Pitchers Help Sweep Away Utes

Brandon Christiansen pitched BYU's third complete game of the season in stifling the Utes, 7-2, in the first of two Cougar victories on Saturday. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- Brandon Christiansen and Blake Torgerson led BYU to a doubleheader and series sweep of Utah 7-2, 5-3, Saturday at Larry H. Miller Field.

The Cougars (17-5-1, 5-1 Mountain West Conference) used only three pitchers in the two ballgames. The Utes (7-16, 1-5) could only muster 14 hits and five runs in the doubleheader. BYU coach Vance Law is pleased with the way his team is playing as it returned to a first-place tie with UNLV in the MWC.

"We're playing well and we're playing with confidence," Law said. "There can't be too many teams in school history that have had a better start than us. (This is the best record for BYU since it started with an 18-5 mark in 1980)."

In game one, the Utes started the scoring in the top of the third inning after consecutive hits by Utah batters. Tyler Kay hit a one-out single and he was followed with a John Welsh RBI double into the left-center gap.

BYU was quick to respond in its half of the third inning, scoring three runs on five hits to take a 3-1 lead. The Cougars started their rally with consecutive two-baggers from Casey Cloward and Sean McNaughton. McNaughton scored on a RBI single by Apana Nakayama. Two consecutive singles followed--one by Jeff Hiestand to move Nakayama to second--and one by Brandon Taylor to drive in Nakayama.

In the sixth inning, Utah cut into the lead. The Utes led off the inning with consecutive singles--a bunt by Ryan Khoury and a grounder that got through the infield by Doug Beck. BYU pitcher Christiansen did a good job of damage control as he didn't give up another hit in the inning. The Utes' only run of the inning was on a fielder's choice.

The Cougars added to their lead in the seventh inning when McNaughton and Villezcas got back-to-back hits. McNaughton's was a one-out single and Villezcas followed with a RBI double. After Nakayama flied out, Hiestand hit a two-out, two-run home run, his second of the series. The homer put BYU up 6-2 in the late innings. The Cougars added an insurance run in the eighth when Adrian Molina hit a run-scoring single after Ben Saylor led the inning off with a double.

Christiansen pitched a complete game to earn the victory, holding the Utes to only two runs and seven hits.

In game two, Utah jumped out to an early 3-0 lead. The Utes scored one in the first inning and two in the third on a two-run homer by Khoury. After that BYU pitching settled in and Utah didn't score again in the game. Meanwhile, the Cougars fought back. BYU scored a run in the fourth inning when Nakayama tripled and scored on a double-play ball.

In the fifth, the Cougars grabbed the lead on back-to-back doubles. McNaughton hit one to score Kory Knell who walked to lead off the inning. He was followed by Marcos Villezcas' two-run, two-bagger. BYU added an insurance run in the eighth inning on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Chambers that scored Nakayama.

Game two also had strong pitching performances from starter Torgerson--who earned the win--and reliever Josh Barrett--who earned the save.

The Cougars return to action when they travel to Corvallis, Ore., for a two-game series Monday and Tuesday before returning home for a three-game series with Air Force which starts Thursday.

University of Utah at Brigham Young Univ. (Game 1)

Mar 26, 2005 at Provo, Utah (Larry H.Miller Field)

University of Utah 2 (7-15,1-4 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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WELSH, John cf........... 4 0 1 1 0 0 4 0 0

KHOURY, Ryan ss.......... 3 1 2 0 1 0 4 2 0

BECK, Doug 2b............ 4 0 1 0 0 0 4 2 1

MOZELESKI, Joe rf........ 4 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 2

BROSSMAN, Jay 3b......... 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0

EASTMAN, Trevor 1b....... 4 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 1

OLSEN, Ryder dh.......... 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1

FRANK, Adam c............ 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0

KAY, Tyler lf............ 3 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0

TARTLER, Seth lf........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

CROCKETT, Matt p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

BAILEY, Brandon p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

MADSEN, Josh p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 33 2 7 2 1 1 24 10 5

Brigham Young Univ. 7 (16-5-1,4-1 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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McNAUGHTON, Sean 2b...... 4 2 2 1 0 0 4 5 0

VILLEZCAS, Marcos ss..... 4 1 2 1 0 1 1 5 0

NAKAYAMA, Apana dh....... 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0

HIESTAND, Jeff 1b........ 4 1 2 2 0 1 14 0 0

TAYLOR, Brandon 3b....... 4 0 2 1 0 1 2 6 1

SAYLOR, Ben lf........... 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0

MOLINA, Adrian cf........ 4 0 1 1 0 1 3 0 4

CHAMBERS, Ryan rf........ 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0

CLOWARD, Casey c......... 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0

CHRISTIANSEN, Brandon p... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0

Totals................... 35 7 15 7 0 4 27 19 5

Score by Innings R H E

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University of Utah.. 001 001 000 - 2 7 0

Brigham Young Univ.. 003 000 31X - 7 15 2

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E - McNAUGHTON; TAYLOR. DP - Utah Utes 3; BYU Cougars 3. LOB - Utah Utes 5;

BYU Cougars 5. 2B - WELSH; McNAUGHTON; VILLEZCAS; SAYLOR; CLOWARD. HR -

HIESTAND(5). HBP - SAYLOR.

