State colleges: BYU baseball goes deep to beat Pepperdine

First Published      Last Updated Apr 15 2017 10:30 pm

Provo • Kyle Dean smashed two solo home runs and Colton Shaver added a two-run bomb as BYU baseball won the finale of its series with Pepperdine, 9-4, at Larry H. Miller Field on Saturday afternoon.

"It was such an important game for us," BYU coach Mike Littlwood said. "I'm assuming Pepperdine will be fighting for one of those top four spots, and the tiebreakers over Pepperdine and Saint Mary's are huge for us."

The Cougars took two out of three from the Waves to improve to 20-13 overall and 9-3 in the West Coast Conference. They held on to second place in the league, after jumping up to that spot Friday. The Waves fell to 17-17, 6-6.

Ben Rodriguez slugged a three-run home run in the second inning to give Pepperdine an early 3-0 lead. BYU escaped the jam with Bronson Larsen throwing out a Wave at the plate from left field.

Pepperdine doubled home another run in the top of the third inning to lead 4-0. The Cougars evened the score in the bottom half of the inning on a pair of singles, a walk, two Wave errors and a Shaver two-run home run over the center-field fence. It marked a homer in each game of the series for Shaver, who came into the game leading BYU with a .400 average in WCC action.

Dean led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a solo shot into the scoreboard netting on the left side of the stadium that ended up being the winning RBI. The Cougars scored three more to lead 8-4, as Nate Favero, Keaton Kringlen, Larsen and Shaver all singled; and Daniel Schneemann tripled to left field.

Dean's second homer came in the bottom of the seventh. Three hits on the day was a season high for Dean, and he also had the second multihomer game of his career.

BYU starter Hayden Rogers (4-1) spread out eight hits and three earned runs over seven innings for the win. Riley Gates came in with the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the eighth and fanned two Pepperdine hitters before inducing an inning-ending ground ball. He finished off the Waves in the ninth for his first save.

"It's nice we have Riley and can trust him late in the game," Littlewood said. "He's got electric stuff."

California 8, Utah 7 • In Salt Lake City, the Utes were unable to hold on to a 7-4 lead after five innings, giving up a solo homer in each of last four innings.

Utah was led at the plate by a 2-for-4 performance by Dallas Carroll, who also walked, drove in a run and scored three runs. Ellis Kelly went 3 for 4 with an RBI while Zack Moeller drove in three runs on a bases-loaded single.

Josh Lapiana pitched four innings, allowing four runs on nine hits with one walk. Dylan Drachler got the loss, allowing two runs on four hits over 22⁄3 innings with a strikeout.

CS Bakersfield 7, Utah Valley 5 • In Bakersfield, Calif., Utah Valley built a 5-1 lead midway through the series finale but couldn't hold on, as Cal State Bakersfield came back to sweep the three-game WAC series.

Paxton Schultz put in a quality start for the Wolverines (11-23, 4-5), lasting six innings and allowing three runs on four hits while matching his career high with seven strikeouts. Schultz left the game in line for the win. The Roadrunners (19-12, 6-6) used a four-run seventh to claim the comeback win.

Salt Lake Community College 2-6, Utah State Eastern 0-5 • In Salt Lake City, Jacob Thurbe had an RBI triple and scored a run in SLCC's 2-0 win in Game 1.

Nick Seginow doubled home Kody Hall in the 10th inning of Game 2 for a 6-5 win that completed the doubleheader sweep by the Bruins.

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