Beus Puzzles Aztecs

Southpaw Lance Beus struck out nine batters leading BYU to a crucial 4-3 victory over San Diego State. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

SAN DIEGO -- Lance Beus pitched BYU to a 4-3 victory over San Diego State in a Thursday night pitchers dual.

Beus struck out nine, while only giving up two earned runs in 7 2/3 innings of work. The win is the fourth straight for the Cougars who improve their record to 37-16-1 and 21-8 in Mountain West Conference play. BYU remains a half-game behind UNLV, which beat Utah 10-4. The Aztecs fell to 22-33 and 16-13.

The game appeared as though it would be a pitchers' dual as neither team managed to get a hit through the first two innings. In fact, SDSU pitcher Bruce Billings struck out the first five batters he faced.

In the top of the third the Cougars drew first blood scoring one run on two hits in the inning. Kory Knell scored on a throwing error by the Aztecs' Sam Pepper on a double play attempt.

Pitching once again settled in. Beus didn't allow a legitimate scoring threat until the bottom of the fifth when San Diego State got runners on first and third with only one out in the inning. Beus got SDSU's James Guerrero to bounce into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning and the threat.

BYU head coach Vance Law said that Beus is showing a quick comeback from shoulder surgery.

"He [Beus] pitched great for us tonight," Law said. "I had shoulder surgery at almost the same time as he did and I still have a hard time even throwing the ball."

The Cougars added three runs in the top of the sixth frame to open a 4-0 lead. Jeff Hiestand led off the inning with a triple. Adrian Molina pinch ran for Hiestand and scored when Brandon Taylor hit a RBI double. Taylor scored on a RBI single by Ben Saylor who later scored on a fielder's choice.

The Aztecs got their first run of the game. They scored on an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth inning. The run came on a RBI bloop single by Tim O'Brien.

Beus cruised through the seventh then got two outs in the eighth before the Aztecs loaded the bases in the ninth without allowing a hit. Justin Su`a came in relief for Beus and gave up a two-run single by Jordan Swaydan. Su`a struck out pinch hitter Joseph Scaperotta to end the SDSU threat in the eighth.

Su`a pitched a perfect ninth against the top of San Diego State's batting order to earn his third save on the season.

BYU will go for the series sweep in Friday's regular-season finale. The game is slated for 2 p.m. (PDT) start. Fans can tune in to KOVO radio 960 AM for play-by-play coverage.

Brigham Young Univ. at San Diego State

May 19, 2005 at San Diego, Calif. (Tony Gwynn)

Brigham Young Univ. 4 (37-16-1,21-8 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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McNAUGHTON, Sean 2b...... 5 0 1 0 0 1 4 3 1

VILLEZCAS, Marcos ss..... 5 0 2 0 0 1 0 4 2

NAKAYAMA, Apana dh....... 3 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 2

HIESTAND, Jeff rf........ 3 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 0

MOLINA, Adrian pr/cf.... 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

TAYLOR, Brandon 3b....... 3 1 1 1 2 1 0 2 0

SAYLOR, Ben 1b........... 3 1 1 1 1 0 10 0 2

KNELL, Kory lf........... 1 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0

CHAMBERS, Ryan cf/rf..... 3 0 1 1 1 1 2 0 2

NELSON, Casey c.......... 3 0 0 0 0 1 10 1 0

CLOWARD, Casey c........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

BEUS, Lance p............ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0

SU'A, Justin p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 31 4 9 3 8 9 27 12 10

San Diego State 3 (22-33,16-13 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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BERRY, Quintin cf........ 5 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 0

GUERRERO, James ss....... 4 0 0 0 1 1 3 3 3

MCLINTOCK, Jake rf....... 3 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 0

UNGRICHT, Brock dh....... 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1

ZAWADZKI, Lance 3b....... 4 0 0 0 0 3 1 2 0

O'BRIEN, Tim 1b.......... 2 1 1 1 2 1 6 1 0

MENDOZA, Curt lf......... 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 3