University of Utah IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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CROCKETT, Matt...... 6.1 12 5 5 0 4 28 29

BAILEY, Brandon..... 1.0 3 2 2 0 0 6 6

MADSEN, Josh........ 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1

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

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CHRISTIANSEN, Brandon 9.0 7 2 2 1 1 33 34

Win - CHRISTIANSEN (2-0). Loss - CROCKETT (2-5). Save - None.

WP - CHRISTIANSEN. HBP - by CROCKETT (SAYLOR).

Umpires - HP: Ted Bergquist 1B: Randy Upton 3B: John DeLuca

Start: 1:04 pm Time: 2:17

University of Utah at Brigham Young Univ. (Game 1) - Play-by-Play

Mar 26, 2005 at Provo, Utah (Larry H.Miller Field)

Score by Innings R H E

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University of Utah.. 001 001 000 - 2 7 0

Brigham Young Univ.. 003 000 31X - 7 15 2

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University of Utah starters: 4/cf WELSH; 2/ss KHOURY; 3/2b BECK; 22/rf MOZELESKI;

18/3b BROSSMAN; 5/1b EASTMAN; 24/dh OLSEN; 10/c FRANK; 1/lf KAY; 34/p CROCKETT;

Brigham Young Univ. starters: 15/2b McNAUGHTON; 10/ss VILLEZCAS; 24/dh NAKAYAMA;

16/1b HIESTAND; 3/3b TAYLOR; 25/lf SAYLOR; 1/cf MOLINA; 22/rf CHAMBERS; 9/c CLOWARD;

31/p CHRISTIANSEN;

University of Utah 1st - WELSH grounded out to p. KHOURY walked. BECK flied

out to cf. MOZELESKI flied out to cf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 1st - McNAUGHTON flied out to lf. VILLEZCAS singled to

right center. NAKAYAMA grounded into double play 2b to ss to 1b; VILLEZCAS out on

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

University of Utah 2nd - BROSSMAN reached on a throwing error by 2b. EASTMAN

grounded into double play 3b to 2b to 1b; BROSSMAN out on the play. OLSEN struck out

looking. 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 2nd - HIESTAND struck out looking. TAYLOR singled to

shortstop. SAYLOR singled to left field; TAYLOR advanced to second. MOLINA grounded

into double play 3b to 1b; TAYLOR out on the play. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1

LOB.

University of Utah 3rd - FRANK grounded out to 2b. KAY singled to third base.

WELSH doubled to left center, RBI; KAY scored. KHOURY popped up to ss. BECK grounded

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

Brigham Young Univ. 3rd - CHAMBERS popped up to ss. CLOWARD doubled to left

field. McNAUGHTON doubled down the lf line, RBI; CLOWARD scored. VILLEZCAS struck

out looking. NAKAYAMA singled to right field, RBI; McNAUGHTON scored. HIESTAND

singled up the middle; NAKAYAMA advanced to second. TAYLOR singled to left field,

RBI; HIESTAND advanced to second; NAKAYAMA scored. SAYLOR hit by pitch; TAYLOR

advanced to second; HIESTAND advanced to third. MOLINA struck out swinging. 3

runs, 5 hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.

University of Utah 4th - MOZELESKI grounded out to ss. BROSSMAN grounded out

to 3b. EASTMAN reached on a fielding error by 3b. OLSEN grounded out to 2b. 0

runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 4th - CHAMBERS flied out to rf. CLOWARD singled to center

field. CLOWARD out at second p to 1b to ss, picked off. McNAUGHTON flied out to cf.

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

University of Utah 5th - FRANK flied out to rf. KAY singled to shortstop.

WELSH grounded into double play 3b to 1b; KAY out on the play. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0

errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 5th - VILLEZCAS grounded out to c. NAKAYAMA singled to

left field. HIESTAND lined out to 2b. TAYLOR struck out swinging. 0 runs, 1 hit,

0 errors, 1 LOB.

