Cole Eliminates Hometown Rebels

Outfielders Stephen Wells and Jaycob Brugman celebrate a combined 6 putouts and one assist leading to 5-1 win over UNLV. (Photo by Joshua Duplechian/NCAA Photo)

SAN DIEGO -- Right-hander Taylor Cole of Las Vegas helped eliminate UNLV from the Mountain West Conference Baseball Tournament with a 5-1 BYU victory on Wednesday.

The sophomore from Las Vegas struck out five Rebels and walked none through 7.2 innings and 103 pitches to even his record at 5-5 as the Cougars improved to 30-26. BYU remained alive to advance to Thursday’s 11 a.m. PT game on a hopeful doubleheader day.

“Taylor’s (Cole) fastball got better as the game went on,” said BYU coach Vance Law. “There were a couple of key plays, Dillon Robinson dove left and turned a double play along with the ball Wells (Stephen) ran down to keep the game tight.”

Robinson went to his knees and recovered to turn 543 double play in fourth when the score was tied 1-1. Wells made cartwheel diving catch to end sixth to protect a slim 2-1 BYU lead. In the sixth it looked like a three-up-down inning like the first and third, but the ball Cole caught in webbing of his glove got stuck and he was saved by Wells’ grab.

There were other stellar Cougar plays. On defense, Ryan Bernal made a leaping catch on the run to end the first inning. UNLV scored on a bases-loaded single in the second, but Jaycob Brugman threw out a gambling Casey Sato at home when Wes Guenther tagged off a high throw and ended the inning.

“I’ve been pleased with our defense this year which has been reasonably solid,” said Law. “Wes (Guenther) was just outstanding behind the plate; he blocks the ball very well. We squandered a bases loaded opportunity (in the fourth), but I’m pleased we started executing better later in the game.”

BYU tied the game one-all on Wells’ sac-fly after Dane Nielsen continued clutch tournament play with a one-out single in the third that pushed Gunther to third base. Brugman led-off with a leftfield wall- caroming double in fourth to give BYU a 2-1 lead it never lost. Alex Wolfe had the game-winning RBI single when he drove in Brugman.


UNLV Rebels vs Brigham Young Univ.

May 25, 2011 at San Diego, Calif. (Tony Gwynn Stadium)

UNLV Rebels 1 (33-25)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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KIRK, T. cf.............. 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 0

DYSINGER, S. 2b.......... 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0

COOK, T. 1b.............. 4 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 1

BAYARDI, B. dh........... 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1

FEINER, T. 3b............ 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0

SATO, C. lf.............. 3 1 0 0 0 1 6 0 0

ROUNDY, R. ph........... 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

THOMAS, C. rf............ 3 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 0

PULLIN, R. c............. 1 0 0 0 0 1 6 0 0

SCOTT, R. ph............ 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1

JIMENEZ, R. ss........... 3 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0

ROBINSON, J. p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0

GARCIA, J. p............ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

HARTMAN, Z. p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 30 1 8 1 1 5 24 2 5

Brigham Young Univ. 5 (30-26)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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WELLS, Stephen cf........ 3 1 1 1 0 1 3 0 0

LAW, Andrew ss........... 4 0 2 1 0 0 1 4 1

BRUGMAN, Jaycob rf....... 3 1 1 1 0 1 3 1 0

BERNAL, Ryan lf.......... 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 2

WOLFE, Alex dh........... 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0

HALL, Austin 1b.......... 4 0 1 0 0 2 9 0 0

GUENTHER, Wes c.......... 4 1 2 1 0 1 6 3 0

ROBINSON, Dillon 3b...... 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0

NIELSEN, Dane 2b......... 3 1 1 0 1 0 4 3 4

COLE, Taylor p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

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

Totals................... 32 5 10 5 2 7 27 14 7

Score by Innings R H E

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UNLV Rebels......... 010 000 000 - 1 8 0

Brigham Young Univ.. 001 100 21X - 5 10 0

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DP - BYU 2. LOB - UNLV 5; BYU 7. 2B - LAW; BRUGMAN; WOLFE. HBP - BAYARDI,

B.; PULLIN, R.. SF - WELLS; BRUGMAN. SB - GUENTHER; NIELSEN. CS - DYSINGER,

S.; THOMAS, C..

UNLV Rebels IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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ROBINSON, J......... 6.1 6 3 3 2 6 24 27

GARCIA, J........... 0.2 3 2 2 0 0 4 5

HARTMAN, Z.......... 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 4 4

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

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COLE, Taylor........ 7.2 8 1 1 0 5 27 29

MILLER, Jared....... 1.1 0 0 0 1 0 3 4

Win - COLE (5-5). Loss - ROBINSON, J. (5-7). Save - MILLER (2).

HBP - by COLE (PULLIN, R.); by COLE (BAYARDI, B.). PB - PULLIN, R..

