SAN DIEGO — Matthew Neil twirled a three-hitter and Jaycob Brugman was a triple shy of the cycle Saturday afternoon in BYU's 9-3 victory over San Diego State.
Neil, a senior from Arizona, walked only one and struck out eight in seven innings.
Brugman, a freshman from Arizona, doubled in the third to right field, scoring Stephen Wells for the first run, then scored himself from Ryan Bernal's single to right field, giving BYU a 2-0 lead.
In the fourth, Bret Lopez led off with a triple to center field, then scored on Andrew Law's single past the shortstop. Law scored off Dane Nielsen's single up the middle, then Brugman homered off the top of the wall beyond right field, all with no outs, as BYU took a 6-1 lead.
Brugman continued his slugging in the two-run sixth with a double down the left-field line which scored Nielsen. Nielsen had doubled earlier in the inning down the right-field line to score Law.
BYU scored its ninth run when Austin Hall led off by beating out a bunt to the pitcher. Hall stole second, then scored on Wells single to the left side.
"Matthew Neil pitched extremely well and we had a solid day defensively," said BYU coach Vance Law. "It was nice to be able to have our offense relax with Matthew turning it around from his outing earlier in the week.
BYU, now 26-24 overall and 8-11 in the Mountain West Conference, will return to San Diego in two weeks following a four-game series starting Thursday at the Air Force Academy.
TCU 8, UTAH 5: At Fort Worth, Texas, TCU took an early lead and a late Utah comeback fell short as the Utes fell to the Horned Frogs.
After TCU put up seven runs in the second inning, Utah slowly chipped away at the score.
Ute reliever Stephen Streich, who entered in the third inning, allowed just the one fourth inning run for the remainder of the contest, holding off the Frogs and giving Utah an opportunity to get back in the game.
With TCU up 8-1, Austin Shackelford cut the lead to 8-3 with a two-run homer in the sixth.
The Utes made a big rally in the ninth inning with two outs. Jo Jo Sharrar, Gavin Green and James Brooks hit strung together three straight singles, with Brooks driving in Sharrar. TCU brought in a new pitcher, but Michael Beltran kept things going for the Utes with a single to load the bases for Cron, who represented the tying run. TCU chose to intentionally walk Cron, taking the one run before reliever Trent Appleby forced Cooper to ground out and end the game..
Cron and Cooper each had two hits for the Utes, while Shackelford had two RBIs.
Streich allowed one run on six hits with two strikeouts and one walk. Starter Brock Duke took the loss after pitching the first two innings. He falls to 6-2 on the season.
Utah and TCU play the rubber match of the series today.
UTAH VALLEY 9, HOUSTON BAPTIST: At Orem, Utah Valley notched its seventh shutout of the year and eighth straight win in finishing off a four-game sweep of Houston Baptist.
Blake Krahenbuhl and three other pitchers combined on the six-hit shutout. Krahenbuhl (5-2) pitched 71?3 innings, allowing just four hits while striking out five. Ty Hansen, Craig Brimhall and Josh Swenson got the final five outs to close out the win.
The Wolverines inched closer to clinching their second Great West Conference title, moving to 19-1 in conference and 27-20 overall.
Chris Benson had three hits to lead UVU.
SOUTHERN UTAH 7, OAKLAND U. 6: At Cedar City, Southern Utah used a come-from-behind victory to defeat visiting Oakland University. With the win, the Thunderbirds also captured their first conference series of the season, three games to one.
Southern Utah pitcher Chris Chung picked up his sixth win in a relief appearance and is now 6-5 in his freshman campaign.
With the win, Southern Utah improves to 11-13 in conference play.
REGION 18 TOURNAMENT: At Carson City, Nev., one high-scoring inning dramatically changed the complexion of the Region 18 tournament on Saturday.Comment on this story
Salt Lake Community College, which had dropped its previous five games at Western Nevada's John L. Harvey Field, erupted for 10 runs in the second inning en route to a 18-9 win over the Wildcats.
"I firmly believe that we have the best offense in our conference, if not in the country," said Salt Lake coach D.G. Nelson. "When we get it going, we have as much pop as anybody."
The Bruins' one-sided victory forced a deciding game in the double-elimination tournament. Sean Moysh broke up the pitchers' duel with a two-out single to left in the eighth inning, triggering the Bruins' 2-0 regional title-clinching victory.
The Bruins two-game sweep of the Wildcats sends Salt Lake into the Western District I Tournament May 19-20 in Central Arizona College in Coolidge, Ariz. The Region 18 winner advances to the Western District I Tournament May 19-20.