Fast Start Leads to Home Opening Win

Freshman Jaycob Brugman hit the game-winning RBI on a two-run single vs. SDSU. (Photo by Jonathan Hardy)


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PROVO -- A six-run first inning led BYU to an 8-4 win over San Diego State in the baseball home opener at Larry H. Miller Field on Thursday night.

With the victory the Cougars improve to 11-10 overall and 2-2 in the Mountain West Conference. The Aztecs drop to 6-16 on the year and 2-2 in league play.

Sophomore Taylor Cole picked up his third win of the season on the mound for the Cougars, going six innings and giving up two earned runs on five hits while striking out three and walking two. Leading the way at the plate was senior Ryan Bernal going 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Freshman Jaycob Brugman also contributed with two hits and two RBI.

“Well it is nice to jump out to a lead and it sure gives us a nice cushion for a starter,” head coach Vance Law said. “We’ve had that twice in the last two ball games and had nice two-out rallies. That’s really big when you have a team that doesn’t give up on their at bats.”

Bernal brought home junior Alex Wolfe on a double in the right-center gap to give the Cougars an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. After a walk to freshman Dillon Robinson, junior Wes Guenther singled home Bernal to add on to BYU’s run total. Later in the inning Robinson was brought home on a bases-loaded walk to junior Austin Hall.

After an early pitching change for the Aztecs in the first inning, Brugman hit the first pitch he saw to right field to bring home two more runs. Junior Stephen Wells came up for the second time in the inning and singled to right for another run to give the Cougars a 6-0 lead.

BYU’s starting pitcher Cole hit two batters in the top of the fourth inning en route to San Diego State picking up one run to make the score 6-2 in favor of the Cougars. An error by shortstop Andrew Law on a groundball hit by Aztec left fielder Tim Zier towards up the middle cost another two runs to make it 6-4.

The Cougars would get the runs back quickly on back-to-back RBI singles from Wolfe and Bernal to extend BYU’s lead to 8-4 in the bottom of the fourth inning.

“That tells you how resilient our hitters are,” Cole said. “San Diego State is a good hitting team and it shows how resilient our hitters are. Our guys really

hit the ball well throughout the game and I am really proud of them.”

Junior Matthew Neil gave BYU two scoreless innings in relief to preserve the lead and senior Justin Shutt struck out the side despite giving up a double in the ninth to secure the Cougars' victory.

BYU and SDSU play the second game of the three-game series on Friday at 6 p.m. MT.


San Diego State at Brigham Young Univ.

Mar 24, 2011 at Provo, Utah (Larry H Miller Field)

San Diego State 4 (6-16,2-2 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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ZIER, Tim lf............. 5 0 1 0 0 1 3 0 2

COLWELL, Pat 3b.......... 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2

MEREDITH, Brandon 1b..... 5 0 0 0 0 1 8 1 1

TORRES, Jomel dh......... 2 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 0

WILSON, Chris rf......... 4 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 1

HAYNAL, Brad c........... 3 0 0 0 0 1 5 5 3

SLADER, Cody ss.......... 3 1 1 1 0 0 2 2 0

SMITH, Cody cf........... 4 0 2 1 0 1 2 0 0

POTTER, Evan 2b.......... 3 0 1 0 0 1 2 1 0

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

RASMUSSEN, Craig p...... 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0

Totals................... 33 4 9 2 2 7 24 12 10

Brigham Young Univ. 8 (11-10,2-2 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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WELLS, Stephen cf........ 5 1 2 1 0 1 2 0 1

LAW, Andrew ss........... 5 1 2 0 0 0 1 5 0

WOLFE, Alex c............ 4 1 2 1 0 1 7 2 1

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

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

GUENTHER, Wes dh......... 4 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 3

HALL, Austin 1b.......... 3 1 0 0 1 1 12 0 0

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

BRUGMAN, Jaycob rf....... 4 0 2 2 0 1 1 0 0

COLE, Taylor p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0

NEIL, Matthew p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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

Totals................... 34 8 13 8 4 7 27 15 7

Score by Innings R H E

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San Diego State..... 010 300 000 - 4 9 0

Brigham Young Univ.. 600 200 00X - 8 13 2

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E - LAW(8); BRUGMAN(2). DP - BYU 1. LOB - SDSU 10; BYU 7. 2B - TORRES(7);

WILSON(5); BERNAL(6). 3B - BRUGMAN(3). HBP - TORRES; WILSON; SLADER; POTTER;

WOLFE. SH - COLWELL(3); HAYNAL,B.(1). SB - SMITH(5). CS - SLADER(1);

GUENTHER(2).

San Diego State IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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MILLER, Ethan....... 0.2 3 6 6 3 0 5 8

RASMUSSEN, Craig.... 7.1 10 2 2 1 7 29 31

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

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COLE, Taylor........ 6.0 5 4 2 2 3 20 28

NEIL, Matthew....... 2.0 3 0 0 0 1 9 9

SHUTT, Justin....... 1.0 1 0 0 0 3 4 4

Win - COLE (3-1). Loss - MILLER (2-3). Save - None.

WP - RASMUSSEN(2). HBP - by RASMUSSEN (WOLFE); by COLE (TORRES); by COLE

(WILSON); by COLE (SLADER); by COLE (POTTER). BK - RASMUSSEN(3).

