Oslund and Crew Down Huskies

Brandon Michon struck out the only batter he faced on a 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded in the eighth. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

SEATTLE -- Freshman Marc Oslund led a trio of BYU pitchers Tuesday night to secure a 4-2 non-conference victory over the University of Washington.

Oslund, now 6-1, struck out eight in getting the win and got needed relief by lefty Brandon Michon and Jordan Muir to seal the victory. With one out and the bases loaded, Michon struck out the only batter he faced on a 3-2 pitch in the eighth before Muir entered the game.

“It was a great team effort offensively, defensively and especially on the mound,” said BYU coach Vance Law. “I put Marc (Oslund) in a hole in the eighth. I was so confident he was going to get these guys, but fortunately Brandon (Michon) did a good job and Jordan (Muir) did his customary great job.”

Washington, now 23-25 overall, did score one run in the eighth to make the score 3-2, but Muir struck out the final batter of that inning. He then retired the side in order in the ninth, including two more strikeouts as he improved his school record to 11 saves for the season.

Washington native Sean McNaughton hit a lead-off triple in which caromed off the centerfield wall in the third inning and scored BYU's first run on Stetson Banks' groundout. Banks had turned a double play to end the first inning when he caught a fly ball in centerfield, then pegged the runner trying to advance to second base.

BYU loaded the bases in the second inning through a Steve Parker single, a walk and a hit batter, but was not able to punch a run through. Oslund struck out the side in order, all swinging in the second, but surrendered a lead-off homer in the fifth to Troy Scott which tied the score at 1-1. He also retired the side in the sixth.

The Cougars took a 2-1 lead in the sixth when Parker walked, advanced to second on Kasey Ko's two-out single and scored when Brandon Relf singled to rightfield. BYU increased that lead to 3-2 in the eighth when Michael Bowen got aboard on a fielder's choice, got to second on a walk by Ko and scored when the Husky third baseman committed a fielding error.

The final BYU run came in the ninth when Andrew Law doubled to left-center, advanced to third on a play where Banks made it to first on a fielder's choice. Law then scored on a sac-fly by Kent Walton.

“I asked Andrew (Law) why he came to third on that play and he said he saw their player way over in the hole,” said Coach Law, Andrew's father who was in the third base coaching box. “That put us in a first and third situation by him being able to get to third and it made Stetson (Banks) safe. Getting insurance runs against this club in their own ball park kind of broke their back.

“Oslund has been outstanding.. And we've been waiting for Sean (McNaughton) to turn it loose and get hot, hopefully carrying it into next week.”

The Cougars, now 28-21, have won four in a row as they have a rematch with Washington on Wednesday night in a game that will also be broadcast live over KSRR Radio (1400 AM) and on the Internet.


BYU at Washington

May 12, 2009 at Seattle, Wash. (Husky Ballpark)

BYU 4 (28-21)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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

BANKS, Stetson cf........ 5 0 0 1 0 0 3 1 0

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

PARKER, Steve 3b......... 4 1 2 0 1 1 0 0 1

BOWEN, Michael rf........ 4 1 1 0 0 1 3 0 0

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

WHITNEY, Brock pr....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

BILLS, Thomas 1b........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0

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

AYOSO, Bryce c........... 3 0 0 0 0 1 10 3 4

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

OSLUND, Marc p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

MICHON, Brandon p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

MUIR, Jordan p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 34 4 8 3 3 5 27 9 9

Washington 2 (23-25)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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GardnerYoung lf.......... 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2

Rankin 2b................ 4 0 3 0 0 0 0 2 0

Rife dh.................. 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

Conley rf................ 3 0 0 1 0 3 2 1 1

Scott 1b................. 3 1 1 1 1 2 13 0 2

Russell 3b............... 4 0 0 0 0 3 2 1 0

Wilcox c................. 4 0 0 0 0 1 5 2 0

C. Brown cf.............. 3 0 0 0 1 2 2 0 1

Bethel ss................ 2 1 1 0 0 0 2 6 0

Guidos p................. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0

Haehl p................. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Pearl p................. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 31 2 6 2 2 12 27 15 6

Score by Innings R H E

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BYU................. 001 001 011 - 4 8 0

Washington.......... 000 010 010 - 2 6 2

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E - Russell(6); Bethel(4). DP - BYU 1; Washington 2. LOB - BYU 9; Washington

6. 2B - LAW, An.(13). 3B - McNAUGHTON(2). HR - Scott(9). HBP - AYOSO;

Bethel. SH - KO(2). SF - WALTON(4); Conley(4). SB - McNAUGHTON(7);

BANKS(21). CS - WHITNEY(1).

