Center fielder Ron Wagner had 6 RBIs and scored twice to pace Brigham Young in a 19-1 crushing of San Diego State Thursday in the first round of the Western Athletic Conference baseball tournament.
The Cougars (35-13) were never threatened by the Aztecs (39-19), opening the scoring with a Brent Brown RBI single in the first inning and adding three more runs in the next inning off Wagner's bases-loaded triple to go up 4-0.Cougar bats continued to pop in innings four through seven, including pinch hitter Darren Milne's grand slam homer in the seventh.
Brown, a designated hitter, added two more runs off a double to left field in the same inning. Milne and Brown each had four RBIs.
None of the Aztecs' five pitchers could challenge the Cougars defensively.
Ron Callaway, the Aztecs' third pitcher, allowed two of his total three runs to score off consecutive walks with bases loaded.
San Diego's only run came in the fifth inning off an RBI single by Steve Dietz, making it 10-1.
Lance Clark, who got the win, pitched six innings, giving up five hits, one run and two walks and struck out three.
Hawaii 7, Wyoming 6
Designated hitter Kevin Curtis drove in three runs and scored twice to pace Hawaii's come-from-behind win.
The Cowboys led 6-3 in the seventh before the Rainbows rallied, starting with an RBI double from Harold Cabbab and an RBI single from Jon Viela.
Curtis had his third RBI of the night with a ball deep into right field, driving in Viela from second and tying the game at 6-6.
Daren Moreland then hit an RBI single to right field, driving in Curtis from third to give Hawaii its margin of victory.
Bill Blanchette went the distance to win his 14th game against no losses.
After faltering in the fifth through seventh innings, giving up eight hits and six run, he settled down to retire six of the final seven batters he faced.
Wyoming's starter Rigo Beltran kept Hawaii's batters at bay through the sixth innings, giving up only four hits and one run.