Bills Belts BYU To Victory

Jonathan Cluff dropped a perfect sac-bunt to put the game-tying run in position in the eighth inning against Kansas State. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- Thomas Bills' RBI single down the left-field line in the 10th inning lifted BYU to a 6-5 victory over Kansas State on Wednesday afternoon.

The one-out single by Bills scored Steve Parker from second to give the Cougars a sweep over KSU in the two-day, non-conference series.

The Cougars trailed until the eight inning when the Bills-Parker combination came through the first time. Bills hit in the game-tying run in with a sac fly to right field which scored Parker that inning. These two late RBI from the bat of Bills were his sixth and seventh of the season.

"I was lucky to get a fastball on that hit and I just tried to drive it to a hole," Bills, a junior, who is one of two married players on the team. "It is exciting to step to the plate in a situation like that late in the game."

The victory over K-State brings the Cougars to 9-10 overall record, while the Wildcats fell to 7-11 on the season.

Things started of rough for the Cougars as they committed three costly errors which led to three unearned runs by the Wildcats in the first two innings. K-State scored four runs total in the first two innings to take the early lead. BYU's starting pitcher, Daniel Welch, lasted one and third innings in his first start of the season.

BYU got its offensive action started in the bottom of the second after there were already down 4-0. The Cougars loaded the bases with no outs and catcher J.T. Musso stepped to the plate a sac fly to deep center field which scored Kasey Ko. Brandon Relf then batted in Jonathan Cluff with a single to center field to bring the Cougars within two, 4-2, after two inning of play.

Tyler Westensee came in for BYU in the second inning and pitched eight and two thirds strong inning only allowing four hits and only one run.

"I was pleased with our effort from about the fourth inning on," BYU coach Vance Law said. "Our concentration level seemed to improve which made a big difference. These two wins will help improve our confidence level, especially for our batters."

A defensive gem on the afternoon came from Kent Walton in center field. In the fourth inning, with a man in scoring position, Walton made a diving catch to preserve the score at 5-2.

The Cougars chipped into the Wildcats lead in the bottom of the sixth inning as the lead off batter of that inning, Walton, hit a single and was batted in later by Cluff who had a single right up the middle of the infield. That was Cluff's eighth RBI of the season.

Musso started off the seventh inning for the Cougars with a single and he later stole second and advanced to third as the throw down slipped passed the shortstop. Musso then crossed the plate later in that at bat on a wild pitch. That brought BYU within one, 5-4.

BYU tied the score up in the bottom of the eight with a sac fly to right field by designated hitter Bills that scored Parker. Neither team was able to score in the ninth inning which brought the Cougars first extra inning game at home this year.

Jared Miller came in for the Cougars in the ninth inning and retired four batters to claim his second win of the season.

BYU will be in action again Thursday at home against the Air Force Academy at 6 p.m.

Kansas State at Brigham Young Univ.

Mar. 19,2008 at Provo, Utah (Larry H.Miller Field)

Kansas State 5 (7-11)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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Yelovich, Dane cf........ 5 2 1 0 0 1 7 0 3

Cruz, Jordan rf.......... 4 1 1 0 1 1 3 0 0

Muenster, Adam lf........ 3 0 1 0 2 0 3 0 0

Jurica, Carter ss........ 3 0 1 1 2 1 0 5 0

Tenbrink, Nate 3b........ 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2

Biery, Drew 1b.......... 2 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0

Muse, J.J. dh............ 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3

Wiley, Byron ph......... 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

Bloxom, Justin ph....... 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

King, Jason 1b/3b........ 5 1 2 0 0 0 2 1 0

Dellasega, Daniel c...... 5 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1

Scott, Brett 2b.......... 3 1 1 1 2 0 3 2 0

Bayuk, Chase p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Vogel, Todd p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Rooke, Thomas p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Hoge, Lance p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Edwards, Daniel p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Bachman, Scott p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Lindsey, Justin p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Totals................... 37 5 7 2 7 6 28 10 10

Brigham Young Univ. 6 (9-10)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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MCNAUGHTON, Sean lf...... 5 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0

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

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

WALTON, Kent cf.......... 5 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 2

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

KO, Kasey 1b............. 3 1 1 0 1 0 7 2 0

AYOSO, Bryce pr/1b...... 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0

CLUFF, Jonathan rf....... 3 1 1 1 1 0 5 0 0

BILLS, Thomas dh......... 3 0 1 2 1 1 0 0 1

MUSSO, J.T. c............ 3 1 1 1 0 0 7 2 1

RELF, Brandon 2b/ss...... 4 0 1 1 0 1 1 3 0

WELCH, Daniel p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

WESTENSEE, Tyler p...... 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0

MILLER, Jared p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 34 6 8 5 5 3 30 12 9

Score by Innings R H E

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Kansas State........ 130 100 000 0 - 5 7 3

Brigham Young Univ.. 020 001 110 1 - 6 8 5

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Note: 1 out, 2 runners LOB when the game ended.

