Hiestand-Power Downs Rebels

Kasey Ko banged a key two-run triple in the first inning to give BYU a lead it never lost at UNLV on Friday. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

LAS -- A seven-run fifth inning and another exceptional night at the plate by Jeff Hiestand powered the Cougars in their second straight win against UNLV Friday, 14-8.

Picking up his second win of the season was right-handed starter Jesse Craig (2-5, 3.65) who went five and a third innings, allowing six earned runs on ten hits while striking out four and walking none. The Cougars improve to 13-17 with the victory while UNLV falls to 15-18.

Nine different Cougar hitters had at least one RBI in the game and nine different hitters also got at least one hit as BYU's bats continued to be hot against UNLV's pitching.

The Cougars jumped out to an early lead on the night and wasted no time in getting to UNLV starter Matt Luca. BYU got five straight base hits against the Luca to go up 4-0 in the top of the first inning. Kasey Ko knocked in two of those runs himself on a scorching triple down the right field line. He finished the night 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored.

Craig retired the Rebels in order in the bottom of the first, collecting his first strikeout of the game. He was helped by a BYU six-four-three double play in both the second and third innings as he retired all nine Rebels he faced through three innings.

Hiestand doubled for the second time in the top of the third with two outs but the Cougars couldn't manage any runs that inning and the score remained 4-0. His hot hitting against UNLV continued as he finished the night 3-for-4 with three doubles, three RBI and two runs scored.

The Rebels climbed back into the game in the bottom of the fourth, scoring three runs on five base hits. Marcos Villezcas started the Cougars' third double play of the game to end the inning and keep BYU up, 4-3 going into the fifth.

Stetson Banks moved around the bases in the fifth in just about every way possible as he reached on an error, moved to second on a balk, stole third and then scored on an RBI double by lead-off hitter Seth Johnson.

Johnson was then able to move to third on a wild pitch by Chris Saddoris before scoring the second run of the inning when he tagged up at third on a line drive out to center by Villezcas.

BYU then added five more runs as it got four hits up the middle of the infield. The seven runs in the inning put the Cougars up 11-3 after five and a half.

UNLV struck back in the bottom of the inning as American Fork native and Rebel catcher Braden Walker hit a homer to left to pull his team closer to BYU and make the score 11-4 in favor of the men in blue.

The Rebels added two more runs in the bottom of the next sixth on a single and a home run by Chris Bonnell to make the score 11-6. The home run caused a pitching change for BYU as Mitch Woolf came into the game in relief and retired the two batters he faced in the inning to hold the lead for BYU.

BYU increased their lead in the top of the eighth when they scored three more runs on another Hiestand double, and a Ben Saylor single. The lead through seven and a half was 14-6 before the Rebels made it 14-8 on a two-run homer by Keith Smith.

UNLV Assistant Coach Scott Malone was tossed out of the game by third base umpire Kelly Gonzales as the game was stopped for a few minutes in the inning. BYU reliever Josh Barrett settled in after the ejection and retired both batters he faced while striking out one.

Barrett dominated the Rebels in the bottom of the ninth when he struck out two to finish things up for BYU.

The two teams meet for the third game of this week's series Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. PDT.

Brigham Young at UNLV

Apr 07, 2006 at Las Vegas, Nev. (Earl E. Wilson)

Brigham Young 14 (13-17,3-3 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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JOHNSON, S. lf........... 4 1 1 1 0 2 0 0 0

CARTER ph/lf............ 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 0

VILLEZCAS ss............. 4 2 1 1 1 0 2 6 2

SAYLOR rf................ 4 2 2 1 0 0 2 0 0

HIESTAND 1b.............. 4 2 3 3 1 0 8 1 0

KO dh.................... 3 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 1

WORTHAM ph/dh........... 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0

MOLINA cf................ 4 1 1 1 1 1 2 0 1

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

NELSON c................. 5 1 2 2 0 1 7 0 2

BANKS 2b................. 5 1 1 2 0 1 2 3 0

CRAIG p.................. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

WOOLF p................. 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

BARRETT p............... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 39 14 14 14 6 8 27 11 6

UNLV 8 (15-19,2-4 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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Kowalski, Ryan cf........ 4 1 1 0 1 2 4 1 0

Cruz, Mike ss............ 5 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 1

