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College baseball roundup: Cougars split doubleheader with Aztecs

Published: Saturday, March 26 2011 9:42 p.m. MDT

PROVO — BYU split a doubleheader with San Diego State on Saturday afternoon at Miller Park, with the Cougars taking the first game, 6-4, and the Aztecs claiming the second, 5-3, in 10 innings.

Highlights of the day include BYU shortstop Andrew Law extending his hitting streak to eight games with hits in both outings and a 4-for-4 hitting performance by Cougar third basemen Jaycob Brugman in the second game to complete a 5-for-7 day overall at the plate.

In the first game, BYU (12-11, 3-3) won with the help of sophomore Chris Capper's first win of the season on the mound.

Capper recorded two strikeouts over 52?3 innings while giving up three earned runs on six hits. Freshman Kolton Mahoney recorded his second save, striking out one. Senior Ryan Bernal collected two hits, including a two-run home run in the third inning.

"We have stressed scoring early and often," Bernal said. "When the other team scores we have continued to come back and score."

Alex Wolfe, Law and Nielsen had RBIs in the first-game win, while Bret Lopez delivered a clutch game-tying homer with two out in the bottom of the ninth in the second game.

"Today's second game was well pitched on both sides," BYU coach Vance Law said. "We competed hard. We came back in the ninth and had the tying run at the plate in the 10th."

BYU's Matthew Neil went 71?3 innings on the mound but Aztec starter Cole Swanson (1-1) stayed strong through nine innings to earn the win. BYU's Blake Torgerson (0-1) took the loss in relief.

BYU goes on the road to face Pepperdine in a three-game non-conference series staring on Thursday in Malibu, Calif.

UTAH 2, AIR FORCE 1: At Salt Lake City, Utah pitchers Brock Duke, Kesley Kondo and Tyler Wagner led the Ute baseball team in a 2-1 victory in a pitcher's duel against Air Force on Saturday afternoon.

"We pitched really well," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "All three really battled. Air Force's Sean Carley has a quality right-handed arm and did a nice job keeping us off balance."

Duke pitched six innings with seven strikeouts and just two walks. He allowed three hits and one run and raised his record to 3-0 on the season. Kondo entered in the seventh, going 21/3 innings and striking out five of the eight batters he faced. Wagner got his seventh save of the year after pitching in the ninth inning.

Overall, the three Ute pitchers combined for just three hits and 13 strikeouts.

Carley went all eight innings for Air Force, striking out eight and allowing two runs on six hits.

Air Force scored the first run of the game in the third inning on a solo home run from Garrett Custons.

The Utes got on the board in the fourth inning. C.J. Cron and Shaun Cooper rallied with two outs for back-to-back hits, Cooper driving in Cron on a single to left.

Utah took the lead in the fifth inning, as Trey Nielsen singled up the middle to lead off the inning. He stole second and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt from Jo Jo Sharrar. With two outs, James Brooks came through with a single through the right side to score what would be the game-winning run.

Brooks and Nielsen each had two hits for the Utes.

The Utes will go for the series sweep today beginning at 1 p.m. at Spring Mobile Ballpark. Freshman Ben Mordini will get his first collegiate start on the mound.

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