PALO ALTO, Calif. — Host No. 7 Stanford hung on for a 10-9 defeat Tuesday night over BYU baseball after a seven-run Cougar rally in the eighth inning.
Three times the game-tying run was at the plate for BYU, but none closer than in the ninth when Jaycob Brugman was thrown out at the plate after his no-out triple. That triple scored Brock Whitney, but Brugman was thrown out when Alex Wolfe got aboard at first on a fielder's choice.
"It was disappointing because we had the tying run at third with no one out," BYU coach Vance Law said. "My instructions (to Brugman) were to make sure the ball is past the pitcher, we'll freeze on the corners and we could score on the sac fly. I thought it (Wolfe's fielder's choice) was going in the hole. If he (Brugman) goes on contact, he probably scores. It is unfortunate we made a base-running error there, but we had other opportunities."
The Cardinal (26-10) built up a 9-1 margin through seven innings, after taking a 5-0 lead in the second inning.
The seven-run eighth inning with was huge for the Cougars (17-15) sparked by doubles from Austin Hall and Adam Law and a two-run single by Stephen Wells among the six BYU hits.
UTAH 15, SOUTHERN UTAH 4: At Salt Lake City, The Utah baseball team took an early lead en route to a 15-4 win over Southern Utah on Tuesday evening.
The Utes (11-28) had a season-high 17 hits in the win, led by a 4-for-4 performance by Shaun Cooper. Cooper drove in four runs for the Utes. James Brooks went 3-for-5 while Parker Morin was 2-for-3 with a pair of walks.
On the mound, the Utes used five pitchers, with reliever Josh Chapman picking up the win after throwing 3 2/3 shutout innings, allowing just one hit with three strikeouts. Tanner Tripp earned the start, allowing four runs (two earned) with five hits and two strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings. Joe Pond, Nick Green and Blake Golding also pitched for the Utes.
BYU 13, 7; SOUTHERN UTAH 5, 2: At Cedar City, The BYU softball team stayed undefeated against in-state opponents this season by pounding out the hits at Southern Utah in a doubleheader, winning 13-5 and 7-2 on Tuesday.
BYU (32-13) totaled a season-high 16 hits in game one and followed with 11 in game two to sweep the four-game season series against Southern Utah.
The heart of the Cougar lineup gave the T-Bird pitchers fits as batters three through six in the lineup — JC Clayton, Delaney Willard, Katie Manuma and Stacie Toney — each had three hits. In addition, all four players except Toney had at least two runs and all four but Clayton had at least two RBI.
IDAHO STATE 1, UTAH STATE 0: At Pocatello, Despite a stellar pitching performance by junior starter Mandy Harmon, the Utah State softball team lost a heart-breaking, 1-0, game to border-rival Idaho State in Pocatello on Tuesday.
With the defeat, the Aggies fall to 15-31 overall, while the Bengals imrpove to 10-33 this season. Harmon is now 7-15 this season, while Idaho State starter Amanda Fitzsimmons is now 9-10 this year.