Saylor Homers in Loss

Ben Saylor hit a three-run home run Friday, his team-leading 11th of the season. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- Pitching woes for BYU overshadowed a solid night at the plate for the Cougars, including a three-run home run by Ben Saylor, as they lost to TCU, 14-5 Friday.

Saylor's 11th home run on the season came in the third inning with two out and two on against TCU starter Brad Furnish. After Seth Johnson led off the inning with a single through the middle of the infield, Marcos Villzcas followed with a single of his own.

Batting next, Saylor got every bit of the breaking ball that Furnish hung him, turning on the pitch for a three-run blast to right field that put BYU (16-22, 3-6 in Mountain West Conference) up 5-3.

The Horned Frogs (23-16, 11-1 in MWC) started off the game with two runs in the first after Jesse Craig gave up a couple of hits and a walk. Matt Carpenter picked up and Andrew Walkder both picked up RBI for TCU in the inning.

Leading off in the second for BYU, Jeff Hiestand walked before moving to second on a wild pitch. After Dane Nielsen fouled off strike three twice, the freshman DH drew a walk to put two men on with one out. Batting next Blake Crosby drove an RBI single into shallow center allowing a hustling Hiestand to score from first. Following, Casey Nelson evened the score at two on an RBI ground out to short that allowed Nielsen to score from third.

Craig (3-6, 4.43) started out the night in good form as he held the Horned Frogs to just two runs on two hits through three and a third innings pitched, picking up five strikeouts along the way. However, things got rough for the BYU starter in a hurry in the top of the fourth.

TCU took the lead back in the inning when Craig allowed seven runs on three walks and six base hits. A single through the right side by Ryan Pack scored two of those runs to knot the score at five each before a grounder through the right side by Steven Trout scored the go-ahead run to make the score 6-5. TCU added three more runs to end the inning up 9-5 as it brought 12 batters to the plate in the inning.

With no men on in the top of the fifth inning, BYU reliever Jordan Muir gave up just the third home run of his young collegiate career when Bryan Kervin took a 2-0 pitch to the trees in right field, putting the Horned Frogs up 10-5. TCU added runs in both the seventh and eighth innings to make the score 13-5 in their favor. Furnish (4-5) picked up the win in the game while reliever Donald Furrow picked up his first save.

The two teams will face off in their final regular-season meeting of the year Saturday at 1 p.m.

TCU at Brigham Young Univ.

Apr 21, 2006 at Provo, Utah (Larry H.Miller Field)

TCU 14 (24-16,11-1 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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KERVIN ss................ 6 1 2 2 0 2 5 2 0

TROUT dh................. 5 1 1 1 1 3 0 0 1

HUFFMAN 1b............... 2 3 1 1 2 0 10 3 0

CARPENTER 3b............. 5 2 3 1 1 1 0 2 1

WALKER c................. 5 1 2 1 1 1 6 1 2

ADAMS rf................. 4 1 2 3 1 0 2 0 2

VERN lf.................. 4 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 2

BUTTELL lf.............. 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0

STEGLICH 2b.............. 3 1 0 0 1 2 2 5 1

PACK cf.................. 3 2 1 2 2 0 1 0 0

FURNISH p................ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0

FURROW p................ 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

Totals................... 37 14 14 13 9 9 27 15 9

Brigham Young Univ. 5 (16-22,3-6 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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JOHNSON, Seth cf......... 4 1 2 0 1 1 1 0 0

VILLEZCAS, Marcos ss..... 5 1 1 0 0 1 3 2 2

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

HIESTAND, Jeff 1b........ 3 1 0 0 1 1 8 0 0

WALTON, Kent lf.......... 4 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 0

NIELSEN, Dane dh......... 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0

CROSBY, Blake 3b......... 4 0 2 1 0 0 1 3 3

NELSON, Casey c.......... 4 0 1 1 0 0 9 3 0

BANKS, Stetson 2b........ 4 0 1 0 0 1 3 0 1

CRAIG, Jesse p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

MUIR, Jordan p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0

BARNES, Clayton p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 34 5 10 5 4 8 27 11 6

