Frogs Outlast Cougars

Dane Nielsen recorded his seventh double of the season in the ninth inning Friday. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

PROVO, Utah -- Dane Nielsen’s two-RBI double in the bottom of the ninth wasn’t enough as the BYU baseball team (20-20, 7-9) fell to No. 7 TCU 6-4 amid snow flurries at Larry H. Miller Field Friday.

"We need to put pressure on early in the game because they have a quality pitching staff," said BYU head coach Vance Law. "We hit a lot of balls hard and they made some good plays."

Down 6-1 going into the bottom of the ninth, the Cougars loaded the bases for Nielsen, who laced an RBI double to the right-center gap to make the score 6-4. However, BYU was unable to complete the comeback for the second consecutive night.

Freshman Jaycob Brugman and Stephen Wells were the only Cougars to record multiple hits, combining for four hits and an RBI.

Making his 11th start of the season, BYU sophomore Chris Capper struck out five and walked three in seven innings of work.

Two Cougar errors and a wild pitch in the top of the second set the table for two TCU hits to give the Horned Frogs an early 2-0 lead.

Catcher Wes Guenther’s single in the bottom of the first was the Cougars’ first of the game and after third baseman Bret Lopez walked, Kelton Caldwell lined out to center field to end the threat.

After TCU added another run in the top of the second, Capper struck out TCU’s Jason Coats and Guenther threw out a Horned Frog attempting to steal second. Capper proceeded to retire seven-consecutive Horned Frogs in the fourth and fifth innings, striking out four of the seven batters he faced during that period.

A two-run homer and an RBI single in the top of the sixth extended TCU’s lead to 6-0 advantage.

BYU got on the board in the sixth after Stephen Wells singled and stole second base and scored on a Brugman groundout, making the score 6-1.

Freshman Desmond Poulson relieved Capper in the seventh and gave up only two hits and one run, striking out four and giving up no earned runs.

The final game of the series is set for 1 p.m. Saturday at Larry H. Miller Field.


TCU at Brigham Young Univ.

Apr 29, 2011 at Provo, Utah (Larry H Miller Field)

TCU 6 (31-13,15-2 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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RIVERA, Brance rf........ 4 1 1 0 1 1 2 0 0

WITTE, Jantzen 3b........ 3 0 0 1 1 1 1 2 0

FEATHERSTON, Taylor ss... 4 1 2 0 1 1 1 3 1

COATS, Jason lf.......... 4 1 1 2 0 1 3 0 2

ELANDER, Josh c.......... 3 2 1 0 1 2 4 0 0

JORDAN, Zac dh........... 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

PENA, Jerome 2b.......... 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 5 0

WEIK, Joe 1b............. 4 0 2 2 0 1 12 0 1

SCHULTZ, Aaron cf........ 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 1

MILLER, Erik p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

CRICHTON, Stefan p...... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 32 6 8 5 5 9 27 11 6

Brigham Young Univ. 4 (20-20,7-9 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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

LAW, Andrew ss........... 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0

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

BERNAL, Ryan 1b.......... 4 1 1 0 0 0 8 0 0

WOLFE, Alex dh........... 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0

GUENTHER, Wes c.......... 3 0 1 1 0 0 9 2 1

LOPEZ, Bret 3b........... 3 0 1 0 1 1 2 1 0

CALDWELL, Kelton lf...... 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 3

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

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

POULSON, Desmond p...... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Totals................... 33 4 8 4 3 4 27 10 6

Score by Innings R H E

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TCU................. 021 003 000 - 6 8 1

Brigham Young Univ.. 000 001 003 - 4 8 2

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E - FEATHERSTON(19); WELLS(3); LOPEZ(3). DP - TC 2; BYU 1. LOB - TC 6; BYU

6. 2B - RIVERA(15); FEATHERSTON(10); NIELSEN(7). HR - COATS(6). SH -

JORDAN(2). SF - WITTE(2); GUENTHER(2). SB - RIVERA(10); JORDAN(2); WELLS(5);

BRUGMAN(10). CS - FEATHERSTON(4).

TCU IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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MILLER, Erik........ 8.0 7 4 4 2 3 30 32

CRICHTON, Stefan.... 1.0 1 0 0 1 1 3 5

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

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CAPPER, Chris....... 6.0 6 6 3 3 5 21 26

POULSON, Desmond.... 3.0 2 0 0 2 4 11 13

Win - MILLER (4-6). Loss - CAPPER (3-3). Save - CRICHTON (4).

WP - CAPPER(2). PB - GUENTHER(1).

Umpires - HP: Randy Upton 1B: Glenn Ballangao 3B: Rickey Scarbery

Start: 6:08 pm Time: 2:24 Attendance: 655

Weather: snow flurries, 34 degrees

MILLER faced 3 batters in the 9th.

