Homers, Pitching Down Matadors

Nathan Bunch fanned seven Matadors to pick up his second victory of the season. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

NORTHRIDGE -- A pair of home runs and clutch pitching Tuesday by Nathan Bunch and Jake Wortham gave BYU a 6-5 victory over Cal State Northridge.

Wortham, a senior, earned his first save of the season, while Bunch, a freshman, picked up his second victory of the year. Bunch improved his record to 2-0 as BYU’s three freshmen starting pitchers are now 6-0 this season in helping the team to an 11-7 overall record.

Bunch settled down after falling behind 2-0 in the first inning and struck out seven Matadors in as many innings in the 91-degree weather. He left the game with a 6-4 lead thanks to the pair of two-run homers by Sean McNaughton and Steve Parker.

McNaughton belted his dinger in the seventh, his third of the season, scoring Chad Nacapoy to put BYU up, 6-3.

Steve Parker’s round-tripper, his fourth of the season, came in the third to put BYU ahead, 4-2. The Cougars tied the score when Kent Walton scored off a balk from a fake throw to third by the CSUN pitcher who then pivoted to first to try and pick off Andrew Law on first.

The Cougars now ready to start a three-game series at San Diego State on Thursday at 6 p.m., PDT. CSUN falls to 6-11.


BYU at Cal St. Northridge

Mar 17, 2009 at NORTHRIDGE, Calif. (Matador Stadium)

BYU 6 (11-7)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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

LAW, Andrew 2b........... 4 1 2 0 1 1 2 3 0

McNAUGHTON, Sean lf...... 5 1 1 2 0 0 2 0 0

PARKER, Steve 3b......... 5 2 2 2 0 1 0 3 0

RELF, Brandon ss......... 4 0 0 0 1 2 3 1 3

KO, Kasey 1b............. 4 0 1 1 0 0 9 1 2

CLUFF, Jonathan cf....... 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0

BOWEN, Michael rf........ 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0

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

NACAPOY, Chad c......... 2 1 1 0 0 0 4 1 0

BUNCH, Nathan p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0

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

Totals................... 38 6 10 5 2 8 27 13 8

Cal St. Northridge 5 (6-11)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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Pruitt cf................ 1 3 0 0 2 1 4 0 0

Belanger rf.............. 4 1 2 1 0 1 2 0 0

Parham rf............... 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

Eskelin pr.............. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Cates lf................. 5 0 3 2 0 0 2 0 0

Pineda dh................ 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1

D'Anna 1b................ 4 0 1 0 0 1 7 1 5

Hannick c................ 4 0 1 1 0 0 9 0 0

DeMarco 3b............... 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 2

Wright 2b................ 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0

Swanson ph.............. 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Dabbs 2b................ 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1

Reed ss.................. 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 3 0

Tate p................... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Tremlin p............... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

McCarney p.............. 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0

Rousey p................ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Slover p................ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 35 5 10 5 2 7 27 8 9

Score by Innings R H E

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BYU................. 013 000 200 - 6 10 3

Cal St. Northridge.. 200 010 101 - 5 10 4

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E - PARKER(4); MUSSO(1); BUNCH(1); Wright(2); Reed 2(5); Tremlin(2). LOB -

BYU 8; CSUN 9. 2B - WALTON(3); LAW, An.(7). HR - McNAUGHTON(3); PARKER(4).

HBP - Pruitt. SH - WALTON(2); Pruitt(3); DeMarco(1). SB - McNAUGHTON(2);

BOWEN(2); Pruitt(9). CS - Reed(3). Reached on CI - D'Anna.

BYU IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP

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BUNCH, Nathan....... 7.0 8 4 3 1 7 27 31 113

WORTHAM, Jake....... 2.0 2 1 0 1 0 8 10 27

Cal St. Northridge IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP

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Tate................ 2.0 2 1 0 0 1 9 9 26

Tremlin............. 1.0 2 3 3 1 0 5 6 21

McCarney............ 3.2 4 2 2 0 4 14 15 51

Rousey.............. 0.2 1 0 0 1 0 3 4 10

Slover.............. 1.2 1 0 0 0 3 7 7 28

Win - BUNCH (2-0). Loss - Tremlin (2-1). Save - WORTHAM (1).

HBP - by BUNCH (Pruitt). BK - Tremlin(1). CI - MUSSO. Pitches/strikes: BUNCH

113/75; WORTHAM 27/16; Tate 26/17; Tremlin 21/11; McCarney 51/35; Rousey 10/5;

Slover 28/22.

Umpires - HP: Paul Cohen 1B: Scott Keene 3B: Kent Jacobsen

Start: 2:10 Time: 2:50 Attendance: 215

Weather: 91 degrees, clear skies

Play-by-Play

BYU 1st - WALTON popped up to 1b (3-2). LAW, An. flied out to lf (1-0).

McNAUGHTON fouled out to 3b (1-0). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Cal St. Northridge 1st - Pruitt hit by pitch (0-1). Pruitt stole second.