PERRY, Kasey pr......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

PERRY, Kevin 2b......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

SWAYDAN, Jordan c........ 4 0 3 2 0 1 9 3 0

PEPPER, Sam 2b........... 2 0 1 0 0 0 3 2 0

SCAPEROTTA, Joseph ph/lf 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2

BILLINGS, Bruce p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

COON, Ben p............. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

SUWYN, Jared p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Totals................... 31 3 7 3 5 10 27 12 9

Score by Innings R H E

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Brigham Young Univ.. 001 003 000 - 4 9 1

San Diego State..... 000 001 020 - 3 7 2

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E - CHAMBERS; MCLINTOCK; PEPPER. DP - BYU Cougars 1; SDS Aztecs 2. LOB - BYU

Cougars 10; SDS Aztecs 9. 2B - TAYLOR. 3B - HIESTAND. HBP - KNELL;

MCLINTOCK; MENDOZA. SH - NELSON; PEPPER. SB - McNAUGHTON. CS - GUERRERO.

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

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BEUS, Lance......... 7.2 6 3 0 5 9 26 34 -

SU'A, Justin........ 1.1 1 0 0 0 1 5 5 -

San Diego State IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP

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BILLINGS, Bruce..... 6.0 7 4 3 4 7 23 28 -

COON, Ben........... 1.0 2 0 0 3 0 4 7 -

SUWYN, Jared........ 2.0 0 0 0 1 2 4 6 -

Win - BEUS (2-1). Loss - BILLINGS (5-5). Save - SU'A (3).

WP - BEUS 2. HBP - by BEUS (MCLINTOCK); by BILLINGS (KNELL); by BEUS (MENDOZA).

Pitches/strikes: None.

Umpires - HP: Phil Gonzales 1B: Dan Weikle 3B: Bruce Bayne

Start: Time: Attendance:

COON faced 2 batters in the 8th.

Brigham Young Univ. at San Diego State - Play-by-Play

May 19, 2005 at San Diego, Calif. (Tony Gwynn)

Score by Innings R H E

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Brigham Young Univ.. 001 003 000 - 4 9 1

San Diego State..... 000 001 020 - 3 7 2

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Brigham Young Univ. starters: 15/2b McNAUGHTON; 10/ss VILLEZCAS; 24/dh NAKAYAMA;

16/rf HIESTAND; 3/3b TAYLOR; 25/1b SAYLOR; 12/lf KNELL; 22/cf CHAMBERS; 8/c NELSON;

14/p BEUS;

San Diego State starters: 23/cf BERRY; 1/ss GUERRERO; 15/rf MCLINTOCK; 25/dh

UNGRICHT; 5/3b ZAWADZKI; 20/1b O'BRIEN; 24/lf MENDOZA; 12/c SWAYDAN; 3/2b PEPPER;

22/p BILLINGS;

Brigham Young Univ. 1st - McNAUGHTON struck out swinging. VILLEZCAS struck

out swinging. NAKAYAMA struck out looking. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

San Diego State 1st - BERRY struck out looking. GUERRERO walked. GUERRERO out

at second c to 2b, caught stealing. MCLINTOCK walked. UNGRICHT grounded out to ss.

0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 2nd - HIESTAND struck out swinging. TAYLOR struck out

swinging. SAYLOR popped up to 3b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

San Diego State 2nd - ZAWADZKI struck out swinging. O'BRIEN struck out

looking. MENDOZA grounded out to 3b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 3rd - KNELL walked. CHAMBERS singled to center field;

KNELL advanced to second. NELSON struck out looking. McNAUGHTON reached on a

fielder's choice; CHAMBERS out at second 3b to 2b; KNELL advanced to third, scored

on an error by 2b, scored on the throw. VILLEZCAS singled to right field; McNAUGHTON

advanced to second. NAKAYAMA out at first 1b to p. 1 run, 2 hits, 1 error, 2

LOB.

