Saylor & Jacinto Nail SDSU

Freshman J.D. Stambaugh (2-0) prepares to release a pitch during his start in Saturday's 6-5 win over the Aztecs. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- A two-run home run by Ben Saylor in the seventh and Paul Jacinto's second strong appearance in three days gave BYU a 6-5 victory over San Diego State on Saturday.

The Cougars (16-25, 6-9 in the Mountain West Conference) captured the series victory at Larry H. Miller Field, winning two of three against the Aztecs (20-22, 9-4) who came into Provo tied with UNLV for first place in the MWC.

With two outs in the bottom of the seventh and Rob Itri on first in front of 1,052 fans, Saylor belted a long home run over the left-center fence to put the Cougars ahead for good. The homer is Saylor's third of the year and came after San Diego State broke a 4-4 tie with a run in the top of the seventh.

"I felt like I had been swinging well all day," Saylor said. "He (Ben Coon) threw me a fastball on the first pitch, and when I hit it, I knew I had something on it. It's nice to get one at home."

After the sophomore right fielder went 0-for-3 in his first three at bats against Aztec starter Coon (4-1), BYU head coach Vance Law said he almost lifted Saylor for a pinch hitter in the seventh.

"I almost put Kevin Bills in there because of the lefty-righty situation," Law said. "But Saylor had been hitting the ball well, so I left him in there. He's going to have to face the lefties sooner or later. But boy, I'm glad I left him in there because he sure came through for us in a big way. It was exactly what the doctor ordered"

Jacinto (1-8) picked up his first save of the year after winning his first game in relief on Thursday. Last year's MWC Pitcher of the Year had begun the season 0-8 as a starter.

"I hope that this will be something to turn Paul's past behind him," Law said. "He's not worrying about his record anymore. He's just worrying about the game and the impact he can have on it."

With runners on first and second and nobody out in the ninth inning, Jacinto entered the game in relief of Lance Beus. A running catch on a line drive made by Saylor and a 5-4 double play preserved the win.

An error led to three unearned runs in the second inning as the Cougars took a 3-0 lead. San Diego State came back to tie the score with three in the third off J.D. Stambaugh (2-0) in his third start.

Wade Vest doubled and stole third in the fourth inning. He then came around to score on a groundout by Ryan Chambers, giving BYU a 4-3 lead. The Aztecs tied the game with a run in the fifth and then went ahead 5-4 with a run in the seventh.

Beus (3-1) picked up his third win after pitching three-plus innings of relief. The junior transfer allowed one run on four hits and struck out one. Chambers finished the series 6-for-13 with seven RBI after a 2-for-4 performance with two RBI on Saturday,

The Cougars will continue MWC play with a three-game series at Air Force beginning Thursday. The Falcons have yet to win in conference play.

San Diego State at Brigham Young Univ.

Apr 17, 2004 at Provo, Utah (Larry H.Miller Field)

San Diego State 5 (20-22,9-4 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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BURT, Landon lf.......... 4 1 0 0 1 1 4 0 0

GUERRERO, James ss....... 4 0 1 0 1 2 1 3 2

EMBREY, Rielly 1b........ 4 0 1 1 1 0 8 2 0

UNGRICHT, Brock dh....... 5 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 1

MCLINTOCK, Jake rf....... 5 1 2 0 0 0 4 0 1

SWAYDAN, Jordan c........ 4 0 2 2 0 2 5 0 0

FLOQUET, Kyle 2b......... 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 5

CHANGNON, Garrett 3b..... 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 2 0

HALL, David cf........... 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

COON, Ben p.............. 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0

ZINK, J.T. p............ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

SCHROYER, Ryan p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 38 5 12 5 3 6 24 11 9

Brigham Young Univ. 6 (16-25,6-9 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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

WIENS, Ranger 3b......... 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 4

ITRI, Rob dh............. 4 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 1

HIESTAND, Jeff lf........ 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0

BILLS, Kevin lf......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

SAYLOR, Ben rf........... 4 1 1 2 0 0 5 0 0

TAYLOR, Brandon ss....... 4 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 0

LAW, Tim 1b.............. 4 1 2 0 0 0 11 0 3

WILKES, Adam c........... 4 1 1 1 0 1 6 0 0

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

VEST, Wade 2b............ 4 1 2 1 0 0 2 2 0

STAMBAUGH,J.D. p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

BURGER, Bryce p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

BEUS, Lance p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

JACINTO, Paul p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 36 6 11 6 1 5 27 9 8

Score by Innings R H E

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San Diego State..... 003 010 100 - 5 12 2

Brigham Young Univ.. 030 100 20X - 6 11 0

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E - GUERRERO; CHANGNON. DP - BYU Cougars 1. LOB - SDSU Aztecs 9; BYU Cougars

8. 2B - SWAYDAN; HALL; VEST. HR - SAYLOR(3). HBP - WIENS. SB - CHANGNON;

VEST 2. CS - CHAMBERS.

San Diego State IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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COON, Ben........... 6.2 10 6 3 0 5 31 32

ZINK, J.T........... 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 4 5

SCHROYER, Ryan...... 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1

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

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STAMBAUGH,J.D....... 2.1 5 3 3 2 2 12 14

BURGER, Bryce....... 2.2 3 1 1 0 3 11 11

BEUS, Lance......... 3.0 4 1 1 1 1 13 14

JACINTO, Paul....... 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2

Win - BEUS (3-1). Loss - COON (4-1). Save - JACINTO (1).

