Home Runs Beat UVSC

Ben Saylor's three-run home run in the top of the fifth put BYU ahead for good against UVSC. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

OREM -- A pair of three-run home runs by Brandon Taylor and Ben Saylor helped erase a six-run deficit and led BYU to a 10-6 victory over Utah Valley State at Parkway Crossing Stadium Monday night.

The Cougars, now 32-13-1 (16-5, Mountain West Conference), scored 10 unanswered runs to get the victory in front of a crowd of 1,763, which is the largest crowd ever in the stadium's inaugural season. BYU head coach Vance Law is proud of the persistance of his team.

"We've scratched and clawed our way to a few wins because of the heart of our team," said Law, who remained in the dugout with a migraine headache which started at the beginning of the game and let his assistants do the base coaching.

UVSC (14-33) started the scoring as it batted around in the bottom of the second inning. The Wolverines sent 10 hitters to the plate. They loaded bases on three consecutive bloop singles. UVSC then got consecutive two-run doubles from Brad Hales and Kevin Hashimoto to open up the 4-0 lead

The next inning the Wolverines added two more runs on a two-run, opposite field home run by Dan Bulow.

BYU came roaring back in the top of the fourth inning, cutting the lead to 6-5. After a Marcos Villezcas walk and an Apana Nakayama walk, Brandon Taylor hit an opposite-field, three-run shot. It was Taylor's 18th homer on the year.

Law continues to rave about Taylor, who will get married tomorrow.

"He's as good as a defensive third baseman as there is in the majors," Law said. "He is the best player in our conference and one of the best in college baseball."

In the top of the fifth, BYU took its first lead of the game, 8-6. The runs all came with two outs in the inning. Jeff Hiestand started the two-out rally when he got hit by a pitch on a one-ball, two-strike count. Taylor followed with a line single to left. Ben Saylor then hit a three-run blast to get the lead.

After getting touched up for six runs early, BYU pitching settled down over the middle innings. Justin Su`a came in and pitched four strong innings giving up just one run on three hits to earn the win. Josh Barrett followed Su`a, pitching a strong three innings for the Cougars to earn his third save of the season.

BYU added two insurance runs in the ninth on RBI singles by Hiestand and Taylor. Hiestand's single extended his team-leading hitting streak to 24 games.

The Cougars return home Thursday to Larry H. Miller Field. They will play host to MWC opponent New Mexico in a three-game, weekend series. All three games will be broadcast live on KOVO radio 960. Live audio feed will also be available for Saturday's game on the Internet at www.byucougars.com.

Brigham Young Univ. at Utah Valley State

May 02, 2005 at Orem, Utah (Parkway Crossing)

Brigham Young Univ. 10 (32-13-1)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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KNELL, Kory cf........... 5 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 0

VILLEZCAS, Marcos ss..... 1 2 0 0 4 0 3 4 0

NAKAYAMA, Apana dh....... 4 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 0

HIESTAND, Jeff 1b........ 4 1 1 1 0 1 7 0 4

TAYLOR, Brandon 3b....... 5 2 3 4 0 1 1 0 0

SAYLOR, Ben rf........... 5 2 2 3 0 1 1 0 0

IORG, Seth lf............ 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1

NELSON, Casey c.......... 3 0 1 1 0 0 10 0 0

LAW, Andrew 2b........... 3 0 1 0 0 0 3 1 0

PLATT, James p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

SU'A, Justin p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0

BARRETT, Joshua p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Totals................... 35 10 12 10 5 4 27 8 6

Utah Valley State 6 (14-33)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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DREW, Kory cf............ 5 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 1

CONNOR, Nick rf.......... 4 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0

VANCE, Canyon 3b/lf...... 3 0 2 0 0 1 2 2 0

PERRY, Trent 1b.......... 4 0 0 0 0 1 12 0 4

SLESK, Eli ss............ 5 2 2 0 0 1 4 10 1

BULOW, Dan dh............ 5 2 2 2 0 2 0 0 2

NEWTON, Cory c........... 3 1 2 0 0 1 3 2 0

HALES, Brad 2b........... 3 1 1 2 0 0 4 1 0

HASHIMOTO, Kevin lf...... 4 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 1

MENDENHALL, Reno 3b..... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

MICKOLIO, Kam p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

TASH, Kyle p............ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

GUERRERO, Brett p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

BATEMAN, Todd p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 36 6 10 6 1 9 27 16 9

