Blanked In Fort Worth

Blake Torgerson threw 108 pitches in going the distance and scattering six hits in a 1-0 loss to SDSU.

FT. WORTH -- A pitchers' duel went San Diego State's way Wednesday in a 1-0 season-ender for BYU's baseball team at the Mountain West Conference Championships.

The early story line was the game-time unexpected absence of MWC Pitcher of the Year, sophomore Stephen Strasburg, 8-2, 1.59, from the projected SDSU starter. Few could have predicted BYU sophomore Blake Torgerson would go the distance with 108 pitches in dueling lefty Nate Solow in a shutout through six innings.

Solow's first hit to BYU came as Sean McNaughton's two-out double rocketed down the leftfield line got Aztec third baseman Nick Romero dodging and touching the ground like he was playing a twister board game in the third inning.

BYU got a benefit in the fourth with two out and two Aztecs aboard when Steve Parker snagged a shot at third and threw out Brandon Decker at first in a controversial call to end that inning.

Solow retired a dozen consecutive Cougars before Parker singled to left with two outs and stole second in the seventh. But as with McNaughton in the third, Parker was stranded at second.

A full-count walk to Decker in the seventh with two out made way for consecutive singles, the later of which by Brett Tanos scored him to provide SDSU's run.

The Cougars looked to answer that run in the eighth when Andrew Law beat out a bunt single with two outs, but left field winds claim the combined eighth fly-out of the game to negate that chance. Law was fortuitous in the bottom of that frame when Garrett Green lined to him in a double play that ended the inning.

Kasey Ko drew a two-out walk, the first bases on balls of the game for Solow. Ko was replaced by pinch-runner Michael Bowen, who advanced to third when Parker singled past second on full-count, the last of Solow's 137 pitches.

"Solow has been tough on us, but we were able to match him pitch per pitch," said BYU Coach Vance Law. "We just weren't able to capitalize. When you get a great performance out of a pitching staff, it is a rarity and it is really tough on us. We played a lot better today, but I am disappointed we didn't show better this season."

The Cougars end the season with a 22-36 record, while SDSU, now 31-27, moves on to play in round three of the tourney on Thursday.

The last time BYU was shutout was in April 2007 at Fort Worth during the regular season.

Brigham Young Univ. at San Diego State

May 21, 2008 at Fort Worth, Texas (Lupton Stadium)

Brigham Young Univ. 0 (22-36)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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MCNAUGHTON, Sean lf...... 4 0 1 0 0 1 5 0 1

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

WALTON, Kent cf.......... 4 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0

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

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

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

CLUFF, Jonathan rf....... 4 0 0 0 0 2 4 0 3

RELF, Brandon dh......... 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

NACAPOY, Chad c.......... 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

LAW, Andrew 2b........... 3 0 1 0 0 0 2 5 0

TORGERSON, Blake p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Totals................... 32 0 4 0 1 6 24 8 6

San Diego State 1 (31-27)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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COLWELL, Pat rf.......... 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2

HANZAWA, Troy ss......... 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0

ROMERO, Nick 3b.......... 4 0 1 0 0 1 2 1 0

GREEN, Garett 2b......... 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 0

RUDDY, Bubba c........... 3 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 2

GLOVER, Brandon cf....... 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0

DECKER, Brandon lf....... 2 1 1 0 1 0 4 0 2

CASTRO, Erik 1b.......... 3 0 1 0 0 0 8 1 0

TANOS, Brett dh.......... 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0

SOLOW, Nate p............ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

KAUFMAN, Shane p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 29 1 6 1 2 1 27 6 6

Score by Innings R H E

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Brigham Young Univ.. 000 000 000 - 0 4 1

San Diego State..... 000 000 10X - 1 6 1

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E - PARKER(22); GREEN. DP - BYU Cougars 2. LOB - BYU Cougars 6; SDSU 6. 2B -

MCNAUGHTON(23). SB - PARKER(4).

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

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TORGERSON, Blake.... 8.0 6 1 1 2 1 29 31

San Diego State IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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SOLOW, Nate......... 8.2 4 0 0 1 6 31 32

KAUFMAN, Shane...... 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1

Win - SOLOW (6-7). Loss - TORGERSON (6-5). Save - KAUFMAN (1).

Umpires - HP: Brad Hungerford 1B: Keith Bailey 2B: Rich Padilla 3B: Jason

Rogers Start: 11:06 am Time: 2:10 Attendance:

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; 50/c NACAPOY; 6/2b LAW; 32/p

TORGERSON;

San Diego State starters: 10/rf COLWELL; 1/ss HANZAWA; 5/3b ROMERO; 6/2b GREEN;

40/c RUDDY; 24/cf GLOVER; 2/lf DECKER; 15/1b CASTRO; 12/dh TANOS; 29/p SOLOW;

Brigham Young Univ. 1st - MCNAUGHTON struck out swinging. VARGAS reached

on an error by 2b. WALTON reached on a fielder's choice; VARGAS out at second

1b to ss. KO flied out to rf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

San Diego State 1st - COLWELL lined out to cf. HANZAWA flied out to rf

to right center. ROMERO reached on an error by 3b. GREEN singled through the

right side; ROMERO advanced to third. RUDDY flied out to cf. 0 runs, 1 hit,

1 error, 2 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 2nd - PARKER popped up to 3b. CLUFF struck out

looking. RELF popped up to 1b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

San Diego State 2nd - GLOVER popped up to lf. DECKER singled up the

middle. CASTRO grounded into double play 2b to ss to 1b; DECKER out on the

play. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 3rd - NACAPOY grounded out to 1b unassisted. LAW

lined out to cf. MCNAUGHTON doubled down the lf line. VARGAS grounded out to

3b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

San Diego State 3rd - TANOS flied out to cf. COLWELL grounded out to 2b.

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

Brigham Young Univ. 4th - WALTON grounded out to ss. KO lined out to 3b.

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

San Diego State 4th - ROMERO flied out to lf. GREEN singled up the

middle. RUDDY flied out to rf. GLOVER walked; GREEN advanced to second. DECKER

grounded out to 3b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 5th - CLUFF flied out to lf. RELF struck out

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

San Diego State 5th - CASTRO grounded out to 2b. TANOS grounded out to

p. COLWELL popped up to 3b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 6th - LAW lined out to rf. MCNAUGHTON flied out to

lf. VARGAS fouled out to 1b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

San Diego State 6th - HANZAWA flied out to lf. ROMERO struck out

swinging. GREEN flied out to rf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 7th - WALTON struck out looking. KO flied out to cf.

PARKER singled through the left side. PARKER stole second. CLUFF struck out

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

San Diego State 7th - RUDDY grounded out to 2b. GLOVER lined out to lf.

DECKER walked. CASTRO singled to center field; DECKER advanced to second. TANOS

singled up the middle, RBI; CASTRO advanced to second; DECKER scored. COLWELL

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

Brigham Young Univ. 8th - RELF grounded out to 2b. NACAPOY flied out to

cf. LAW singled to third base, bunt. MCNAUGHTON flied out to lf. 0 runs, 1

hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

San Diego State 8th - HANZAWA lined out to rf. ROMERO singled up the

middle. GREEN lined into double play 2b to 1b; ROMERO out on the play. 0

runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 9th - VARGAS grounded out to ss. WALTON struck out

swinging. KO walked. BOWEN pinch ran for KO. PARKER singled through the right

side; BOWEN advanced to third. KAUFMAN to p for SOLOW. CLUFF lined out to ss.

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

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