Doubles Lead to Aggie Defeat

Ben Saylor's ninth-inning double was the game-winning RBI in a seven-double performance by BYU during an 11-7 victory at New Mexico State on Friday. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

LAS CRUCES -- Doubles ruled Friday as BYU won its second game in as many days at New Mexico State, 11-7.

In a come-from-behind victory, Ben Saylor's double down the left field line scored Apana Nakayama to give BYU its first lead of the game at 8-7 in a five-run ninth inning. The Cougars improve to 8-4-1, while the Aggies are now even at 10-10.

Saylor's double was the final two-bagger of the day as BYU secured its fifth straight victory of the season. Cougar freshman Sean McNaughton was one shy of the school and league record with three doubles for the afternoon. BYU had seven doubles for the afternoon.

BYU sophomore Josh Barrett picked up his first victory of the season. Barrett got Brandon Lance to fly out with the bases loaded to Adrian Molina in centerfield on full count to end the eight inning.

NMS took advantage of a Cougar miscue in the third to scoring an unearned run. Luke Hopkins then smacked a three-run, two-out homer to give the Aggies a 4-0 lead.

McNaughton led off the fourth with a double to left field to set up BYU's first run. He advanced to third on a ground-out by Marcos Villezcas and scored on Jeff Hiestand's sacrifice fly to right field.

BYU picked up singles by Casey Cloward and McNaughton in the fifth, but they were stranded on the corners.

The Cougars churned out a pair of unearned runs in the sixth to pull within one, aided by Saylor's single and a pair of errors which eventually advanced Hiestand to third.

With the gap closed, 4-3, NMS widened its lead in the sixth from a leadoff homer by Emory Davies to left center.

McNaughton and Villezcas hit back-to-back doubles in the seventh to again bring the Cougars back within one, 5-4.

In his first full inning of relief, Justin Su'a struggled on the mound, loading the bases through a single, a hit batter and a walk. Davies then hit his second double of the day to drive in a pair of runs. It would have been a three-run double, but Su'a took a relay from Saylor in right field and combined with Cloward to gun down Hopkins at the plate.

Behind, 7-4, BYU bounced back in the eighth when Brandon Taylor got on from an error and advance to second. Taylor moved to third on a wild pitch and then scored off Molina's double down the left field line.

McNaughton tagged his third double of the day in the eighth, again down the left field line, to drive in Molina. This time the Aggies got their own play at the plate when Cloward was pegged at home on a questionable call after a relay throw from left field to third base in an attempt to tie the game, but instead ended the inning with BYU trailing, 7-6.

With two out and the bases loaded in the eighth, the Cougars again substituted on the mound, bringing in Barrett for lefty Lance Beus.

In the ninth BYU loaded the bases with no outs and tied the score, 7-7, when Taylor hit a sac-fly to bring in Villezcas.

Molina was then walked to load the bases with one out before closer Alec Shepherd took the mound. Kory Knell flew out to center, but drove in Hiestand to put BYU up, 9-7. Cloward hit a sun single to right, giving BYU a 11-7 advantage as both Molina and Saylor scored.

Starting BYU pitcher Brandon Christiansen, who recorded six strikeouts on the day, got the Cougars out of a jam in the second after two Aggies consecutively singled by striking out the final two batters of the inning. He again struck out two in the fifth inning.

The two teams meet for a final time at 1 p.m., on Saturday.

Brigham Young at New Mexico State

Mar 11, 2005 at Las Cruces, N.M. (Presley Askew Field)

Brigham Young 11 (8-4-1)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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McNAUGHTON, Sean 2b...... 6 2 4 1 0 0 1 5 1

VILLEZCAS, Marcos ss..... 4 1 1 1 1 0 2 1 2

NAKAYAMA, Apana dh....... 4 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0

HIESTAND, Jeff 1b........ 3 2 0 1 1 1 8 0 1

TAYLOR, Brandon 3b....... 4 2 1 1 0 0 1 1 0

SAYLOR, Ben rf........... 5 1 2 2 0 1 2 1 2

MOLINA, Adrian cf........ 3 2 1 2 1 0 3 0 0

CHAMBERS, Ryan lf........ 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1

KNELL, Kory ph.......... 1 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 0

