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Published: Wednesday, March 28 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

In the bottom half of the fifth, Clayton led off the inning with a single up the middle. BYU picked up two more runs when Manuma homered over the left field wall for an 8-1 advantage.

Game 2: BYU jumped on the ball early and never looked back en route to a crushing 16-1 victory in five innings in the second contest of the night.

Brawley went 2 for 3 with a double while driving in four runs to lead the Cougars (21-8). Senior Delaney Willard also went 2 for 3 with a double and a home run, bringing in two runs and scoring three more.

Toney also continued her hitting from game one, tacking on two hits, including a double, with two runs, an RBI and a walk. Sophomore Carly Duckworth and senior Krista Hicks also had two hits apiece for the Cougars.

Starting pitcher Hannah Howell was consistent throughout her five innings, giving up only one earned run on five hits. Howell's victory improved her record to 10-4 overall.

BYU took advantage of poor pitching early by the Roos as the first three Cougars batters walked. After gaining a 3-0 lead with RBIs by Toney, Duckworth and Goar, third baseman Brawley hit a bases clearing double, pushing the Cougars lead to 6-0.

BYU tacked on another run in the bottom of the second when Willard drove the ball deep over the right field wall for her team-leading 12th home run of the season.

UMKC added its only run of the game in the top of the third making it 7-1.

The fourth inning was all Cougars as BYU added nine more runs on nine hits. Freshman Megan Arnold highlighted the offensive output with her first career hit at Miller Field, a grand slam to right center field. Willard and Toney each added RBI doubles in the inning.

The team will be back in action on Friday when they travel to Fresno to face the Fresno State Bulldogs at 6 p.m. PT.

WOMEN'S GOLF: The BYU women's golf team finished second in the 15-team Anteater Invitational, its final competition of the regular season, which concluded Tuesday at Dove Canyon Country Club in Dove Canyon, Calif.

The Cougars finished the 54-hole tournament with a 58-over-par 910 total, six shots behind champion Washington State. Idaho placed third at 913 with UC Irvine in fourth at 915. UC Riverside and Long Beach State tied for fifth, after shooting 921 for the tournament.

"That was a huge confidence booster for us," said BYU coach Carrie Roberts. "We beat a lot of good teams."

Sophomore Annika Afoa (10-over 223), freshman Lauren Atkinson (12-over 225) and senior Maggie Yuan (18-over 231) tied for fifth, tied for seventh and tied for 19th, respectively, in the individual competition, helping BYU to its best finish of the season.

Afoa and Atkinson each moved up the leader board after shooting final rounds of 5-over-par 76 on the final 18 holes Tuesday. Along with Yuan, this was the first time all season that BYU had three golfers in the top 20 and two in the top 10.

"Both Annika and Lauren played really well," Roberts said. "Golf is both an individual and team sport. The girls really put it together well as a group."

Other Cougar scores included Maria Yacaman at 236 (78-79-79) and Amanda Keith at 242 (76-76-90).

With the regular season completed, BYU will be back in action on April 16, when it heads to Hollister, Calif. for the West Coast Conference Championship.


MEN'S TENNIS: Weber State's Simon Unger was honored by the Big Sky Conference on Tuesday, earning the league's Tennis Player of the Week award for matches played between March 20-26.

Unger, a senior from Germany, went a perfect 6-0 last weekend, leading Weber State to a 2-1 record in Las Vegas. Unger opened the weekend, alongside doubles teammate Oliver Good, with an 8-6 win over Western New Mexico's Johan Welch and Juan Pablo Fuentes. He then won in singles, defeating Fuentes 6-4, 6-2 at No. 1 to lead WSU to a 5-2 win over the Mustangs.

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