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Published: Friday, April 13 2012 11:47 p.m. MDT

The teams will play another doubleheader on Saturday beginning at noon CT.

BYU BASEBALL

TACOMA, Wash.—Sophomore Desmond Poulson fired the salvos on Military Night to lead BYU baseball to a 4-1 victory over Seattle University at the AAA Raniers' Cheney Stadium.

The Redhawks (15-15) dressed in camouflage tops, but were blanked by Poulson who was set to account for the first BYU shutout since beating New Mexico 1-0 last season. Seattle got its unearned run in the ninth inning off BYU ace reliever Mason Marshall.

BYU (17-12) winning its fourth in a row, settled into an early comfort zone with a 1-0 lead in the second, which increased to 3-0 in the third and 4-0 in the sixth. Poulson tossed a one-hitter through the first four innings, then surrendered his second hit in the fifth.

"Desmond was outstanding tonight," BYU coach Vance Law said. "He dominated the game. Once we got the lead, Desmond took it from there. His breaking ball was working for strikes. He and Wes (Guenther) kept their batters off balance."

Poulson recovered from two struggles when he struck out the final batter in the third, stranding two aboard via walks. And in the seventh, two Redhawks advanced to second and third, but Poulson induced a pop-up, which he caught with a basket catch to end the inning.

Poulson, now 1-2, left the game with two outs in the eighth as lefty Chris Howard fanned the Seattle batter with one on to end that frame.

Offensively, Cougar shortstop Austin Hall stroked a pair of doubles, the first of which came in the second off the left-fieldwall, scoring Jaycob Brugman. Hall scored in the sixth on consecutive BYU doubles.

In that sixth inning, Hall doubled down the left-field line, then scored on Kelton Caldwell's double to deep left field.

"Austin swung the bat well again tonight and Kelton (Caldwell) got a big hit. We were patient until their pitcher elevated his off-speed pitches. I'm encouraged by our approaches at the plate. The last two weeks we've been swinging better."

The teams conclude the four-game series at Seattle's home field, Bannerwood Park, on Saturday at noon PDT.

BYU SOFTBALL

PROVO —The BYU softball team scored in every inning and out-slugged Utah State 15-6 in game one before winning by a 2-0 score in game two of a doubleheader at Gail Miller Field on Friday in Western Athletic Conference action.

In game one, senior Delaney Willardwent 2 for 3 and drove in four runs while senior Stacie Toney and freshman Megan Arnold beach picked up a home run, two hits and three RBI apiece. BYU (27-12, 6-3 WAC) drew a season-high 12 walks, one shy of tying a program record.

Starting pitcher Hannah Howell bpitched all six innings for the Cougars to earn her 13th win of the season while allowing two earned runs and striking out three.

Down 2-1 in the bottom of the second, BYU cashed in on some clutch hitting with two outs. Junior JC Clayton picked up a 2-out walk to load the bases for the Cougars. Willard cleared them with a long double off the left field wall, just missing a grand slam, but giving BYU a 4-2 lead.

Arnold stretched the lead with a two-run homer in the bottom if the third inning. BYU added one more, making it 8-2 with a sacrifice fly from Willard to score senior Jessica Dugas.

Utah State capitalized on some productive outs, scoring two runs in the top half of the fourth. With runners on second and third the Aggies used two ground outs to bring in both runs, trimming the Cougars' lead to 8-4.

Continuing to score every inning, BYU added three more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Toney singled to center and scored on a double by Arnold. Junior Bailie Hicken bcame in to run for Arnold and scored on a double to right by pinch hitter Krista Hicks. Hicks later scored on a bases-loaded walk.

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