Ko's Granny Whips Washington

Kasey Ko hit a grand slam to prevent Washington from sweeping the Cougars.

Seattle (April 12, 2008)-- Kasey Ko smashed a grand slam to give BYU its first lead of an 11-7 victory Saturday afternoon over Washington.

Ko's slam put BYU up 8-6 in the six-run eighth inning and snapped a three-game skid for BYU as it improved its record to 15-20. The Hawaiian junior's blast was one of three over the fence for the Cougars.

Jonathan Cluff, who extended his hitting streak to a team-leading eight games, followed Ko and his homer made it back-to-back belts over the wall. Washington native Sean McNaughton hit a two-run homer in the ninth to put BYU up 11-7.

With no outs in the eighth, BYU loaded the bases with a walk, a hit by pitch and a walk in the eighth when Vargas drew a base on balls off a new Husky reliever. Prior to that point, it looked like Washington was set for a sweep despite some occasional bright spots for BYU.

After falling behind 2-0 in the first, BYU answered with a two-run single from Bryce Ayoso to score Dan Vargas and Cluff. But Ayoso was picked off second and Brandon Relf struck out to end the inning.

Ayoso made a diving grab from his catcher's stance to rob the Huskies of a bunt, ending inning number two.

Starting BYU pitcher Blake Torgerson found his stride, striking out four consecutive batters in the third and fourth innings. He tallied six strikeouts on the day.

UW's Brian Pearl hit a two-out, two-run homer in the seventh after Torgerson was replaced by Jared Miller, who ended up with his fourth victory. Husky Bradley Boyer led off the eighth with a dinger, making it 9-7, favoring BYU.

The Cougars tried to rally a couple times in the game, for instance in the fifth inning. Kent Walton grounded into a double play with the bases loaded from walks to end the frame.

Vargas a two-out double kept BYU alive and he scored off Ko's single to tie the game 3-3 in the sixth.

Washington suffered its 10th loss of the season against 23 victories, ending a four-game win skein. It was BYU's first Pac-10 victory since claiming a pair last season in Provo and the first road win for the Cougars over that conference since beating Washington in 2006.

The Cougars return home to host Southern Utah on Tuesday at 6 p.m., at Larry H. Miller Field.

Brigham Young Univ. at Washington

Apr 12, 2008 at Seattle, Wash. (Husky Ballpark)

Brigham Young Univ. 11 (15-20)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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WALTON, Kent cf.......... 2 2 0 0 2 0 3 0 2

MCNAUGHTON, Sean lf...... 4 2 1 2 0 2 1 0 0

PARKER, Steve 3b......... 4 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0

VARGAS, Dan ss........... 4 3 2 1 1 0 3 0 0

KO, Kasey 1b............. 5 1 2 5 0 0 7 0 0

CLUFF, Jonathan rf....... 2 2 1 1 2 1 3 0 1

AYOSO, Bryce c........... 3 0 1 2 0 1 9 0 0

RELF, Brandon dh......... 3 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0

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

TORGERSON, Blake p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0

MILLER, Jared p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

AMERSON, Sean p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Totals................... 30 11 7 11 8 8 27 7 3

Washington 7 (23-10)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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Cherry 2b/ss............. 3 1 1 0 1 0 1 3 1

Pollard ph/lf........... 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Lentz rf................. 4 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 1

Burgher cf.............. 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

Conley dh................ 4 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 2

T. Scott 1b.............. 4 1 1 1 0 0 8 1 0

Pearl 3b/ss.............. 4 1 3 2 0 0 1 0 0

Meehan cf/rf............. 5 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 2

Rife lf.................. 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 2

Boyer 2b................ 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0

Dunn c................... 3 0 0 1 0 2 8 0 0

Rankin ss................ 3 0 1 0 0 2 3 1 0

Russell lf/3b........... 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0

Merry p.................. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Snow p.................. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Brown p................. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Cribby p................ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Scofield p.............. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 37 7 13 7 1 8 27 7 8

Score by Innings R H E

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Brigham Young Univ.. 020 001 062 - 11 7 1

Washington.......... 201 001 210 - 7 13 0

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E - AYOSO(2). DP - Washington 2. LOB - BYU 3; Washington 8. 2B - VARGAS(15);

Lentz(6); T. Scott(9); Pearl(5). HR - MCNAUGHTON(8); KO(3); CLUFF(1);

Pearl(2); Boyer(3). HBP - WALTON; MCNAUGHTON; Pearl. SH - AYOSO(3). SF -

Conley(3); T. Scott(3); Dunn(2). SB - VARGAS(6); Cherry(1); Pearl(1);

Rife(5).

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

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TORGERSON, Blake.... 6.2 9 5 4 1 6 26 31

MILLER, Jared....... 0.2 3 2 2 0 1 5 5

AMERSON, Sean....... 1.2 1 0 0 0 1 6 6

Washington IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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Merry............... 6.0 4 3 3 5 5 18 24

Snow................ 1.0 0 2 2 1 2 3 5

Brown............... 0.0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1

Cribby.............. 1.0 3 5 5 1 1 6 8

Scofield............ 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3

Win - MILLER (4-1). Loss - Cribby (1-4). Save - AMERSON (1).

WP - Merry 2(5). HBP - by TORGERSON (Pearl); by Snow (MCNAUGHTON); by Cribby

(WALTON). BK - TORGERSON(2).

