MALIBU, Calif. — A 5-0 Cougar lead evaporated on Friday as Pepperdine got a five-run rally in the eighth to defeat BYU baseball, 9-5.

For the second day in a row, second baseman Joe Sever accounted for the game-winning RBI, as Pepperdine (27-19, 11-6 West Coast Conference) pulled within a game of league-leading San Diego. Sever’s two-run, two-out single broke a 5-5 deadlock.

The Cougars (19-23, 7-10) took a 4-0 lead in the third and extending it to 5-0 in the fourth with catcher Wes Guenther getting RBI singles in those innings. Designated hitter Alex Wolfe’s two-run single was a key hit in the fourth when BYU scored all of its runs with two outs.

Cougar starter Marc Oslund maintained the lead through seven innings with a 5-4 margin when he exited the game. Reliever James Lengal started the eighth frame and appeared on his way to a save with two outs until controversial two-out call at third base opened the door for five unearned runs.

The Waves and Cougars conclude the three-game series on Saturday afternoon.

Ralph R. Zobell has worked for BYU Athletic Media Relations in various capacities for over 30 years. You can view his bio at or contact him at [email protected].