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BYU takes first WCC baseball win, 4-1 over St. Mary's

Published February 25, 2012 8:11 am
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MORAGA, Calif. • Brigham Young pitchers Mark Anderson and Mason Marshall gave the Cougars their first league victory — and handed St. Mary's College its first season loss in a 4-1 decision Friday.

The Cougar win was their first-ever in the West Coast Conference as Anderson picked up his second win and Marshall his second save to improve BYU's record to 3-2, while the Gaels are 5-1.

"I was reluctant to come out of the game," said Anderson of his seventh-inning exit. "But I can always count on Mason to slam the door. It's a graveyard out there in the outfield."

That BYU outfield came up big in the third inning whenStephen Wells robbed Patrick Wisdom of a potential two-out, two-run smash with a catch in deep left-centerfield. SMC's Kyle Barraclough, who struck out nine, was tossing a no-hitter into the sixth with a 1-0 lead.

In the sixth BYU chased Barraclough off the mound when it came up with back-to-back hits, the first by Jaycob Brugman to advance Stephen Wells to third.

Brock Whitney's two-run double was the game-winning RBI, giving BYU a 2-1 lead. The Cougars added a pair of runs in the seventh to provide the three-run cushion when Anderson left the game with six strikeouts. Enter Marshall in relief, who struck out a Gael with the bases loaded to end the seventh.




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