Pitchers, Ayoso Hold Off Zags

Bryce Ayoso hit a solo homer and scored after hitting a double to lead BYU to a 3-2 victory at Gonzaga. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

SPOKANE -- Freshman pitcher Mark Anderson combined with Kevin Sloan and David McKnight for eight scoreless frames Tuesday as BYU held off Gonzaga, 3-2.

The southpaw picked up his first victory in going five innings after the Bulldogs tied the score two-all in the first. Sloan pitched 3.1 innings of shutout ball before being relieved by McKnight in the ninth. McKnight secured his second save of the year with a strikeout and a game-ending lineout to substitute Stephen Wells in centerfield.

“This was a tough one that was well-pitched on both sides,” said BYU coach Vance Law. “I was proud of Mark (Anderson) who found some extra strength after a rocky start. Instead of just nibbling, he went right after batters.

“It all boils down to pitching and throwing strikes. From the second inning one we got ahead of hitters and got a consistent effort defensively.

“It was critical for our guys to give us an early lead. Austin Hall did a nice job of executing the sacrifice fly in the fourth.”

Senior outfielder Sean McNaughton led off with a home run in the game's first at bat to give BYU the lead. Three batters later in the cleanup spot Bryce Ayoso made it 2-0 with his solo homer.

Ayoso had a one-out double in the fourth and scored off Hall's sac fly.

The Cougars are now 7-9, while Gonzaga evens to 8-8. BYU now readies for the start of action in the Mountain West Conference as it flies by way of Salt Lake City for a Thursday game at defending champion TCU.


BRIGHAM YOUNG at GONZAGA BULLDOGS

Mar 16, 2010 at SPOKANE, Wash. (Patterson Complex)

BRIGHAM YOUNG 3 (7-9)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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McNAUGHTON, Sean lf...... 4 1 2 1 0 0 6 0 0

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

WOLFE, Alex 1b........... 3 0 0 0 1 0 5 0 1

AYOSO, Bryce dh.......... 4 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0

GUENTHER, Wes c.......... 4 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 2

HALL, Austin 3b.......... 3 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0

CLUFF, Jonathan cf/rf.... 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0

NIELSEN, Dane 2b......... 4 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 1

HANCOCK, Alex rf......... 3 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 1

FRAMPTON, Chase ph...... 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

WELLS, Stephen cf....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

ANDERSON, Mark p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

SLOAN, Kevin p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0

McKNIGHT, David p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 34 3 7 3 1 2 27 6 6

GONZAGA BULLDOGS 2 (8-8)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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HEID, D cf............... 5 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 2

YARDLEY, B 3b............ 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 0

HUNTER, A dh............. 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0

CASTELLITTO lf........... 2 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 0

BOLINGER, R 1b........... 3 0 0 0 1 1 11 0 0

WILSON, S 2b............. 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 3 1

STURDIVANT rf............ 1 0 0 1 2 0 4 0 0

ESLICK, C ph............ 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

CHISM, T pr............. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

EDMAN, C c............... 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 5

ORTIZ, E ss.............. 3 0 1 0 1 0 3 3 0

BARON, L p............... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

MOON, B p............... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Totals................... 29 2 3 1 7 5 27 11 8

Score by Innings R H E

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BRIGHAM YOUNG....... 200 100 000 - 3 7 0

GONZAGA BULLDOGS.... 200 000 000 - 2 3 2

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E - ORTIZ, E(6); BARON, L(1). LOB - BY 6; Gonzaga 8. 2B - McNAUGHTON(5);

RELF(3); AYOSO(7); ESLICK, C(2). HR - McNAUGHTON(2); AYOSO(3). HBP -

CASTELLITTO. SF - HALL(1). CS - ORTIZ, E(1).

BRIGHAM YOUNG IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP

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ANDERSON, Mark...... 5.0 1 2 2 5 1 16 22 91

SLOAN, Kevin........ 3.1 2 0 0 1 3 11 12 52

McKNIGHT, David..... 0.2 0 0 0 1 1 2 3 18

GONZAGA BULLDOGS IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP

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BARON, L............ 7.2 7 3 3 1 2 29 31 114

MOON, B............. 1.1 0 0 0 0 0 5 5 16

Win - ANDERSON (1-0). Loss - BARON, L (0-2). Save - McKNIGHT (2).

WP - McKNIGHT(3). HBP - by ANDERSON (CASTELLITTO). BK - ANDERSON(1); BARON,

L(1). PB - GUENTHER(1). Pitches/strikes: ANDERSON 91/51; SLOAN 52/39; McKNIGHT

18/11; BARON, L 114/79; MOON, B 16/10.

Umpires - HP: Kevin Walker 1B: Randy Sutton 3B: Rick Jaggars

Start: 6:30 pm Time: 2:32 Attendance: 796

Weather: cloudy, cool, 51 degrees

ANDERSON faced 1 batter in the 6th.

