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MEN'S TENNIS: No. 35 BYU, the second seed in the MWC Men's Tennis Championships, fell to TCU in the semifinals, 4-2, on Friday at Las Vegas.

BYU freshman Spencer Smith put the Cougars on the scoreboard with a straight-sets victory over Soren Goritzka 6-4, 6-3 at the No. 5 five singles spot after TCU had taken the doubles point with victories at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles.

The Horned Frogs took a 3-1 advantage in singles play with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 singles.

In No. 2 singles, BYU's Evan Urbina defeated TCU's Zach Nichols in straight sets 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5) to bring the Cougars within 3-2, but that would be as close as they would get.

After losing the first set 6-4, BYU's No. 3 singles player Georgy Batrakov took the second set over Marius Cerstea 7-5, but could not come back in the third.

Senior Cassidy Mears dropped the first set at the No. 4 singles position but came back to win the second 7-5 and was up 2-1 in the third when TCU sealed the victory at the No. 6 position.

The Cougars won the MWC regular-season title, going undefeated at 6-0, and have compiled a 21-6 overall record.

BYU now awaits a possible invitation to compete in the 2010 NCAA Championships. The team and individual pairings will be announced on Tuesday, May 4.

BASEBALL: Three consecutive singles paved the way Friday for a second straight walk-off victory by Seattle University over BYU in an 8-7 win at Seattle.

The Cougars, now 18-22, took a three-run cushion into the bottom of the ninth, but relievers surrendered walks and an error as the Redhawks improved to 7-28.

A two-out, RBI double to right field by Austin Hall scored Ryan Bernal to put the Cougars on the board, 3-1, in the second inning. Dane Nielsen singled in Hall to make the score the same as Thursday's 16-inning final, 3-2.

Alex Wolfe doubled with two outs and advanced to third on a wild pitch, but was stranded in the third.

Bernal led off the fourth with a single and scored off Nielsen's one-out single to again close the gap to one run, 4-3.

The Cougars got their first lead at 5-4 when Sean McNaughton hit a two-run homer with two outs to bring in Bernal in the fifth.

Hall hit a one-out triple in the eighth and scored on a sacrifice fly by Nielsen to put BYU up 6-4.

Brandon Relf stole home in the ninth when the Redhawks bit on a pickoff attempt to get Wolfe at first, putting the score at 7-4.

BYU looks for its first win in Seattle this morning when it takes on No. 26 Portland.