AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — Jaycob Brugman's two home runs highlighted 20 wind-aided hits Saturday in BYU's 20-5 romp over the Air Force Academy.
Brugman had a solo homer in the first and a towering 450-foot-plus, two-run belt in the fifth. The freshman rightfielder also turned a double play in the fifth when he caught a fly ball on the line, then threw a one-hoop strike into the wind to end the inning at third base.
BYU (29-25, 11-12) got two other home runs, a grand slam by Alex Wolfe in the seventh and a three-run shot by pinch-hitter Brock Luker in the eighth.
Wolfe and Brugman each had four RBIs and a double for the afternoon, with Brugman going four-for six and Wolfe going three-for five.
Credit Dane Nielsen though with the eventual game-winning RBI, a one-out single in the sixth inning.
"I am pleased with our quality at bats," said BYU coach Vance Law. "It was close the first four innings, then we regained the momentum and added on every inning.
"Our pitchers were outstanding. Mark Anderson was not as sharp as he has been his last two outings, but he was reasonably effective. Our three pitchers out of the bullpen did a wonderful job."?
The Cougars will face New Mexico on Tuesday to start the MWC Tournament in San Diego.
UTAH 6, UAB 4: At Salt Lake City, UAB rallied for three two-out runs in the ninth inning to defeat the Utes.
Utah broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning on Trey Nielsen's solo home run to left field.
The Utes put their closer Tyler Wagner in to pitch. UAB put two on with one out after a walk and a single. Although Wagner forced a ground out to put two outs up, Matt Morse tied the game on a wild pitch before John Frost would send the go-ahead run home on an RBI single to center. Another run would score on an error before reliever Tyler Andersen got Michael Busby to strike out to end the inning.
Utah put two on with two outs in the bottom of the ninth with Michael Beltran reaching on an error and C.J. Cron intentionally walked before Shaun Cooper struck out to end the game.
The second-seeded Utes does not play in the MWC tournament until Wednesday after getting a bye.
UTAH VALLEY 6, NORTHERN COLORADO 2: At Orem, Utah Valley notched its second straight 30-win season in the final home game of the year at Brent Brown Ballpark.
The Wolverines finished the regular season 30-22 overall and for the second year in a row lost just two games in the Great West Conference, going 22-2 to win back-to-back regular season titles. UVU will begin defense of its 2010 tournament title on Tuesday against Chicago State in Grand Forks, N.D.
"To get to the 30-win plateau is something that we really wanted to achieve," said head coach Eric Madsen. "It's something that represents our program well and it's a good boost for us going into the conference tournament."
Kirk Doxey was 3-for-5 with two RBIs and Austin Heaps also had three hits, drove in a run and scored twice.
ORAL ROBERTS 18, SOUTHERN UTAH 4: At Tulsa, Okla., SUU's season came to a close wit the loss. Southern Utah ends the season with an overall record of 23-32 while going 11-17 in Summit League play.
MWC baseball tournament
Tuesday's first-round games
(3) BYU vs. (6) New Mexico, 4 p.m.
(4) San Diego State vs. (5) seed UNLV, 8 p.m.
- Brazil nabs 10 IS backers in Olympics...
- Oklahoma State forward Tyrek Coger dies after...
- Jeff Gordon readies for the Brickyard in...
- Froome crashes in Tour, finishes stage with...
- Former NFL coach Dennis Green dies at 67
- Warriors' Draymond Green settles assault case...
- Blame game follows NBA's removal of Charlotte...
- Froome keeps lead intact, set to secure 3rd...
- Morning links: National college... 96
- BYU football: Certain games on the... 95
- Report: Tom Holmoe tells Big 12 he's... 80
- Finding a Power 5 home for all BYU... 57
- BYU football coaching staff upbeat... 34
- Former BYU QB Max Hall confronts... 31
- Morning links: Utah Jazz on the rise;... 30
- 9 observations from the release of Utah... 14