Score by Innings R H E

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TCU................. 200 710 121 - 14 14 1

Brigham Young Univ.. 023 000 000 - 5 10 0

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E - FURNISH. DP - TCU 2. LOB - TCU 9; BYU Cougars 6. 2B - CARPENTER; VERN;

CROSBY; BANKS. 3B - WALTON. HR - KERVIN(2); SAYLOR(11). HBP - HUFFMAN 2. SH

- BUTTELL; STEGLICH. CS - HUFFMAN; PACK; SAYLOR.

TCU IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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FURNISH............. 6.0 9 5 5 4 4 25 29

FURROW.............. 3.0 1 0 0 0 4 9 9

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

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CRAIG, Jesse........ 3.1 6 9 9 5 5 15 21

MUIR, Jordan........ 4.2 8 4 4 1 4 19 23

BARNES, Clayton..... 1.0 0 1 1 3 0 3 6

Win - FURNISH (4-5). Loss - CRAIG (3-6). Save - FURROW (1).

WP - FURNISH; CRAIG; BARNES 2. HBP - by CRAIG (HUFFMAN); by MUIR (HUFFMAN). BK -

FURNISH.

Umpires - HP: Blake Jensen 1B: Jeff Richardson 3B: Chad McCardell

Start: 7:08 pm Time: 3:29 Attendance: 1935

Game notes:

Game 2 of 3 in the Provo series

1,935 is the 2nd highest crowd of the home season

TCU at Brigham Young Univ. - Play-by-Play

Apr 21, 2006 at Provo, Utah (Larry H.Miller Field)

Score by Innings R H E

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TCU................. 200 710 121 - 14 14 1

Brigham Young Univ.. 023 000 000 - 5 10 0

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TCU starters: 1/ss KERVIN; 16/dh TROUT; 17/1b HUFFMAN; 14/3b CARPENTER; 6/c WALKER;

44/rf ADAMS; 21/lf VERN; 3/2b STEGLICH; 15/cf PACK; 5/p FURNISH;

Brigham Young Univ. starters: 26/cf JOHNSON, S.; 10/ss VILLEZCAS; 25/rf SAYLOR;

32/1b HIESTAND; 9/lf WALTON; 19/dh NIELSEN; 30/3b CROSBY; 8/c NELSON; 3/2b BANKS;

35/p CRAIG;

TCU 1st - KERVIN struck out looking. TROUT struck out swinging. HUFFMAN

walked. HUFFMAN advanced to second on a wild pitch. CARPENTER doubled to left

center, RBI; HUFFMAN scored. WALKER singled to left field, RBI; CARPENTER scored.

ADAMS grounded out to 3b. 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 1st - JOHNSON, S. flied out to 2b. VILLEZCAS fouled out

to 1b. SAYLOR struck out swinging, reached first on a throwing error by p. SAYLOR

out at second p to 1b to ss, caught stealing. 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 0 LOB.

TCU 2nd - VERN fouled out to 1b. STEGLICH struck out swinging. PACK walked.

PACK out at second c to ss, caught stealing. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 2nd - HIESTAND walked. HIESTAND advanced to second on a

wild pitch. WALTON struck out swinging, out at first c to 1b. NIELSEN walked. CROSBY

singled to center field, RBI; NIELSEN advanced to second; HIESTAND scored. CROSBY

advanced to second on a balk; NIELSEN advanced to third. NELSON grounded out to ss,

RBI; NIELSEN scored. BANKS flied out to 1b. 2 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

