Clutch Hitting, Pitching Fuel Victory

Ryan Chambers came up clutch with a ninth-inning towering home run to tie the game in BYU's 4-3 extra inning win over New Mexico. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

ALBUQUERQUE -- Clutch play was the name of the game as BYU edged out New Mexico, 4-3 in 11 innings to take the game and the series from the Lobos in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday.

The Cougars, now 13-5-1 (2-1, Mountain West Conference), cashed in on a game-tying, ninth-inning home run from Ryan Chambers to deep center field to send the game to extra frames. Casey Cloward came up big with a RBI triple in the 11th inning to give BYU the game winning run. New Mexico dropped to .500 at 11-11 (1-2, MWC).

Less than 24 hours after lighting up the scoreboard for 19 runs and 20 hits, the Cougars relied on good pitching to take the series. BYU head coach Vance Law said the pitching was the difference in the rubber match.

"I can't speak highly enough about how our pitchers did," Law said. "[Blake] Torgie (Torgerson) did an absolutely outstanding job and [Josh] Barrett came in and shut the door on them again."

The Lobos started the scoring in the second inning with a Jeff Grady RBI double. The Cougars responded in the fourth inning when Jeff Hiestand got a two-out double and was driven in by a Brandon Taylor RBI single.

New Mexico regained the lead in its side of the fourth, 3-1. The Lobos got a one-out single from Matt Foote. Two batters later, Grady hit a two-run home run. Pitching then took over the middle innings with BYU freshman hurler Torgerson again having an excellent outing, keeping the Lobos' hitters off balance.

Meanwhile, the Cougars chipped away at the lead scoring one on Hiestand's third hit of the game, a triple off the center field wall. Then Chambers came up with one out in the ninth and hit his third home run in as many games.

Barrett, who came in to earn the save in the nightcap of Friday's doubleheader, earned the win. He surrendered no hits while striking out four batters in three innings of work.

BYU returns home next week to play host to UVSC on Tuesday at 7 p.m., before welcoming in-state rival Utah for a three-game series starting on Thursday. The Utah games will again be broadcast on KOVO (960 AM) and they will also be accessible on the Internet at www.byucougars.com.

BYU at New Mexico

Mar 19, 2005 at Albuquerque, N.M. (Isotopes Park)

BYU 4 (13-5-1,2-1 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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McNAUGHTON 2b............ 5 0 2 0 0 0 2 2 1

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

NAKAYAMA dh.............. 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

HIESTAND 1b.............. 5 1 3 1 0 0 13 1 0

TAYLOR 3b................ 5 0 1 1 0 3 0 4 0

SAYLOR rf................ 5 1 3 0 0 1 0 0 1

KNELL lf................. 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5

MOLINA ph............... 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0

CHAMBERS cf.............. 5 1 1 1 0 1 4 0 0

NELSON c................. 4 0 2 0 0 0 5 0 0

LAW pr.................. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

CLOWARD c............... 1 0 1 1 0 0 4 0 0

TORGERSON p.............. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0

BARRETT p............... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Totals................... 45 4 15 4 0 7 33 15 9

New Mexico 3 (11-11,1-2 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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PACHECO 2b............... 4 0 1 0 1 2 1 4 0

HAYMORE lf............... 5 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 2

CARLSON, C. dh........... 4 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0

STOVALL 1b............... 5 0 0 0 0 0 9 4 2

HOLLICK 3b............... 5 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 1

FOOTE cf................. 5 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0

DABBS rf................. 4 1 2 0 0 1 5 1 1

RUSSELL ph.............. 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

GRADY, J. c.............. 4 1 2 3 1 2 8 0 0

BARBA ss................. 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 2

CARLSON, N. ph.......... 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

COLTRINARI p............. 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 0

SMITH, J. p............. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 42 3 10 3 3 8 33 16 9

Score by Innings R H E

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BYU................. 000 100 011 01 - 4 15 1

New Mexico.......... 010 200 000 00 - 3 10 1

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E - VILLEZCAS(5); HOLLICK(1). DP - BYU 2; New Mexico 2. LOB - BYU 9; New

Mexico 9. 2B - McNAUGHTON(5); HIESTAND(7); CARLSON, C.(10); GRADY, J.(2). 3B

- HIESTAND(1); CLOWARD(1). HR - CHAMBERS(4); GRADY, J.(5). HBP - McNAUGHTON.

BYU IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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TORGERSON........... 8.0 10 3 3 1 4 33 34

BARRETT............. 3.0 0 0 0 2 4 9 11

New Mexico IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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COLTRINARI.......... 9.0 13 3 3 0 5 37 38

SMITH, J............ 2.0 2 1 1 0 2 8 8

Win - BARRETT (2-0). Loss - SMITH, J. (1-1). Save - None.

HBP - by COLTRINARI (McNAUGHTON).

