Hall A Homer Short of Cycle

Austin Hall was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle against Binghamton University on Friday. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- Fifteen runs on 18 hits propelled BYU to a win in the first of a three-game series against Binghamton University Friday at Larry H. Miller Field.

BYU improves to 15-12 with the win over the Bearcats. The team was led by Apana Nakayama with a two-run home run, Austin Hall with three hits and two walks, and six shut-out innings from starting pitcher Jake Wortham.

The Cougars put up a four spot in the first on Nakayama's two-run bomb and a two-out, RBI single from Jason Johnson with some help from Binghamton pitcher Zach Groh who walked another run in.

After a rocky first, Groh settled in a bit. He pitched himself into a jam in the third, but battled his way out. BYU had the bases loaded with only one out and a 3-1 count to Stephen Wells at the plate. Wells flied out and Nakayama came to the plate with a homerun and a walk under already on the day. With the count at 1-0, he hit a grounder to first and ended the inning leaving all three runners stranded.

After giving up a single, a stolen base, and a walk without recording an out in the fourth, Groh's day was over. Sophomore right-hander Greg Lane came on in relief for the Bearcats to try to stop the bleeding.

The Cougars put the pressure on him from the get-go, however, with a double steal on Lane's first pitch to put runners at second and third with no outs. BYU's Kasey Ko flied to shallow right for the first out of the inning and Jason Johnson popped out to shallow left on the next pitch for the second out. J.T. Musso then hit a come-backer off the pitchers mound to score both runners for BYU's fifth and sixth runs of the inning. The inning ended when Musso was thrown out attempting to steal second.

Entering the fifth inning, Wortham was still going strong. He had given up only three hits, no walks and no runs. With one out in the fifth he allowed his first base on balls to Pat Haughie and then a single hit to Kyle Klee. Justin Smucker tried to bunt his way on base, but Wortham threw Haughie out at third on the fielder's choice and struck out Ryan James looking to end the inning and the scoring threat.

BYU scored again in the fifth on a triple from Austin Hall and a sacrifice fly from Leon Johnson. Wells got on with a single and Nakayama moved him to third on a fielding error at second base. With runners at the corners and one out, Kent Walton struck out, but Steve Parker scored both runners on a double to center field.

Ko scored Parker on an infield hit that was bobbled by the short stop. Jason Johnson reached on the second error of the inning at second base and Musso loaded the bases on an error at third base. After leading off the inning with a triple, Hall got his fourth hit of the game on a double to the center-field wall, scoring all three runners. The seven-run fifth for the Cougars came to an end on a Leon-Johnson fly out to right field.

Thomas Bills replaced Ko in the field in the fifth and singled his first time at bat in the seventh inning. He moved to second on a single from Mike McKeever and to third when Austin Hall walked to reach base for the fifth time in the game. Leon Johnson scored Bills on a bases-loaded single and Wells grounded out to the pitcher to end the Cougar seventh.

Pinch hitting for Nakayama in the eighth inning, Collin Fanning hit the third triple on the day for BYU and scored on a sacrifice fly to shallow right field from Chris Johnson.

Binghamton Univ. at Brigham Young Univ.

Mar 30, 2007 at Provo, Utah (Larry H.Miller Field)

Binghamton Univ. 0 (5-5)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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Smucker, Justin ss....... 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0

James, Ryan cf/3b........ 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 4

Dunn, Henry cf.......... 2 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0

Simek, Matt 2b........... 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 1

Arduini, Val ph/2b...... 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Hitchcock, Brendon 1b.... 4 0 0 0 0 1 8 0 0

Wertepny, Jeff dh........ 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0

Monaco, Jeff rf.......... 4 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 1

Charron, Joe lf.......... 4 0 2 0 0 0 4 0 2

Haughie, Pat c........... 2 0 0 0 1 1 2 1 2

Quinn, Michael c........ 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Klee, Kyle 3b............ 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0

Abrams, Jeff ph/ss...... 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

Groh, Zach p............. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Lane, Greg p............ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Roefaro, Mario p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0

Totals................... 35 0 7 0 2 6 24 6 10

Brigham Young Univ. 15 (15-12)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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JOHNSON, Leon rf......... 4 0 1 2 1 1 5 0 4

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

NAKAYAMA, Apana lf....... 4 2 1 2 1 0 0 0 3

FANNING, Collin ph/lf... 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

WALTON, Kent 2b.......... 4 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 0

