Denied By Rebels

Jonathan Cluff slide into third on a wild pitch in the eighth inning against UNLV in San Diego. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

SAN -- A four-inning dry spell Tuesday prevented BYU's baseball team from overtaking UNLV in a 9-1 opening loss at the Conoco Mountain West Conference Tournament.

The Cougars, now 25-30 overall, were unable to generate a response to the Rebel runs after the first inning.

"I'm disappointed we didn't put more of an offensive attack together," said BYU coach Vance Law. "We weren't as disciplined and selective as we needed to be at the plate."

BYU evened the score quickly at 1-1 in the first inning when Brandon Relf crossed the plate on a Jonathan Cluff single to left-centerfield. The Cougars loaded the bases with one out, but were unable to punch in another run in the first. UNLV pitcher Tanner Peters had to throw 29 pitches compared to 12 by BYU hurler Chris Capper in that inning.

UNLV then took a turn loading the bases, but Capper got Hunter Beaty to fly out to rightfield to end the second.

A welcome three-up-three down inning came for Capper after his Cougars had suffered the same fate in the third and fourth innings. However, BYU went down in order again in the fifth.

UNLV tagged Capper for three more runs in the sixth, started by a lead-off throwing error. The final run of the sixth came when Brandon Bayardi doubled down the line off the first offerings from BYU reliever Kevin Sloan as the Rebel lead ballooned to 7-1.

Cluff's sixth-inning double over the leftfielder's head ended 17 consecutive hitless plate appearances for the Cougars. The scoring drought continued when Ryan Bernal lined into a double play. UNLV's first baseman leaped for the catch and was able to double up Cluff before he slid back into second to end that inning.

Sloan retired UNLV in order in the seven. Back-to-back singles went for naught in both the Cougar seventh and eighth innings.

"Peters did a good job mixing his curve and changeup," said Law. "We hit way too many fly balls (six--in the first, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth innings).

BYU will start freshman lefty Mark Anderson (2-1, 6.15) on Wednesday morning when the Cougars fight for survival in the loser's bracket at 11 a.m. PDT.


UNLV at BYU

May 25, 2010 at San Diego, Calif. (Tony Gwynn Stadium)

UNLV 9 (28-27)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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BEATY, Hunter 2b......... 4 2 2 1 0 0 3 2 3

FRIERSON, Jarred cf...... 4 3 4 1 1 0 2 0 0

BEUERLEIN, Drew 1b....... 3 1 1 1 1 1 8 1 1

BAYARDI, Brandon lf...... 5 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 0

KRETCHMER, Kyle dh....... 5 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 3

ARNOLD, RJ 3b............ 4 0 0 1 0 1 1 2 0

CLARK, Nolan c........... 5 1 0 0 0 0 8 1 1

THOMAS, Cash rf.......... 4 1 2 0 0 0 4 0 0

JIMENEZ, Richie ss....... 3 1 1 0 1 0 1 2 0

PETERS, Tanner p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

ZUNIGA, Brady p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 37 9 13 7 3 4 27 8 8

BYU 1 (25-30)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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RELF, Brandon ss......... 5 1 1 0 0 1 3 3 3

WELLS, Stephen cf........ 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1

WOLFE, Alex c............ 4 0 1 0 0 1 3 1 0

CLUFF, Jonathan rf....... 4 0 3 1 0 0 4 0 0

BERNAL, Ryan 1b.......... 4 0 1 0 0 1 9 2 0

McNAUGHTON, Sean lf...... 4 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 2

HALL, Austin 3b.......... 4 0 1 0 0 2 0 2 3

ANDERSON, Mark dh........ 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 0

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

CAPPER, Chris p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

SLOAN, Kevin p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

PARRY, David p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 35 1 8 1 2 9 27 12 9

Score by Innings R H E

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UNLV................ 102 103 020 - 9 13 1

BYU................. 100 000 000 - 1 8 2

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E - BEATY, H.(10); RELF(30); NIELSEN(16). DP - UNLV 1; BY 1. LOB - UNLV 8;

BY 9. 2B - FRIERSON, J.(15); BAYARDI, B.(22); THOMAS, Cash(9); CLUFF(18).

