Oregon State Sweeps Series

In game one BYU had a pair of steals like this one from Sean McNaughton, but OSU held the Cougars to zero thefts in game two. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- After being down 9-2 early in the game, the No. 25 Oregon State baseball team went on a 15-2 run to beat BYU 17-11 at Larry H. Miller Field on Tuesday afternoon.

"I think we showed we can swing the bats with anybody in the country," BYU coach Vance Law said. "The key to the whole ball game was that every time we scored, they scored in the next half of the inning."

There were a total of 38 hits, 28 runs and five errors in the game. After leaving 15 runners on base last game against the back-to-back national champions, the Cougars improved in Tuesday's game with eight left on base.

Steve Parker and J.T. Musso led the Cougars with both going 3-for-5 from the plate. Ryan Ortiz went 3-for-4 to lead the Beavers.

BYU had a huge second inning. The inning included two Beaver pitching changes, seven BYU runs, eight Cougar hits and two Beaver errors, propelling the Cougars into the early 7-1 lead.

BYU designated hitter Thomas Bills got it going for the Cougars when he knocked in Ko from third base on a single up the middle. A barrage of singles and doubles ensued, forcing Oregon State coach Pat Casey to go the bullpen twice. The Cougars scored all seven second-inning runs without a homerun.

Ortiz, the Beavers' catcher, hit an off-the-wall triple in response to BYU's stellar second inning, knocking in Daniel Robertson from first base. Jake Wortham got out of a jam in the third with a full-count strikeout, leaving two Beaver runners on base.

The Cougars followed up their seven-run second inning with a two-run third. Parker led off with a 420-foot solo homerun to deep center field, his fourth on the season, and Relf singled to left field, bringing home Bills. BYU had 11 hits on only 19 at bats through the third inning.

Jason Ogata responded in the top of the fourth inning with a three-run bomb to deep center field, bringing Oregon State to within four runs of BYU. A two-run triple to right field by Drew George moved the score to 7-9.

Oregon State took the 10-9 lead in the sixth inning when Lonnie Lechelt knocked in three runs with a bases-loaded triple into center field.

The game remained scoreless until the eighth inning when Ortiz hit a double up the right field line, scoring Ogata. George, up to bat next for the Beavers, got a single up the middle, brining in Ortiz for the 12-9 lead. The Cougars got out of the inning with a 4-6-3 double play.

With no outs in the eighth inning, Relf hit the ball over the centerfielder's head for a stand-up double and RBI. McNaughton would return the favor, knocking in Relf on an opposite-field double. The Beavers would bring in their closer, Kevin Rhoderick, who got two quick outs to end the eighth.

Joey Wong was a key part of the final blow to the Cougars in ninth inning with a double to right field, giving Oregon State a 13-11 lead. Singles by Chris Hopkins and Ogata scored two more runs for the 15-11 lead, and a few other hits led to two more runs. BYU didn't score in the final frame.

"I think this series was important for us as we move forward," Law said. "Even though we lost this game, I think it gives us some confidence as we move through conference."

The Cougars, now 12-12, travel to Oral Roberts on Thursday at 3 p.m. CT.

Oregon St. at Brigham Young Univ.

Mar 25, 2008 at Provo, Utah (Larry H.Miller Field)

Oregon St. 17 (11-7)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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Nash, Garrett lf......... 4 1 0 0 1 3 2 0 1

Wells, Braden lf........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

Wallace, John ph/lf..... 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

Hopkins, Chris cf........ 6 2 2 1 0 1 3 0 0

Ogata, Jason dh.......... 6 3 4 4 0 0 0 0 0

Robertson, Daniel rf..... 6 3 4 0 0 0 0 2 0

Ortiz, Ryan c............ 4 3 3 3 1 0 7 1 2

George, Drew 1b.......... 3 2 3 3 2 0 5 0 0

Lennerton, Jordan 1b.... 1 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 0

Lechelt, Lonnie 3b....... 6 0 2 3 0 1 1 2 4

Tommasini, John 2b....... 5 1 1 0 0 2 4 2 1

Wong, Joey ss............ 5 1 1 2 0 0 2 3 0

Brown, Reed p............ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Mooney, Bryce p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Keitzman, Blake p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Starr, Taylor p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Grbavac, Mark p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Rhoderick, Kevin p...... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 47 17 22 17 4 7 27 10 8

Brigham Young Univ. 11 (12-12)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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CLUFF, Jonathan rf....... 6 1 1 2 0 1 1 1 3

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

VARGAS, Dan ss........... 5 1 1 0 0 1 2 4 2

WALTON, Kent cf.......... 5 0 1 1 0 2 2 0 1

KO, Kasey 1b............. 3 1 1 0 2 0 12 0 1

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

BILLS, Thomas dh......... 4 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 1