JOHNSON, Chris 2b....... 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0

PARKER, Steve 3b......... 2 2 1 2 2 0 1 1 0

FRAMPTON, Chase 3b...... 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

KO, Kasey 1b............. 3 2 1 1 1 0 5 0 2

BILLS, Thomas 1b........ 2 1 1 0 0 0 6 2 0

JOHNSON, Jason dh........ 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0

MC KEEVER, Mike ph...... 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

MUSSO, J.T. c............ 3 1 2 2 1 0 4 0 0

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

HALL, Austin ss.......... 3 1 3 4 2 0 1 6 0

WORTHAM, Jake p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0

KIDD, Brad p............ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

PEREZ, Jacob p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

PARRY, David p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

Totals................... 41 15 18 15 8 2 27 14 12

Score by Innings R H E

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Binghamton Univ..... 000 000 000 - 0 7 3

Brigham Young Univ.. 400 270 11X - 15 18 2

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E - Simek 2(2); Klee(3); WALTON(5); BILLS(1). DP - Bearcats 1; BYU Cougars

1. LOB - Bearcats 10; BYU Cougars 12. 2B - Smucker(4); WELLS(3); PARKER(7);

HALL(6). 3B - FANNING(1); HALL(1). HR - NAKAYAMA(6). SF - JOHNSON, L.(1);

JOHNSON, C.(1). SB - WALTON 2(6); PARKER(1). CS - MUSSO(1).

Binghamton Univ. IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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Groh, Zach.......... 3.0 8 6 6 7 1 16 23

Lane, Greg.......... 3.0 6 7 1 0 1 16 17

Roefaro, Mario...... 2.0 4 2 2 1 0 9 11

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

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WORTHAM, Jake....... 6.0 4 0 0 1 4 23 24

KIDD, Brad.......... 1.0 2 0 0 0 1 5 5

PEREZ, Jacob........ 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 4 5

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

Win - WORTHAM (4-3). Loss - Groh (1-0). Save - None.

WP - WORTHAM(2).

Umpires - HP: Scott MacMurdo 1B: Jon Clark 3B: Matt Marziale

Start: 6:04 pm Time: 2:46 Attendance: 942

Game notes:

Game 1 of 3

Groh faced 2 batters in the 4th.

Binghamton Univ. starters: 15/ss Smucker; 20/cf James; 8/2b Simek; 32/1b Hitchcock;

17/dh Wertepny; 16/rf Monaco; 3/lf Charron; 11/c Haughie; 10/3b Klee; 18/p Groh;

Brigham Young Univ. starters: 14/rf JOHNSON, L.; 1/cf WELLS; 24/lf NAKAYAMA; 9/2b

WALTON; 5/3b PARKER; 22/1b KO; 7/dh JOHNSON, J.; 10/c MUSSO; 18/ss HALL; 28/p

WORTHAM;

Binghamton Univ. 1st - Smucker grounded out to p. James grounded out to ss.

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

Brigham Young Univ. 1st - JOHNSON, L. struck out swinging. WELLS singled to

left field. NAKAYAMA homered to right field, 2 RBI; WELLS scored. WALTON singled to

right field. PARKER grounded out to 2b; WALTON advanced to second. KO walked.

JOHNSON, J. singled to right field, RBI; KO advanced to second; WALTON scored. MUSSO

walked; JOHNSON, J. advanced to second; KO advanced to third. HALL walked, RBI;

MUSSO advanced to second; JOHNSON, J. advanced to third; KO scored. JOHNSON, L.

popped up to 2b. 4 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.

Binghamton Univ. 2nd - Hitchcock struck out swinging. Wertepny flied out to

rf. Monaco singled up the middle. Charron singled up the middle; Monaco advanced to

second. Haughie struck out swinging. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 2nd - WELLS doubled to left field. NAKAYAMA walked.

WALTON grounded into double play 3b to 1b; NAKAYAMA advanced to second; WELLS out on

the play. PARKER walked. KO grounded out to 1b unassisted. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0

errors, 2 LOB.

Binghamton Univ. 3rd - Klee flied out to rf. Smucker doubled down the lf

line. James grounded out to 3b. Simek grounded out to ss. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0

errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 3rd - JOHNSON, J. flied out to cf. MUSSO singled through

the left side. HALL singled to center field; MUSSO advanced to third. JOHNSON, L.

walked; HALL advanced to second. WELLS flied out to lf. NAKAYAMA grounded out to 1b

unassisted. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.