Umpires - HP: Phil Gonzales 1B: Keith Bailey 3B: Rich Padilla

Start: 1:04 pm Time: 3:01 Attendance: 1558

Game notes:

BYU at New Mexico - Play-by-Play

Mar 19, 2005 at Albuquerque, N.M. (Isotopes Park)

Score by Innings R H E

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BYU................. 000 100 011 01 - 4 15 1

New Mexico.......... 010 200 000 00 - 3 10 1

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BYU starters: 15/2b McNAUGHTON; 10/ss VILLEZCAS; 24/dh NAKAYAMA; 16/1b

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

NELSON; 32/p TORGERSON;

New Mexico starters: 1/2b PACHECO; 14/lf HAYMORE; 35/dh CARLSON, C.; 34/1b

STOVALL; 10/3b HOLLICK; 12/cf FOOTE; 29/rf DABBS; 15/c GRADY, J.; 6/ss

BARBA; 21/p COLTRINARI;

BYU - inning 1

McNAUGHTON hit by pitch. McNAUGHTON out at second p to 1b to ss to p,

picked off. VILLEZCAS struck out swinging. NAKAYAMA flied out to cf. 0

runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

New Mexico - inning 1

PACHECO singled to first base. HAYMORE grounded into double play 1b to ss

to 1b; PACHECO out on the play. CARLSON, C. singled through the left

side. STOVALL grounded out to p. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

BYU - inning 2

HIESTAND grounded out to 2b. TAYLOR struck out swinging. SAYLOR singled

to right field. KNELL flied out to rf. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

New Mexico - inning 2

HOLLICK grounded out to 3b. FOOTE grounded out to 3b. DABBS singled to

left field. GRADY, J. doubled to center field, RBI; DABBS scored. BARBA

grounded out to ss. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

BYU - inning 3

CHAMBERS flied out to lf. NELSON singled to right field. McNAUGHTON lined

into double play 3b to 1b; NELSON out on the play. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0

errors, 0 LOB.

New Mexico - inning 3

PACHECO grounded out to 3b. HAYMORE grounded out to p. CARLSON, C.

doubled to right field. STOVALL lined out to 2b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors,

1 LOB.

BYU - inning 4

VILLEZCAS popped up to ss. NAKAYAMA out at first 1b to p. HIESTAND

doubled to center field. TAYLOR singled to right field, RBI; HIESTAND

scored. SAYLOR singled to third base; TAYLOR advanced to second, advanced

to third on a throwing error by 3b. KNELL popped up to 2b. 1 run, 3 hits,

1 error, 2 LOB.

New Mexico - inning 4

HOLLICK struck out swinging. FOOTE singled, bunt. DABBS flied out to cf.

GRADY, J. homered to left field, 2 RBI; FOOTE scored. BARBA singled to

shortstop. PACHECO walked; BARBA advanced to second. HAYMORE flied out to

cf. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

BYU - inning 5

CHAMBERS grounded out to ss. NELSON grounded out to p. McNAUGHTON doubled

to left field. VILLEZCAS flied out to cf. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

New Mexico - inning 5

CARLSON, C. popped up to 2b. STOVALL grounded out to 2b. HOLLICK grounded

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

BYU - inning 6

NAKAYAMA singled to right field. HIESTAND singled to center field;

NAKAYAMA advanced to second. TAYLOR struck out swinging. SAYLOR flied out

to lf. KNELL flied out to rf. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

New Mexico - inning 6

FOOTE grounded out to ss. DABBS singled to center field. GRADY, J. struck

out swinging. BARBA fouled out to c. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

BYU - inning 7

CHAMBERS out at first 1b to p. NELSON grounded out to 3b. McNAUGHTON

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

New Mexico - inning 7

PACHECO struck out swinging. HAYMORE singled to center field. CARLSON, C.

grounded into double play 2b to ss to 1b; HAYMORE out on the play. 0

runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BYU - inning 8

VILLEZCAS singled to center field. NAKAYAMA fouled out to c. HIESTAND

tripled to center field, RBI; VILLEZCAS scored. TAYLOR struck out

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

New Mexico - inning 8

STOVALL flied out to cf. HOLLICK grounded out to ss. FOOTE reached on a

fielding error by ss. DABBS struck out looking. 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error,

1 LOB.

BYU - inning 9

MOLINA pinch hit for KNELL. MOLINA out at first 1b to p. CHAMBERS homered

to center field, RBI. NELSON singled through the left side. LAW pinch ran

for NELSON. McNAUGHTON singled to center field; LAW advanced to second.

VILLEZCAS flied into double play rf to 2b to 1b; McNAUGHTON out on the

play. 1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

New Mexico - inning 9

MOLINA to lf. CLOWARD to c for LAW. BARRETT to p for TORGERSON. GRADY, J.

struck out swinging. BARBA grounded out to p. PACHECO struck out

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

BYU - inning 10

SMITH, J. to p for COLTRINARI. NAKAYAMA grounded out to 2b. HIESTAND

flied out to rf. TAYLOR grounded out to ss. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0

LOB.

New Mexico - inning 10

HAYMORE flied out to cf. CARLSON, C. walked. STOVALL flied out to lf.

HOLLICK popped up to ss. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

BYU - inning 11

SAYLOR singled to right field. MOLINA struck out, bunt. CHAMBERS struck

out swinging. CLOWARD tripled to right field, RBI; SAYLOR scored.

McNAUGHTON grounded out to 2b. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

New Mexico - inning 11

FOOTE struck out swinging. RUSSELL pinch hit for DABBS. RUSSELL struck

out looking. GRADY, J. walked. CARLSON, N. pinch hit for BARBA. CARLSON,

N. popped up to ss. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

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