Score by Innings R H E

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Brigham Young Univ.. 000 530 002 - 10 12 1

Utah Valley State... 042 000 000 - 6 10 1

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E - TAYLOR; SLESK. DP - Wolverines 1. LOB - BYU Cougars 6; Wolverines 9. 2B

- NAKAYAMA; NELSON; VANCE 2; SLESK; HALES; HASHIMOTO. HR - TAYLOR(18);

SAYLOR(8); BULOW(15). HBP - HIESTAND; NELSON; VANCE 2; PERRY; NEWTON. SH -

LAW; HALES. SB - KNELL.

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

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PLATT, James........ 2.0 6 5 5 1 1 12 14 51

SU'A, Justin........ 4.0 3 1 1 0 4 14 17 48

BARRETT, Joshua..... 3.0 1 0 0 0 4 10 11 40

Utah Valley State IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP

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MICKOLIO, Kam....... 5.0 8 8 7 2 0 22 25 83

TASH, Kyle.......... 3.0 2 2 2 3 4 9 14 60

GUERRERO, Brett..... 0.2 2 0 0 0 0 3 3 12

BATEMAN, Todd....... 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1

Win - SU'A (5-2). Loss - MICKOLIO (2-9). Save - BARRETT (3).

WP - TASH. HBP - by PLATT (VANCE); by SU'A (VANCE); by MICKOLIO (HIESTAND); by

SU'A (NEWTON); by TASH (NELSON); by BARRETT (PERRY). Pitches/strikes: PLATT

51/28; SU'A 48/32; BARRETT 40/30; MICKOLIO 83/48; TASH 60/34; GUERRERO 12/10;

BATEMAN 1/1.

Umpires - HP: Blyden Loutensock 1B: Lew Carleton 3B: Terry Balser

Start: 7:06 pm Time: 2:48 Attendance: 1763

PLATT faced 1 batter in the 3rd.

TASH faced 2 batters in the 9th.

Brigham Young Univ. at Utah Valley State - Play-by-Play

May 02, 2005 at Orem, Utah (Parkway Crossing)

Score by Innings R H E

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Brigham Young Univ.. 000 530 002 - 10 12 1

Utah Valley State... 042 000 000 - 6 10 1

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Brigham Young Univ. starters: 12/cf KNELL; 10/ss VILLEZCAS; 24/dh NAKAYAMA; 16/1b

HIESTAND; 3/3b TAYLOR; 25/rf SAYLOR; 19/lf IORG; 8/c NELSON; 6/2b LAW; 7/p PLATT;

Utah Valley State starters: 1/cf DREW; 20/rf CONNOR; 8/3b VANCE; 5/1b PERRY; 2/ss

SLESK; 21/dh BULOW; 25/c NEWTON; 10/2b HALES; 3/lf HASHIMOTO; 27/p MICKOLIO;

Brigham Young Univ. 1st - KNELL grounded out to c, bunt (0-1). VILLEZCAS

walked (3-2). NAKAYAMA reached on a fielder's choice (2-0); VILLEZCAS out at second

ss to 2b. HIESTAND lined out to 2b (1-0). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Utah Valley State 1st - DREW grounded out to ss (2-1). CONNOR grounded out to

ss (2-2). VANCE struck out swinging (2-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 2nd - TAYLOR grounded out to ss (0-0). SAYLOR lined out

to 1b (3-2). IORG flied out to cf (3-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Utah Valley State 2nd - PERRY flied out to cf (0-0). SLESK singled to right

field (3-2). BULOW singled to right center (1-1); SLESK advanced to second. NEWTON

singled to center field (1-0); BULOW advanced to second; SLESK advanced to third.

HALES doubled to right center, 2 RBI (3-2); NEWTON advanced to third; BULOW scored;

SLESK scored. HASHIMOTO doubled down the lf line, 2 RBI (2-2); HALES scored; NEWTON

scored. DREW reached on a fielder's choice (0-2); HASHIMOTO out at second ss to 2b.

