By David Headrick
The Aztecs of San Diego State University took two games from the Cougars in 10 innings, 12-10 and 10-2.
Thursday night at Tony Gwynn Stadium, the Aztecs finished off one inning from the third of a three-game series played earlier in Provo, March 23.
A pre-game agreement between coaches Vance Law and Jim Dietz said that no inning would begin after 4:15.
The Aztecs led the game 11-10 after eight complete innings before leaving for their flight home to San Diego.
SDSU finished the final inning scoring one more run and officially sweeping all three games.
One-half hour later, the first of another three-game series at San Diego started.
The Cougars jumped out to an early lead, scoring one run in the first.
Junior outfielder Cameron Coughlan scored after he stole his 18th stolen base of the season and advancing to third on an overthrown pitch by Aztec pitcher Chris Dunwell.
Starting sophomore pitcher Jeff Mousser held off the Aztecs, maintaining the Cougar lead up until the fourth inning.
The Aztecs scored six in the fourth inning, enough to relieve Mousser from the mound midway in the inning, and send Matt Koffman in to save it.
In the sixth inning it looked like BYU had Dunwell on the ropes with the bases loaded and two out, but then Coughlan popped up. In the bottom of that frame SDSU erupted with four more runs off two hits to make the score 10-1.
Dunwell, whose record improves to 7-3, was replaced by a pair of relievers beginning in the seventh. In the ninth Coughlan raced for a triple and scored off Dave Jensen”s single.
However, the Aztecs had enough momentum from earlier in the night to secure the win and improve their record to 31-13 and 13-3.
The Cougars play again tonight at 7 p.m. in San Diego.