Bats Go Silent Against Utes

Dan Vargas got singles in the first and eighth innings to join Steve Parker for BYU's only two-hit efforts.

FT. WORTH -- Utah avenged trophy and series losses last week to with a 9-3 victory Tuesday over BYU in round one of the Mountain West Conference Championships.

There was no magic against the Utes this time like the Cougars experienced last Friday and Saturday in coming from behind. BYU dug another deep hole and couldn't get out of it or get Utah out.

The Ute's Brian Budrow handcuffed Cougar hitters through six innings, allowing three base-runners in that span. Dan Vargas singled in the first inning, but was caught stealing. Budrow gave up walks to Andrew Law in the third and Kasey Ko in the fourth.

Utah took advantage of Cougar errors at rightfield and at shortstop, a walk and a hit batsman mainly after two outs, twice paving the way for two-run homers in the third and fourth innings by Dustin Hennis and Corey Shimada, respectively.

"I told my team after the third inning that we've got to chip away and put pressure on them, but we went fishing away at the slider," said BYU Coach Vance Law. "We just didn't swing the bats well and you aren't going to have too much success when that happens."

Steve Parker hit a towering two-run homer, scoring Kent Walton who got on base with an error to start the seventh inning. Thus BYU avoided being shutout for the first time since April 2007 when TCU won 7-0 in Fort Worth.

In the eighth BYU threatened with runners on the corners, but Budrow enticed Walton to ground out to third base--the fifth time of the game to the hot corner and second of that inning.

The Cougars loaded the bases with no outs to start the ninth before Brandon Relf grounded into a double play on which pinch-runner Michael Bowen scored the final run.

BYU falls to 22-35 overall, while Utah improved to 24-26. The Cougars play San Diego State on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the survivor/elimination game.

Univ. of Utah vs Brigham Young Univ.

May 20, 2008 at Fort Worth, Texas (Lupton Stadium)

Univ. of Utah 9 (23-26)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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SHIMADA, Corey 2b........ 3 3 2 2 2 0 1 3 0

GUYMON, Cody dh.......... 4 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0

SHRINER, Jesse c......... 4 0 1 2 0 0 8 3 1

HENNIS, Dustin lf........ 4 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 1

JONES, Austin 1b......... 4 1 2 0 1 0 14 0 0

FERGUSON, Fred rf........ 3 1 0 0 1 1 2 0 1

BELTRAN, Michael ss...... 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 0

RELF, Tyler cf........... 5 0 3 2 0 1 0 0 1

KUROCZKO, Nick 3b........ 4 1 0 0 1 0 0 5 5

BUDROW, Brian p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0

Totals................... 35 9 10 8 6 4 27 16 9

Brigham Young Univ. 3 (22-34)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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MCNAUGHTON, Sean lf...... 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1

VARGAS, Dan ss........... 4 0 2 0 0 1 2 3 0

WALTON, Kent cf.......... 4 1 0 0 0 2 2 0 2

KO, Kasey 1b............. 2 0 0 0 2 1 16 0 0

BOWEN, Michael pr....... 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

PARKER, Steve 3b......... 4 1 2 2 0 1 0 6 1

CLUFF, Jonathan rf....... 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0

RELF, Brandon dh......... 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

MUSSO, J.T. c............ 3 0 0 0 0 3 3 2 0

AYOSO, Bryce ph......... 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1

LAW, Andrew 2b........... 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 6 0

WORTHAM, Jake p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

LEACH, J.C. p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

WARD, Michael p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Totals................... 31 3 5 2 4 10 27 18 5

Score by Innings R H E

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Univ. of Utah....... 102 311 001 - 9 10 1

Brigham Young Univ.. 000 000 201 - 3 5 3

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E - KUROCZKO(3); VARGAS(29); CLUFF(11); LAW(6). DP - UT 1; BYU Cougars 2.

LOB - UT 9; BYU Cougars 5. 2B - SHIMADA(12); SHRINER(17); JONES(15). HR -

SHIMADA(9); HENNIS(4); PARKER(10). HBP - GUYMON; BELTRAN. SH - FERGUSON(3).

SF - SHRINER(2). SB - SHIMADA 2(20).

Univ. of Utah IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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BUDROW, Brian....... 9.0 5 3 2 4 10 31 35

Brigham Young Univ. IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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WORTHAM, Jake....... 5.0 8 8 6 3 0 23 28

LEACH, J.C.......... 3.0 1 0 0 1 4 9 11

WARD, Michael....... 1.0 1 1 1 2 0 3 6

Win - BUDROW (6-5). Loss - WORTHAM (4-6). Save - None.

WP - LEACH(1). HBP - by WORTHAM (GUYMON); by WARD (BELTRAN). PB - MUSSO(8).

Umpires - HP: Bruce Bayne 1B: Keith Bailey (CC) 2B: Ray Belfiore 3B: Rich

Padillo Start: 7:07 pm Time: 2:27 Attendance: 943

WORTHAM faced 1 batter in the 6th.

