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Cougars surrender lead, game to Pilots

LEWISTON, Idaho — A four-run, first-inning lead vanished as BYU was defeated Friday by the University of Portland in Day 2 of the Banana Belt Tournament.

In fact, reliever Tyler Dabo threw a three-hitter and ended up being the losing pitcher thanks to a one-out triple by Tyler Perkins, followed by a two-run homer from Rob Seffens in the sixth inning.

Steffens picked up his second homer of the day with a solo shot in the eighth.

Dabo had a 5-4 lead when he replaced Jason Garcia in the fifth.

Garcia got a good jump-start from the Cougars. Kainoa Obrey and Ryan Chambers hit RBI singles and Clayton Barnes drove in two more runs with a triple, all in the first inning.

The Pilots got on the scoreboard when Joe Watson hit a two-run homer in the second and scored two more off RBI singles in the third.

BYU got a homer of its own when Jake Stubblefield had a solo blast in the fourth inning. It was Stubblefield's third homer of the season and kept him alive with a team-leading five-game hitting streak.

Doug Jackson had a seven-game streak ended in the game when he struck out as a pinch hitter in the eighth. Ranger Wiens picked up his fourth stolen base in two days, following a sixth-inning walk, but he was stranded at third base. Obrey was the only Cougar with more than one hit, coming from singles in the first and second innings.

Portland improved to 3-5, while BYU is now 3-8. The Cougars have one final game remaining in the tourney, a Saturday afternoon contest against Gonzaga.