Pilots Fly Past Cougars

Andrew Law helped BYU turn a pair of double plays and led the team with three hits in game two vs. Portland. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- On a breezy Friday afternoon, the BYU baseball team struggled to gather momentum as it fell victim to the visiting Portland Pilots, 8-3, at Larry H. Miller Field.

“I was a bit disappointed in our offensive attack today,” said BYU head coach Vance Law. “We failed to take advantage of a few opportunities and we weren’t hitting the ball up the middle as we would have liked.”

Pilot left fielder Bryant Kraus enjoyed a solid outing, going 3-for-4 at the plate with four RBI. In the first inning he knocked in a runner on a double before hitting a two-run homer over the center field wall in the third inning. Beau Fraser also had an RBI sacrifice fly to give the Pilots an early 4-1 lead against BYU pitcher Blake Torgerson.

“Kraus is a good hitter,” Law said. “We didn’t keep the ball down on him, so that’s why he got those big hits on us.”

BYU third baseman Steve Parker scored the first two runs for the Cougars. In the second inning, he scored after a single by Michael Bowen and later in the fourth inning after a Brandon Relf sacrifice fly. Parker was on base after hitting a triple to left field with the Pilot outfielder losing sight of the ball in the sun.

Portland had a strong fifth inning as Fraser brought in a run off a single followed by Kraus knocking in another RBI, giving the Pilots a 6-2 lead. The Cougars cut the lead to 6-3 after Kent Walton came in on the second balk of the inning by pitcher Zach Varce.

The Pilots extended the lead to the final tally of 8-3 when right fielder Austin Pearce slammed a Jake Wortham pitch over the left field wall for a two-run homerun.

BYU was unable to capitalize on an Alex Wolfe double to left field in the eighth inning.

The loss also brought an end to BYU left fielder Sean McNaughton’s streak of having at least one hit in a game to seven, a streak which began the last game of last season.

BYU falls to 2-5 on the season while Portland improves to 3-2. The teams will square off once more Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. MT at Miller Park.

“It’s still early, but we need to turn things around right now and we have some work to do,” Law said. “We’re already an eighth of the way into the season, so if we want to reach the NCAA Tournament, we need to start playing better Saturday.”

Univ. of Portland at BYU

Feb 27, 2009 at Provo, Utah (Larry H.Miller Field)

Univ. of Portland 8 (3-2)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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KAUPPILA, Kris ss........ 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 0

SMITH, Craig cf.......... 3 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 0

FRASER, Beau dh.......... 3 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0

KRAUS, Bryant lf......... 4 1 3 4 0 0 0 0 0

QUEEN, Garrett lf....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

POWELL, Chase 1b......... 4 0 1 0 0 0 7 1 2

HENRICKS, Riley 2b....... 3 1 0 0 1 2 1 1 0

PEARCE, Austin rf........ 4 1 2 2 0 0 5 0 0

GALE, Rocky c............ 4 0 1 0 0 0 8 2 0

MARDESICH, Matt 3b....... 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0

BURRIS, Scott p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

VARCE, Zach p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Totals................... 33 8 12 8 1 3 27 7 2

BYU 3 (2-5)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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WALTON, Kent dh.......... 5 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0

LAW, Andrew 2b........... 5 0 3 0 0 1 3 3 1

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

WOLFE, Alex c/1b......... 4 0 1 0 0 1 5 1 1

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

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

KO, Kasey 1b............. 1 0 0 0 2 0 6 0 0

AYOSO, Bryce pr/c....... 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1

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

BANKS, Stetson cf........ 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 3

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

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

Totals................... 32 3 7 2 5 9 27 11 8

Score by Innings R H E

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Univ. of Portland... 103 022 000 0 - 8 12 1

BYU................. 010 110 000 X - 3 7 0

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E - GALE, R(1). DP - POR 1; Cougars 2. LOB - POR 2; Cougars 8. 2B -

KAUPPILA, K(3); KRAUS, B 2(3); LAW, An.(5); WOLFE(3). 3B - PARKER(1). HR -

KRAUS, B(2); PEARCE, A(1). SH - KAUPPILA, K(1); SMITH, C(2). SF - FRASER,

B(1); RELF(2). SB - LAW, An.(3). CS - POWELL, C(1).

Univ. of Portland IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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BURRIS, Scott....... 6.0 5 3 3 4 6 21 26

VARCE, Zach......... 3.0 2 0 0 1 3 11 12

BYU IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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TORGERSON, Blake.... 5.0 10 6 6 0 1 20 23

WORTHAM, Jake....... 4.0 2 2 2 1 2 13 14

Win - BURRIS, S (2-0). Loss - TORGERSON (0-2). Save - VARCE, Z (1).

BK - BURRIS, S 2(2). PB - GALE, R(1).

