Academy Wins Slugfest 22-19

Freshman Chris Howard started in front of hometown fans in game three at Air Force. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

AIR FORCE ACADEMY -- Near gale force winds and hot bats propelled the Air Force Academy to a 22-19 victory Saturday over BYU in baseball.

The Cougars, now 25-29 overall and 12-12 in the Mountain West Conference, now ready to take on UNLV on Tuesday in the league tournament in San Diego.

“It was a terrible day for baseball with 40 mph winds and tough conditions to pitch in, but give Air Force credit, they swung the bats well,” said BYU coach Vance Law.

After BYU took a 10-3 lead, Air Force closed the gap to 10-8 as the Cougars replaced starting pitcher Chris Howard with Justin Shutt in the fourth inning. The Falcons battled back again in the sixth, to take an18-12 lead.

Jonathan Cluff hit a shallow sun double to right field to tie the game at 18-18 in the eighth. AFA retook the lead 20-18 with a two-run homer by Addison Gentry in the eighth.


BYU at Air Force

May 22, 2010 at USAF Academy, Colo. (Falcon Field)

BYU 19 (25-29,12-12 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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RELF, Brandon ss......... 7 3 4 1 0 1 3 0 0

WELLS, Stephen cf........ 7 3 4 2 0 1 3 0 2

WOLFE, Alex c............ 3 1 2 2 0 1 2 1 1

FRAMPTON, Chase ph/c.... 3 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 2

CLUFF, Jonathan rf....... 6 1 3 1 0 1 2 0 0

BERNAL, Ryan 1b.......... 6 2 1 1 0 3 10 1 2

McNAUGHTON, Sean lf...... 5 2 2 4 1 1 1 0 1

HALL, Austin 3b.......... 5 3 3 2 1 1 1 1 1

HANCOCK, Alex dh......... 5 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 0

NIELSEN, Dane 2b......... 6 2 3 2 0 0 1 4 1

HOWARD, Chris p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

SHUTT, Justin p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

McKNIGHT, David p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

SLOAN, Kevin p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Totals................... 53 19 25 16 2 11 24 8 10

Air Force 22 (13-42,3-20 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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RANDHAWA 3b/ss........... 6 3 3 1 0 0 0 1 0

ROBERTS, B. 2b........... 2 3 1 1 1 0 1 1 0

GENTRY 1b................ 6 4 3 3 0 0 5 1 0

CUSTONS c................ 4 4 3 5 0 0 12 0 0

CARTER cf................ 5 3 4 3 1 1 2 0 0

ALEXANDER lf............. 5 1 4 4 0 0 3 0 1

BAST dh.................. 5 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 3

AUSBUN rf................ 6 2 2 1 0 1 1 0 3

ROBERTS, M. ss/3b........ 4 2 1 1 1 1 3 3 0

TRUESDALE p.............. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

CARLEY p................ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 43 22 24 21 3 3 27 7 7

Score by Innings R H E

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BYU................. 171 102 241 - 19 25 1

Air Force........... 301 40(10) 04X - 22 24 3

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E - BERNAL(2); GENTRY(5); ALEXANDER(4); AUSBUN(3). DP - Cougars 1; Falcons

1. LOB - Cougars 10; Falcons 7. 2B - RELF(17); WELLS(8); WOLFE(14); CLUFF

2(17); McNAUGHTON 2(17); GENTRY 2(14); ALEXANDER(14); AUSBUN(17); ROBERTS,

M.(16). 3B - CARTER(11). HR - RELF(4); HALL(4); GENTRY(13); CUSTONS(9);

CARTER(9). HBP - HANCOCK; ROBERTS, B.; CUSTONS. SH - ROBERTS, B. 2(6). SF -

CUSTONS(4); ALEXANDER(2); BAST(5). SB - RANDHAWA(12); CUSTONS(16);

CARTER(13).

BYU IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP

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HOWARD, Chris....... 3.1 9 8 7 1 2 19 21 52

SHUTT, Justin....... 2.1 4 4 4 1 0 9 13 28

McKNIGHT, David..... 0.0 5 6 6 1 0 5 6 15

SLOAN, Kevin........ 2.1 6 4 4 0 1 10 13 40

Air Force IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP

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TRUESDALE........... 6.0 19 14 12 1 5 38 39 119

CARLEY.............. 3.0 6 5 5 1 6 15 17 63

Win - CARLEY (3-5). Loss - SLOAN (9-1). Save - None.

