April 22, 2010

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Wolfe lifts BYU over Utah

Connecticut outscores Holy Cross, Hawaii blanks Louisiana Tech


In Provo, Utah, Alex Wolfe (left) had a two-run double with two outs in the bottom of the eighth to lift BYU over Utah 9-7 Thursday in the opener of their Mountain West series at Larry H. Miller Field. Trailing 7-6 with two down in the eighth, Brandon Relf walked and moved to third on a base hit by Dane Nielsen. Wolfe (4 for 4, 3 R) doubled down the right field line to give the Cougars (5-8, 17-19) an 8-7 lead. A single by Bryce Ayoso plated Wolfe with an insurance run. David McKnight allowed one hit in the ninth for his sixth save. Ryan Bernal had two hits, including a home run, and four RBI for BYU. The Utes (6-7, 18-17) were led offensively by Tyler Yagi (4 for 5, 2 RBI) and Nik Gumeson (3 for 5).


Connecticut 27, Holy Cross 10

In Worcester, Mass., Mike Nemeth went 3 for 4 with four RBI as Connecticut outscored Holy Cross to win its 18th straight game. Nemeth had a RBI single in a seven-run first to extend its hit streak to 19. Mike Olt had three hits, including two doubles and a homer, and four RBI for the Huskies (30-7). Pierre LePage (4 for 5, 2 R), Matt Burnett (3 for 6, 1 HR, 3 R) and Kevin Vance (2 for 5, 2 R) each knocked in three for UConn. George Springer (2 for 4, 2 RBI) scored six for the Huskies. Patrick Puentes had three hits, including a home run, and two RBI for the Crusaders (19-17).


Hawaii 10, Louisiana Tech 0

In Ruston, La., Josh Slaats tossed a complete-game shutout as Hawaii blanked Louisiana Tech in the WAC series opener at J.C. Love Field that was called after seven innings due to the league’s run rule. Slaats (4-2) allowed five hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Jeffrey Van Dornum went 3 for 4 with a double, two homers and three runs. David Freitas (2 for 5, 2 R, 3 RBI) and Kevin Macdonald also went deep for the Rainbows (3-6, 20-18). Mark Threlkeld had two hits for the Bulldogs (4-5, 19-17).


George Washington 9, UMBC 5

In Catonsville, Md., Paul Pakan and Stephen Oswald both homered as George Washington topped UMBC. Oswald drove in three, while Tom Zebroski had three hits and two RBI for the Colonials (20-17). GWU scored five in the first to take control. Michael Pesci and Bryan Russo both went deep for the Retrievers (7-22).


Seattle 7, Dallas Baptist 5

In Seattle, Steve Kirbach had two hits and three RBI as Seattle edged Dallas Baptist at Bannerwood Park. Cullen Hendrickson drove in two, while Riley Tompkins (1 HR, 2 R) and Nick Latta (3 R) both had two hits for the Redhawks (5-26). Jason Krizan had three hits, and Ryan Behmanesh homered for the Patriots (21-16). Max Whieldon (2-6) allowed seven hits and three runs in 7.1 innings with no walks and four strikeouts to earn the victory. Arlo Evasick recorded the final five outs for his first save.


Southern Utah 11, South Dakota State 5

In Cedar City, Utah, Joe Goldenberg (3 for 5, 2 R, 4 RBI) had a three-run homer in a four-run first as Southern Utah stopped South Dakota State in the Summit series opener. Bo Cuthbertson had three hits and three RBI for the Thunderbirds (4-5, 11-25). Billy Stitz had four hits and two RBI for the Jackrabbits (6-3, 21-12).


Furman 16, Presbyterian 10

In Greenville, S.C., Will Muzika went 4 for 5 with five RBI as Furman prevailed over Presbyterian at Fluor Field. Muzika had a RBI single and Reese Wade (3 for 4, 3 R, 4 RBI) added a two-run homer in a four-run first. Muzika’s two-run single keyed a five-run second as the Paladins (13-25) built an 11-0 lead after three. Ryan Morris had two hits and two RBI for the Blue Hose (11-25).


(photo courtesy of BYU Media Relations Office)