LAW, Andrew pr.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

LEACH, J.C. ph.......... 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0

MUSSO, J.T. c............ 5 2 3 1 0 0 8 0 0

RELF, Brandon 2b......... 3 1 2 2 2 1 1 6 0

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

WARD, Michael p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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

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

Totals................... 40 11 16 10 6 7 27 13 8

Score by Innings R H E

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Oregon St........... 011 503 025 - 17 22 2

Brigham Young Univ.. 072 000 020 - 11 16 3

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E - Hopkins, C.(2); Tommasini, J(2); MUSSO(3); RELF 2(5). DP - OSU 1; BYU

Cougars 1. LOB - OSU 8; BYU Cougars 8. 2B - Robertson, D(7); Ortiz, R.(6);

Tommasini, J(3); Wong, J.(4); MCNAUGHTON(7); RELF(4). 3B - Ortiz, R.(1);

George, D.(1); Lechelt, L.(1). HR - Ogata, J.(4); PARKER(4). SF - Ortiz,

R.(2). SB - Ogata, J.(2); Robertson, D(6); MCNAUGHTON(11); VARGAS(4); KO(3).

CS - LAW(1).

Oregon St. IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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Brown, Reed......... 1.1 4 4 4 1 1 8 9

Mooney, Bryce....... 0.1 4 3 3 0 0 4 4

Keitzman, Blake..... 1.0 3 2 2 1 0 6 7

Starr, Taylor....... 4.0 1 0 0 1 5 13 14

Grbavac, Mark....... 0.2 3 2 2 0 0 4 4

Rhoderick, Kevin.... 1.2 1 0 0 3 1 5 8

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

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WORTHAM, Jake....... 3.2 10 7 7 3 4 21 24

WARD, Michael....... 2.0 3 3 3 1 1 9 10

MILLER, Jared....... 1.2 4 2 2 0 2 8 8

TORGERSON, Blake.... 1.2 5 5 3 0 0 9 10

Win - Starr, T. (2-0). Loss - WARD (0-1). Save - Rhoderick, K (6).

WP - Mooney, B.(2); Keitzman, B.(3). BK - Keitzman, B.(1).

Umpires - HP: Blake Jensen 1B: Randy Upton 3B: Jim Paronto

Start: 1:03 pm Time: 3:37 Attendance: 1383

Oregon St. starters: 6/lf Nash, G.; 20/cf Hopkins, C.; 8/dh Ogata, J.; 4/rf

Robertson, D; 36/c Ortiz, R.; 29/1b George, D.; 11/3b Lechelt, L.; 10/2b

Tommasini, J; 1/ss Wong, J.; 32/p Brown, R.;

Brigham Young Univ. starters: 8/rf CLUFF; 15/lf MCNAUGHTON; 13/ss VARGAS; 9/cf

WALTON; 22/1b KO; 5/3b PARKER; 30/dh BILLS; 10/c MUSSO; 4/2b RELF; 28/p

WORTHAM;

Oregon St. 1st - Nash, G. struck out swinging. Hopkins, C. grounded out

to 2b. Ogata, J. singled to second base. Robertson, D doubled to right center;

Ogata, J. advanced to third. Ortiz, R. grounded out to ss. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0

errors, 2 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 1st - CLUFF grounded out to ss. MCNAUGHTON grounded

out to 3b. VARGAS flied out to cf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Oregon St. 2nd - George, D. singled to right field. Lechelt, L. singled

up the middle; George, D. advanced to second. Tommasini, J grounded out to 1b

unassisted; Lechelt, L. advanced to second; George, D. advanced to third. Wong,

J. grounded out to 2b, RBI; Lechelt, L. advanced to third; George, D. scored.

Nash, G. struck out swinging. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 2nd - WALTON struck out looking. KO singled to

center field. PARKER singled to center field; KO advanced to second, advanced

to third on a fielding error by cf. BILLS singled through the right side, RBI;

PARKER advanced to second; KO scored. MUSSO singled to left field, RBI; BILLS

advanced to second; PARKER scored. RELF walked; MUSSO advanced to second; BILLS

advanced to third. Mooney, B. to p for Brown, R.. CLUFF singled to center

field, advanced to second, 2 RBI; RELF advanced to second, out at third rf to

3b; MUSSO scored; BILLS scored. CLUFF advanced to third on a wild pitch.

MCNAUGHTON singled up the middle, RBI; CLUFF scored. VARGAS singled to left

field; MCNAUGHTON advanced to second. VARGAS stole second; MCNAUGHTON stole

third, scored on a throwing error by 2b. WALTON singled to left field, RBI;

VARGAS scored. Keitzman, B. to p for Mooney, B.. KO grounded out to 3b. 7

runs, 8 hits, 2 errors, 1 LOB.