Belanger singled up the middle, RBI (3-2); Pruitt scored. Belanger advanced to

second on a throwing error by p. Cates lined out to ss (1-2). Pineda grounded

out to 2b (3-2). D'Anna reached on catcher's interference (2-2); Belanger

advanced to third. Hannick singled up the middle, RBI (0-0); D'Anna advanced to

second; Belanger scored, unearned. DeMarco flied out to lf to left center

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

BYU 2nd - PARKER reached on a throwing error by 2b, advanced to second.

RELF flied out to cf. KO singled up the middle, RBI (1-2); PARKER scored,

unearned. CLUFF singled through the left side (0-0); KO advanced to second.

BOWEN popped up to rf (1-1). MUSSO struck out swinging (2-2). 1 run, 2 hits,

1 error, 2 LOB.

Cal St. Northridge 2nd - Wright struck out swinging (2-2). Reed popped

up to 2b (1-2). Pruitt struck out looking (2-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0

LOB.

BYU 3rd - Tremlin to p for Tate. WALTON doubled to right center (0-0).

WALTON advanced to third on an error by p. LAW, An. walked (3-1). LAW, An.

advanced to second on a balk; WALTON scored on a balk. McNAUGHTON lined out to

cf (1-0). PARKER homered, 2 RBI (1-0); LAW, An. scored. RELF popped up to 2b

(2-2). KO grounded out to ss (2-2). 3 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, 0 LOB.

Cal St. Northridge 3rd - Belanger struck out swinging (1-2). Cates

singled up the middle (0-0). Pineda grounded out to 3b (2-2). D'Anna struck out

swinging, out at first c to 1b (1-2). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

BYU 4th - McCarney to p for Tremlin. CLUFF popped up to rf (0-0). BOWEN

singled through the left side (0-1). MUSSO struck out swinging (2-2). BOWEN

stole second. WALTON struck out swinging (2-2). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1

LOB.

Cal St. Northridge 4th - NACAPOY to c for MUSSO. Hannick grounded out to

ss (0-2). DeMarco struck out swinging (1-2). Wright struck out swinging (1-2).

0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BYU 5th - LAW, An. singled to center field (0-0). McNAUGHTON fouled out

to 1b (1-0). LAW, An. picked off, out at second p to 1b to ss to p. PARKER

reached on an error by ss, advanced to second (1-1). RELF struck out swinging

(2-2). 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Cal St. Northridge 5th - Reed singled, bunt (0-0). Reed out at second c

to ss, caught stealing. Pruitt walked (3-1). Belanger singled through the left

side (1-2); Pruitt advanced to second. Cates singled, RBI (1-1); Belanger

advanced to third; Pruitt scored. Pineda reached on a fielder's choice (0-2);

Cates advanced to second; Belanger out at home p to c. D'Anna out at first 1b

to p (3-2). 1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

BYU 6th - KO flied out to lf (3-2). CLUFF popped up to c (2-2). BOWEN

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

Cal St. Northridge 6th - Hannick flied out to lf (0-1). DeMarco struck

out swinging (2-2). Swanson pinch hit for Wright. Swanson grounded out to 2b

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

BYU 7th - Dabbs to 2b for Swanson. NACAPOY singled through the left side

(1-1). WALTON grounded out to p, SAC, bunt (0-0); NACAPOY advanced to second.

LAW, An. struck out looking (2-2). McNAUGHTON homered, 2 RBI; NACAPOY scored.

Rousey to p for McCarney. PARKER singled to right field (1-0). RELF walked

(3-2); PARKER advanced to second. KO grounded out to 2b (0-0). 2 runs, 3

hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Cal St. Northridge 7th - Reed singled to left field (1-0). Pruitt

grounded out to 3b, SAC, bunt (1-0); Reed advanced to second. Belanger popped

up to 2b (1-0). Cates singled through the left side, RBI (0-0); Reed scored.

Pineda flied out to rf (3-1). 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

BYU 8th - CLUFF grounded out to 3b (0-0). Slover to p for Rousey. BOWEN

grounded out to ss (0-2). NACAPOY flied out to cf (1-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0

errors, 0 LOB.

Cal St. Northridge 8th - WORTHAM to p for BUNCH. D'Anna singled to left

field (0-0). Hannick flied out to rf (1-0). DeMarco grounded out to p, SAC,

bunt (0-1); D'Anna advanced to second. Dabbs grounded out to p (1-0). 0

runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

BYU 9th - WALTON struck out swinging (0-2). LAW, An. doubled to right

center (0-0). McNAUGHTON reached on a throwing error by ss (0-1); LAW, An.

advanced to third. PARKER struck out swinging (2-2). McNAUGHTON stole second.

RELF struck out swinging (3-2). 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 2 LOB.

Cal St. Northridge 9th - Reed flied out to cf (2-1). Pruitt walked

(3-1). Parham to rf for Belanger. Parham singled through the left side (2-2);

Pruitt advanced to second. Eskelin pinch ran for Parham. Cates reached on a

fielder's choice; Eskelin out at second 2b to ss; Pruitt advanced to third.

Pineda reached on an error by 3b, RBI (1-1); Cates advanced to second; Pruitt

scored, unearned. D'Anna grounded out to 3b (0-1). 1 run, 1 hit, 1 error, 2

LOB.

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