BYU baseball splits doubleheader in spite of stellar pitching

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The BYU baseball team beat Northern Colorado 6-0 and later lost 3-2 to San Jose State in California on Thursday.

The day was highlighted by outstanding performances from ace pitchers Maverik Buffo and Brady Corless.

Buffo started against Northern Colorado and struck out eight batters while holding the Bears scoreless.

Junior Nate Favero continued his hot start to the season by blasting a three-run homer in the second inning against the Bears. Favero is batting .412 so far this season and has had at least one hit in each game this year.

The Cougars went up 6-0 after just three innings against Northern Colorado and were able to coast to the win.

“We got two outstanding starting pitching performances today,” BYU coach Mike Littlewood said.  “Maverik (Buffo) and Brady (Corless) were both dominant, we just didn’t give Brady enough run support to get the win in game two.”

Corless pitched 7.2 innings against the Spartans and struck out 12 batters, his highest single game total as a Cougar.

Although Corless held the Spartans scoreless through the first five frames, BYU struggled to get anything going on offense and the Spartans tied up the game at one run apiece in the bottom of the sixth.

It seemed like BYU would escape with a victory after Keaton Kringlen singled to center field and drove in Daniel Schneemann to take a 2-1 lead in the top of the ninth, but the Spartans tied the game in the bottom of the ninth and sent the game to extra innings.

After three scoreless innings Shane Timmons hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the thirteenth for the Spartans.

The Cougars have a Friday rematch against Northern Colorado at 12:00 p.m. PST, the Cougars will look for revenge against San Jose State on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. PST.

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