Miller loaded the bases on three consecutive walks with one out in the third and got out of the jam. With bases juiced and full count, he threw a curve ball to record a called strikeout for out number two, then coaxed a fly-out to Jaycob Brugman in right field.
While Miller set UCR down in order the first two innings, his teammates were conducting a textbook clinic of fundamentals, executing sacrifice bunts, sac-flies and hit and run situations to generate a 2-0 lead through three innings. Freshman shortstop Chauncey was key in those efforts, setting up theinitial run on a bunt and executing a one-out hit and run in the third, both of which enabled Stephen Wells to score.
Poulson relieved Miller in the sixth, struggling in that inning when the Highlanders scored their initial run with the bases loaded. Poulson set the side down in order in the seventh, ending that inning with a swinging strikeout.
BYU added two runs in the eighth when Brock Whitney laced a left-field single to advance Brugman who got aboard when he was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a controversial balk with no outs.
When Oslund relieved Poulson in the ninth, it looked like a save situation with a 4-1 lead.
SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
SOFTBALL: At Taylorsville, The No. 2 Bruins fought back after dropping the first two games of the series to split the four games two apiece. Salt Lake took games three and four in dramatic fashion with a walk off single to win game one. The split of the series takes Salt Lake's record to 18-5 overall and 9-3 in conference play.
The Bruins began the day finishing off game two that was suspended due to darkness. Southern Idaho pushed three runs across the plate in the 10th inning which proved to be too much for the Bruins. Salt Lake had the tying and winning runs on second and third when the final out was made. Starlee Hutchings was 2 for 3 with two RBI's and Maddy Woodard blasted a three run home run to tie the game in the fifth.
In game three the Bruins fell down 4-2 early but fought back to tie the game in the sixth leading to Savanah Webster's walk off single in the seventh. Webster went 3 for 4 in the game with a double and the winning RBI. Lauren Miller was 2 for 3 with a double and Hutchings was 1 for 3 with an RBI. Kylee Colvin got the win striking out four batters.
In the final game it was Salt Lake that took the early lead jumping to a 3-0 lead. Southern Idaho cut the lead to 3-2 in the fifth before Salt Lake extended the lead to 4-2. MaCauley Flint got the win going seven innings with six strikeouts. Webster was 2 for 3 with an RBI, Malia Campos was 2 for 4 and Lyndsey Healey went 1 for 2 with a run batted in
SOFTBALL: At Tucson, Ariz., the T-birds split results again on day two at the Hillenbrand Invitational, posting a 4-1 victory over North Dakota to open the day and then losing a 9-1 decision to Arizona in the nightcap. The results leave the Thunderbirds with an overall record of 2-4 on the year.
In the first game of the day against UND, Southern Utah threatened with runners in scoring position in almost every inning, but was unable to break a scoreless draw during the first seven innings, causing the game to go into extra innings.
North Dakota put the first lights on the board on a sacrifice fly ball in the top of the eighth and then put the Thunderbirds against the ropes with two outs in the bottom of the inning. However, a two-out RBI single by Kelsey Bryant tied the game at 1-1 and then a Kadi Henderson three-run, walk-off home run over the right field fence gave Southern Utah the 4-1 victory.
SUU starter Heater Black threw a complete game, allowing the one run (unearned) in 8.0 innings with eight strikeouts and giving up only one walk. Southern Utah's two through six hitters logged each of Southern Utah's hits during the game with Henderson leading the way with a 3-for-4 clip at the plate with three RBI.
In the second game of the day, the Thunderbirds played Arizona close until the final inning answering the Wildcats two runs in the second inning with a run in the top of the third. Mikkel Griffin hit an RBI double in the frame, scoring Mallory Wilkinson from second to notch Southern Utah's run.
The game ended when Arizona erupted with seven runs in the bottom of the fifth to punctuate the contest 9-1.
Southern Utah will face both teams again tomorrow to wrap up the tournament.. The Thunderbirds will face North Dakota at 11 a.m. and then face Arizona at 1 p.m. Live stats for both games will be available online at www.suutbirds.com with a video stream available at www.arizonawildcats.com.
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