TCU starters: 5/rf RIVERA; 35/3b WITTE; 12/ss FEATHERSTON; 38/lf COATS; 24/c

ELANDER; 23/dh JORDAN; 2/2b PENA; 33/1b WEIK; 29/cf SCHULTZ; 43/p MILLER;

Brigham Young Univ. starters: 5/cf WELLS; 6/ss LAW; 4/rf BRUGMAN; 10/1b BERNAL;

18/dh WOLFE; 9/c GUENTHER; 13/3b LOPEZ; 12/lf CALDWELL; 16/2b NIELSEN; 15/p

CAPPER;

TCU 1st - RIVERA struck out swinging. WITTE flied out to cf. FEATHERSTON

grounded out to c. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 1st - WELLS flied out to lf. LAW grounded out to ss.

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

TCU 2nd - COATS grounded out to ss. ELANDER singled to center field.

JORDAN reached on a fielder's choice; ELANDER advanced to second on a throwing

error by 3b. PENA flied out to cf; JORDAN advanced to second on a throwing

error by cf; ELANDER advanced to third. JORDAN advanced to third; ELANDER

scored on a wild pitch, unearned. WEIK singled to right field, RBI; JORDAN

scored, unearned. SCHULTZ fouled out to 3b. 2 runs, 2 hits, 2 errors, 1

LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 2nd - BERNAL grounded out to 1b unassisted. WOLFE

lined out to 3b. GUENTHER singled through the left side. LOPEZ walked; GUENTHER

advanced to second. CALDWELL flied out to cf. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2

LOB.

TCU 3rd - RIVERA doubled down the lf line. RIVERA advanced to third on a

passed ball. WITTE flied out to cf, SF, RBI; RIVERA scored, unearned.

FEATHERSTON walked. COATS struck out looking; FEATHERSTON out at second c to

2b, caught stealing. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 3rd - NIELSEN grounded out to ss. WELLS singled to

right field. LAW grounded into double play 3b to 2b to 1b; WELLS out on the

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

TCU 4th - ELANDER struck out looking. JORDAN grounded out to ss. PENA

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

Brigham Young Univ. 4th - BRUGMAN singled to third base. BERNAL flied

out to cf. BRUGMAN stole second. WOLFE lined out to 1b. GUENTHER flied out to

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

TCU 5th - WEIK grounded out to ss. SCHULTZ struck out swinging. RIVERA

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

Brigham Young Univ. 5th - LOPEZ struck out swinging. CALDWELL flied out

to lf. NIELSEN grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

TCU 6th - WITTE struck out looking. FEATHERSTON singled to left field.

COATS homered to center field, 2 RBI; FEATHERSTON scored. ELANDER walked.

JORDAN grounded out to 3b, SAC, bunt; ELANDER advanced to second. PENA walked.

WEIK singled to center field, RBI; PENA advanced to second, out at third cf to

3b; ELANDER scored. 3 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 6th - WELLS singled up the middle. WELLS stole

second. LAW grounded out to 3b; WELLS advanced to third. BRUGMAN grounded out

to 2b, RBI; WELLS scored. BERNAL grounded out to 1b unassisted. 1 run, 1

hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

TCU 7th - POULSON to p for CAPPER. SCHULTZ flied out to cf. RIVERA

grounded out to p. WITTE walked. FEATHERSTON doubled to center field; WITTE

advanced to third. COATS flied out to lf. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2

LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 7th - WOLFE flied out to cf. GUENTHER grounded out

to 2b. LOPEZ singled to shortstop. CALDWELL grounded out to p. 0 runs, 1

hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

TCU 8th - ELANDER struck out swinging. JORDAN singled to left center.

JORDAN stole second. PENA struck out swinging. WEIK struck out swinging. 0

runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 8th - NIELSEN reached on a throwing error by ss.

WELLS struck out swinging. LAW grounded into double play 2b to ss to 1b;

NIELSEN out on the play. 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 0 LOB.

TCU 9th - SCHULTZ flied out to cf. RIVERA walked. RIVERA stole second.

WITTE flied out to lf. FEATHERSTON struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0

errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 9th - BRUGMAN singled to second base. BERNAL singled

to center field; BRUGMAN advanced to second. WOLFE walked; BERNAL advanced to

second; BRUGMAN advanced to third. CRICHTON to p for MILLER. GUENTHER flied out

to lf, SF, RBI; BRUGMAN scored. LOPEZ flied out to rf; BERNAL advanced to

third. CALDWELL walked; WOLFE advanced to second. NIELSEN doubled to right

center, 2 RBI; CALDWELL advanced to third; WOLFE scored; BERNAL scored. WELLS

struck out looking. 3 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

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