Eliminating Host SDSU, 16-8

Reliever Justin Shutt eventually silenced the Aztec attack in the eighth to allow teammates a chance to respond.

SAN -- Freshman Mark Anderson blanked San Diego State for five innings to lead BYU to a 16-8 victory Wednesday in the Conoco Mountain West Conference Baseball Tournament.

Anderson, now 3-1, helped the Cougars improve to 26-30 and remain alive in the loser’s bracket of the MWC Tourney, while eliminating host SDSU. The southpaw pitcher had a no-hitter going through three innings as BYU built up a lead of 6-0 before the Aztecs scored in the two-run sixth.

“Mark (Anderson) did a tremendous job of throwing strikes today,” said BYU coach Vance Law. “He pitched a great game and gave our offense a chance to get going.”

That BYU offense was spread evenly amongst the Cougar lineup through the first three innings, highlighted by a second-inning high pop-up sun double to shallow left field by the hard-running Dane Nielsen and a double down the left-field line by Chase Frampton in the third with two outs.

“A key was our two-out RBI, you can’t beat them,” said Law in reference to Frampton’s second-inning poke. Other two-out RBI were registered by Cougars Sean McNaughton in the first, Alex Wolfe in the second, and Stephen Wells in the ninth.

The Aztecs quieted the Cougar attack with a pitching change to end the third inning from a lefty of their own, Robert Alcala. Alcala retired eight Cougars in a row until Nielsen, one of the nation’s toughest to strike out, drew a walk in the sixth inning.

Then the floodgates reopened against SDSU in the seventh, illustrating Law lauding his team’s discipline at the plate.

BYU opened the four-run seventh with four consecutive hits which all scored, driving Alcala out of the game. Among those hits were a lead-off double by Stephen Wells for the first hit surrendered by Alcala, a to-the-wall double in rightfield by Jonathan Cluff, and a sun single to leftfield by Ryan Bernal. Bernal’s single was of the same high pop-up variety of Nielsen’s in the third and ended up being the game-winning RBI.

Another key was the three double plays BYU turned in the first, third and seventh innings by the trio of Brandon Relf, Nielsen and Bernal. Nielsen also made a great diving catch of a line drive to end the fifth.

“The ground ball was beneficial for Mark,” said Relf of the support his teammates gave Anderson. Half of the dozen Aztec groundouts came in Anderson’s six-plus innings of work.

“My fastball had good downhill on it and it makes it hard to see,” said Anderson of many of his 110 pitches.

The Aztecs rallied for five runs in the seventh to close on a 10-2 BYU lead. However, the Cougars responded with a six-run sixth after BYU reliever David McKnight got a huge out to end the eighth with runners on second and third.

The Cougars next play on Thursday at 11 a.m. PDT, against Utah. The winner of the BYU-Utah game advances to play New Mexico at 3 p.m., PDT.


BYU at San Diego St.

May 26, 2010 at San Diego, Calif. (Tony Gwynn Stadium)

BYU 16 (26-30)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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RELF, Brandon ss......... 5 3 1 1 1 1 2 5 1

WELLS, Stephen cf........ 6 2 3 1 0 0 3 0 0

WOLFE, Alex c............ 6 1 3 2 0 1 7 0 0

CLUFF, Jonathan rf....... 6 2 3 1 0 0 2 0 1

BERNAL, Ryan 1b.......... 5 2 1 1 1 1 9 0 2

McNAUGHTON, Sean lf...... 5 2 3 1 0 1 0 0 0

HALL, Austin 3b.......... 5 0 1 2 0 4 0 1 2

FRAMPTON, Chase dh....... 5 2 2 2 0 1 0 0 0

NIELSEN, Dane 2b......... 3 2 2 1 2 0 4 6 1

ANDERSON, Mark p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

SHUTT, Justin p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

McKNIGHT, David p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

BIRCH, Nick p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 46 16 19 12 4 9 27 12 7

San Diego St. 8 (28-28)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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TORRES, Jomel 1b......... 3 2 1 1 2 0 5 0 3

BLACKBURN, Mitch 2b...... 5 2 3 3 0 1 5 3 0

MEREDITH, Brandon dh..... 5 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0

VAUGHN, Cory cf.......... 5 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0

MOORE, Blair 3b.......... 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1

WILSON, Chris c.......... 5 0 1 0 0 2 9 0 1

CHASSE, Josh rf.......... 5 1 4 1 0 1 4 0 0

O'SULLIVAN, Ryan ss...... 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 3 0

