Cal State Fullerton beats Stanford 4-1 in NCAAs

A career-high eight strikeouts by Hayden Rogers was just what No. 26 BYU baseball needed in a 6-1 victory over Sacramento State in Friday's elimination game.

The loss drops BYU to the one-loss bracket of the double-elimination regional.

"Hayden Rogers gave us an incredible outing today", BYU coach Mike Littlewood said. I told the guys we're right where want to be with Maverik (Buffo) throwing. "We just had the mindset that there's nothing to lose; we just needed to play our best, and good things are going to happen". The left-hander used his fastball, breaking ball and changeup to keep Sacramento State off balance for 61⁄3 innings.

The Cougars eliminated the Hornets (32-29) from the tournament in an 18th come-from-behind victory this season. "I mean, I'm playing in front of - I was just talking to Hook on the way up - probably 20-plus family friends". "It felt a little "Gonzaga-ish" in the first couple of innings". You could feel the pressure mounting.

"We were fortunate to be as close as we were, " Marquess said.

Brock Hale hit an RBI single, bringing home Chauncey and stretching BYU baseball's lead to three.

Overcoming adversity was an early theme for the Cougars as that inning continued. Valenzuela scored the go-ahead run on a Dillon Persinger jam shot over shortstop.

And in the fifth, Stanford was able to tie the game at 1-1 after junior Jesse Kuet extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a two-out RBI single and threatened for more after Matt Winaker doubled down the left-field line to put runners on second and third, but Gavin again punched out Hoerner to end the threat. The Cougars loaded the bases against reliever Austin Root with nobody out and Bronson Larsen produced one run with an RBI single up the middle for a 4-1 lead.

A scoring opportunity was foiled for Sac State in the bottom of the sixth with two on, as Schneemann turned an inning-ending double play.

Tanner Chauncey's second and third RBI's with a two-run double to left in the seventh resulted in a 6-1 Cougar advantage.

Mason Marshall, who replaced Rogers, polished off the Western Athletic Conference champions in the final 2.2 innings.

BYU will now face the loser of the Stanford-Cal State Fullerton game on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.in another elimination game.

  • Carolyn Briggs