Umpires - HP: Ray Belfiore 1B: Rick Scarbery 2B: Bill Van Raaphorst 3B: Dale

Luker Start: 11:04 am Time: 2:06 Attendance: 241

Weather: Clear, sunny, 67, wind calm

Game notes:

Game 3 of the 2011 Mountain West Conference Tournament

UNLV Rebels starters: 16/cf KIRK, T.; 17/2b DYSINGER, S.; 33/1b COOK, T.; 24/dh

BAYARDI, B.; 20/3b FEINER, T.; 32/lf SATO, C.; 40/rf THOMAS, C.; 35/c PULLIN,

R.; 5/ss JIMENEZ, R.; 26/p ROBINSON, J.;

Brigham Young Univ. starters: 5/cf WELLS; 6/ss LAW; 4/rf BRUGMAN; 10/lf BERNAL;

18/dh WOLFE; 26/1b HALL; 9/c GUENTHER; 3/3b ROBINSON; 16/2b NIELSEN; 8/p COLE;

UNLV Rebels 1st - KIRK, T. grounded out to 3b. DYSINGER, S. singled to

left field. DYSINGER, S. out at second c to ss, caught stealing. COOK, T. flied

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

Brigham Young Univ. 1st - WELLS fouled out to 3b. LAW grounded out to 1b

unassisted. BRUGMAN struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0

LOB.

UNLV Rebels 2nd - BAYARDI, B. singled to center field. FEINER, T. struck

out swinging. SATO, C. reached on a fielder's choice; BAYARDI, B. out at second

ss to 2b. THOMAS, C. singled through the left side; SATO, C. advanced to

second. PULLIN, R. hit by pitch; THOMAS, C. advanced to second; SATO, C.

advanced to third. JIMENEZ, R. singled to right field, RBI; PULLIN, R. advanced

to second; THOMAS, C. advanced to third, out at home rf to c; SATO, C. scored.

1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 2nd - BERNAL struck out swinging. WOLFE flied out to

lf. HALL struck out looking. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

UNLV Rebels 3rd - KIRK, T. grounded out to p. DYSINGER, S. grounded out

to 2b. COOK, T. flied out to rf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 3rd - GUENTHER singled to left field. ROBINSON

struck out swinging. NIELSEN singled through the left side; GUENTHER advanced

to third. WELLS flied out to cf, SF, RBI; GUENTHER scored. NIELSEN stole

second. LAW grounded out to p. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

UNLV Rebels 4th - BAYARDI, B. hit by pitch. FEINER, T. grounded into

double play 3b to 2b to 1b; BAYARDI, B. out on the play. SATO, C. grounded out

to c, bunt. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 4th - BRUGMAN doubled to left field. BRUGMAN

advanced to third on a passed ball. BERNAL walked. WOLFE singled to center

field, RBI; BERNAL advanced to second; BRUGMAN scored. HALL singled to third

base, bunt; WOLFE advanced to second; BERNAL advanced to third. GUENTHER struck

out swinging. ROBINSON popped up to ss. NIELSEN flied out to rf. 1 run, 3

hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.

UNLV Rebels 5th - THOMAS, C. singled to third base, bunt. THOMAS, C. out

at second c to 2b, caught stealing. PULLIN, R. struck out swinging. JIMENEZ, R.

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

Brigham Young Univ. 5th - WELLS struck out looking. LAW doubled to right

center. BRUGMAN fouled out to lf. BERNAL grounded out to p. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0

errors, 1 LOB.

UNLV Rebels 6th - KIRK, T. struck out looking. DYSINGER, S. flied out to

rf. COOK, T. singled to pitcher. BAYARDI, B. flied out to cf. 0 runs, 1 hit,

0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 6th - WOLFE flied out to rf. HALL flied out to cf.

GUENTHER flied out to cf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

UNLV Rebels 7th - FEINER, T. flied out to cf. SATO, C. struck out

looking. THOMAS, C. singled through the left side. SCOTT, R. pinch hit for

PULLIN, R.. SCOTT, R. struck out swinging. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1

LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 7th - SCOTT, R. to c. ROBINSON flied out to lf.

NIELSEN walked. GARCIA, J. to p for ROBINSON, J.. WELLS singled through the

right side; NIELSEN advanced to third. LAW singled up the middle, RBI, advanced

to second on the throw; WELLS advanced to third; NIELSEN scored. BRUGMAN flied

out to lf, SF, RBI; WELLS scored. BERNAL flied out to lf. 2 runs, 2 hits, 0

errors, 1 LOB.

UNLV Rebels 8th - JIMENEZ, R. flied out to cf. KIRK, T. flied out to rf.

DYSINGER, S. singled to left field. MILLER to p for COLE. COOK, T. grounded out

to 1b unassisted. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 8th - WOLFE doubled to right center. HARTMAN, Z. to

p for GARCIA, J.. HALL struck out swinging. GUENTHER singled to right field,

RBI; WOLFE scored. GUENTHER stole second. ROBINSON flied out to cf; GUENTHER

advanced to third. NIELSEN flied out to lf. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1

LOB.

UNLV Rebels 9th - BAYARDI, B. walked. FEINER, T. grounded into double

play ss to 2b to 1b; BAYARDI, B. out on the play. ROUNDY, R. pinch hit for

SATO, C.. ROUNDY, R. grounded out to ss. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0

LOB.

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