Univ. of Utah starters: 3/2b SHIMADA; 5/dh GUYMON; 7/c SHRINER; 16/lf HENNIS;

28/1b JONES; 13/rf FERGUSON; 8/ss BELTRAN; 30/cf RELF; 9/3b KUROCZKO; 26/p

BUDROW;

Brigham Young Univ. starters: 15/lf MCNAUGHTON; 13/ss VARGAS; 9/cf WALTON;

22/1b KO; 5/3b PARKER; 8/rf CLUFF; 4/dh RELF; 10/c MUSSO; 6/2b LAW; 28/p

WORTHAM;

Univ. of Utah 1st - SHIMADA doubled down the rf line. GUYMON singled to

third base; SHIMADA advanced to third. SHRINER grounded into double play 2b to

ss to 1b; GUYMON out on the play; SHIMADA scored. HENNIS grounded out to 2b.

1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 1st - MCNAUGHTON grounded out to 3b. VARGAS singled

up the middle. VARGAS out at second c to 2b. WALTON struck out swinging. 0

runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Univ. of Utah 2nd - JONES grounded out to 3b. FERGUSON grounded out to

2b. BELTRAN reached on a throwing error by 2b. RELF singled through the left

side; BELTRAN advanced to second. KUROCZKO grounded out to 3b. 0 runs, 1

hit, 1 error, 2 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 2nd - KO grounded out to p. PARKER struck out

swinging. CLUFF struck out swinging, out at first c to 1b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0

errors, 0 LOB.

Univ. of Utah 3rd - SHIMADA flied out to lf. GUYMON reached on a

fielding error by rf, advanced to second on the error. SHRINER lined out to lf.

HENNIS homered, 2 RBI, unearned; GUYMON scored, unearned. JONES walked.

FERGUSON flied out to lf. 2 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 3rd - RELF grounded out to 3b. MUSSO struck out

swinging, out at first c to 1b. LAW walked. MCNAUGHTON flied out to rf. 0

runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Univ. of Utah 4th - BELTRAN grounded out to 2b. RELF grounded out to 3b.

KUROCZKO walked. SHIMADA homered, 2 RBI; KUROCZKO scored. GUYMON hit by pitch.

SHRINER doubled down the lf line, RBI; GUYMON scored. HENNIS grounded out to

2b. 3 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 4th - VARGAS grounded out to p unassisted. WALTON

struck out looking. KO walked. PARKER grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0

errors, 1 LOB.

Univ. of Utah 5th - JONES singled to right center. FERGUSON grounded out

to c, SAC; JONES advanced to second. BELTRAN grounded out to 3b. RELF singled

up the middle, advanced to second on a throwing error by ss, RBI; JONES scored.

KUROCZKO grounded out to ss. 1 run, 2 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 5th - CLUFF grounded out to ss. RELF flied out to

rf. MUSSO struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Univ. of Utah 6th - SHIMADA walked. LEACH to p for WORTHAM. GUYMON

grounded out to 3b; SHIMADA advanced to second. SHIMADA advanced to third on a

wild pitch. SHRINER flied out to rf, SF, RBI; SHIMADA scored. HENNIS flied out

to cf. 1 run, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 6th - LAW grounded out to 3b. MCNAUGHTON grounded

out to ss. VARGAS struck out looking. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Univ. of Utah 7th - JONES doubled down the lf line. FERGUSON struck out

swinging. JONES advanced to third on a passed ball. BELTRAN struck out

swinging. RELF struck out swinging, out at first c to 1b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0

errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 7th - WALTON reached on an error by 3b. KO struck

out looking. PARKER homered, 2 RBI; WALTON scored, unearned. CLUFF grounded out

to ss. RELF grounded out to 2b. 2 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 0 LOB.

Univ. of Utah 8th - KUROCZKO flied out to cf. SHIMADA walked. SHIMADA

stole second. GUYMON struck out swinging; SHIMADA stole third. SHRINER grounded

out to 3b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 8th - MUSSO struck out looking. LAW walked.

MCNAUGHTON grounded out to 3b; LAW advanced to second. VARGAS singled to third

base; LAW advanced to third. WALTON grounded out to 3b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0

errors, 2 LOB.

Univ. of Utah 9th - WARD to p for LEACH. HENNIS walked. JONES grounded

into double play 2b to ss to 1b; HENNIS out on the play. FERGUSON walked.

BELTRAN hit by pitch; FERGUSON advanced to second. RELF singled to right field,

RBI; BELTRAN advanced to third; FERGUSON scored. KUROCZKO grounded out to p.

1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 9th - KO walked. BOWEN pinch ran for KO. PARKER

singled to left field; BOWEN advanced to second. CLUFF singled up the middle;

PARKER advanced to second; BOWEN advanced to third. RELF grounded into double

play 2b to ss to 1b; CLUFF out on the play; PARKER advanced to third; BOWEN

scored. AYOSO pinch hit for MUSSO. AYOSO struck out looking. 1 run, 2 hits,

0 errors, 1 LOB.

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