E - Tenbrink, Na 2(11); Dellasega, D(1); VARGAS(9); CLUFF(3); RELF(2);

WELCH(1); WESTENSEE(2). DP - BYU Cougars 2. LOB - KS 10; BYU Cougars 9. 2B -

Jurica, Cart(4); King, Jason(2). HBP - Biery, Drew. SH - AYOSO(2); CLUFF(3).

SF - BILLS(1); MUSSO(1). SB - Yelovich, Da 2(7); Muenster, Ad(4); Scott,

Brett(3); MCNAUGHTON 2(7); CLUFF(10); MUSSO(2). CS - Muenster, Ad(2).

Kansas State IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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Bayuk, Chase........ 1.1 2 2 1 1 0 7 9

Vogel, Todd......... 4.1 2 1 1 0 0 15 15

Rooke, Thomas....... 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1

Hoge, Lance......... 1.0 2 2 2 2 1 5 7

Edwards, Daniel..... 2.0 1 0 0 0 1 5 7

Bachman, Scott...... 0.0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1

Lindsey, Justin..... 0.1 1 0 0 1 0 1 3

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

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WELCH, Daniel....... 1.1 3 4 1 3 1 8 11

WESTENSEE, Tyler.... 7.1 4 1 0 4 5 25 30

MILLER, Jared....... 1.1 0 0 0 0 0 4 4

Win - MILLER (2-0). Loss - Bachman, Sco (0-1). Save - None.

WP - Hoge, Lance(2); WELCH(2). HBP - by WESTENSEE (Biery, Drew). BK - WELCH(1);

WESTENSEE(1). PB - MUSSO(3).

Umpires - HP: Alan White 1B: Jeff Richardson 3B: Jason Rogers

Start: 12:05 pm Time: 3:21 Attendance: 643

Hoge, Lance faced 2 batters in the 8th.

Kansas State starters: 1/cf Yelovich, Da; 27/rf Cruz, Jordan; 8/lf Muenster, Ad;

4/ss Jurica, Cart; 3/3b Tenbrink, Na; 23/dh Muse, J.J.; 28/1b King, Jason; 7/c

Dellasega, D; 14/2b Scott, Brett; 12/p Bayuk, Chase;

Brigham Young Univ. starters: 15/lf MCNAUGHTON; 13/ss VARGAS; 9/cf WALTON; 5/3b

PARKER; 22/1b KO; 8/rf CLUFF; 30/dh BILLS; 10/c MUSSO; 4/2b RELF; 14/p WELCH;

Kansas State 1st - Yelovich, Da reached on a throwing error by ss. Cruz,

Jordan popped up to p. Yelovich, Da stole second. Yelovich, Da stole third.

Muenster, Ad walked. Jurica, Cart walked; Muenster, Ad advanced to second. Tenbrink,

Na struck out swinging. Jurica, Cart advanced to second; Muenster, Ad advanced to

third; Yelovich, Da scored on a balk, unearned. Muse, J.J. grounded out to 1b

unassisted. 1 run, 0 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 1st - MCNAUGHTON reached on a fielding error by 3b.

VARGAS flied out to rf. MCNAUGHTON stole second. WALTON flied out to cf; MCNAUGHTON

advanced to third. PARKER grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Kansas State 2nd - King, Jason doubled down the lf line. Dellasega, D lined

out to lf. King, Jason advanced to third on a wild pitch. Scott, Brett singled to

third base, RBI; King, Jason scored. Scott, Brett stole second. Yelovich, Da

singled, bunt; Scott, Brett advanced to third. Scott, Brett scored on a throwing

error by p, unearned. Cruz, Jordan walked; Yelovich, Da advanced to second.

WESTENSEE to p for WELCH. Muenster, Ad reached on a fielding error by p; Cruz,

Jordan advanced to third; Yelovich, Da scored, unearned. Muenster, Ad stole second.

Jurica, Cart walked. Tenbrink, Na grounded into double play 1b to c to 1b; Cruz,

Jordan out on the play. 3 runs, 3 hits, 2 errors, 2 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 2nd - KO singled up the middle. CLUFF reached on a

fielding error by 3b; KO advanced to second. Biery, Drew to 1b for Tenbrink, Na.