University of Utah 6th - KHOURY singled, bunt. BECK singled to left field;

KHOURY advanced to third. MOZELESKI reached on a fielder's choice, RBI; BECK out at

second ss to 2b; KHOURY scored. BROSSMAN fouled out to 1b. EASTMAN grounded out to

3b. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 6th - SAYLOR popped up to ss. MOLINA grounded out to 3b,

bunt. CHAMBERS flied out to cf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

University of Utah 7th - OLSEN singled to first base. OLSEN advanced to

second on a wild pitch. FRANK reached on a fielder's choice; OLSEN out at third p to

3b. KAY grounded into double play ss to 2b to 1b; FRANK out on the play. 0 runs,

1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 7th - CLOWARD flied out to cf. McNAUGHTON singled to

shortstop. VILLEZCAS doubled down the rf line, RBI; McNAUGHTON scored. BAILEY to p

for CROCKETT. NAKAYAMA flied out to cf. HIESTAND homered to right field, 2 RBI;

VILLEZCAS scored. TAYLOR fouled out to 2b. 3 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

University of Utah 8th - WELSH out at first p to 2b to 1b. KHOURY singled to

right center. BECK flied out to cf. MOZELESKI reached on a fielder's choice; KHOURY

out at second 3b to 2b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 8th - TARTLER to lf for KAY. SAYLOR doubled down the rf

line. MOLINA singled up the middle, RBI; SAYLOR scored. CHAMBERS reached on a

fielder's choice; MOLINA out at second ss to 2b. MADSEN to p for BAILEY. CLOWARD

grounded into double play 3b to 2b to 1b; CHAMBERS out on the play. 1 run, 2

hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

University of Utah 9th - BROSSMAN grounded out to 3b. EASTMAN grounded out to

ss. OLSEN flied out to rf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

University of Utah at Brigham Young Univ.

Mar 26, 2005 at Provo, Utah (Larry H.Miller Field)

University of Utah 3 (7-16,1-5 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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WELSH, John cf........... 4 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 0

KHOURY, Ryan ss.......... 4 1 3 2 0 0 0 2 0

BECK, Doug 2b............ 3 0 0 1 0 0 4 5 1

MOZELESKI, Joe rf........ 4 0 1 0 0 1 4 0 0

BROSSMAN, Jay 3b......... 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 5 0

GARRETT, Clayne 1b....... 4 0 1 0 0 0 11 0 0

EASTMAN, Trevor c........ 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1

OLSEN, Ryder dh.......... 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

KAY, Tyler lf............ 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TUMMOLO, Mike ph........ 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TARTLER, Seth lf........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

FREED, Bryce p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0

LANE, Brian p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

COOPER, Josh p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 31 3 8 3 0 1 24 14 3

Brigham Young Univ. 5 (17-5-1,5-1 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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McNAUGHTON, Sean 2b...... 4 1 3 1 0 0 2 5 0

VILLEZCAS, Marcos ss..... 4 0 1 2 0 0 0 5 1

NAKAYAMA, Apana dh....... 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0

HIESTAND, Jeff 1b........ 2 0 1 0 0 1 9 0 0

CHAMBERS, Ryan rf....... 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0

TAYLOR, Brandon 3b....... 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 1

SAYLOR, Ben lf/1b........ 4 0 2 0 0 1 6 0 0

MOLINA, Adrian cf........ 3 0 0 0 1 1 3 0 3

KNELL, Kory rf/lf........ 2 1 0 0 1 0 2 1 0

NELSON, Casey c.......... 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0

CLOWARD, Casey c........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TORGERSON, Blake p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0

BARRETT, Joshua p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 30 5 10 4 2 3 27 15 5

Score by Innings R H E

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University of Utah.. 102 000 000 - 3 8 1

Brigham Young Univ.. 000 130 01X - 5 10 0

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E - COOPER. DP - Utah Utes 3; BYU Cougars 2. LOB - Utah Utes 3;

BYU Cougars 5. 2B - WELSH; KHOURY; GARRETT; McNAUGHTON; VILLEZCAS; NAKAYAMA;

HIESTAND; SAYLOR. 3B - NAKAYAMA. HR - KHOURY(3). HBP - HIESTAND. SH -

BROSSMAN. SF - BECK; CHAMBERS.

University of Utah IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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FREED, Bryce........ 4.0 6 3 3 1 1 16 18

LANE, Brian......... 2.2 2 1 1 1 1 9 10

COOPER, Josh........ 1.1 2 1 1 0 1 5 6

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

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TORGERSON, Blake.... 7.0 6 3 1 0 1 24 26

BARRETT, Joshua..... 2.0 2 0 0 0 0 7 7

Win - TORGERSON (3-1). Loss - LANE (2-3). Save - BARRETT (2).

WP - TORGERSON. HBP - by FREED (HIESTAND). BK - TORGERSON.

Umpires - HP: Randy Upton 1B: John DeLuca 3B: Ted Bergquist

Start: 3:57 pm Time: 2:04 Attendance: 1718

FREED faced 2 batters in the 5th.