HBP - BEUERLEIN, D. SH - BEATY, H.(6); THOMAS, Cash(4). SF - ARNOLD, RJ(3).

UNLV IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP

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PETERS, Tanner...... 7.0 6 1 1 1 9 27 28 122

ZUNIGA, Brady....... 2.0 2 0 0 1 0 8 9 26

BYU IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP

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CAPPER, Chris....... 5.2 10 7 4 3 1 25 30 105

SLOAN, Kevin........ 2.1 3 2 1 0 2 9 11 32

PARRY, David........ 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 3 3 14

Win - PETERS, T. (7-5). Loss - CAPPER (4-2). Save - None.

WP - PETERS, T.(11); ZUNIGA, B.(5). HBP - by SLOAN (BEUERLEIN, D). Inherited

runners/scored: SLOAN 2/1. Pitches/strikes: PETERS, T. 122/73; ZUNIGA, B. 26/15;

CAPPER 105/65; SLOAN 32/20; PARRY 14/9.

Umpires - HP: Jason Rogers 1B: Rick Scarbery 2B: Dave Yeast 3B: Rich Padilla

Start: 3:03 pm Time: 2:44 Attendance:

Weather: Clear, warm

UNLV 1st - BEATY, H. singled to right center (1-2). FRIERSON, J. singled

through the right side (0-0); BEATY, H. advanced to third. BEUERLEIN, D

grounded into double play 2b to ss to 1b (1-2); FRIERSON, J. out on the play;

BEATY, H. scored. BAYARDI, B. fouled out to lf (0-2). 1 run, 2 hits, 0

errors, 0 LOB.

BYU 1st - RELF singled to left field (2-2). WELLS popped up to 3b (3-1).

WOLFE singled to left field (0-0); RELF advanced to second. CLUFF singled to

left field, RBI (2-2); WOLFE advanced to second; RELF scored. BERNAL reached on

a fielding error by 2b (2-2); CLUFF advanced to second; WOLFE advanced to

third. McNAUGHTON lined out to rf (3-1). HALL struck out swinging (1-2). 1

run, 3 hits, 1 error, 3 LOB.

UNLV 2nd - KRETCHMER singled up the middle (2-2). ARNOLD, RJ flied out

to lf (0-0). CLARK, Nolan flied out to rf (2-0). THOMAS, Cash singled to left

field (1-2); KRETCHMER advanced to second. JIMENEZ, R. walked (3-0); THOMAS,

Cash advanced to second; KRETCHMER advanced to third. BEATY, H. flied out to rf

(1-0). 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.

BYU 2nd - ANDERSON walked (3-1). NIELSEN popped up to 2b (2-2). ANDERSON

advanced to second on a wild pitch. RELF popped up to 2b (1-1). WELLS struck

out swinging, out at first c to 1b (2-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1

LOB.

UNLV 3rd - FRIERSON, J. walked (3-1). BEUERLEIN, D walked (3-2);

FRIERSON, J. advanced to second. BAYARDI, B. singled to right field, RBI (3-2);

BEUERLEIN, D advanced to second; FRIERSON, J. scored. KRETCHMER grounded out to

2b (1-1); BAYARDI, B. advanced to second; BEUERLEIN, D advanced to third.

ARNOLD, RJ flied out to lf, SF, RBI (0-1); BEUERLEIN, D scored. CLARK, Nolan

grounded out to ss (1-1). 2 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

BYU 3rd - WOLFE struck out looking (3-2). CLUFF flied out to rf (0-0).