WILLEFORD, Guy ph....... 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3

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

BLACK, Corey p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

ALCALA, Robert p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

MILLER, Ethan p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

RASMUSSEN, Craig p...... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 41 8 16 7 3 7 27 8 9

Score by Innings R H E

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BYU................. 222 000 406 - 16 19 2

San Diego St........ 000 002 501 - 8 16 4

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E - RELF(31); McNAUGHTON(6); BLACKBURN(10); MOORE(4); O'SULLIVAN(8);

BLACK(4). DP - BY 3; SDSU 1. LOB - BY 7; SDSU 9. 2B - WELLS(9); WOLFE(15);

CLUFF(19); FRAMPTON(3); NIELSEN(12); WILSON(14). HR - BLACKBURN(4);

MEREDITH(7); CHASSE(3). SB - McNAUGHTON(10).

BYU IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP

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ANDERSON, Mark...... 6.0 6 4 4 3 4 23 26 110

SHUTT, Justin....... 1.2 6 3 3 0 1 10 10 36

McKNIGHT, David..... 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3

BIRCH, Nick......... 1.0 4 1 1 0 2 7 7 24

San Diego St. IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP

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BLACK, Corey........ 2.2 9 6 6 2 4 16 18 63

ALCALA, Robert...... 3.2 5 4 4 1 3 15 16 55

MILLER, Ethan....... 2.1 2 5 0 1 1 11 12 46

RASMUSSEN, Craig.... 0.1 3 1 1 0 1 4 4 16

Win - ANDERSON (3-1). Loss - BLACK (2-2). Save - None.

WP - ANDERSON(11); RASMUSSEN(3). Inherited runners/scored: SHUTT 1/1; McKNIGHT

2/0; ALCALA 1/0; MILLER 1/0; RASMUSSEN 3/3. Pitches/strikes: ANDERSON 110/71;

SHUTT 36/26; McKNIGHT 3/2; BIRCH 24/17; BLACK 63/37; ALCALA 55/36; MILLER 46/27;

RASMUSSEN 16/10.

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

Start: 11:02 am Time: 3:10 Attendance:

Weather: Clear, warm, wind calm

ANDERSON faced 2 batters in the 7th.

BYU 1st - RELF walked (3-0). WELLS grounded out to 2b (3-2); RELF

advanced to second. WOLFE struck out swinging (1-2). CLUFF singled to pitcher,

advanced to second on an error by p (2-1); RELF scored. BERNAL walked (3-2).

McNAUGHTON singled to left field, RBI (1-1); BERNAL advanced to second; CLUFF

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

San Diego St. 1st - TORRES walked (3-1). BLACKBURN struck out looking

(2-2). MEREDITH grounded into double play ss to 2b to 1b (0-1); TORRES out on

the play. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BYU 2nd - FRAMPTON struck out swinging (1-2). NIELSEN doubled to left

field (0-1). RELF singled to center field, RBI (2-1); NIELSEN scored. WELLS

singled to center field, out at second p to 2b; RELF advanced to third. WOLFE

doubled to left center, RBI (1-0); RELF scored. CLUFF flied out to lf (1-1).

2 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

San Diego St. 2nd - VAUGHN flied out to cf (1-1). MOORE lined out to cf

(1-0). WILSON struck out swinging (0-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0

LOB.

BYU 3rd - BERNAL popped up to 3b (1-0). McNAUGHTON singled to right

field (1-2). McNAUGHTON stole second. HALL struck out swinging (3-2). FRAMPTON

doubled down the lf line, RBI (0-0); McNAUGHTON scored. NIELSEN singled to left

field, RBI (0-1); FRAMPTON scored. ALCALA to p for BLACK. RELF struck out

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

San Diego St. 3rd - CHASSE singled through the left side (0-2).

O'SULLIVAN popped up to 2b (0-1). DECKER struck out looking (3-2). TORRES

popped up to 1b (3-1). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

BYU 4th - WELLS flied out to cf (3-1). WOLFE popped up to 2b (1-2).

CLUFF grounded out to ss (0-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

San Diego St. 4th - BLACKBURN singled to center field (1-1). MEREDITH

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

VAUGHN singled to right field (0-2). MOORE grounded out to 2b (1-2). 0 runs,

2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

BYU 5th - BERNAL grounded out to 2b (1-1). McNAUGHTON struck out

swinging (1-2). HALL struck out swinging (2-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0

LOB.

San Diego St. 5th - WILSON doubled to center field (1-1). CHASSE struck

out swinging (1-2). O'SULLIVAN flied out to rf (2-1); WILSON advanced to third.