WP - BURGER. HBP - by COON (WIENS).

Umpires - HP: Tony Sender 1B: Jason Rogers 3B: Terry Balser

Start: 12:02 pm Time: 2:43 Attendance: 1152

Game notes:

Game 3 of 3

BEUS faced 2 batters in the 9th.

Play-by-Play

Score by Innings R H E

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San Diego State..... 003 010 100 - 5 12 2

Brigham Young Univ.. 030 100 20X - 6 11 0

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San Diego State starters: 8/lf BURT; 1/ss GUERRERO; 7/1b EMBREY; 25/dh

UNGRICHT; 15/rf MCLINTOCK; 12/c SWAYDAN; 10/2b FLOQUET; 6/3b CHANGNON;

24/cf HALL; 38/p COON;

Brigham Young Univ. starters: 22/cf CHAMBERS; 8/3b WIENS; 21/dh ITRI; 16/lf

HIESTAND; 25/rf SAYLOR; 3/ss TAYLOR; 1/1b LAW; 24/c WILKES; 5/2b VEST;

32/p STAMBAUGH;

San Diego State - inning 1

BURT grounded out to 2b. GUERRERO singled up the middle. EMBREY grounded

out to 2b; GUERRERO advanced to second. UNGRICHT grounded out to 1b

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

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 1

CHAMBERS singled to right center. CHAMBERS out at second p to 1b to ss,

caught stealing. WIENS struck out swinging. ITRI grounded out to 2b. 0

runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

San Diego State - inning 2

MCLINTOCK flied out to rf. SWAYDAN struck out looking. FLOQUET fouled out

to rf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 2

HIESTAND flied out to rf. SAYLOR out at first 1b to p. TAYLOR reached on

a fielding error by ss. LAW singled through the right side; TAYLOR

advanced to third. WILKES singled to center field, RBI; LAW advanced to

second; TAYLOR scored, unearned. VEST singled to right center, RBI;

WILKES advanced to second; LAW scored, unearned. CHAMBERS singled up the

middle, RBI; VEST advanced to third; WILKES scored, unearned. WIENS flied

out to rf. 3 runs, 4 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB.

San Diego State - inning 3

CHANGNON singled up the middle. HALL doubled down the lf line; CHANGNON

advanced to third. BURT walked. GUERRERO struck out swinging. EMBREY

walked, RBI; BURT advanced to second; HALL advanced to third; CHANGNON

scored. UNGRICHT singled to left field, 2 RBI; EMBREY advanced to second;

BURT scored; HALL scored. MCLINTOCK singled to shortstop; UNGRICHT

advanced to second; EMBREY advanced to third. BURGER to p for STAMBAUGH.

SWAYDAN struck out swinging. FLOQUET struck out swinging. 3 runs, 4 hits,

0 errors, 3 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 3

ITRI singled through the left side. HIESTAND struck out looking. SAYLOR

flied out to lf. TAYLOR reached on a fielding error by 3b, advanced to

second; ITRI advanced to third. LAW grounded out to p. 0 runs, 1 hit, 1

error, 2 LOB.

San Diego State - inning 4

CHANGNON singled down the rf line. HALL flied out to cf. CHANGNON stole

second. BURT struck out swinging. GUERRERO fouled out to rf. 0 runs, 1

hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 4

WILKES struck out looking. VEST doubled to left center. VEST stole third.

CHAMBERS grounded out to ss, RBI; VEST scored. WIENS hit by pitch. ITRI

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

San Diego State - inning 5

EMBREY grounded out to 1b unassisted. UNGRICHT singled to right field.

MCLINTOCK grounded out to 3b; UNGRICHT advanced to second. UNGRICHT

advanced to third on a wild pitch. SWAYDAN singled to center field, RBI;

UNGRICHT scored. FLOQUET popped up to 2b. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 5

HIESTAND singled to center field. SAYLOR flied out to lf. TAYLOR struck

out looking. LAW grounded out to 3b, bunt. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1

LOB.

San Diego State - inning 6

BEUS to p for BURGER. CHANGNON singled up the middle. HALL fouled out to

rf; CHANGNON advanced to second. BURT grounded out to ss. GUERRERO struck

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

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 6

WILKES grounded out to ss. VEST flied out to rf. CHAMBERS flied out to

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

San Diego State - inning 7

EMBREY grounded out to ss. UNGRICHT flied out to cf. MCLINTOCK singled to

second base. SWAYDAN doubled to right center, RBI; MCLINTOCK scored.

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

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 7

WIENS grounded out to ss. ITRI singled to left field. HIESTAND flied out

to lf. SAYLOR homered to center field, 2 RBI; ITRI scored. ZINK to p for

COON. TAYLOR flied out to rf. 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

San Diego State - inning 8

BILLS to lf for HIESTAND. CHANGNON grounded out to ss. HALL popped up to

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

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 8

LAW singled to right field. WILKES popped up to 1b. VEST reached on a

fielder's choice, stole second; LAW out at second 3b to 2b. CHAMBERS

intentionally walked. SCHROYER to p for ZINK. WIENS grounded out to 2b. 0

runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

San Diego State - inning 9

CLOWARD to c for WILKES. GUERRERO walked. EMBREY singled to right field;

GUERRERO advanced to second. JACINTO to p for BEUS. UNGRICHT flied out to

rf. MCLINTOCK grounded into double play 3b to 1b; GUERRERO out on the

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

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