CLOWARD, Casey c......... 4 0 2 1 1 0 7 1 0

CHRISTIANSEN, Brando p... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

SU'A, Justin p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

BEUS, Lance p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

BARRETT, Joshua p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 37 11 12 10 5 4 27 10 8

New Mexico State 7 (10-10)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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Rodden cf................ 3 1 2 0 2 0 4 0 0

Long ss.................. 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 3 1

Cotto 2b................. 4 2 2 0 1 0 1 1 0

Aranda rf................ 4 1 1 1 1 1 2 0 0

Harvey c................. 3 1 0 0 0 2 2 1 2

Lance c................. 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3

Hopkins 1b............... 3 1 1 3 1 1 7 1 0

Ries 1b................. 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Davies dh................ 5 1 3 3 0 0 0 0 0

Monreal 3b............... 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0

McFadden 3b............. 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

Fields lf................ 3 0 0 0 1 1 6 1 3

Conner p................. 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0

Hampel p................ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Shepherd p.............. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 35 7 11 7 6 6 27 9 10

Score by Innings R H E

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Brigham Young....... 000 102 125 - 11 12 1

New Mexico State.... 004 001 200 - 7 11 3

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E - CHRISTIANSEN(1); Hopkins(2); Monreal(8); McFadden(3). LOB - BYU 8; NMSU

10. 2B - McNAUGHTON 3(4); VILLEZCAS(4); NAKAYAMA(4); SAYLOR(4); MOLINA(2);

Aranda(6); Davies 2(4). HR - Hopkins(6); Davies(3). HBP - Harvey; Monreal.

SH - Long(2). SF - HIESTAND(1); TAYLOR(1); MOLINA(1); KNELL(1). SB -

Cotto(2). CS - Rodden(1).

Brigham Young IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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CHRISTIANSEN, Brando 5.2 9 5 5 2 6 25 28

SU'A, Justin........ 1.1 2 2 2 1 0 5 7

BEUS, Lance......... 0.2 0 0 0 3 0 1 5

BARRETT, Joshua..... 1.1 0 0 0 0 0 4 4

New Mexico State IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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Conner.............. 7.1 8 6 2 1 3 31 34

Hampel.............. 1.0 3 5 5 4 1 4 9

Shepherd............ 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 2 3

Win - BARRETT (1-0). Loss - Hampel (0-1). Save - None.

WP - Conner(2). HBP - by CHRISTIANSEN (Monreal); by SU'A (Harvey).

Umpires - HP: Jim Sayer 1B: Randy Shepherd 3B: Phil Gonzales

Start: 1:05p.m. Time: 2:57 Attendance: 213

Play-by-Play

Mar 11, 2005 at Las Cruces, N.M. (Presley Askew Field)

Score by Innings R H E

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Brigham Young....... 000 102 125 - 11 12 1

New Mexico State.... 004 001 200 - 7 11 3

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

HIESTAND; 3/3b TAYLOR; 25/rf SAYLOR; 1/cf MOLINA; 22/lf CHAMBERS; 9/c CLOWARD; 31/p

CHRISTIANSEN;

New Mexico State starters: 1/cf Rodden; 4/ss Long; 6/2b Cotto; 27/rf Aranda; 17/c

Harvey; 8/1b Hopkins; 7/dh Davies; 23/3b Monreal; 11/lf Fields; 41/p Conner;

Brigham Young 1st - McNAUGHTON grounded out to p. VILLEZCAS flied out to lf.

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

New Mexico State 1st - Rodden walked. Rodden out at second c to 2b, caught

stealing. Long singled to right field. Cotto singled to center field; Long advanced

to second. Aranda struck out swinging. Harvey struck out swinging. 0 runs, 2

hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Brigham Young 2nd - HIESTAND struck out looking. TAYLOR fouled out to 1b.

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

New Mexico State 2nd - Hopkins grounded out to 2b. Davies grounded out to ss.

Monreal hit by pitch. Fields struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1

LOB.

Brigham Young 3rd - MOLINA grounded out to c. CHAMBERS popped up to 2b.

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

New Mexico State 3rd - Rodden singled, bunt, advanced to second on a throwing

error by p, advanced to third. Long struck out looking. Cotto walked. Aranda doubled

to right field, RBI; Cotto advanced to third; Rodden scored. Harvey flied out to rf.