WP - HOWARD(2); SLOAN(4); TRUESDALE(4). HBP - by SHUTT (ROBERTS, B.); by CARLEY

(HANCOCK); by SLOAN (CUSTONS). PB - WOLFE(1); CUSTONS(9). Inherited

runners/scored: SHUTT 2/2; McKNIGHT 1/1; CARLEY 1/0. Pitches/strikes: HOWARD

52/34; SHUTT 28/16; McKNIGHT 15/7; SLOAN 40/25; TRUESDALE 119/80; CARLEY 63/40.

Umpires - HP: Scott Johnson 1B: Randy Upton 3B: Ron Barnes

Start: 12:05 pm Time: 3:00 Attendance: 422

Weather: High 70's, extreme wind gusts

McKNIGHT faced 6 batters in the 6th.

TRUESDALE faced 3 batters in the 7th.

BYU 1st - RELF reached on a fielding error by 1b (2-1). WELLS fouled out

to lf (0-1). WOLFE doubled down the rf line, ground-rule (0-0); RELF advanced

to third. CLUFF lined out to ss (1-2). WOLFE advanced to third on a wild pitch;

RELF scored on a wild pitch, unearned. BERNAL struck out looking (3-2). 1

run, 1 hit, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Air Force 1st - RANDHAWA singled to center field (1-2). ROBERTS, B.

grounded out to c, SAC, bunt (0-0); RANDHAWA advanced to second. GENTRY

grounded out to 1b unassisted (3-1); RANDHAWA advanced to third. CUSTONS

singled through the left side, RBI (0-0); RANDHAWA scored. CARTER homered to

right field, 2 RBI (0-0); CUSTONS scored. ALEXANDER singled to pitcher (2-1).

BAST singled to right field (0-0); ALEXANDER advanced to second. AUSBUN flied

out to rf (0-1). 3 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

BYU 2nd - McNAUGHTON walked (3-2). HALL singled to center field (2-1);

McNAUGHTON advanced to second. HANCOCK singled to pitcher (0-0); HALL advanced

to second; McNAUGHTON advanced to third. NIELSEN singled to shortstop, RBI

(1-0); HANCOCK advanced to second; HALL advanced to third; McNAUGHTON scored.

RELF popped up to 2b (0-0). WELLS singled to right field, RBI (0-0); NIELSEN

advanced to second; HANCOCK advanced to third; HALL scored. WOLFE singled to

right center, 2 RBI (0-0); WELLS advanced to third; NIELSEN scored; HANCOCK

scored. CLUFF struck out swinging (2-2). BERNAL singled through the right side,

RBI (0-0); WOLFE advanced to second; WELLS scored. McNAUGHTON doubled to center

field, 2 RBI (0-0); BERNAL scored; WOLFE scored. HALL struck out swinging

(0-2). 7 runs, 7 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Air Force 2nd - ROBERTS, M. struck out swinging (3-2). RANDHAWA grounded

out to 2b (1-1). ROBERTS, B. grounded out to 3b, bunt (0-0). 0 runs, 0 hits,

0 errors, 0 LOB.

BYU 3rd - HANCOCK grounded out to 2b (2-2). NIELSEN flied out to lf

(1-0). RELF doubled to center field (1-2). WELLS reached on a fielding error by

rf, advanced to third (2-2); RELF scored, unearned. WOLFE struck out looking

(2-2). 1 run, 1 hit, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Air Force 3rd - GENTRY reached on a fielding error by 1b, advanced to

third (0-0). CUSTONS flied out to lf (0-0). CARTER struck out swinging (0-2).

ALEXANDER singled to right field, RBI (1-0); GENTRY scored, unearned. BAST

lined out to 3b (0-0). 1 run, 1 hit, 1 error, 1 LOB.

BYU 4th - CLUFF doubled to left center (0-0). BERNAL grounded out to ss

(0-1); CLUFF advanced to third. McNAUGHTON grounded out to ss, RBI (2-2); CLUFF

scored. HALL grounded out to 3b (2-0). 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Air Force 4th - AUSBUN doubled to right center (0-0). ROBERTS, M. walked

(3-1); AUSBUN advanced to third on a passed ball. ROBERTS, M. advanced to

second on a wild pitch; AUSBUN scored on a wild pitch. RANDHAWA grounded out to

1b unassisted (2-0); ROBERTS, M. advanced to third. ROBERTS, B. singled to

center field, RBI (1-1); ROBERTS, M. scored. GENTRY doubled to right center

(0-1); ROBERTS, B. advanced to third. SHUTT to p for HOWARD. CUSTONS flied out

to rf, SF, RBI (1-1); GENTRY advanced to third; ROBERTS, B. scored. CARTER

singled through the left side, RBI (0-0); GENTRY scored. ALEXANDER singled to

right field (0-0); CARTER advanced to third. BAST reached on a fielder's choice

(0-0); ALEXANDER out at second ss unassisted. 4 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors, 2

LOB.

