MALIBU, Calif. — With two outs, bases loaded and a full count in the 11th inning, Pepperdine's Joe Sever was hit by a pitch Thursday to defeat BYU baseball, 4-3.
Pepperdine (26-19, 10-6 West Coast Conference) handed BYU freshman reliever Mason Marshall his first loss of the season. Marshall (1-1), who has nine saves, took the mound to start the ninth inning with the game tied 3-3.
The Cougars (19-22, 7-9) battled from behind as starter Desmond Poulson threw 132 pitches to keep BYU alive after surrendering its 1-0 lead in the two-run fourth inning.
The Waves extended that lead to 3-1 in the fifth before BYU battled back scoring, one run in the seventh and tying the game at 3-all in the eighth.
SUU BASEBALL: At Cedar City, Thunderbird pitcher Chase Rezac tossed a complete game shutout to help Southern Utah (16-29, 10-6) take a 14-0 win over visiting South Dakota State (14-30-1, 3-11) in the first game of its final home series. The junior right-hander also collected his fourth home run of the season while going 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs and three runs scored.
The entire SUU lineup contributed on offense as the team finished the day with 14 runs on 16 hits, while putting up a score in every inning. Leadoff batter Brad Royer got things going with a triple in the team's first at bat and then put Southern Utah on the board by reaching home on a ground out RBI from David Headley.
The Thunderbirds kept the offense going in the subsequent inning as DJ Andrade drew a bases loaded walk to score a run and a wild pitch allowed Kevin Kline to reach home before Royer added a sac fly RBI to set the score at 4-0 at the end of two innings of play. Three more runs in the bottom of the third pushed the advantage to 7-0 as Mitchell Kauweloa, Taggart Lunceford and Andrade all got into the scoring mix with RBI singles. Four more scores in the following inning would then see Southern Utah take a commanding 11-0 lead. Rezac, Lunceford and Marcus Romero each chipped in an RBI and a fourth run in the frame on a wild pitch put the T-Birds in control for good.
Rezac's blast over the wall in left center with a runner on and Kline's first home run as a Thunderbird accounted for the final three runs as SUU went on to win by a final score of 14-0 in a run-shortened seven inning game.
In addition to the scoring efforts of its pitcher, Southern Utah picked up an RBI or run from each batter in the starting lineup. Lunceford and Andrade were right behind Rezac, driving in two RBIs apiece. Eric Cain and Steven Autenrieth would be the only two Jackrabbits to record a hit in the contest.
Rezac improves to 3-7 with the win while Southern Utah edges closer to a postseason bid. Junior starter Layne Somsen (1-6) took the loss.
REGION 18 BASEBALL: At Taylorsville, the top-seeded Bruins advanced to the semifinal game while No. 2 seed Western Nevada was upset by No. 3 Southern Idaho. SLCC collected 10 hits with three Bruins grabbing two hits apiece. Steven Adam was 2 for 4 with a triple. Mike Springer got the win allowing two hits and no runs. Southern Nevada knocked Colorado Northwestern out of the tournament with a 10-2 defeat. Play resumes Friday at noon as Salt Lake takes on Southern Idaho in the semifinal matchup. The winner of the Region Tournament wins the rights to host a District playoff May 17-19.
UTAH SOFTBALL: At Salt Lake City, senior right-hander Generra Nielson pitched a four-hit shutout and junior shortstop Kelsi Hoopiiaina homered for the second straight game to lead the Utes to a 6-0 victory over No. 15 Stanford.
Utah (28-26, 2-20 Pac-12) has won two of its last three Pac-12 home games and managed to outhit the Cardinal, 9-4. The Utes are now 24-1 this season when registering more hits than their opponents.
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