Hopkins homered to left field, 3 RBI; Aranda scored; Cotto scored. Davies doubled

down the lf line. Monreal singled to left field; Davies advanced to third. Fields

flied out to lf. 4 runs, 5 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB.

Brigham Young 4th - McNAUGHTON doubled to left field. VILLEZCAS grounded out

to 2b; McNAUGHTON advanced to third. NAKAYAMA walked. HIESTAND flied out to rf, SF,

RBI; McNAUGHTON scored. TAYLOR singled to left field; NAKAYAMA advanced to second.

SAYLOR out at first 1b to p. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

New Mexico State 4th - Rodden grounded out to 2b. Long flied out to cf to

left center. Cotto grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young 5th - MOLINA grounded out to ss. CHAMBERS flied out to cf.

CLOWARD singled to third base. McNAUGHTON singled down the rf line; CLOWARD advanced

to third. VILLEZCAS flied out to rf. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

New Mexico State 5th - Aranda popped up to ss to left field. Harvey struck

out swinging. Hopkins struck out looking. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young 6th - NAKAYAMA flied out to lf. HIESTAND reached on a fielding

error by 1b. TAYLOR reached on a fielder's choice; HIESTAND advanced to second on a

throwing error by 3b, advanced to third. SAYLOR singled to right field, RBI; TAYLOR

advanced to third; HIESTAND scored, unearned. MOLINA flied out to cf, SF, RBI;

SAYLOR advanced to second on the throw; TAYLOR scored, unearned. CHAMBERS flied out

to lf. 2 runs, 1 hit, 2 errors, 1 LOB.

New Mexico State 6th - Davies homered to left center, RBI. Monreal grounded

out to 2b. Fields flied out to rf. Rodden singled up the middle. SU'A to p for

CHRISTIANSEN. Long flied out to ss. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young 7th - McFadden to 3b for Monreal. CLOWARD flied out to cf.

McNAUGHTON doubled down the lf line. VILLEZCAS doubled down the lf line, RBI;

McNAUGHTON scored. NAKAYAMA struck out looking. HIESTAND grounded out to p

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

New Mexico State 7th - Cotto singled to right field. Cotto stole second.

Aranda flied out to cf to left center. Harvey hit by pitch. Hopkins walked; Harvey

advanced to second; Cotto advanced to third. Davies doubled to right center, 2 RBI;

Hopkins advanced to third, out at home rf to p to c; Harvey scored; Cotto scored.

McFadden lined out to 3b. 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young 8th - Lance to c for Harvey. Ries to 1b for Hopkins. TAYLOR

reached on a fielding error by 3b, advanced to second. TAYLOR advanced to third on a

wild pitch. SAYLOR struck out looking. MOLINA doubled down the lf line, RBI; TAYLOR

scored, unearned. Hampel to p for Conner. KNELL pinch hit for CHAMBERS. KNELL struck

out looking. CLOWARD walked. McNAUGHTON doubled to left field, RBI; CLOWARD advanced

to third, out at home lf to ss to c; MOLINA scored, unearned. 2 runs, 2 hits, 1

error, 1 LOB.

New Mexico State 8th - KNELL to lf. BEUS to p for SU'A. Fields walked. Rodden

walked; Fields advanced to second. Long grounded out to 3b, SAC, bunt; Rodden

advanced to second; Fields advanced to third. Cotto grounded out to 2b. Aranda

intentionally walked. BARRETT to p for BEUS. Lance flied out to cf. 0 runs, 0

hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.

Brigham Young 9th - VILLEZCAS walked. NAKAYAMA doubled to right field;

VILLEZCAS advanced to third. HIESTAND intentionally walked. TAYLOR flied out to lf,

SF, RBI; VILLEZCAS scored. SAYLOR doubled to left field, RBI; HIESTAND advanced to

third; NAKAYAMA scored. MOLINA intentionally walked. Shepherd to p for Hampel. KNELL

flied out to cf, SF, RBI; MOLINA advanced to second; SAYLOR advanced to third;

HIESTAND scored. CLOWARD singled to right field, advanced to second, RBI; MOLINA

scored; SAYLOR scored. McNAUGHTON flied out to lf. 5 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1

LOB.

New Mexico State 9th - Ries flied out to lf. Davies flied out to lf. McFadden

grounded out to 1b unassisted. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

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