Homers help BYU baseball take two of three games against Pepperdine

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Keaton Kringlen collected five hits in three games against Pepperdine over the weekend. (BYU Photo)

The BYU baseball team took two out of three games from the Pepperdine Waves over the weekend in Provo. The Cougars had six homers in the three games.

On Thursday night, Bronson Larsen hit two homers and Colton Shaver had one. On Friday night, Shaver hit a grand slam and on Saturday afternoon Kyle Dean hit two homers.

Despite Bronson Larsen’s two home runs on Thursday night, the Cougars lost 11-7. With the loss, BYU gave up its first-place standing in the West Coast Conference.

On Friday night, the Cougars answered back.

In the first inning, Shaver hit a grand slam on the first pitch he saw, scoring Tanner Chauncey, Daniel Schneemann and Keaton Kringlen.

On the mound, Brady Corless threw 122 pitches over eight innings, allowing seven hits and two earned runs.

“Brady got in a groove and relaxed,” BYU head coach Mike Littlewood said. “He was aggressive in the zone and simply made pitches. I would have loved to see him finish that game, but his pitch count was getting too high so we got him.”

The Cougars won the game 7-2, tying up the series 1-1.

In the final game of the series, Pepperdine came out swinging. The Waves scored four runs in the first three innings, but it wasn’t enough to keep them on top.

The Cougars proceeded to score four runs in the bottom of the third, followed four more runs in the fourth inning.

Tanner Chauncey extended his team-leading hitting streak to 12 games at the end of the series.

The Cougars have a big week up next. First the Cougars will head to Salt Lake City to take on the Utes. Then they’ll  head to San Diego to take on the Toreros.