Umpires - HP: Randy Upton 1B: Jeff Richardson 3B: Ray Belfiore

Start: 3:01 pm Time: 2:11 Attendance: 384

Weather: Sunny, 32 degrees

Game notes:

Game Two of Three

Play-by-Play

Univ. of Portland 1st - KAUPPILA, K singled to left field. SMITH, C

grounded out to p, SAC, bunt; KAUPPILA, K advanced to second. FRASER, B lined

out to 3b. KRAUS, B doubled to center field, RBI; KAUPPILA, K scored. POWELL, C

flied out to lf. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

BYU 1st - WALTON flied out to rf. LAW, An. struck out swinging.

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

Univ. of Portland 2nd - Hi drew how is it going. Hi drew, how is it

doing?. HENRICKS, R grounded out to ss. PEARCE, A singled to right center.

GALE, R grounded into double play 3b to 2b to 1b; PEARCE, A out on the play.

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

BYU 2nd - WOLFE flied out to cf. PARKER walked. RELF walked; PARKER

advanced to second. RELF advanced to second; PARKER advanced to third on a

passed ball. KO walked. BOWEN grounded out to 3b, RBI; KO advanced to second;

RELF advanced to third; PARKER scored. BANKS out at first 1b to p. 1 run, 0

hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Univ. of Portland 3rd - MARDESICH, M fouled out to rf. KAUPPILA, K

doubled through the left side. SMITH, C singled to third base; KAUPPILA, K

advanced to third. FRASER, B fouled out to lf, SF, RBI; KAUPPILA, K scored.

KRAUS, B homered to left center, 2 RBI; SMITH, C scored. POWELL, C singled to

third base. POWELL, C out at second c to 2b, caught stealing. 3 runs, 4

hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BYU 3rd - drew, can you read this. WALTON struck out looking. LAW, An.

singled to right center. LAW, An. stole second, advanced to third on a throwing

error by c. McNAUGHTON struck out swinging, out at first c to 1b. WOLFE lined

out to 3b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Univ. of Portland 4th - HENRICKS, R struck out swinging. PEARCE, A lined

out to ss. GALE, R lined out to ss. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BYU 4th - PARKER tripled to left field. RELF fouled out to rf, SF, RBI;

PARKER scored. KO grounded out to c. BOWEN singled to second base. BANKS

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

Univ. of Portland 5th - MARDESICH, M singled to right field. KAUPPILA, K

grounded out to p, SAC, bunt; MARDESICH, M advanced to second. SMITH, C

grounded out to ss; MARDESICH, M advanced to third. FRASER, B singled down the

rf line, RBI; MARDESICH, M scored. KRAUS, B doubled to right center, RBI;

FRASER, B scored. POWELL, C flied out to cf. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1

LOB.

BYU 5th - WALTON singled up the middle. WALTON advanced to second on a

balk. LAW, An. singled to pitcher, bunt; WALTON advanced to third. LAW, An.

advanced to second on a balk; WALTON scored. McNAUGHTON flied out to rf. WOLFE

struck out swinging. PARKER flied out to cf. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1

LOB.

Univ. of Portland 6th - WORTHAM to p for TORGERSON. HENRICKS, R walked.

PEARCE, A homered to left field, 2 RBI; HENRICKS, R scored. GALE, R singled to

right field. MARDESICH, M grounded into double play 2b to ss to 1b; GALE, R out

on the play. KAUPPILA, K flied out to lf. 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0

LOB.

BYU 6th - RELF struck out swinging. KO walked. AYOSO pinch ran for KO.

BOWEN lined into double play 2b to 1b; AYOSO out on the play. 0 runs, 0

hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Univ. of Portland 7th - WOLFE to 1b. AYOSO to c. SMITH, C fouled out to

1b. FRASER, B struck out swinging. KRAUS, B popped up to 2b. 0 runs, 0 hits,

0 errors, 0 LOB.

BYU 7th - VARCE, Z to p for BURRIS, S. BANKS fouled out to 1b. WALTON

grounded out to p. LAW, An. doubled to right field. McNAUGHTON flied out to rf.

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

Univ. of Portland 8th - POWELL, C flied out to lf. HENRICKS, R struck

out swinging. PEARCE, A fouled out to 1b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0

LOB.

BYU 8th - QUEEN, G to lf for KRAUS, B. WOLFE doubled down the lf line.

PARKER struck out swinging. RELF flied out to rf; WOLFE advanced to third.

AYOSO struck out swinging. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Univ. of Portland 9th - GALE, R grounded out to 2b. MARDESICH, M flied

out to cf. KAUPPILA, K grounded out to 3b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0

LOB.

BYU 9th - BOWEN struck out swinging. BANKS walked. WALTON flied out to

lf. LAW, An. flied out to cf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Univ. of Portland 10th - Hello drew. hello drew. is this new. Howdy.

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

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