Bronson Larsen, Brock Hale, BYU

BYU Bashes Way to WCC Title

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n. They fell behind early in both games, scoring just one run in the first six innings. They also struck out 28 times in the two losses, including allowing Brandon Bailey to set a tournament record with 17.

The Cougars entered scoring 8.2 runs this year, but the bats again looked sluggish in their opener. They managed just three singles in the loss. On Friday, BYU was retired in order in the first inning against Saint Mary’s. The Gaels quickly took a 2-0 lead in the bottom half and it looked like the Cougars were headed for another Two-and-Q showing.

But that’s when Larsen proved to be their slump buster. Following a Brock Hale single in the second inning, Larsen drove the first pitch he saw over the right field wall for a two-run home run. It was the initial “duh-duh-duh-da-duh” beat of the Cougars’ championship march, getting the proverbial monkey off BYU’s back.


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