San Diego State 3rd - SWAYDAN struck out looking. PEPPER singled to first

base. BERRY struck out swinging. PEPPER advanced to second on a wild pitch. GUERRERO

struck out looking. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 4th - HIESTAND singled up the middle. TAYLOR grounded

into double play ss to 2b to 1b; HIESTAND out on the play. SAYLOR walked. KNELL

walked; SAYLOR advanced to second. CHAMBERS struck out swinging. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0

errors, 2 LOB.

San Diego State 4th - MCLINTOCK hit by pitch. UNGRICHT flied out to rf.

ZAWADZKI struck out swinging. O'BRIEN walked; MCLINTOCK advanced to second. MENDOZA

grounded out to p. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 5th - NELSON flied out to lf. McNAUGHTON singled to right

field. VILLEZCAS flied out to rf. McNAUGHTON stole second. NAKAYAMA walked.

McNAUGHTON out at second c to ss, picked off. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

San Diego State 5th - SWAYDAN singled to right field. PEPPER grounded out to

p, SAC, bunt; SWAYDAN advanced to second. BERRY singled to second base; SWAYDAN

advanced to third. GUERRERO grounded into double play ss to 2b to 1b; BERRY out on

the play. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 6th - HIESTAND tripled to left center. MOLINA pinch ran

for HIESTAND. TAYLOR doubled to shortstop, RBI; MOLINA scored. SAYLOR singled to

right field, advanced to second on the throw, advanced to third on an error by rf,

RBI; TAYLOR scored. KNELL hit by pitch. CHAMBERS reached on a fielder's choice, RBI;

KNELL out at second ss to 2b; SAYLOR scored, unearned. NELSON flied out to rf.

McNAUGHTON flied out to cf. 3 runs, 3 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

San Diego State 6th - MOLINA to cf. CHAMBERS to rf. MCLINTOCK singled through

the right side. UNGRICHT flied out to rf; MCLINTOCK advanced to second on a throwing

error by rf. ZAWADZKI grounded out to 2b; MCLINTOCK advanced to third. O'BRIEN

singled to right center, RBI; MCLINTOCK scored, unearned. MENDOZA struck out

swinging. 1 run, 2 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 7th - COON to p for BILLINGS. VILLEZCAS singled to left

field. NAKAYAMA walked; VILLEZCAS advanced to second. MOLINA grounded into double

play c to ss to 1b; NAKAYAMA out on the play. TAYLOR intentionally walked. SAYLOR

grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

San Diego State 7th - SWAYDAN singled up the middle. PEPPER flied out to rf.

BERRY reached on a fielder's choice; SWAYDAN out at second 3b to 2b. GUERRERO

grounded out to ss. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 8th - KNELL singled to left field. CHAMBERS walked; KNELL

advanced to second. SUWYN to p for COON. NELSON grounded out to p, SAC, bunt;

CHAMBERS advanced to second; KNELL advanced to third. McNAUGHTON grounded out to 3b.

VILLEZCAS grounded out to 1b unassisted. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

San Diego State 8th - MCLINTOCK grounded out to 2b. UNGRICHT walked. ZAWADZKI

struck out swinging. UNGRICHT advanced to second on a wild pitch. O'BRIEN walked.

MENDOZA hit by pitch; O'BRIEN advanced to second; UNGRICHT advanced to third. SU'A

to p for BEUS. SWAYDAN singled to center field, 2 RBI; MENDOZA advanced to second;

O'BRIEN scored, unearned; UNGRICHT scored, unearned. PERRY,KAS pinch ran for

MENDOZA. SCAPEROTTA pinch hit for PEPPER. SCAPEROTTA struck out swinging. 2 runs,

1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 9th - PERRY,KEV to 2b for PERRY,KAS. SCAPEROTTA to lf.

NAKAYAMA struck out looking. MOLINA struck out swinging. TAYLOR walked. TAYLOR out

at second c to ss. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

San Diego State 9th - CLOWARD to c for NELSON. BERRY grounded out to ss.

GUERRERO popped up to 2b. MCLINTOCK grounded out to 1b unassisted. 0 runs, 0

hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

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