU head coach Trent Pratt. “One through nine in the lineup everyone contributed to help us win. Bryce was awesome on the mound. He really competed and made big pitches when he had to.”
BYU scored eight runs on 11 hits, while holding the Lions to just two hits and the Cougar bullpen held LMU hitless in the final three innings.
Ozzie Pratt had a home run and a triple, driving in two runs. Jacob Wilk also drove in a pair of runs with a home run and double. Bryce Robison cruised through 5 2/3 scoreless innings on the hill, allowing just two hits and striking out four.
The Cougars took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first off back-to-back singles by Austin Deming and Cole Gambill, a walk from Ryan Sepede and a ground ball by Wilk. A home run to right field by Pratt in the second inning gave BYU a 2-0 advantage.
Wilk added another run to the BYU lead in the third with a homer to left center, making the score 3-0. The Cougars scored two more in the four inning on a triple by Pratt that scored Bryant Ball, who had reached safely on a single to center. Pratt then scored on a fielder’s choice by Deming for a 5-0 lead.
Two more runs in the fifth pushed the BYU lead to 7-0. Wilk walked to lead off the inning, moved to third on a Cooper Vest double and scored on a wild pitch. Chad Call then singled up the middle to drive home Vest for the second run of the inning.
After three scoreless innings, BYU picked up its eighth run of the game in the ninth inning off a single to left by Vest that scored Tate Gambill who had walked and advanced to third on a double by Wilk.
The two West Coast Conference foes will face off in Game 3 of the series on Saturday at 2 p.m. MT. The game will be broadcast live on the BYU Radio App and BYU Radio 107.9 FM in the northern Utah market, with Greg Wrubell on the call. The game will also air on the WCC Network.