DECKER lined out to 2b (0-1). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

BYU 6th - FRAMPTON grounded out to 3b (1-2). NIELSEN walked (3-2). RELF

grounded into double play ss to 2b to 1b (0-1); NIELSEN out on the play. 0

runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

San Diego St. 6th - TORRES walked (3-1). BLACKBURN singled to left field

(1-1); TORRES advanced to second. BLACKBURN advanced to second on a wild pitch;

TORRES advanced to third on a wild pitch. MEREDITH reached on a fielding error

by ss, RBI (1-2); BLACKBURN scored; TORRES scored. VAUGHN flied out to rf

(3-2); MEREDITH advanced to second. MOORE flied out to cf (0-1). WILSON

grounded out to 2b (1-2). 2 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 1 LOB.

BYU 7th - WELLS doubled to right center (1-0). WOLFE singled to left

field (2-1); WELLS advanced to third. CLUFF doubled to right field, RBI (0-1);

WOLFE advanced to third; WELLS scored. BERNAL singled to left field, RBI (0-0);

WOLFE scored. McNAUGHTON flied out to lf (2-0); BERNAL advanced to second;

CLUFF advanced to third. HALL singled through the left side, 2 RBI (0-1);

BERNAL scored; CLUFF scored. MILLER to p for ALCALA. FRAMPTON reached on a

fielder's choice (3-1); HALL out at second ss to 2b. NIELSEN flied out to rf

(1-2). 4 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

San Diego St. 7th - CHASSE homered to left field, RBI (3-2). O'SULLIVAN

walked (3-2). SHUTT to p for ANDERSON. DECKER singled to center field (0-0);

O'SULLIVAN advanced to third. TORRES singled through the right side, RBI (1-2);

DECKER advanced to third; O'SULLIVAN scored. BLACKBURN homered to right field,

3 RBI (0-1); TORRES scored; DECKER scored. MEREDITH singled to left field

(1-2). VAUGHN reached on a fielder's choice (2-1); MEREDITH out at second 3b to

2b. MOORE grounded into double play 2b to ss to 1b (1-2); VAUGHN out on the

play. 5 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BYU 8th - RELF popped up to 2b (2-1). WELLS lined out to rf (0-2). WOLFE

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

San Diego St. 8th - WILSON grounded out to ss (1-2). CHASSE singled to

right field (1-1). O'SULLIVAN struck out looking (1-2). DECKER singled to left

field, advanced to second on a fielding error by lf (2-1); CHASSE advanced to

third. McKNIGHT to p for SHUTT. TORRES grounded out to 2b (1-1). 0 runs, 2

hits, 1 error, 2 LOB.

BYU 9th - CLUFF flied out to rf (0-0). BERNAL reached on a fielding

error by 2b (1-0). McNAUGHTON singled through the left side (2-0); BERNAL

advanced to second. HALL struck out swinging (3-2). FRAMPTON singled through

the right side, RBI (2-2); McNAUGHTON advanced to second; BERNAL scored,

unearned. NIELSEN walked (3-2); FRAMPTON advanced to second; McNAUGHTON

advanced to third. RELF reached on a throwing error by 3b (0-1); NIELSEN

advanced to second; FRAMPTON advanced to third; McNAUGHTON scored, unearned.

RASMUSSEN to p for MILLER. WELLS singled to third base, RBI (1-2); RELF

advanced to second; NIELSEN advanced to third; FRAMPTON scored, unearned. WOLFE

singled, RBI (0-1); WELLS advanced to third; RELF advanced to third, scored on

a throwing error by ss, unearned; NIELSEN scored, unearned. WOLFE advanced to

second on a wild pitch; WELLS scored on a wild pitch, team unearned. CLUFF

singled through the right side (3-1); WOLFE advanced to third. BERNAL struck

out looking (2-2). 6 runs, 5 hits, 3 errors, 2 LOB.

San Diego St. 9th - BIRCH to p for McKNIGHT. BLACKBURN grounded out to

ss (3-2). MEREDITH homered to center field, RBI (1-0). VAUGHN singled through

the left side (0-2). MOORE singled through the right side (1-1); VAUGHN

advanced to second. WILSON struck out swinging (1-2). CHASSE singled to

shortstop (0-0); MOORE advanced to second; VAUGHN advanced to third. WILLEFORD

pinch hit for O'SULLIVAN. WILLEFORD struck out looking (1-2). 1 run, 4 hits,

0 errors, 3 LOB.

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