Rubber Match Ends in 3-3 Tie

Brandon Taylors eight-inning double tied BYU's game against San Jose State. The game ended in a tie. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

SAN JOSE -- A rubber match Saturday between BYU and San Jose State ended in a 3-3 tie after nine complete innings because the Cougars had an airplane flight to catch.

After two hours and 50 minutes of play, the two teams ended the game by mutual agreement, with each team winning once in the three-game series. The Cougars are now 2-2-1, while SJSU is 4-5-1. The tie was the first for BYU since a 12-12 stalemate in 2002 against Washington which also was a result of travel constraints.

Through three-and-a-half innings on Saturday, the game was a no-hitter with Brandon Christiansen in his Cougar debut versus Corey Cabral. The Cougars threatened in the third when the Spartans committed an error, but Casey Nelson grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

SJSU broke the deadlock when Nate Corrick knocked an RBI single in the fourth. David Pierson was credited with an RBI off his fielder's choice. Pierson beat out a double play attempt as BYU's relay throw from second was wide at first, allowing an unearned run to score.

BYU got its first hits of the game when Casey Nelson singled and scored off Sean McNaughton's two-run homer. Ryan Chambers was stranded at third after hitting a triple in the sixth when the Cougars chased Cabral from the mound.

Christensen pitched six strong innings in his debut for the Cougars. When he was replaced in the seventh by Josh Barrett, he left surrendering seven hits for the day--all singles.

Brandon Taylor tied the game at three-all in the eighth with a double down the left field line, driving in McNaughton. McNaughton led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice by Chambers. Taylor was stranded on base as relief ace Brad Kilby faced the Cougars for the second time in as many days.

Kilby, who bested the Cougars in Friday's 5-4 10-inning victory, struck out Jeff Hiestand, then got Apana Nakayama to fly out to right field.

Chambers, BYU's relief ace, also entered the game in the ninth, surrendering an infield single to Sam Hall. Prior to Hall's single, Chambers struck out Anthon Contreras looking after coming back from a 3-0 count. Chambers then got Travis Becktel to fly out to right field and struck out Brandon Fromm.

BYU is next in action on Tuesday at Oklahoma State to start a two-game series before facing Oral Roberts University on Thursday to start a three-game series in Tulsa.

Brigham Young at San Jose State

Feb 26, 2005 at San Jose (Municipal Stadium)

Brigham Young (2-2-1)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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

CHAMBERS, Ryan cf........ 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0

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

HIESTAND, Jeff 1b........ 4 0 0 0 0 2 7 2 2

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

MOLINA, Adrian cf....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

SAYLOR, Ben rf........... 3 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 0

KNELL, Kory lf........... 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0

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

NELSON, Casey c.......... 4 1 1 0 0 1 7 1 2

CLOWARD, Casey c........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0

CHRISTIANSEN, Brando p... 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0

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

Totals................... 34 3 8 3 2 7 27 12 7

San Jose State 3 (4-5-1)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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Contreras, Anthony ss.... 4 0 1 0 0 2 3 4 0

Hall, Sam lf............. 4 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 0

Becktel, Travis cf....... 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0

Fromm, Brandon 1b........ 3 1 1 0 2 1 10 1 1

Birrenkott, Jared dh..... 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 5

Corrick, Nate rf......... 4 1 2 1 0 1 1 0 0

Angel, Ryan 3b........... 3 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0

Pierson, David 2b........ 4 0 1 1 0 0 2 5 0

Santich-Hughes, J. c..... 3 0 0 0 0 0 6 1 1

Epidendio, Nick ph...... 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

Fitch, Daniel c......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

Cabral, Corey p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Winck, Matt p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0

Jimenez, Tim p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Crombie, Daniel p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Kilby, Brad p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 34 3 9 2 2 6 27 14 10

Score by Innings R H E

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Brigham Young....... 000 002 010 - 3 8 1

San Jose State...... 000 300 000 - 3 9 2

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E - McNAUGHTON(4); Becktel(1); Angel(4). DP - Spartans 1. LOB - Cougars 7;

Spartans 10. 2B - TAYLOR(2); SAYLOR(1). 3B - CHAMBERS(1). HR -

McNAUGHTON(1). HBP - Contreras; Hall; Becktel. SH - CHAMBERS(1); Angel(2).

SB - KNELL(1); VILLEZCAS(1). CS - TAYLOR(1).

Brigham Young IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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CHRISTIANSEN, Brando 6.2 7 3 2 1 4 26 30

BARRETT, Joshua..... 1.1 1 0 0 1 0 4 6

CHAMBERS, Ryan...... 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 4 4

San Jose State IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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Cabral, Corey....... 5.2 3 2 2 0 3 20 20

Winck, Matt......... 1.2 4 1 1 1 2 8 10

Jimenez, Tim........ 0.2 0 0 0 1 1 2 3

Crombie, Daniel..... 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1

Kilby, Brad......... 0.2 1 0 0 0 1 3 3

Win - None. Loss - None. Save - None.

HBP - by CHRISTIANSEN (Contreras); by CHRISTIANSEN (Hall); by CHRISTIANSEN

(Becktel).

