BYU knocks out Gonzaga with 8-1 victory

117

BYU baseball got a strong start from Jeff Barker and used timely hitting to stay alive in the WCC tournament Friday afternoon.

“I can’t say enough about Jeff Barker and (reliever) James Lengal who were just lights out,” head coach Mike Littlewood said.

Barker threw seven innings and gave up just one run. Gonzaga scored first in the sixth inning to take a 1-0 lead, but BYU stormed back to score four runs in the bottom half of the innings on an RBI single by Adam Law and consecutive RBI singles by Kelton Caldwell, Bret Lopez and Dakota Hernandez.

“Everybody’s doing their job and I’m just excited to be a part of it,” Hernandez said.

BYU would tack on four more runs in the eighth, highlighted by an RBI single from Hernandez and back-to-back run scoring doubles by Jacob Hannemann and Brennon Anderson to give the Cougars an 8-1 cushion going into the ninth. Lengal pitched scoreless eighth and ninth innings to preserve the lead and give the Cougars the victory.

Jaycob Brugman and the Cougars beat Gonzaga 8-1 Friday afternoon to stay alive in the WCC tournament.
Jaycob Brugman and the Cougars beat Gonzaga 8-1 Friday afternoon to stay alive in the WCC tournament.

BYU will play again tonight at 7:30 p.m. PT against the loser of the San Diego vs. San Francisco matchup being played this afternoon. The game will be broadcast on KOVO Radio 940 AM and can be followed online through BYUCougars.com.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email