Umpires - HP: Dave Natali 1B: Steve Hilgendorf 3B: Randy Sutton

Start: 11:02 am Time: 2:58 Attendance: 599

Snow faced 2 batters in the 8th.

Brown faced 1 batter in the 8th.

Cribby faced 2 batters in the 9th.

Brigham Young Univ. starters: 9/cf WALTON; 15/lf MCNAUGHTON; 5/3b PARKER; 13/ss

VARGAS; 22/1b KO; 8/rf CLUFF; 11/c AYOSO; 4/dh RELF; 6/2b LAW; 32/p TORGERSON;

Washington starters: 3/2b Cherry; 5/rf Lentz; 29/dh Conley; 32/1b T. Scott;

9/3b Pearl; 10/cf Meehan; 6/lf Rife; 18/c Dunn; 12/ss Rankin; 39/p Merry;

Brigham Young Univ. 1st - WALTON walked. MCNAUGHTON struck out looking.

PARKER lined into double play 1b unassisted; WALTON out on the play. 0 runs,

0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Washington 1st - Cherry walked. Lentz doubled to left field; Cherry

advanced to third. Conley flied out to rf, SF, RBI; Lentz advanced to third;

Cherry scored. T. Scott flied out to lf, SF, RBI; Lentz scored. Pearl doubled

to left field. Meehan grounded out to p. 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1

LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 2nd - VARGAS singled to left field. KO flied out to

lf. VARGAS stole second. CLUFF walked. CLUFF advanced to second on a wild

pitch; VARGAS advanced to third. AYOSO singled to left field, 2 RBI; CLUFF

scored; VARGAS scored. AYOSO out at first p to 1b, picked off. RELF struck out

swinging. 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Washington 2nd - Rife grounded out to 2b. Dunn flied out to cf. Rankin

singled through the left side. Cherry popped up to c, bunt; Rankin advanced to

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

Brigham Young Univ. 3rd - LAW struck out swinging. WALTON flied out to

cf. MCNAUGHTON lined out to ss. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Washington 3rd - Lentz singled to right field. Lentz advanced to second

on a balk. Conley singled to center field, advanced to second on the throw,

RBI; Lentz scored. T. Scott flied out to cf; Conley advanced to third. Pearl

hit by pitch. Pearl stole second. Meehan struck out swinging. Rife struck out

looking. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 4th - PARKER lined out to rf. VARGAS flied out to

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

Washington 4th - Dunn struck out looking. Rankin struck out swinging.

Cherry singled to second base. Cherry stole second. Lentz popped up to ss. 0

runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 5th - CLUFF walked. AYOSO out at first 1b to 2b,

SAC, bunt; CLUFF advanced to second. RELF walked. RELF advanced to second on a

wild pitch; CLUFF advanced to third. LAW walked. WALTON grounded into double

play ss to 1b; LAW out on the play. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Washington 5th - Conley grounded out to 3b. T. Scott lined out to 1b.

Pearl singled through the right side. Meehan struck out swinging. 0 runs, 1

hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 6th - MCNAUGHTON struck out swinging. PARKER

grounded out to 2b. VARGAS doubled to left field. KO singled through the right

side, RBI; VARGAS scored. CLUFF struck out swinging. 1 run, 2 hits, 0

errors, 1 LOB.

Washington 6th - Rife singled up the middle. Rife stole second, advanced

to third on a throwing error by c. Dunn flied out to cf, SF, RBI; Rife scored,

unearned. Rankin struck out looking. Cherry flied out to rf. 1 run, 1 hit, 1

error, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 7th - Snow to p for Merry. AYOSO struck out

swinging. RELF struck out looking. LAW popped up to ss. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0

errors, 0 LOB.

Washington 7th - Lentz grounded out to p, bunt. Conley flied out to rf.

T. Scott doubled down the lf line. MILLER to p for TORGERSON. Pearl homered to

right field, 2 RBI; T. Scott scored. Meehan grounded out to p. 2 runs, 2

hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 8th - Cherry to ss. Burgher to cf for Lentz. Meehan

to rf. Boyer to 2b for Rife. Russell to lf for Rankin. WALTON walked.

MCNAUGHTON hit by pitch; WALTON advanced to second. Brown to p for Snow. PARKER

walked; MCNAUGHTON advanced to second; WALTON advanced to third. Cribby to p

for Brown. VARGAS walked, RBI; PARKER advanced to second; MCNAUGHTON advanced

to third; WALTON scored. KO homered to center field, 4 RBI; VARGAS scored;

PARKER scored; MCNAUGHTON scored. CLUFF homered to left field, RBI. AYOSO flied

out to lf. RELF struck out looking. LAW grounded out to ss. 6 runs, 2 hits,

0 errors, 0 LOB.

Washington 8th - Boyer homered to left field, RBI. Dunn struck out

swinging. Russell singled to left field. AMERSON to p for MILLER. Pollard pinch

hit for Cherry. Pollard reached on a fielder's choice; Russell out at second 2b

to ss. Burgher singled to second base; Pollard advanced to second. Conley

grounded out to p. 1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 9th - Pollard to lf. Pearl to ss. Russell to 3b.

WALTON hit by pitch. MCNAUGHTON homered to left field, 2 RBI; WALTON scored.

Scofield to p for Cribby. PARKER grounded out to 2b. VARGAS flied out to rf. KO

popped up to ss. 2 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Washington 9th - T. Scott fouled out to 3b. Pearl popped up to ss.

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

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