BAKERSFIELD, Calif.—BYU scored seven of their 10 runs with two outs as the Cougars defeated CSU Bakersfield 10-2 Friday night.  

Taking advantage of a pair off CSUB errors, the Cougars got on the board with a run in the top of the first. The Roadrunners loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the first. The ‘Runner rally stalled when Max Carter was picked off first to complete the inning.

CSUB committed an error with two outs in the top of the second that led to a second unearned run. Daniel Schneemann’s two-triple in the third scored Casey Jacobsen for a three-run lead. Mark Pena’s infield single in the bottom of the fifth plated Christian Deaton to cut into the BYU advantage. Brock Hale’s grand slam home run with two outs in the sixth broke the game open for the Cougars.

Mahlik Jones added an RBI single for the Roadrunners with two outs in the eighth that scored David Metzgar. A fifth CSUB error would lead to two of three runs scored by the Cougars in the ninth.

Hale was 3-for-4 and drove in five of the seven BYU runs. Jones charted three (3-4) of the seven CSUB hits. Jones was the starting pitcher for the ‘Runners and took the loss.

“We didn’t play very good baseball tonight and that obvious by the boxscore,” said CSUB interim head coach Jeremy Beard. “Our guys didn’t come out and play the way they have been playing. We need to learn from it and move forward as fast as it came in. We have a short turnaround before the next pitch and that is what we have to look forward too.”

The Cougars’ (4-5) victory ended the Roadrunners (7-3) six-game winning streak. The series concludes Saturday at 12 p.m.

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