University of Utah at Brigham Young Univ. (Game 2) - Play-by-Play

Mar 26, 2005 at Provo, Utah (Larry H.Miller Field)

Score by Innings R H E

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University of Utah.. 102 000 000 - 3 8 1

Brigham Young Univ.. 000 130 01X - 5 10 0

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University of Utah starters: 4/cf WELSH; 2/ss KHOURY; 3/2b BECK; 22/rf MOZELESKI;

18/3b BROSSMAN; 33/1b GARRETT; 5/c EASTMAN; 24/dh OLSEN; 1/lf KAY; 19/p FREED;

Brigham Young Univ. starters: 15/2b McNAUGHTON; 10/ss VILLEZCAS; 24/dh NAKAYAMA;

16/1b HIESTAND; 3/3b TAYLOR; 25/lf SAYLOR; 1/cf MOLINA; 12/rf KNELL; 8/c NELSON;

32/p TORGERSON;

University of Utah 1st - WELSH doubled to right center. KHOURY grounded out

to 2b; WELSH advanced to third. BECK flied out to cf, SF, RBI; WELSH scored.

MOZELESKI struck out swinging. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 1st - McNAUGHTON singled through the right side.

VILLEZCAS grounded into double play 3b to 2b to 1b; McNAUGHTON out on the play.

NAKAYAMA grounded out to p. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

University of Utah 2nd - BROSSMAN grounded out to 2b. GARRETT flied out to

lf. EASTMAN lined out to 3b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 2nd - HIESTAND doubled to right center. TAYLOR flied out

to cf; HIESTAND advanced to third. SAYLOR struck out swinging. MOLINA grounded out

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

University of Utah 3rd - OLSEN out at first 2b to p. KAY grounded out to 1b

unassisted. WELSH singled to shortstop on a diving play by VILLEZCAS. WELSH advanced to second on a

balk. KHOURY homered to left field, 2 RBI, unearned; WELSH scored, unearned. BECK

grounded out to 3b. 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 3rd - KNELL fouled out to rf. NELSON grounded out to 3b.

McNAUGHTON singled to left field. VILLEZCAS flied out to rf. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0

errors, 1 LOB.

University of Utah 4th - MOZELESKI singled through the left side. BROSSMAN

grounded out to 3b, SAC, bunt; MOZELESKI advanced to second. GARRETT flied out to

rf. EASTMAN flied out to cf. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 4th - NAKAYAMA tripled to left center. HIESTAND hit by

pitch. TAYLOR grounded into double play 3b to 2b to 1b; HIESTAND out on the play;

NAKAYAMA scored. SAYLOR singled to right field. MOLINA grounded out to p. 1 run,

2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

University of Utah 5th - OLSEN grounded out to 2b. KAY grounded out to ss.

WELSH flied out to lf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 5th - KNELL walked. NELSON singled to right center; KNELL

advanced to third. LANE to p for FREED. McNAUGHTON doubled down the rf line, RBI;

NELSON advanced to third; KNELL scored. VILLEZCAS doubled to right center, 2 RBI;

McNAUGHTON scored; NELSON scored. NAKAYAMA flied out to rf. HIESTAND struck out

swinging. TAYLOR grounded out to ss. 3 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

University of Utah 6th - KHOURY singled to left field. BECK grounded into

double play ss to 2b to 1b; KHOURY out on the play. MOZELESKI grounded out to 3b.

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

Brigham Young Univ. 6th - SAYLOR grounded out to 2b. MOLINA walked. KNELL

grounded into double play 3b to 2b to 1b; MOLINA out on the play. 0 runs, 0 hits,

0 errors, 0 LOB.

University of Utah 7th - CHAMBERS to rf for HIESTAND. SAYLOR to 1b. KNELL to

lf. BROSSMAN flied out to cf. GARRETT doubled to right center. GARRETT advanced to

third on a wild pitch. EASTMAN grounded out to p. OLSEN grounded out to ss. 0

runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 7th - NELSON grounded out to ss. McNAUGHTON popped up to

2b. COOPER to p for LANE. VILLEZCAS grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors,

0 LOB.

University of Utah 8th - BARRETT to p for TORGERSON. TUMMOLO pinch hit for

KAY. TUMMOLO flied out to rf. WELSH grounded out to ss. KHOURY doubled down the lf

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

Brigham Young Univ. 8th - TARTLER to lf for TUMMOLO. NAKAYAMA doubled to

center field. NAKAYAMA advanced to third on a throwing error by p. CHAMBERS flied

out to rf, SF, RBI; NAKAYAMA scored. TAYLOR flied out to cf. SAYLOR doubled to left

center. MOLINA struck out looking. 1 run, 2 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

University of Utah 9th - CLOWARD to c for NELSON. MOZELESKI popped up to 3b.

BROSSMAN singled to third base. GARRETT flied into double play lf to 2b; BROSSMAN

out on the play. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

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