BYU moved a step closer Friday to securing a berth in the league tournament with a two-game sweep over Colorado State, 8-6 and 15-6.
Playing in rain and drizzle most of the day, the two teams were delayed two hours from the start and had a 40-minute delay after five innings in the opener.Southpaw Lance Clark pitched six-plus innings for the victory and was relieved by Ryan Hancock, who struck out one of three Rams for his sixth save this season.
The game winning RBI came in the bottom of the fourth when first baseman Chris Cooper singled in third baseman Jonathan Lopez.
In the nightcap, CSU jumped off to a 5-0 second inning lead mainly due to centerfielder Luke Oglesby's two-run single. In the bottom of that inning BYU went ahead on a three-run homer by Chris Cooper to take a 6-5 lead.
The fourth inning had four Ram errors to provide base-runners for Brent Turley's three-run blast. Cougar freshman David Madsen went the six inning distance to improve his record to 7-1.
The victories raise BYU's record to 32-13 overall and 14-7 in the Western Athletic Conference. CSU is now 18-37 and 5-18. The two teams are scheduled to meet again in a doubleheader today, which has been delayed from Noon until 1 p.m. due to wet field conditions.