CONNOR walked (3-1); DREW advanced to second. VANCE hit by pitch (1-0); CONNOR

advanced to second; DREW advanced to third. PERRY reached on a fielder's choice

(1-0); VANCE out at second ss unassisted. 4 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 3rd - NELSON grounded out to ss (0-0). LAW grounded out

to ss (0-2). KNELL grounded out to ss (2-1). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Utah Valley State 3rd - SLESK doubled to left center (0-0). SU'A to p for

PLATT. BULOW homered down the rf line, 2 RBI (0-0); SLESK scored. NEWTON singled,

advanced to second on a throwing error by 3b (0-0). HALES grounded out to p, SAC,

bunt (0-0); NEWTON advanced to third. HASHIMOTO grounded out to p (1-0). DREW popped

up to 2b (0-1). 2 runs, 3 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 4th - VILLEZCAS walked (3-0). NAKAYAMA doubled down the

lf line (2-1); VILLEZCAS advanced to third. HIESTAND fouled out to 3b (1-1). TAYLOR

homered to right field, 3 RBI (1-0); NAKAYAMA scored; VILLEZCAS scored. SAYLOR

singled to right field (0-0). IORG singled to left field (0-2); SAYLOR advanced to

second. NELSON doubled to right field, RBI (1-1); IORG advanced to third; SAYLOR

scored. LAW popped up to ss (0-0). KNELL reached on a throwing error by ss, RBI

(0-1); NELSON advanced to third; IORG scored, unearned. NELSON out at third p to ss

to 3b, picked off. 5 runs, 5 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Utah Valley State 4th - CONNOR flied out to cf (3-1). VANCE hit by pitch

(0-0). PERRY struck out swinging (0-2). SLESK struck out looking (1-2). 0 runs, 0

hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 5th - VILLEZCAS lined out to ss (1-2). NAKAYAMA singled,

out at second ss to 2b (1-0). HIESTAND hit by pitch (1-2). TAYLOR singled to left

field (1-1); HIESTAND advanced to second. SAYLOR homered to right field, 3 RBI

(3-1); TAYLOR scored; HIESTAND scored. IORG popped up to ss (2-1). 3 runs, 3

hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Utah Valley State 5th - BULOW struck out looking (1-2). NEWTON hit by pitch

(0-2). HALES fouled out to 3b (0-1). HASHIMOTO grounded out to 2b (2-1). 0 runs,

0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 6th - TASH to p for MICKOLIO. NELSON hit by pitch (1-1).

LAW grounded out to 1b unassisted, SAC (0-0); NELSON advanced to second. KNELL

singled to right field (3-2); NELSON advanced to third. KNELL stole second.

VILLEZCAS walked (3-2). NAKAYAMA struck out swinging (2-2). HIESTAND struck out

looking (1-2). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 3 LOB.

Utah Valley State 6th - DREW struck out swinging (3-2). CONNOR popped up to

ss (0-0). VANCE doubled to left field (2-2). PERRY fouled out to c (1-0). 0 runs,

1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 7th - TAYLOR struck out swinging, out at first c to 1b

(1-2). SAYLOR struck out swinging (1-2). IORG grounded out to 3b (2-2). 0 runs, 0

hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Utah Valley State 7th - BARRETT to p for SU'A. SLESK lined out to ss (0-2).

BULOW struck out swinging (2-2). NEWTON struck out swinging (1-2). 0 runs, 0

hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 8th - NELSON grounded out to ss (1-2). LAW singled down

the lf line (0-0). KNELL grounded into double play 2b to ss to 1b (1-2); LAW out on

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

Utah Valley State 8th - HALES grounded out to ss (0-0). HASHIMOTO popped up

to rf (1-2). DREW struck out swinging (0-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 9th - VANCE to lf. MENDENHALL to 3b for HASHIMOTO.

VILLEZCAS walked (3-2). VILLEZCAS advanced to second on a wild pitch. NAKAYAMA

walked (3-2). GUERRERO to p for TASH. HIESTAND singled up the middle, RBI (1-2);

NAKAYAMA advanced to second; VILLEZCAS scored. TAYLOR singled down the lf line, out

at second lf to ss to 2b, RBI (1-1); HIESTAND advanced to third; NAKAYAMA scored.

SAYLOR fouled out to 1b (0-2). BATEMAN to p for GUERRERO. IORG flied out to cf

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

Utah Valley State 9th - CONNOR struck out looking (1-2). VANCE doubled to

left center (1-1). PERRY hit by pitch (2-2). SLESK grounded out to p (1-2); PERRY

advanced to second; VANCE advanced to third. BULOW flied out to 2b (0-1). 0 runs,

1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

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