BYU knocked 13 hits to beat Milwaukee 14-6 in a snow-shortened game Friday afternoon at Larry H. Miller Field.
“Our guys did a great job fighting through tough conditions today and bringing energy the entire game,” BYU head coach Mike Littlewood said. “There was no panic when we went down three runs in the first and we just kept battling back.”
Milwaukee took advantage of three hits and a Cougar error to score three in the first inning. But BYU responded with a run in the bottom half on sophomore Jackson Cluff’s single that scored sophomore Danny Gelalich, who led off the inning with a base hit.
In the bottom of the second, the Cougars plated three to take the lead, 4-3. Sophomore Mitch McIntyre hit a double, then scored on a Milwaukee error. With two outs and two on, senior Noah Hill came home thanks to a balk, then senior Brian Hsu hit an RBI-single through the left side to again bring in Gelalich.
BYU continued the scoring in the third, with back-to-back doubles by Cluff and senior Keaton Kringlen. Three batters later, Carson Matthews hit a triple to score two more runs. After the Panthers subsequently made a pitching change, the freshman raced home on the first pitch of the next at-bat, diving under the tag to steal home plate and giving BYU an 8-3 lead.
BYU starter Jarod Lessar earned his second win of the year to go to 2-1, going 4.2 innings and fanning six, a career high. Sophomore Easton Walker then took the ball for the final out of the frame.
“Jarod did a nice job settling in after the first inning and Easton came in and got a key out for us,” Littlewood said.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Cougars scored four more. After senior Brock Hale walked with the bases loaded, Cluff stayed hot with a single through the right side in the fifth to score Hsu and Matthews. Kringlen then brought Hale home on a sacrifice fly to make it 14-6 for BYU.
Hsu finished 4-for-4 with two runs and an RBI while Cluff also was perfect at the plate going 3-for-3 with a double, a run and three RBIs after collecting three hits, two runs and an RBI on Thursday against the Panthers.
“Jackson stepped up huge at the plate for us again today,” Littlewood added.
Walker managed to throw one pitch in the top of the sixth inning, but a snowstorm ultimately halted the game. By rule, the game was called complete and a win for BYU due to the fact the two teams had played the minimum five innings.
BYU and Milwaukee will play for a third and final time on at 11 a.m. Saturday.
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Snow postpones UVU baseball home opener: With snow and rain in the Orem area, Friday’s Utah Valley University baseball home-opening doubleheader against Saint Mary’s has been postponed. The two teams will now look to open the series on Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. at UCCU Ballpark.
The scheduled four-game non-conference series will now feature a Saturday doubleheader at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday’s game is tentatively scheduled for noon but is subject to change. Check back at http://GoUVU.com for updates.
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UVU softball to take on Southern Utah: The Utah Valley softball team will make their way back to St. George this Sunday in a rescheduled matchup against in-state foe Southern Utah. UVU will take on the Thunderbirds in a Sunday doubleheader, beginning at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the Canyons Softball Complex.
The doubleheader was originally scheduled for Saturday at SUU’s Kathryn Berg Field in Cedar City, but with wet field conditions the games were moved to the Canyons Softball Complex St. George.
The Wolverines come off of just two games completed in the originally scheduled five-game tournament at the Red Desert Classic, where they went 1-1 against Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s.
Against Southern Utah, the Wolverines have produced a record of 13-12-1 total. UVU defeated SUU in the season-opening Marucci Desert Classic last month, 10-3.
SUU currently sits at a 1-9 record overall for the 2019 season. In 2018, Southern Utah went 6-15 in the Big Sky Conference and 9-38 overall.
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BYU women’s tennis takes down Aggies: In a three-set No. 3 singles face-off, Polina Malykh took the victory, clinching the BYU women’s tennis match against Utah State at home Friday.
The Cougars are now 6-4 on the season, and have claimed wins in all three of their home matches.
“Today was great,” Head Coach Holly Parkinson Hasler. “I was so happy with our doubles. We are making huge improvements there. In singles, everyone fought hard. We pulled through several matches that could have gone either way. Go Cougs!”
Malykh took a 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 win against the Aggies’ Lucy Octave; the victory extends her winning streak to 7-0 in singles. Playing in her first match after returning from an injury, Katie Fitt claimed a win in No. 4 singles, 7-5, 6-3, against Gabrielle Dekkers.
To start the doubles matches off, BYU’s Kate Cusick and Anastasia Abramyan took a 6-2 win over Utah State’s Hannah Jones and Alexandra Taylor at the No. 1 position. Down 3-4 in No. 2 doubles, Madeline Almeida and Malykh came back to win the next three sets, taking a 6-4 victory over the Aggies’ Alexandra Pisareva and Sidnee Lavatai. BYU’s Taylah Beckman and Samantha Smith left their No. 3 match unfinished and in the lead, 5-4.
After a disappointing 0-6, 2-6 Cusick loss in No. 1 singles, the Cougars went on to claim the next five singles wins. BYU’s Abramyan claimed a 6-1, 7-5 triumph against Utah State’s Jones in the No. 2 position. Almeida then finished, winning a tight 6-4, 7-6 battle against the Aggie’s Annaliese County. To finish off the match day, the Cougars’ Smith won a 7-6, 6-3 match against Utah State’s Lavatai.
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