TCU 3rd - KERVIN grounded out to ss. TROUT struck out swinging. HUFFMAN hit

by pitch. CARPENTER flied out to cf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 3rd - JOHNSON, S. singled to center field. VILLEZCAS

singled to center field; JOHNSON, S. advanced to second. SAYLOR homered to left

field, 3 RBI; VILLEZCAS scored; JOHNSON, S. scored. HIESTAND flied out to cf. WALTON

tripled to right center. NIELSEN struck out looking. CROSBY flied out to rf. 3

runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

TCU 4th - WALKER walked. ADAMS walked; WALKER advanced to second. VERN

doubled to center field, RBI; ADAMS advanced to third; WALKER scored. STEGLICH

walked. PACK singled through the left side, 2 RBI; STEGLICH advanced to second; VERN

scored; ADAMS scored. KERVIN struck out swinging. TROUT singled through the right

side, RBI; PACK advanced to third; STEGLICH scored. HUFFMAN singled to second base,

RBI; TROUT advanced to second; PACK scored. MUIR to p for CRAIG. CARPENTER struck

out swinging. WALKER singled to third base; HUFFMAN advanced to second; TROUT

advanced to third. ADAMS singled through the left side, 2 RBI; WALKER advanced to

second; HUFFMAN scored; TROUT scored. VERN popped up to 2b. 7 runs, 6 hits, 0

errors, 2 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 4th - NELSON singled up the middle. BANKS reached on a

fielder's choice; NELSON out at second 2b to ss. JOHNSON, S. walked; BANKS advanced

to second. VILLEZCAS grounded into double play 2b to ss to 1b; JOHNSON, S. out on

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

TCU 5th - STEGLICH grounded out to 1b unassisted. PACK grounded out to p.

KERVIN homered to left field, RBI. TROUT grounded out to 3b. 1 run, 1 hit, 0

errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 5th - SAYLOR walked. HIESTAND struck out swinging. WALTON

singled to right field; SAYLOR advanced to third. NIELSEN popped up to 1b. CROSBY

reached on a fielder's choice; WALTON out at second 2b to ss. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0

errors, 2 LOB.

TCU 6th - HUFFMAN walked. HUFFMAN out at second c to ss, caught stealing.

CARPENTER singled to right field. WALKER fouled out to c. ADAMS reached on a

fielder's choice; CARPENTER out at second ss to 2b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1

LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 6th - NELSON grounded out to 2b. BANKS doubled, bunt.

BANKS out at second p to 3b to 2b, picked off. JOHNSON, S. singled to center field.

VILLEZCAS flied out to rf. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

TCU 7th - VERN singled to shortstop. STEGLICH out at first p to 3b, SAC,

bunt; VERN advanced to second. PACK flied out to rf. KERVIN singled to center field,

RBI; VERN scored. TROUT struck out swinging, out at first c to 1b. 1 run, 2 hits,

0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 7th - FURROW to p for FURNISH. BUTTELL to lf for VERN.

SAYLOR out at first 1b to p. HIESTAND grounded out to 3b. WALTON struck out

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

TCU 8th - HUFFMAN hit by pitch. CARPENTER singled to left field; HUFFMAN

advanced to second. WALKER struck out swinging. ADAMS singled up the middle, RBI;

CARPENTER advanced to third; HUFFMAN scored. BUTTELL grounded out to p, SAC, bunt,

RBI; ADAMS advanced to second; CARPENTER scored. STEGLICH struck out looking. 2

runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 8th - NIELSEN grounded out to 2b. CROSBY doubled to left

field. NELSON grounded into double play 1b to ss; CROSBY out on the play. 0 runs,

1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

TCU 9th - BARNES to p for MUIR. PACK walked. KERVIN flied out to rf. TROUT

walked; PACK advanced to second. HUFFMAN popped up to ss. TROUT advanced to second

on a wild pitch; PACK advanced to third. CARPENTER walked; TROUT advanced to third

on a wild pitch; PACK scored. WALKER reached on a fielder's choice; CARPENTER out at

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

Brigham Young Univ. 9th - BANKS struck out swinging. JOHNSON, S. struck out

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

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