Weather cleared to best day of series
DAVIS, Calif. (February 27, 2010)—Pitching came through for BYU as it held on to win a suspended game Saturday, 8-4, over UC Davis.
The Cougars, now 2-4, were three outs away from completing the fifth inning Friday, leading the Aggies 7-1 before rain caused the baseball game to be suspended.
"I was proud of the way we pitched," said BYU Coach Vance Law. "(Kevin) Sloan was outstanding. He got us out of a jam and all of our relievers did well."
The hard-throwing Sloan earned the win and started Saturday with a runner on first and a 3-0 count. He gave up a hit on that batter, but held the Aggies hitless for the next three innings. The three relievers that replaced Sloan were also quite effective.
"We got an important insurance run in the ninth to bring the momentum back in our favor," said Law.
That run came from Brandon Relf, who led off with a single as the Cougars proceeded to load the bases and get a sac-fly from Bryce Ayoso.
Relf walked in the first inning and Jonathan Cluff belted a two-out triple to score him. Ryan Bernal lined a single to centerfield to score Cluff, putting the Cougars up 2-0.
BYU loaded the bases in the fifth through singles, bunts and an error as Relf’s single scored Dane Nielsen to make the score 3-1. Then Bernal hit a two-run single to score Sean McNaughton and Relf. Austin Hall’s double scored Cluff to make it 7-1.
Both Cluff and Bernal were two-for-four with multiple RBI.
The Cougars now ready for a five-game stand in Texas starting on Tuesday in as many days. BYU plays Baylor, then Texas A & M, concluding with a three-game series at Texas-Arlington.
This picture is actually from last year, but I wasn't there to take a picture of him pitching. Wish I was there!