Lang, CJ 2b.............. 5 3 4 1 0 0 1 4 0

Smith, Keith 3b.......... 5 2 4 2 0 1 0 2 0

Bonnell, Chris 1b........ 5 1 2 3 0 0 8 2 2

Miller, Chad dh.......... 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0

Borba, Zach pr/lf....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Gailen, Blake lf/rf...... 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1

Walker, Braden c......... 3 1 1 1 0 1 7 0 0

Navarro Jr., Efren ph... 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Zerega, Albert c........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

Bird, Ryan rf............ 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0

Bowman, Willie ph....... 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2

Luca, Matt p............. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Saddoris, Chris p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Scruggs, Xavier p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Gamch, Robert p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Chalfant, Alex p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0

Totals................... 38 8 14 8 3 7 27 12 6

Score by Innings R H E

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Brigham Young....... 400 070 030 - 14 14 0

UNLV................ 000 312 020 - 8 14 2

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E - LANG(5); SMITH(5). DP - BYU 3; Rebels 1. LOB - BYU 6; Rebels 6. 2B -

JOHNSON, S.(1); HIESTAND 3(9); SMITH(9). 3B - KO(1). HR - SMITH(6);

BONNELL(3); WALKER(1). HBP - SAYLOR. SF - VILLEZCAS(3). SB - CARTER(10);

HIESTAND(4); NELSON(1); BANKS(5); KOWALSKI(6).

Brigham Young IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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CRAIG............... 5.1 10 6 6 0 4 23 23

WOOLF............... 2.0 2 2 2 3 0 8 11

BARRETT............. 1.2 2 0 0 0 3 7 7

UNLV IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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Luca, Matt.......... 1.0 5 4 4 0 0 7 7

Saddoris, Chris..... 4.0 6 7 1 2 2 16 20

Scruggs, Xavier..... 2.1 0 2 2 4 4 7 11

Gamch, Robert....... 0.1 2 1 1 0 1 3 3

Chalfant, Alex...... 1.1 1 0 0 0 1 6 6

Win - CRAIG (2-5). Loss - LUCA (1-2). Save - None.

WP - SADDORIS(1). HBP - by SADDORIS (SAYLOR). BK - SADDORIS(4). PB - NELSON(4).

Umpires - HP: Rick Scarbery 1B: Ted Berquist 3B: Kelly Gonzales

Start: 6:30 pm Time: 3:45 Attendance: 408

Brigham Young at UNLV - Play-by-Play

Apr 07, 2006 at Las Vegas, Nev. (Earl E. Wilson)

Score by Innings R H E

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Brigham Young....... 400 070 030 - 14 14 0

UNLV................ 000 312 020 - 8 14 2

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Brigham Young starters: 26/lf JOHNSON, S.; 10/ss VILLEZCAS; 25/rf SAYLOR; 32/1b

HIESTAND; 33/dh KO; 1/cf MOLINA; 5/3b JOHNSON, C.; 8/c NELSON; 3/2b BANKS; 35/p

CRAIG;

UNLV starters: 12/cf KOWALSKI; 1/ss CRUZ; 5/2b LANG; 14/3b SMITH; 11/1b

BONNELL; 44/dh MILLER; 22/lf GAILEN; 10/c WALKER; 34/rf BIRD; 26/p LUCA;

Brigham Young 1st - JOHNSON, S. grounded out to 2b. VILLEZCAS singled to

left field. SAYLOR singled to center field; VILLEZCAS advanced to second.

HIESTAND doubled to left field, RBI; SAYLOR advanced to third; VILLEZCAS

scored. KO tripled to right field, 2 RBI; HIESTAND scored; SAYLOR scored.

MOLINA singled to center field, RBI; KO scored. JOHNSON, C. grounded into

double play ss to 1b; MOLINA out on the play. 4 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors, 0

LOB.

UNLV 1st - KOWALSKI struck out. CRUZ grounded out to ss. LANG grounded

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

Brigham Young 2nd - SADDORIS to p for LUCA. NELSON grounded out to 2b.

BANKS struck out. JOHNSON, S. struck out. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0

LOB.

UNLV 2nd - SMITH singled to left field. BONNELL grounded into double

play ss to 2b to 1b; SMITH out on the play. MILLER flied out to rf. 0 runs,

1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young 3rd - VILLEZCAS grounded out to 3b. SAYLOR flied out to

cf. HIESTAND doubled to center field. KO grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 1 hit,

0 errors, 1 LOB.

