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BYU baseball will have to travel the same path it did to win the West Coast Conference tournament if it wants to advance to NCAA Super Regionals.

Cougars’ pitchers were tuned up for 22 hits as BYU dropped its NCAA Regional opener 13-2 to Cal State Fullerton on Thursday at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

BYU’s only runs came when Nate Favero doubled in Brock Hale in the fifth inning and Colton Shaver hit a solo home run in the seventh. The Cougars used six pitchers, with starter Brady Corless getting the loss.

The loss drops BYU to the one-loss bracket of the double-elimination regional. The Cougars similarly lost to Loyola Marymount to open the WCC tournament before winning four straight, earning them a trip to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2002.

Fullerton put BYU in a 3-0 hole in the first inning thanks to Cougar errors from Corless and Hale.

A two-run homer from Hunter Cullen in the third put Fullerton up 6-0, and the rout was on.

Hale finished 3 for 4 from the plate to lead the Cougars.

BYU next faces Sacramento State at 2 p.m. Friday.

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