UNO found a way to win a one-run game for the second straight night against BYU.
After the Cougars tied it with four runs in the top of the eighth inning, the Mavericks won it in the bottom of the ninth when Mike Boeve’s two-out single to left brought home Brett Bonar from second base for a 6-5 win.
Boeve’s drive was misread by BYU leftfielder Hayden Leatham, who leaped to make the grab, came down with the ball but couldn’t secure the catch.
On Thursday, UNO beat BYU 2-1 when the Cougars left the tying run at third base in the ninth.
On Friday, UNO got solo homers from Keil Krumwiede and Parker Smejkal to build a 5-1 lead. Richie Holetz pitched a solid first six innings.
But BYU scored four in the eighth and had a chance for more, loading the bases with one out. UNO then brought in Josiah Scott, the Mavs’ fourth pitcher of the inning, and he got a popout and strikeout to end that threat. He also worked out of trouble in the ninth.
In the bottom of the ninth, Bonar reached on an error to start the inning. He was at second when Boeve delivered the game-winning single.
UNO and BYU will play their series finale Saturday at noon.