BEAUMONT, Texas — BYU baseball held Lamar to eight straight scoreless innings, but a three-run first was all the Cardinals needed to defeat the Cougars 3-1 on Friday.
“We played a solid game tonight, but just couldn’t put anything together offensively,” BYU head coach Mike Littlewood said. “We had (Lamar pitcher Jason) Blanchard on the ropes early, but he settled in and did a nice job keeping us off balance all night.”
Junior Jarod Lessar (1-1) gave up a single and a pair of home runs in the bottom of the first inning as Lamar (5-5) went up 3-0 early. But the right-hander soon found a groove, striking out three and allowing just one more hit over the next three innings for BYU (6-3).
With two outs in the second inning, senior Noah Hill hit a double down the left field line, then advanced to third on a passed ball. Freshman Carson Matthews then knocked him home on an infield single.
Sophomore Mitch McIntyre saw his first time on the mound in the fifth, pitching 0.2 innings with one hit and no runs. Sophomore Easton Walker and senior Riley Gates finished the final 3.1 innings for BYU, allowing only two hits combined. In all, the BYU bullpen extended its streak without an earned run to 20 innings.
On Thursday, the Cougars needed an extra inning to beat Lamar, 4-2. BYU and Lamar will finish the series with a third game at 11 a.m. MT Saturday. The game can again be seen on the Lamar Athletics Facebook page or heard on BYUradio and ESPN 960.
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UC Davis takes two games against UVU baseball: At Davis, California, Utah Valley University dropped both ends of a Friday doubleheader, 7-1 and 7-4, to open a four-game series at UC Davis.
In the opening game, the Aggies (5-4) got a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first from Tanner Murray on a three-RBI day for the UC Davis shortstop.
The score remained 1-0 until the fifth, when the Aggies put together consecutive three-run frames. Jalen Smith had an RBI single and Murray a two-run single. In the sixth, Alejandro Lara had an RBI double and Smith drove in two more with a base hit to extend it to a 7-0 lead.
The Wolverines (1-7) got on the board in the eighth after back-to-back base hits from Trevor Howell and Michael Beltran, followed by an RBI groundout off the bat of Ryan Eastburn.
Paul Estrada went 3-for-4 with base hits in the second, seventh and ninth.
In the night cap — a scheduled seven-inning contest — Kody Hall went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and Drew Sims had two hits and scored twice, but UC Davis got a go-ahead home run from Garrett Kelly in a three-run sixth that was the difference in the game. A pair of two-out RBI singles from Logan Denholm and Joseph Myers added runs and gave the Aggies insurance runs.
The series continues at 3 p.m. MT Saturday with the finale slated for 2 p.m. MT Sunday.
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No. 19 BYU gymnastics places first at George Washington: At Washington, D.C., the No. 19 BYU gymnastics team placed first after scoring a 196.500 in its tri-meet at George Washington on Friday night.
BYU was followed by George Washington with a 195.325 for second place and Maryland at 194.825.
Shannon Evans scored a 39.425 in the all-around to claim a share of the meet title. Evans also took first place for her performances on bars and floor while Helody Cyrenne earned the highest score on beam.The Cougars started the meet on floor as Evans led the way with a 9.850. She was followed by Abby Boden’s 9.800 while Abbey Miner and Briana Pearson tallied a 9.775, respectively. Sadie Miner earned a 9.750 and Brittney Vitkauskas closed out the scoring with a 9.650. The Cougars posted a 48.950 to take the lead after one rotation.
On vault, BYU scored a 48.975 as Abbey Miner posted a 9.850 to lead the team and Evans followed with a 9.800. Cheyenne Hill, Haley Pitou and Angel Zhong recorded a 9.775 apiece while Avery Bennet received a 9.700. After two rotations, the Cougars stayed on top with a 97.925.
In the third rotation, BYU earned a 49.325 on the uneven bars to keep its lead. Evans led the way with a 9.950 and Cyrenne tallied a 9.900. Natasha Marsh and Boden each earned a 9.875 while Zhong scored a 9.725 and Pitou rounded it out with a 9.700.
The Cougars ended the meet on beam with a 49.250. Cyrenne led the team with a career-best 9.900 and was closely followed by Abbey Miner’s 9.875. Boden, Evans and Marsh each posted a 9.825 and Hill added a 9.775, respectively.
The Cougars continue on the road as they travel to Boise State for a Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference meet. It will take place on Thursday, Mar. 7, at 7 p.m. MST.
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BYU softball splits two games in San Diego: At San Diego, on the second day of the San Diego Classic, BYU softball split its two games, dropping a 2-1 morning contest to San Jose State 2-1 but bounced back for a 2-0 shutout of Florida Gulf Coast in the afternoon.
“We got locked in two pitching duels today,” BYU head coach Gordon Eakin said. “Both Arissa Paulson and Kerisa Viramontes pitched very well today.
Arissa Paulson and Kerisa Viramontes both pitched complete games. Paulson recorded four strikeouts with Viramontes tallying no runs or walks. Emilee Erickson scored the lone run for BYU (7-9, 0-0) against SJSU (10-5, 0-0) while Brooke Vander Heide ripped a two-run triple in the win against Florida Gulf Coast (7-7, 0-0).
“After dropping the first game, we faced one of the hottest pitchers in the country Riley Randolph from Florida Gulf Coast,” Eakin said. “Brooke Vander Heide gave us a huge hit to score two runs. Even though that was our only hit, we squared the ball up very well throughout the game, but just right at them. It was a good win.”
BYU plays its final two games of the tournament on Saturday against Illinois Chicago at 9 a.m. and UC Davis at 11 a.m. PT. The two games will be played at the USD Softball Complex with live stats available on the schedule page.
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Arizona defeats BYU women’s tennis: At Provo, the BYU women’s tennis team suffered a disappointing 6-1 loss to Arizona at the Hopson Tennis Center on Friday.
“The girls struggled to adjust to outdoor play, and today we made too many unforced errors,” Head Coach Holly Parkinson Hasler said. “We had a slow start in all three doubles and it’s tough to go into the singles down 0-1. Everyone is pumped for tomorrow and eager to bounce back against UNLV ready to fight.”
Polina Malykh claimed the only Cougar win of the day at the No. 3 singles position with a straight set 7-5, 6-3 victory against Arizona’s Marie Van Aelst. Malykh’s win extended her singles record for the 2019 season to 5-2.
BYU is now 4-3 on the season, while the Wildcats improved their record to 6-3.
The Cougars return to the Hopson Tennis Center at 10 a.m. Saturday to battle the UNLV Rebels.
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