Brian Hsu’s two-out, two-run homer to left field in the seventh inning Thursday lifted the BYU Cougars (11-9, 1-3) to a 6-4 win over the Gonzaga Bulldogs (11-9, 2-2) in West Coast Conference baseball play in Provo, Utah.
Hsu connected on a 2-2 pitch from Alek Jacob (1-3). Brennon Anderson, who had walked with two outs, also scored.
Gonzaga, trailing 4-2, tied the score with a two-run sixth. Austin Pinorini had a two-out RBI double to left-center and scored on Ernie Yake’s double to left.
GU opened scoring with Gunnar Schubert’s RBI single in the first.
After the Cougars tied the game in the second, the Bulldogs took a 2-1 lead in the third. Branson Trube led off with a double down the left-field line and scored on Schubert’s grounder to shortstop.
BYU tied the game in its third and took a 4-2 edge in the sixth when Anderson had an RBI double and scored on Daniel Schneemann’s single.
Starter Jordan Wood (2-1) earned the win, allowing eight hits and three earned runs in 7 1/3 innings, striking out six and walking two. Drew Zimmerman earned his second save of the season with 1 2/3 hitless innings.
Zags starter Justin Blatner allowed five hits and four earned runs in four innings.
The middle game of the three-game series is Friday.
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