BRIGHAM YOUNG 1st - McNAUGHTON homered to left field, RBI (1-1). RELF

lined out to rf (3-2). WOLFE flied out to lf (2-2). AYOSO homered to left

center, RBI (1-0). GUENTHER flied out to lf down the lf line (2-2). 2 runs,

2 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

GONZAGA BULLDOGS 1st - HEID, D grounded out to ss (2-1). YARDLEY, B

singled through the right side (3-2). HUNTER, A walked (3-2); YARDLEY, B

advanced to second. HUNTER, A advanced to second on a passed ball; YARDLEY, B

advanced to third on a passed ball. CASTELLITTO flied out to lf down the lf

line (2-2). BOLINGER, R walked (3-1). BOLINGER, R advanced to second; HUNTER, A

advanced to third; YARDLEY, B scored on a balk. WILSON, S walked. STURDIVANT

walked, RBI (3-2); WILSON, S advanced to second; BOLINGER, R advanced to third;

HUNTER, A scored. EDMAN, C flied out to rf (0-1). 2 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 3

LOB.

BRIGHAM YOUNG 2nd - HALL flied out to rf (2-2). CLUFF lined out to cf

(0-1). NIELSEN singled to left center (3-2). NIELSEN advanced to second on an

error by p, failed pickoff attempt. HANCOCK struck out swinging (0-2). 0

runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 1 LOB.

GONZAGA BULLDOGS 2nd - ORTIZ, E fouled out to lf (0-2). HEID, D grounded

out to 1b unassisted (0-0). YARDLEY, B flied out to cf (2-2). 0 runs, 0

hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BRIGHAM YOUNG 3rd - McNAUGHTON lined out to ss (1-2). RELF grounded out

to ss (1-0). WOLFE grounded out to p (1-1). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0

LOB.

GONZAGA BULLDOGS 3rd - HUNTER, A struck out looking (2-2). CASTELLITTO

hit by pitch (1-1). BOLINGER, R flied out to cf to right center (1-0). WILSON,

S flied out to lf (1-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

BRIGHAM YOUNG 4th - AYOSO doubled down the rf line (0-1). AYOSO advanced

to third on a balk. GUENTHER grounded out to ss (2-2). HALL flied out to rf

down the rf line, SF, RBI (0-0); AYOSO scored. CLUFF singled to center field

(0-2). NIELSEN reached on a fielder's choice (0-1); CLUFF out at second ss to

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

GONZAGA BULLDOGS 4th - STURDIVANT popped up to 2b to right field (1-0).

EDMAN, C lined out to 2b (2-2). ORTIZ, E lined out to 3b (1-1). 0 runs, 0

hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BRIGHAM YOUNG 5th - HANCOCK struck out looking (1-2). McNAUGHTON doubled

to left center (2-1). RELF popped up to 1b (2-1). WOLFE grounded out to 2b

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

GONZAGA BULLDOGS 5th - HEID, D flied out to lf (2-1). YARDLEY, B flied

out to lf (2-1). HUNTER, A flied out to rf (2-1). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors,

0 LOB.

BRIGHAM YOUNG 6th - AYOSO flied out to cf (0-0). GUENTHER popped up to

2b to right center (1-2). HALL flied out to rf (0-0). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0

errors, 0 LOB.

GONZAGA BULLDOGS 6th - CASTELLITTO walked (3-0). SLOAN to p for

ANDERSON. BOLINGER, R popped up to ss (1-2). WILSON, S reached on a fielder's

choice (2-2); CASTELLITTO out at second ss to 2b. STURDIVANT walked (3-2);

WILSON, S advanced to second. EDMAN, C flied out to lf (0-2). 0 runs, 0

hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

BRIGHAM YOUNG 7th - CLUFF grounded out to 2b (0-1). NIELSEN popped up to

1b (2-0). HANCOCK lined out to ss (1-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0

LOB.

GONZAGA BULLDOGS 7th - ORTIZ, E singled to center field (2-2). HEID, D

struck out swinging (0-2). ORTIZ, E out at second c to 2b, caught stealing.

YARDLEY, B grounded out to ss (1-2). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BRIGHAM YOUNG 8th - McNAUGHTON grounded out to 3b (0-1). RELF doubled

down the lf line (1-2). WOLFE walked (3-1). AYOSO reached on a fielder's choice

(2-2); WOLFE out at second 2b to ss; RELF advanced to third. MOON, B to p for

BARON, L. GUENTHER grounded out to p (1-0). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2

LOB.

GONZAGA BULLDOGS 8th - HUNTER, A grounded out to p (0-1). CASTELLITTO

struck out looking (0-2). BOLINGER, R struck out swinging (2-2). 0 runs, 0

hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BRIGHAM YOUNG 9th - HALL grounded out to 3b (2-1). CLUFF grounded out to

3b (0-0). NIELSEN reached on a throwing error by ss (2-2). FRAMPTON pinch hit

for HANCOCK. FRAMPTON lined out to cf (1-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 1

LOB.

GONZAGA BULLDOGS 9th - CLUFF to rf. WELLS to cf for FRAMPTON. WILSON, S

grounded out to p, bunt (1-1). ESLICK, C pinch hit for STURDIVANT. ESLICK, C

doubled to left center (0-2). CHISM, T pinch ran for ESLICK, C. McKNIGHT to p

for SLOAN. CHISM, T advanced to third on a wild pitch. EDMAN, C struck out

swinging (3-2). ORTIZ, E walked (3-1). HEID, D lined out to cf (0-2). 0

runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

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