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LOS ANGELES — Despite outhitting Loyola Marymount 4 to 3, the BYU softball team dropped its first conference game 2-0 on Friday afternoon at Smith Field.

“It was a tough loss,” BYU head coach Gordon Eakin said. “We will look to bounce back tomorrow.”

LMU (24-14, 1-0 WCC) scored the only runs of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Lions drew a walk before their cleanup batter sent a ball over the left field wall for a two-run home run and a 2-0 lead. With no outs, BYU pitcher Arissa Paulson managed a double play, diving to catch a bunt and then threw the ball to first base to Erin Miklus who tagged out the runner.

In the top of the sixth, Erickson singled as the ball bounced over the pitcher’s head. Sugg drew a walk to get BYU into scoring position. But, both runners were left stranded as the Cougars ended the inning with a strikeout.

The Cougars were unable to overcome the Lions’ two run lead in the top of the seventh, losing their first conference game of the season 2-0.

BYU finishes out conference opening weekend with a doubleheader on Saturday, March 6. Both games will be played at Smith Field in Los Angeles with the first game beginning at noon and the second at 2:30 p.m. PT. A live stream and live stats will be available on the schedule page.

— BYU Athletics

BYU men’s tennis undefeated at home after sweep of San Francisco: At Provo, No. 33 BYU men’s tennis swept San Francisco 4-0 at home on Friday to close out their home matches with an undefeated 12-0 record.

The last time the Cougars held a perfect record at home was six years ago.

“We still have a lot of important matches ahead of us but finishing undefeated at home was an amazing accomplishment and these guys deserve it,” BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. “It couldn’t have been a better final home match, going undefeated, having our seniors perform so well and having a great crowd. It was the perfect ending to our home match season.”

BYU honored its two seniors, Matthew Pearce and Jeffrey Hsu, at the end of the match. Both seniors claimed doubles and singles victories to close out their BYU career at home.

The Cougars finish out the regular season on the road against WCC foes Loyola Marymount and Pepperdine next week on Friday and Saturday. Live stats and a live stream will be available on the men’s tennis schedule page.

— BYU Athletics

Wolverine baseball edges out Northern Colorado: At Greeley, Colorado, Alexander Marco and Mick Madsen each tallied three hits to lead Utah Valley to a 9-6 road win over Northern Colorado in the first game of a three-game series at Jackson Field in Greeley, Colorado.

Utah Valley improves to 6-22 overall and 3-4 in WAC play. Northern Colorado falls to 6-19 overall and 2-5 in league play.

Utah Valley scored its nine runs on 13 hits while not committing an error. Northern Colorado scored its six runs on 12 hits.

Jake Carr worked 7.0 innings on the mound to earn the win. He tallied seven strikeouts while giving up only eight hits on the 31 batters he faced. Cole Yocum went 1.2 innings and allowed just two earned runs. Romeo Carrillo came in to register the final out with a strikeout to help preserve the victory and record his first collegiate save.

Marco and Madsen each had three hits on the day to lead the Wolverines at the plate. Marco went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a pair of RBI. He had one home run on the day. Madsen went 3-for-4 with a double and a walk. He scored two runs and had an RBI. Ryan Eastburn and Pacen Hayes each helped with two hits apiece.

Utah Valley will continue play in the three-game series at Northern Colorado as the two teams will meet up at 1 p.m. Saturday at 1 p.m.

— UVU Athletics