King, Jason to 3b. BILLS walked; CLUFF advanced to second; KO advanced to third.

MUSSO flied out to cf, SF, RBI; CLUFF advanced to third; KO scored, unearned. RELF

singled to center field, RBI; BILLS advanced to second; CLUFF scored. Vogel, Todd to

p for Bayuk, Chase. MCNAUGHTON flied out to cf. VARGAS flied out to rf. 2 runs, 2

hits, 1 error, 2 LOB.

Kansas State 3rd - Muse, J.J. struck out swinging. King, Jason out at first

1b to p. Dellasega, D reached on a fielding error by 2b. Scott, Brett walked;

Dellasega, D advanced to second. Scott, Brett advanced to second; Dellasega, D

advanced to third on a balk. Yelovich, Da struck out looking. 0 runs, 0 hits, 1

error, 2 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 3rd - WALTON grounded out to ss. PARKER flied out to cf.

KO grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Kansas State 4th - Cruz, Jordan singled to second base. Muenster, Ad singled

to right field; Cruz, Jordan advanced to second, advanced to third on a fielding

error by rf. Jurica, Cart grounded out to 2b, RBI; Muenster, Ad advanced to second;

Cruz, Jordan scored, unearned. Biery, Drew fouled out to rf. Muse, J.J. flied out to

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

Brigham Young Univ. 4th - CLUFF popped up to 3b. BILLS grounded out to ss.

MUSSO flied out to lf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Kansas State 5th - King, Jason singled to left field. Dellasega, D grounded

into double play ss to 2b to 1b; King, Jason out on the play. Scott, Brett walked.

Yelovich, Da fouled out to rf. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 5th - RELF lined out to lf. MCNAUGHTON grounded out to

3b. VARGAS grounded out to ss. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Kansas State 6th - Cruz, Jordan flied out to rf. Muenster, Ad walked.

Muenster, Ad out at second c to ss, caught stealing. Jurica, Cart struck out

swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 6th - WALTON singled through the left side. PARKER

grounded out to ss; WALTON advanced to second. KO popped up to lf. CLUFF singled up

the middle, RBI; WALTON scored. Rooke, Thoma to p for Vogel, Todd. CLUFF stole

second. BILLS struck out swinging. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Kansas State 7th - Biery, Drew hit by pitch. Wiley, Byron pinch hit for Muse,

J.J.. Biery, Drew advanced to second on a passed ball. Wiley, Byron struck out

looking. King, Jason grounded out to 2b; Biery, Drew advanced to third. Dellasega, D

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

Brigham Young Univ. 7th - Hoge, Lance to p for Rooke, Thoma. MUSSO singled to

shortstop. RELF flied out to cf. MCNAUGHTON struck out looking; MUSSO stole second,

advanced to third on a throwing error by c. MUSSO scored on a wild pitch. VARGAS

walked. WALTON reached on a fielder's choice; VARGAS out at second ss to 2b. 1

run, 1 hit, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Kansas State 8th - LAW to 2b for VARGAS. RELF to ss. Scott, Brett grounded

out to 3b. Yelovich, Da popped up to p. Cruz, Jordan struck out looking. 0 runs,

0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 8th - PARKER singled to left field. KO walked; PARKER

advanced to second. Edwards, Dan to p for Hoge, Lance. CLUFF out at first p to 2b,

SAC, bunt; KO advanced to second; PARKER advanced to third. AYOSO pinch ran for KO.

BILLS fouled out to rf, SF, RBI; AYOSO advanced to third; PARKER scored. MUSSO

popped up to 2b. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Kansas State 9th - AYOSO to 1b. Muenster, Ad flied out to cf. Jurica, Cart

doubled to left field. Biery, Drew grounded out to 2b; Jurica, Cart advanced to

third. MILLER to p for WESTENSEE. Bloxom, Just pinch hit for Wiley, Byron. Bloxom,

Just flied out to rf. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 9th - RELF struck out swinging. MCNAUGHTON singled

through the left side. MCNAUGHTON stole second. LAW flied out to cf. WALTON flied

out to cf. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Kansas State 10th - King, Jason flied out to rf. Dellasega, D flied out to

cf. Scott, Brett grounded out to 3b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 10th - Bachman, Sco to p for Edwards, Dan. PARKER walked.

Lindsey, Jus to p for Bachman, Sco. AYOSO grounded out to p, SAC, bunt; PARKER

advanced to second. CLUFF walked. BILLS singled down the lf line, RBI; CLUFF

advanced to second; PARKER scored. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

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