UNLV 3rd - GAILEN singled to center field. WALKER struck out. BIRD

grounded into double play 2b to ss to 1b; GAILEN out on the play. 0 runs, 1

hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young 4th - MOLINA grounded out to 3b. JOHNSON, C. walked.

JOHNSON, C. out at first p to 1b, picked off. NELSON flied out to cf. 0

runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

UNLV 4th - KOWALSKI singled to left field. CRUZ flied out to cf.

KOWALSKI stole second. LANG singled to left field, RBI; KOWALSKI scored. SMITH

doubled to right field; LANG advanced to third. BONNELL singled to left field,

RBI; SMITH advanced to third; LANG scored. MILLER singled to center field, RBI;

BONNELL advanced to third; SMITH scored. GAILEN grounded into double play ss to

2b to 1b; MILLER out on the play. 3 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young 5th - BANKS reached on an error by 2b. BANKS advanced to

second on a balk. BANKS stole third. JOHNSON, S. doubled to left field, RBI;

BANKS scored, unearned. JOHNSON, S. advanced to third on a wild pitch.

VILLEZCAS flied out to cf, SAC, RBI; JOHNSON, S. scored. SAYLOR hit by pitch.

HIESTAND reached on a fielder's choice; SAYLOR out at second ss to 2b. KO

singled to right field; HIESTAND advanced to third. MOLINA walked; KO advanced

to second. JOHNSON, C. singled to center field, RBI; MOLINA advanced to second;

KO advanced to third; HIESTAND scored, unearned. NELSON singled to center

field, 2 RBI; JOHNSON, C. advanced to third; MOLINA scored, unearned; KO

scored, unearned. NELSON stole second. BANKS singled, out at second cf to ss, 2

RBI; NELSON scored, unearned; JOHNSON, C. scored, unearned. 7 runs, 5 hits,

1 error, 0 LOB.

UNLV 5th - WALKER homered to left field, RBI. BIRD struck out. KOWALSKI

grounded out to ss. CRUZ lined out to ss. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young 6th - SCRUGGS to p for SADDORIS. JOHNSON, S. struck out

looking. VILLEZCAS flied out to rf. SAYLOR grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 0

hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

UNLV 6th - LANG singled to left field. SMITH struck out. LANG advanced

to second on a passed ball. BONNELL homered to left field, 2 RBI; LANG scored.

WOOLF to p for CRAIG. MILLER popped up to 1b. GAILEN out at first 1b to p. 2

runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young 7th - HIESTAND walked. WORTHAM pinch hit for KO. WORTHAM

struck out looking; HIESTAND stole second. MOLINA struck out. JOHNSON, C.

walked. NELSON struck out. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

UNLV 7th - WALKER lined out to 3b. BIRD grounded out to ss. KOWALSKI

walked. CRUZ flied out to rf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young 8th - BANKS flied out to cf. CARTER pinch hit for JOHNSON,

S.. CARTER walked. CARTER stole second. VILLEZCAS walked. GAMCH to p for

SCRUGGS. SAYLOR singled to center field, RBI; VILLEZCAS advanced to third;

CARTER scored. HIESTAND doubled to left field, 2 RBI; SAYLOR scored; VILLEZCAS

scored. WORTHAM struck out looking. CHALFANT to p for GAMCH. MOLINA out at

first 1b to p. 3 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

UNLV 8th - CARTER to lf. WORTHAM to dh. LANG singled to center field.

SMITH homered to left field, 2 RBI; LANG scored. BONNELL flied out to cf.

MILLER walked. BORBA pinch ran for MILLER. GAILEN walked; BORBA advanced to

second. BARRETT to p for WOOLF. NAVARRO JR. pinch hit for WALKER. NAVARRO JR.

flied out to lf. BOWMAN pinch hit for BIRD. UNLV coach Scott Malone ejected in

the eighth inning. BOWMAN struck out. 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Brigham Young 9th - BORBA to lf. GAILEN to rf. ZEREGA to c for NAVARRO

JR.. CHALFANT to p for BOWMAN. / for CHALFANT. JOHNSON, C. struck out. NELSON

singled to right field. BANKS reached on an error by 3b; NELSON advanced to

second. CARTER out at first 1b to p; BANKS advanced to second; NELSON advanced

to third. VILLEZCAS flied out to rf. 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 2 LOB.

UNLV 9th - KOWALSKI struck out looking. CRUZ struck out. LANG singled to

left field. SMITH singled to left field; LANG advanced to second. BONNELL flied

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

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