Umpires - HP: Navarro 1B: Dixon-Sturman 3B: Martinez

Start: 12:03 Time: 2:50 Attendance: 331

Play-by-Play

Brigham Young at San Jose State - Play-by-Play

Feb 26, 2005 at San Jose (Municipal Stadium)

Score by Innings R H E

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Brigham Young....... 000 002 010 - 3 8 1

San Jose State...... 000 300 000 - 3 9 2

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Brigham Young starters: 15/2b McNAUGHTON; 22/cf CHAMBERS; 3/3b TAYLOR; 16/1b

HIESTAND; 24/dh NAKAYAMA; 25/rf SAYLOR; 12/lf KNELL; 10/ss VILLEZCAS; 8/c

NELSON; 31/p CHRISTIANSEN;

San Jose State starters: 4/ss Contreras; 7/lf Hall; 16/cf Becktel; 42/1b

Fromm; 28/dh Birrenkott; 24/rf Corrick; 23/3b Angel; 12/2b Pierson; 34/c

Santich; 31/p Cabral;

Brigham Young - inning 1

McNAUGHTON struck out looking. CHAMBERS struck out swinging. TAYLOR

grounded out to p. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

San Jose State - inning 1

Contreras struck out swinging, out at first c to 1b. Hall struck out

swinging. Becktel grounded out to ss. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young - inning 2

HIESTAND grounded out to 1b unassisted. NAKAYAMA flied out to lf. SAYLOR

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

San Jose State - inning 2

Fromm grounded out to 2b. Birrenkott grounded out to ss. Corrick flied

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

Brigham Young - inning 3

KNELL grounded out to ss. VILLEZCAS reached on an error by cf. NELSON hit

into double play ss to 2b to 1b; VILLEZCAS out on the play. 0 runs, 0

hits, 1 error, 0 LOB.

San Jose State - inning 3

Angel struck out swinging. Pierson singled. Santich fouled out to c.

Contreras singled to left field; Pierson advanced to second. Hall

singled; Contreras advanced to second; Pierson advanced to third, out at

home 1b to c. 0 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Brigham Young - inning 4

McNAUGHTON grounded out to 2b. CHAMBERS flied out to cf. TAYLOR reached

on an error by 3b. TAYLOR out at second c to ss, caught stealing. 0 runs,

0 hits, 1 error, 0 LOB.

San Jose State - inning 4

Becktel flied out to rf. Fromm walked. Birrenkott singled to center

field; Fromm advanced to second. Corrick singled to right field, RBI;

Birrenkott advanced to second; Fromm scored. Angel singled to right

field; Corrick advanced to second; Birrenkott advanced to third. Pierson

reached on a fielder's choice, RBI; Angel out at second ss to 2b; Corrick

advanced to third, scored on an error by 2b, unearned; Birrenkott scored.

Santich grounded out to p. 3 runs, 3 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young - inning 5

HIESTAND grounded out to 2b. NAKAYAMA grounded out to 2b. SAYLOR flied

out to cf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

San Jose State - inning 5

Contreras hit by pitch. Hall popped up to 3b. Becktel reached on a

fielder's choice; Contreras out at second ss to 2b. Fromm singled to

right field; Becktel advanced to second. Birrenkott out at first 2b to p.

0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Brigham Young - inning 6

KNELL popped up to ss. VILLEZCAS grounded out to 2b. NELSON singled to

center field. McNAUGHTON homered, 2 RBI; NELSON scored. CHAMBERS tripled

to right center. Winck to p for Cabral. TAYLOR walked. HIESTAND struck

out swinging. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

San Jose State - inning 6

Corrick struck out swinging. Angel popped up to 2b. Pierson grounded out

to 3b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young - inning 7

NAKAYAMA struck out swinging. SAYLOR doubled to right center. KNELL

reached on a fielder's choice; SAYLOR out at third p to 3b. VILLEZCAS

singled; KNELL advanced to third. NELSON reached on a fielder's choice;

VILLEZCAS out at second ss to 2b. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

San Jose State - inning 7

Santich grounded out to ss. Contreras out at first 1b to p. Hall hit by

pitch. Becktel hit by pitch; Hall advanced to second. BARRETT to p for

CHRISTIANSEN. Fromm walked; Becktel advanced to second; Hall advanced to

third. Birrenkott fouled out to c. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.

Brigham Young - inning 8

McNAUGHTON singled to third base. CHAMBERS grounded out to p, SAC;

McNAUGHTON advanced to second. TAYLOR doubled, RBI; McNAUGHTON scored.

Jimenez to p for Winck. HIESTAND struck out looking. NAKAYAMA flied out

to rf. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

San Jose State - inning 8

Corrick singled to center field. Angel grounded out to c unassisted, SAC;

Corrick advanced to second. Pierson popped up to ss. Epidendio pinch hit

for Santich. Epidendio popped up to 2b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young - inning 9

Fitch to c for Epidendio. SAYLOR walked. Crombie to p for Jimenez. KNELL

reached on a fielder's choice; SAYLOR out at second 1b to ss. Kilby to p

for Crombie. VILLEZCAS singled to left field; KNELL advanced to second.

NELSON struck out swinging; VILLEZCAS stole second; KNELL stole third.

McNAUGHTON grounded out to ss. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

San Jose State - inning 9

CHAMBERS to p. MOLINA to cf for NAKAYAMA. CLOWARD to c for NELSON. / for

BARRETT. Contreras struck out looking. Hall singled. Becktel flied out to

lf. Fromm struck out swinging. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

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