BYU 5th - HANCOCK flied out to cf (0-1). NIELSEN flied out to lf (1-0).

RELF singled to left field (1-1). WELLS singled through the right side (1-0);

RELF advanced to second. FRAMPTON pinch hit for WOLFE. FRAMPTON struck out

swinging (3-2). 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Air Force 5th - FRAMPTON to c. AUSBUN grounded out to 2b (2-0). ROBERTS,

M. grounded out to 2b (1-0). RANDHAWA grounded out to 2b (2-1). 0 runs, 0

hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BYU 6th - CLUFF singled through the left side (0-0). BERNAL reached on a

fielder's choice (0-0); CLUFF out at second 1b to ss. McNAUGHTON doubled to

left center, RBI (0-2); BERNAL scored. HALL singled through the left side, RBI

(2-2); McNAUGHTON scored. HANCOCK singled through the left side (0-1); HALL

advanced to third. NIELSEN grounded into double play p to ss to 1b (0-2);

HANCOCK out on the play. 2 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Air Force 6th - ROBERTS, B. hit by pitch (1-0). GENTRY popped up to 2b

(0-0). CUSTONS singled to center field (0-0); ROBERTS, B. advanced to third.

CUSTONS stole second. CARTER walked (3-2). ALEXANDER doubled to right center, 2

RBI (1-0); CARTER advanced to third; CUSTONS scored; ROBERTS, B. scored. BAST

flied out to cf, SF, RBI (0-1); ALEXANDER advanced to third; CARTER scored.

McKNIGHT to p for SHUTT. AUSBUN singled up the middle, RBI (0-0); ALEXANDER

scored. ROBERTS, M. doubled to right center, RBI (1-0); AUSBUN scored. RANDHAWA

singled to left field, RBI (1-0); ROBERTS, M. scored. RANDHAWA stole second.

ROBERTS, B. walked (3-1). GENTRY doubled to right center, RBI (0-0); ROBERTS,

B. advanced to third; RANDHAWA scored. CUSTONS homered to right field, 3 RBI

(2-1); GENTRY scored; ROBERTS, B. scored. SLOAN to p for McKNIGHT. CARTER

tripled to left field (0-1). ALEXANDER flied out to cf (1-0). 10 runs, 8

hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

BYU 7th - RELF homered to left center, RBI (2-2). WELLS doubled to right

center (2-2). FRAMPTON singled, advanced to second on an error by lf, RBI

(0-0); WELLS scored. CARLEY to p for TRUESDALE. CLUFF fouled out to c (0-0).

BERNAL struck out looking (1-2). McNAUGHTON flied out to cf (1-0). 2 runs, 3

hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Air Force 7th - BAST singled through the left side (2-2). AUSBUN reached

on a fielder's choice, bunt (0-0); BAST out at second p to ss. ROBERTS, M. hit

into double play 1b to ss (0-0); AUSBUN out on the play. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0

errors, 0 LOB.

BYU 8th - HALL walked (3-2). HANCOCK hit by pitch (1-0); HALL advanced

to second. NIELSEN singled to center field, RBI (1-2); HANCOCK advanced to

third; HALL scored. NIELSEN advanced to second on a passed ball; HANCOCK scored

on a passed ball. RELF struck out swinging (2-2). WELLS singled to left field,

advanced to second on the throw, RBI (1-2); NIELSEN scored. FRAMPTON flied out

to rf (0-1). CLUFF doubled to right field, RBI (0-0); WELLS scored. BERNAL

struck out swinging (3-2). 4 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Air Force 8th - RANDHAWA singled to center field (3-2). ROBERTS, B.

grounded out to 1b unassisted, SAC, bunt (2-0); RANDHAWA advanced to second.

GENTRY homered to right center, 2 RBI (2-1); RANDHAWA scored. CUSTONS hit by

pitch (2-2). CARTER singled to center field (0-1); CUSTONS advanced to third.

ALEXANDER flied out to cf, SF, RBI (0-0); CUSTONS scored. CARTER stole second.

BAST singled through the left side, RBI (2-1); CARTER scored. BAST advanced to

second on a wild pitch. AUSBUN struck out swinging (1-2). 4 runs, 4 hits, 0

errors, 1 LOB.

BYU 9th - RANDHAWA to ss. ROBERTS, M. to 3b. McNAUGHTON struck out

swinging (2-2). HALL homered to left center, RBI (1-2). HANCOCK struck out

swinging (2-2). NIELSEN singled to shortstop (1-0). RELF singled to right field

(0-1); NIELSEN advanced to second. WELLS struck out swinging (3-2). 1 run, 3

hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

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