Oregon St. 3rd - Hopkins, C. flied out to cf. Ogata, J. singled to

center field. Robertson, D reached on a fielder's choice; Ogata, J. out at

second p to ss. Ortiz, R. tripled to right center, RBI; Robertson, D scored.

George, D. walked. Lechelt, L. struck out swinging. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors,

2 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 3rd - PARKER homered to center field, RBI. BILLS

singled to left field. MUSSO fouled out to 1b. BILLS advanced to second on a

wild pitch. RELF singled to left field, RBI; BILLS scored. RELF advanced to

second on a balk. CLUFF popped up to lf. MCNAUGHTON walked. Starr, T. to p for

Keitzman, B.. VARGAS popped up to 2b. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Oregon St. 4th - Tommasini, J struck out looking. Wong, J. grounded out

to 2b. Nash, G. walked. Hopkins, C. singled to left field; Nash, G. advanced to

second. Ogata, J. homered to center field, 3 RBI; Hopkins, C. scored; Nash, G.

scored. Robertson, D singled to right field. Robertson, D stole second,

advanced to third on a throwing error by c. Ortiz, R. walked. George, D.

tripled to right field, 2 RBI; Ortiz, R. scored; Robertson, D scored. WARD to p

for WORTHAM. Lechelt, L. grounded out to 3b. 5 runs, 4 hits, 1 error, 1

LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 4th - WALTON popped up to ss. KO walked. PARKER

struck out swinging. KO stole second. BILLS popped up to 2b. 0 runs, 0 hits,

0 errors, 1 LOB.

Oregon St. 5th - Tommasini, J struck out swinging. Wong, J. grounded out

to 2b. Nash, G. grounded out to 1b unassisted. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0

LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 5th - MUSSO flied out to lf. RELF struck out

looking. CLUFF struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Oregon St. 6th - Hopkins, C. grounded out to ss. Ogata, J. flied out to

lf. Robertson, D singled to catcher. Ortiz, R. singled to right center;

Robertson, D advanced to third. George, D. walked; Ortiz, R. advanced to

second. Lechelt, L. tripled to center field, 3 RBI; George, D. scored; Ortiz,

R. scored; Robertson, D scored. MILLER to p for WARD. Tommasini, J grounded out

to ss. 3 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

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

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

Oregon St. 7th - Wong, J. grounded out to 2b. Nash, G. struck out

looking. Hopkins, C. struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0

LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 7th - Wells, B. to lf for Nash, G.. KO grounded out

to 2b. PARKER singled to center field. BILLS reached on a fielder's choice;

PARKER out at second rf to 2b. LAW pinch ran for BILLS. Grbavac, M. to p for

Starr, T.. LAW out at second c to 2b, caught stealing. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0

errors, 0 LOB.

Oregon St. 8th - Ogata, J. singled to left field. Robertson, D singled

to pitcher; Ogata, J. advanced to second, advanced to third on a fielding error

by 2b. Ortiz, R. doubled down the rf line, RBI; Robertson, D advanced to third,

out at home rf to c; Ogata, J. scored. George, D. singled to center field, RBI;

Ortiz, R. scored. TORGERSON to p for MILLER. Lechelt, L. grounded into double

play ss to 2b to 1b; George, D. out on the play. 2 runs, 4 hits, 1 error, 0

LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 8th - Lennerton, J to 1b for George, D.. MUSSO

singled to right field. RELF doubled to center field, RBI; MUSSO scored. CLUFF

grounded out to ss; RELF advanced to third. MCNAUGHTON doubled to right field,

RBI; RELF scored. Rhoderick, K to p for Grbavac, M.. VARGAS flied out to lf.

WALTON struck out swinging. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Oregon St. 9th - Tommasini, J doubled down the lf line. Wong, J. doubled

down the rf line, RBI; Tommasini, J scored. Wallace, J. pinch hit for Wells,

B.. Wallace, J. singled up the middle; Wong, J. advanced to third. Hopkins, C.

singled to left field, RBI; Wallace, J. advanced to second; Wong, J. scored.

Ogata, J. reached on a fielder's choice, RBI; Hopkins, C. advanced to second on

a fielding error by 2b, advanced to third; Wallace, J. scored. Robertson, D

flied out to rf. Ortiz, R. flied out to cf, SF, RBI; Hopkins, C. scored,

unearned. Ogata, J. stole second. Lennerton, J singled to left field, RBI;

Ogata, J. scored, unearned. Lechelt, L. popped up to ss. 5 runs, 5 hits, 1

error, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 9th - Wallace, J. to lf. KO walked. PARKER grounded

into double play 2b to ss to 1b; KO out on the play. LEACH pinch hit for LAW.

LEACH walked. MUSSO singled to left field; LEACH advanced to second. RELF

walked; MUSSO advanced to second; LEACH advanced to third. CLUFF flied out to

cf. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 3 LOB.

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