Nine-hole hitter Brennon Anderson had a three-run homer and a two-run single as BYU handed LSU its first loss of the season 9-4 on Saturday night at The Box.
HOW THEY SCORED
LSU first inning - Chris Sciambra walked and moved to second on Alex Bregman's grounder to the pitcher one out later. After Raph Rhymes walked, Mason Katz delivered a pop fly single down the rightfield line to drive home Sciambra. LSU 1, BYU 0
BYU fifth inning - Brock Whitney singled and went to third on a double by Kelton Caldwell. Bret Lopez was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Whitney scored on a sacrifice fly by Dakota Hernandez. BYU 1, LSU 1
BYU sixth inning - With one out, Jaycob Brugman and Whitney singled. Brugman scored on a double by Caldwell. Bret Lopez' sacrifice fly drove in Whitney. After a walk to Hernandez, Anderson hit a three-run homer over the leftfield fence. BYU 6, LSU 1
BYU seventh inning - Hayden Nielsen walked and advanced to third on a double by Adam Law. Brugman hit a sacrifice fly to leftfield to score Nielsen. BYU 7, LSU 1
LSU seventh inning - With one out, Sciambra walked and Mark Laird singled. After a wild pitch, Bregman hit a two-run double off reliever Derek Speigner. BYU 7, LSU 3
BYU eighth inning - Lopez walked and pitcher Hunter Newman threw Hernandez' bunt away for a two-base error. Anderson singled home both Lopez and Hernandez. BYU 9, LSU 3
LSU ninth inning - Bregman singled and moved to third on a single by Rhymes. Katz drove in Bregman with a sacrifice fly. BYU 9, LSU 4
LSU WASTED SCORING CHANCES
Third inning - Sciambra walked and moved to second on a bunt by Laird. Sciambra was stranded in scoring position as Bregman grounded out to third and Rhymes flied out to rightfield.
Fourth inning - Alex Edward doubled with two out. Ty Ross lined out to rightfield to end the inning.
Fifth inning - Christian Ibarra drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Sciambra. Laird grounded out to second with Ibarra advancing to third. After Bregman walked, Rhymes grounded out to first.
LSU HITTING STAR
Bregman had two hits, including a two-run double. Bregman, who walked once, had his double in the seventh. He led off the ninth with a single and later scored. Bregman has hit safely in five of six games. He has three multiple-hit games.
LSU STARTING PITCHER
Brett Bonvillain was quite effective in the first four innings as he retired 12 of the 13 batters he faced. The only base runner was Caldwell, who singled with two out in the second. Bonvillain ran into trouble in the fifth as BYU loaded the bases on a single by Whitney, a double by Caldwell and a hit batter. Hernandez' sacrifice fly brought in Whitney. After walking Anderson, Bonvillain got Jacob Hannemann to hit into a force play at the plate. Bonvillain was then replaced by Nate Fury.
The bullpen allowed eight runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. After getting out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth by getting Nielsen to ground out, Fury struggled in the sixth. He walked one and allowed four hits, including a three-run homer by Anderson. Fury was replaced by Hunter Devall after Anderson's two-out home run. Devall struck out the one batter he faced. Will LaMarche took over in the seventh. LaMarche gave up a run on a walk, a double by Law and a sacrifice fly by Brugman. Rhymes could have caught Law's fly ball which hit off the fence just over his head. Newman gave up two runs, one earned in his one inning. Newman walked a man and committed a two-base throwing error before yielding a two-run single by Anderson. Russell Reynolds had a one-two-three ninth with one strikeout.
Sciambra drew walks in each of his first two at-bats and was hit by a pitch in the seventh. In 27 plate appearances, Sciambra has eight hits, eight walks and one hit batter. . .With a lefthanded pitcher starting for BYU, Edward was the designated hitter. He had one hit in three at-bats. . .Tyler Moore pinch-hit for Edward with the bases loaded and two out in the seventh. Moore flied out to leftfield. . .Ross, who was 0-for-4, is hitless in his last nine at-bats. . .The Tigers were 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Katz and Bregman had the two run-scoring hits. . .LSU has scored more than three runs in the first six innings just once in the first six games. The Tigers scored six runs last Sunday against Maryland. . .Fury, who was the losing pitcher, had not allowed a base runner in his first two appearances which encompassed five hitters. . .BYU starting pitcher Mark Anderson had pitched twice in relief before Saturday's game. Anderson walked five and hit one before being replaced with one out in the seventh. . .Caldwell, Whitney and Anderson had seven of the Cougars' nine hits. . .BYU lost 3-2 to SLU earlier in the day Saturday. . .BYU scored three runs in two losses against SLU and 14 runs in splitting two games against LSU. . .The actual attendance was 6,742.
FROM THE CLUBHOUSE
Coach Paul Mainieri: "All this game means is we won't go undefeated. BYU took it too us tonight. They were better than us in every phase. Bonvillain threw well for four innings and then hit the wall. Their hitters did a great job in the fifth. Then, they had a lot of great at-bats off Nate in the sixth. We didn't do a great job out of the bullpen. We were spotty. Both Will LaMarche and Hunter Newman walked the first guy in the inning. You can't do that. We had some good at-bats late in the game. But, that was too little too late. We weren't bad at the plate. We just weren't good at the plate. We didn't strike out, but we didn't square up many balls. I was a little disappointed with our approach at the plate early in the game. I didn't sense the same intensity at the plate. We didn't wake up until late."
Mason Katz: "You can't expect to win every game. Losses happen. You have to learn how to handle adversity. Our (offense) is going to come. We are still working together as a lineup. Some guys are hot and guys around them are not. Raph and I haven't held down the fourth and fifth spots like we should. Bregman gets a big hit (two-run double in the seventh) and I come up with men on base and make an out."
Alex Bregman: "Nobody has gone 56-0 before. BYU outplayed us tonight. Bonvillain pitched well and so did their starter. We had some bad at-bats early in the game. We need to go up there and make every at-bat a quality at-bat. We gave away too many at-bats early in the game."
LSU will resume its suspended game against Southeastern Louisiana on Sunday at 1 p.m. at The Box. The game will be picked up in the bottom of the first with no score and the Tigers having runners at first and third with two out. SLU beat BYU twice to improve its record to 5-1. Ryan Eades, who started Friday for LSU, will be on the mound when the game continues Sunday.