BERNAL struck out looking (0-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

UNLV 4th - THOMAS, Cash doubled to right center (1-2). JIMENEZ, R.

grounded out to 2b (1-2); THOMAS, Cash advanced to third. BEATY, H. popped up

to ss (2-0). FRIERSON, J. singled to center field, RBI (0-0); THOMAS, Cash

scored. BEUERLEIN, D struck out looking (2-2). 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1

LOB.

BYU 4th - McNAUGHTON flied out to rf (1-0). HALL struck out swinging

(2-2). ANDERSON struck out swinging (3-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0

LOB.

UNLV 5th - BAYARDI, B. flied out to lf (2-2). KRETCHMER popped up to 1b

(2-1). ARNOLD, RJ flied out to rf (0-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0

LOB.

BYU 5th - NIELSEN flied out to cf (1-2). RELF struck out swinging (2-2).

WELLS struck out looking (3-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

UNLV 6th - CLARK, Nolan reached on a throwing error by ss (1-2). THOMAS,

Cash out at first 1b to 2b, SAC, bunt; CLARK, Nolan advanced to second.

JIMENEZ, R. flied out to lf (1-1); CLARK, Nolan advanced to third. BEATY, H.

singled to right center, RBI (1-2); CLARK, Nolan scored, unearned. FRIERSON, J.

singled through the right side (1-0); BEATY, H. advanced to third. BEUERLEIN, D

singled to center field, RBI (1-1); FRIERSON, J. advanced to third; BEATY, H.

scored, unearned. SLOAN to p for CAPPER. BAYARDI, B. doubled down the lf line,

RBI (1-1); BEUERLEIN, D advanced to third; FRIERSON, J. scored, unearned.

KRETCHMER struck out swinging (1-2). 3 runs, 4 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB.

BYU 6th - WOLFE lined out to rf (1-2). CLUFF doubled to left field

(2-0). BERNAL lined into double play 1b to ss (3-2); CLUFF out on the play.

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

UNLV 7th - ARNOLD, RJ grounded out to 2b (0-0). CLARK, Nolan flied out

to rf (2-0). THOMAS, Cash grounded out to 3b (1-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0

errors, 0 LOB.

BYU 7th - McNAUGHTON struck out swinging (2-2). HALL singled through the

left side (1-1). ANDERSON singled through the left side (2-2); HALL advanced to

second. NIELSEN fouled out to 1b (1-0). RELF reached on a fielder's choice

(0-1); ANDERSON out at second ss to 2b. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

UNLV 8th - JIMENEZ, R. singled through the left side (1-0). BEATY, H.

out at first 1b to 2b, SAC, bunt (0-1); JIMENEZ, R. advanced to second.

FRIERSON, J. doubled to right field (1-0); JIMENEZ, R. advanced to third.

BEUERLEIN, D hit by pitch (3-1). BAYARDI, B. reached on a fielder's choice, RBI

(1-2); BEUERLEIN, D out at second 3b to 2b; FRIERSON, J. advanced to third,

scored on a throwing error by 2b, unearned; JIMENEZ, R. scored. KRETCHMER

struck out swinging (0-2). 2 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

BYU 8th - ZUNIGA, B. to p for PETERS, T.. WELLS grounded out to ss

(1-2). WOLFE grounded out to 3b (1-0). CLUFF singled to left field (0-0).

BERNAL singled to center field (0-0); CLUFF advanced to second. CLUFF advanced

to third on a wild pitch. McNAUGHTON flied out to cf (1-1). 0 runs, 2 hits,

0 errors, 2 LOB.

UNLV 9th - PARRY to p for SLOAN. ARNOLD, RJ struck out swinging, out at

first c to 1b (2-2). CLARK, Nolan grounded out to ss (2-2). THOMAS, Cash lined

out to ss (1-1). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BYU 9th - HALL grounded out to 2b (0-0). ANDERSON grounded out to 2b

(2-2). NIELSEN walked (3-1). RELF grounded out to 3b (2-1). 0 runs, 0 hits,

0 errors, 1 LOB.

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