Binghamton Univ. 4th - Hitchcock reached on a fielding error by 2b. Wertepny

grounded into double play ss to 1b; Hitchcock out on the play. Monaco flied out to

rf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 4th - WALTON singled, bunt. WALTON stole second. PARKER

walked. Lane to p for Groh. PARKER stole second; WALTON stole third. KO flied out to

rf. JOHNSON, J. flied out to lf. MUSSO singled up the middle, 2 RBI; PARKER scored;

WALTON scored. MUSSO out at second c to 2b, caught stealing. 2 runs, 2 hits, 0

errors, 0 LOB.

Binghamton Univ. 5th - Charron flied out to rf. Haughie walked. Klee singled

to right field; Haughie advanced to second. Smucker reached on a fielder's choice;

Klee advanced to second; Haughie out at third p to 3b. James struck out looking.

0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 5th - HALL tripled to right field. JOHNSON, L. flied out

to rf, SF, RBI; HALL scored. WELLS singled up the middle. NAKAYAMA reached on a

fielding error by 2b; WELLS advanced to third. WALTON struck out swinging. PARKER

doubled to center field, 2 RBI; NAKAYAMA scored, unearned; WELLS scored, unearned.

KO singled up the middle, RBI; PARKER scored, unearned. JOHNSON, J. reached on a

fielding error by 2b; KO advanced to second. MUSSO reached on a fielding error by

3b; JOHNSON, J. advanced to second; KO advanced to third. HALL doubled to center

field, 3 RBI; MUSSO scored, unearned; JOHNSON, J. scored, unearned; KO scored,

unearned. JOHNSON, L. flied out to lf. 7 runs, 5 hits, 3 errors, 1 LOB.

Binghamton Univ. 6th - JOHNSON, C. to 2b for WALTON. BILLS to 1b for KO.

GUENTHER to c for MUSSO. Arduini pinch hit for Simek. Arduini out at first 1b to p.

Hitchcock reached on a fielding error by 1b. Hitchcock advanced to second on a wild

pitch. Wertepny grounded out to 2b; Hitchcock advanced to third. Monaco flied out to

cf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 6th - Dunn to cf for James. Arduini to 2b. WELLS flied

out to cf. NAKAYAMA grounded out to ss. JOHNSON, C. to 2b for WALTON. JOHNSON, C.

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

Binghamton Univ. 7th - FRAMPTON to 3b for PARKER. KIDD to p for WORTHAM.

Charron singled through the left side. Haughie flied out to rf. Abrams pinch hit for

Klee. Abrams struck out looking. Dunn to cf for Smucker. James to 3b for Dunn.

Abrams to ss. Dunn singled to third base; Charron advanced to second. James grounded

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

Brigham Young Univ. 7th - Roefaro to p for Lane. FRAMPTON flied out to cf.

BILLS singled to center field. MC KEEVER pinch hit for JOHNSON, J.. MC KEEVER

singled to center field; BILLS advanced to second. GUENTHER grounded out to 1b

unassisted; MC KEEVER advanced to second; BILLS advanced to third. HALL walked.

JOHNSON, L. singled to left field, RBI; HALL advanced to second; MC KEEVER advanced

to third; BILLS scored. WELLS reached on a fielder's choice; JOHNSON, L. advanced to

second; HALL advanced to third; MC KEEVER out at home p unassisted. 1 run, 3

hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.

Binghamton Univ. 8th - PEREZ to p for KIDD. Arduini grounded out to 2b.

Hitchcock grounded out to ss. Wertepny walked. Monaco singled up the middle;

Wertepny advanced to second. Charron grounded out to ss. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors,

2 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 8th - FANNING pinch hit for NAKAYAMA. Quinn to c for

Haughie. FANNING tripled to right center. JOHNSON, C. flied out to rf, SF, RBI;

FANNING scored. FRAMPTON grounded out to p. BILLS flied out to lf. 1 run, 1 hit,

0 errors, 0 LOB.

Binghamton Univ. 9th - FANNING to lf. PARRY to p for PEREZ. Quinn out at

first 1b to p. Abrams grounded out to ss. Dunn struck out looking. 0 runs, 0

hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

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