IRVINE, Calif. — Late inning BYU baseball rallies came too late in a 9-2 loss Saturday afternoon at UC Irvine.
Five of BYU's seven hits Saturday did not come until after pitcher Crosby Slaught left the game in the seventh inning. Slaught pitched a no-hitter through the first three innings until BYU's Jaycob Brugman singled in the fourth.
"We hit a lot of balls hard, but our production wasn't very good," said BYU coach Vance Law.
SAN JOSE STATE 3, UTAH 2: At San Jose, Calif., the Spartans broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the eighth inning.
Tanner Tripp had his best outing as a Ute on the mound, throwing six innings and allowing two runs on six hits with two strikeouts. Utah was led at the plate by Trey Nielsen and Cory Hunt, each who had two hits. The Utes close out the Jack Gifford Memorial Tournament against Columbia on Sunday at 1 p.m. PT.
UTAH VALLEY 10, SOUTHERN UTAH 0: At Cedar City, five different pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout as UVU completed a three-game sweep on Saturday afternoon.
Josh Swenson and Jeff Barto each threw three innings and were succeeded, in order, by Chris Kerns, Ryan Chadwick and Taylor Mangum. The five surrendered just two singles and five total base runners on the day.
Sean Moysh went 3-for-4 and scored a pair of runs while Jake Rickenbach had two hits and two RBIs. Goose Kallunki and Willie Pratt also had two-hit days with Austin Heaps and Kai Hatch each driving in two runs.
SLCC SWEEPS COLORADO NORTHERN: At West Jordan, the Bruins won 8-5 and 10-0 for a doubleheader sweep. Rhett Parkinson got the game one win with a season high nine strikeouts allowing no hits over four innings of work for SLCC (16-4, 7-1). Salt Lake pitching finished the game with a season high 13 strikeouts.
S. UTAH 10, OAKLAND 2: At Cedar City, SUU recorded its third run-rule victory of the weekend, sweeping Oakland University with a 10-2 victory in six innings. The result moves the T-Birds to 13-8 and 3-0 in conference play. Kelsey Bryant hit a three-run homer, adding to her team-leading RBI total of 20.
MICHIGAN STATE 3, UTAH STATE 2: At Long Beach, Calif., USU (8-11) dropped a close one in its only game on Saturday in the Long Beach State Invitational. MSU (7-14) used a run in the bottom of the fifth inning to break the tie, and the run held up as the game-winner for the Spartans.
SLCC SWEEPS SNOW: At Ephraim, the Bruins picked up wins of 3-1 and 8-2. MaCauley Flint controlled game one with a season high 12 strikeouts for SLCC (25-6, 16-4).
BYU 76, AIR FORCE 20: At Provo, the Cougars (8-0) beat the visiting Air Force Academy to move atop the Western Conference standings and to remain unbeaten at home since moving to South Field in 2009. BYU has never lost on South Field and held serve today notching 11 tries, nine conversions and one penalty goal.
UTAH SPLITS DOUBLEHEADER: At Salt Lake City, the Utes beat fellow Western Conference foe 49-19 at McCarthy Field before falling to Rugby Super League opponent Denver Barbarians.
LEVINS RUNS WELL FOR SUU: At Nampa, Idaho, Southern Utah's Cameron Levins achieved a 15th-place national finish for the men's squad with two top-four finishes at the NCAA Indoor Championship. Competing as a team of one, Levins finished just below in-state competitor BYU, which placed 14th with a team of seven.
"It was tough, but I'm really, really happy about this finish," Levins said. "I think it will help me move up in the outdoor season as I start to chase the Olympic standard."
Levins earned two All-American citations with a third-place time of 7:49.78 in the 3,000-meters and a fourth-place time of 13:38.12 in the 5,000-meters. His 3,000-meters finish improved his previous fourth-place ranking and put him above NAU competitor Diego Estrada, who finished seventh.