BYU IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP

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OSLUND, Marc........ 7.0 6 2 2 2 8 26 29 -

MICHON, Brandon..... 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 -

MUIR, Jordan........ 1.2 0 0 0 0 3 4 5 -

Washington IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP

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Guidos.............. 5.2 5 2 2 2 3 21 25 -

Haehl............... 2.1 3 2 1 1 1 10 11 -

Pearl............... 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 3 4 -

Win - OSLUND (6-1). Loss - Guidos (1-3). Save - MUIR (11).

HBP - by Guidos (AYOSO); by OSLUND (Bethel). Pitches/strikes: None.

Umpires - HP: Chris Thomas 1B: Randy Sutton 3B: Dave Natali

Start: 6:31 pm Time: 2:46 Attendance: 397

Weather: 54, cloudy, wind RF to LF

OSLUND faced 3 batters in the 8th.

Haehl faced 1 batter in the 9th.

Play-by-Play

BYU 1st - McNAUGHTON struck out swinging, out at first c to 1b. BANKS

grounded out to p, bunt. WALTON popped up to 1b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0

LOB.

Washington 1st - GardnerYoung grounded out to 2b. Rankin singled to left

field. Rife flied into double play cf to 2b; Rankin out on the play. 0 runs,

1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BYU 2nd - PARKER singled up the middle. BOWEN struck out looking. KO

grounded out to 2b; PARKER advanced to second. RELF walked. AYOSO hit by pitch;

RELF advanced to second; PARKER advanced to third. LAW, An. flied out to cf.

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

Washington 2nd - Conley struck out swinging. Scott struck out swinging.

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

BYU 3rd - McNAUGHTON tripled to center field. BANKS grounded out to ss,

RBI; McNAUGHTON scored. WALTON lined out to ss. PARKER grounded out to 2b. 1

run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Washington 3rd - Wilcox grounded out to 2b. C. Brown struck out looking.

Bethel flied out to rf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BYU 4th - BOWEN singled to center field. KO grounded out to p, SAC,

bunt; BOWEN advanced to second. RELF struck out swinging. AYOSO grounded out to

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

Washington 4th - GardnerYoung popped up to 2b. Rankin singled to

shortstop. Rife flied out to cf. Conley struck out swinging. 0 runs, 1 hit,

0 errors, 1 LOB.

BYU 5th - LAW, An. flied out to cf. McNAUGHTON reached on a throwing

error by ss. McNAUGHTON stole second. BANKS flied into double play rf to 3b;

McNAUGHTON out on the play. 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 0 LOB.

Washington 5th - Scott homered to right field, RBI. Russell struck out

swinging, out at first c to 1b. Wilcox flied out to rf. C. Brown walked. Bethel

singled to right field; C. Brown advanced to second. GardnerYoung popped up to

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

BYU 6th - WALTON grounded out to ss. PARKER walked. BOWEN flied out to

lf. KO singled to left field; PARKER advanced to second. RELF singled to right

field, RBI; KO advanced to third; PARKER scored. Haehl to p for Guidos. AYOSO

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

Washington 6th - Rankin grounded out to ss. Rife fouled out to c. Conley

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

BYU 7th - LAW, An. grounded out to ss. McNAUGHTON singled to left

center. BANKS grounded out to 3b; McNAUGHTON advanced to second. WALTON

grounded out to ss. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Washington 7th - Scott walked. Russell flied out to rf. Wilcox struck

out swinging. C. Brown grounded out to p. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1

LOB.

BYU 8th - PARKER singled to shortstop. BOWEN reached on a fielder's

choice; PARKER out at second p to ss. KO walked; BOWEN advanced to second. RELF

reached on a fielding error by 3b; KO advanced to second; BOWEN scored,

unearned. WHITNEY pinch ran for KO. AYOSO struck out swinging; WHITNEY out at

third c to 3b, caught stealing. 1 run, 1 hit, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Washington 8th - BILLS to 1b for WHITNEY. Bethel hit by pitch.

GardnerYoung singled to second base, bunt; Bethel advanced to second. Rankin

singled through the left side; GardnerYoung advanced to second; Bethel advanced

to third. MICHON to p for OSLUND. Rife struck out swinging. MUIR to p for

MICHON. Conley flied out to cf, SF, RBI; Bethel scored. Scott struck out

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

BYU 9th - LAW, An. doubled to left center. Pearl to p for Haehl.

McNAUGHTON fouled out to c, bunt. BANKS reached on a fielder's choice to

shortstop; LAW, An. advanced to third. WALTON flied out to rf, SF, RBI; LAW,

An. scored. BANKS stole second. PARKER struck out looking. 1 run, 1 hit, 0

errors, 1 LOB.

Washington 9th - Russell struck out swinging, out at first c to 1b.

Wilcox grounded out to 2b. C. Brown struck out swinging, out at first c to 1b.

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

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