Umpires - HP: Ray Leible 1B: Blake Jensen 3B: AJ Wendel

Start: 6:02 pm Time: 2:41 Attendance: 614

Weather: cloudy, 50 degrees, breezy

Game notes:

Game 1 of 3

San Diego State starters: 12/lf ZIER; 10/3b COLWELL; 0/1b MEREDITH; 8/dh

TORRES; 5/rf WILSON; 23/c HAYNAL,B.; 17/ss SLADER; 32/cf SMITH; 14/2b POTTER;

33/p MILLER;

Brigham Young Univ. starters: 5/cf WELLS; 6/ss LAW; 18/c WOLFE; 10/lf BERNAL;

3/3b ROBINSON; 9/dh GUENTHER; 26/1b HALL; 16/2b NIELSEN; 4/rf BRUGMAN; 8/p

COLE;

San Diego State 1st - ZIER singled to shortstop. COLWELL grounded into

double play ss to 1b; ZIER out on the play. MEREDITH grounded out to 3b. 0

runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 1st - WELLS grounded out to 2b. LAW grounded out to

ss. WOLFE singled to second base. BERNAL doubled to center field, RBI; WOLFE

scored. ROBINSON walked. GUENTHER singled up the middle, RBI; ROBINSON advanced

to second; BERNAL scored. HALL walked; GUENTHER advanced to second; ROBINSON

advanced to third. NIELSEN walked, RBI; HALL advanced to second; GUENTHER

advanced to third; ROBINSON scored. RASMUSSEN to p for MILLER. BRUGMAN singled

to right field, 2 RBI; NIELSEN advanced to third; HALL scored; GUENTHER scored.

WELLS singled to right field, RBI; BRUGMAN advanced to second; NIELSEN scored.

BRUGMAN out at second c to ss, picked off. 6 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors, 1

LOB.

San Diego State 2nd - TORRES walked. WILSON doubled down the lf line;

TORRES advanced to third. HAYNAL,B. struck out swinging. SLADER singled to

third base, RBI; WILSON advanced to third; TORRES scored. SMITH struck out

looking. SLADER out at second c to 2b, caught stealing. 1 run, 2 hits, 0

errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 2nd - LAW popped up to rf. WOLFE hit by pitch. WOLFE

advanced to second on a wild pitch. BERNAL walked. ROBINSON struck out

swinging. GUENTHER struck out swinging, out at first c to 1b. 0 runs, 0

hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

San Diego State 3rd - POTTER singled to shortstop. ZIER flied out to rf;

POTTER advanced to second on a throwing error by rf. COLWELL grounded out to p,

SAC, bunt; POTTER advanced to third. MEREDITH grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 1

hit, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 3rd - HALL grounded out to 3b. NIELSEN popped up to

2b. BRUGMAN flied out to lf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

San Diego State 4th - TORRES hit by pitch. WILSON hit by pitch; TORRES

advanced to second. HAYNAL,B. grounded out to p, SAC, bunt; WILSON advanced to

second; TORRES advanced to third. SLADER hit by pitch. SMITH singled through

the right side, RBI; SLADER advanced to second; WILSON advanced to third;

TORRES scored. POTTER struck out looking. ZIER reached on a fielding error by

ss; SMITH advanced to third; SLADER scored, unearned; WILSON scored, unearned.

COLWELL reached on a fielder's choice; ZIER out at second 3b to 2b. 3 runs,

1 hit, 1 error, 2 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 4th - WELLS singled up the middle. WELLS advanced to

second on a balk. LAW singled, bunt; WELLS advanced to third. WOLFE singled to

right field, RBI; LAW advanced to third; WELLS scored. BERNAL singled to right

center, RBI; WOLFE advanced to second; LAW scored. WOLFE out at second c to ss,

picked off. ROBINSON struck out looking. GUENTHER grounded out to p. 2 runs,

4 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

San Diego State 5th - MEREDITH flied out to cf. TORRES walked. WILSON

reached on a fielder's choice; TORRES out at second 3b to 2b. HAYNAL,B. flied

out to cf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 5th - HALL fouled out to 1b. NIELSEN singled to

right center. BRUGMAN struck out looking. WELLS flied out to lf. 0 runs, 1

hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

San Diego State 6th - SLADER grounded out to ss. SMITH flied out to lf.

POTTER hit by pitch. ZIER grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1

LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 6th - LAW singled to left field. WOLFE struck out

swinging. BERNAL grounded out to c; LAW advanced to second. ROBINSON flied out

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

San Diego State 7th - NEIL to p for COLE. COLWELL grounded out to ss.

MEREDITH grounded out to ss. TORRES singled up the middle. WILSON singled to

pitcher; TORRES advanced to second. HAYNAL,B. grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 2

hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 7th - GUENTHER singled to right field. GUENTHER out

at second p to 1b to ss to p, caught stealing. HALL struck out looking. NIELSEN

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

San Diego State 8th - SLADER grounded out to ss. SMITH singled to left

center. POTTER grounded out to c unassisted, interference. SMITH stole second.

ZIER struck out swinging, out at first c to 1b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1

LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 8th - BRUGMAN tripled to left field. WELLS struck

out swinging, out at first c to 1b. LAW popped up to 2b. WOLFE flied out to cf.

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

San Diego State 9th - SHUTT to p for NEIL. COLWELL struck out looking.

MEREDITH struck out looking. TORRES doubled to center field. WILSON struck out

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

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