A stifling start from Hayden Rogers led BYU baseball to a 6-1 victory Friday over Sacramento State to stay alive in the NCAA Regional hosted by Stanford in Palo Alto, California.
The left-hander gave up three hits and one run in 6 1/3 innings to set the Cougars (39-20) up for victory. Rogers struck out eight in the start.
Sacramento State (32-30) manufactured a run to take the lead in the first inning, but couldn’t get to BYU pitchers the rest of the day. The Hornets, who play baseball in the Western Athletic Conference, were eliminated with the loss.
First baseman Tanner Chauncey finished 3 for 5 with three RBIs to lead the Cougars at the plate. He singled to drive in a score and cap a three-run third inning, and later doubled in the seventh, scoring two and giving BYU its final cushion.
The third-inning rally began when Brennon Anderson doubled to score Colton Shaver to tie the game 1-1. A Daniel Schneeman sacrifice fly scored Brian Hsu, setting up Chauncey’s first RBI of the night for a 3-1 lead.
Schneeman added two hits, including a double. Anderson also doubled and BYU totaled nine hits.
Mason Marshall pitched 2 2/3 innings of relief, allowing only one hit and striking out two to secure the win.
BYU will play Stanford at 2 p.m. Saturday in the one-loss bracket. The Cardinal (41-15) lost to Cal State Fullerton (36-21) in Friday’s nightcap.
The winner of that game advances to a rematch with Fullerton at 7 p.m. in the regional championship (though Fullerton has yet to lose in the double-elimination regional). All games are streamed on WatchESPN.com.
BYU is expected to pitch ace Maverik Buffo in Saturday’s first game.