Seven Home Runs Propel Rout at NMSU

Kory Knell was 5-for-5 in game three at New Mexico State, scoring three times and driving in five runs. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

LAS CRUCES -- It looked like a home run derby as BYU hit seven dingers Saturday to propel a 22-8 rout of New Mexico State to sweep the series.

It was the first time the Cougars (9-4-1) completed a series sweep outside of Utah since 2002, when they took three straight at UNLV. BYU has now won six in a row, while NMSU falls to 10-11.

It didn't take long for the hitting barrage to get going, as the Cougars' Sean McNaughton and Marcos Villezcas led off the game with back-to-back home runs. It was the second time this week that McNaughton started a game with a round-tripper. Ben Saylor added a two-run shot of his own to give BYU an early 4-0 lead.

The Aggies responded in their side of the first frame. Vince Rodden and Jason Long led off the bottom of the first with a pair of singles. After Cougars starter Blake Torgerson hit Mark Aranda with a pitch NMSU designated hitter Adam Harvey tied the game with a grand slam. The Aggies went on to take the lead, 5-4, when Rodden walked with the bases loaded again.

BYU tied the game on Kory Knell's second homer of the season, a solo shot to left field. NMSU responded with a two-run long ball in the bottom of the third to take its last lead of the game. Torgerson settled in, and the Cougars hitters exploded.

BYU had massive middle innings, scoring a combined 17 runs in the fifth and sixth frames to blow the game wide open. In the fifth, the Cougars scored all of the seven runs with two out in the inning. Casey Nelson hit an opposite field, three-run home run and was followed by McNaughton's second homer of the game. He now leads the team with six dingers.

In the sixth inning BYU didn't wait until there were two out in the inning to start scoring. The Cougars got a two-run and RBI singles from Knell and Apana Nakayama, respectively. Then Brandon Taylor entered the home run parade with a grand slam to put BYU up 22-7. The Aggies added a run in the bottom of the sixth to make the final 22-8.

The Cougars return home for two games against Colorado State Pueblo Monday and Tuesday at 4 p.m., before starting Mountain West Conference play with a weekend series at New Mexico.

Brigham Young at New Mexico State

Mar 12, 2005 at Las Cruces, N.M. (Presley Askew Field)

Brigham Young 22 (9-4-1)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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

LAW, Andrew ph.......... 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 0

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

RELF, Brandon ph........ 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2

NAKAYAMA, Apana dh....... 5 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 3

HIESTAND, Jeff 1b........ 5 2 2 0 0 0 9 1 0

TAYLOR, Brandon 3b....... 5 2 1 4 1 0 2 5 0

SAYLOR, Ben rf........... 4 3 1 3 1 0 1 0 0

IORG, Seth ph........... 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0

MOLINA, Adrian cf........ 5 2 3 1 0 0 0 0 0

KNELL, Kory lf........... 5 3 5 5 0 0 1 0 0

NELSON, Casey c.......... 4 1 2 3 0 0 4 0 0

AYOSO, Bryce ph......... 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0

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

CHAMBERS, Ryan p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

HEID, Tyler p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 49 22 23 21 3 2 27 13 7

New Mexico State 8 (10-11)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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Rodden cf................ 3 1 1 1 2 1 3 0 0

Shepherd ph............. 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

Long ss.................. 5 1 1 0 0 1 2 4 5

Cotto 2b................. 5 0 0 0 0 2 3 8 0

Tebow 3b................ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Aranda rf................ 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Fields rf............... 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0

Ortiz ph................ 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Harvey dh................ 3 1 1 4 2 1 0 0 0

Hopkins 1b............... 5 2 3 0 0 0 14 0 4

Maytubby lf.............. 5 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 0

Lance c.................. 3 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 1

Quade c................. 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0

McFadden 3b.............. 5 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 0

Robinson p............... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Sizemore p.............. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Boyer p................. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Monreal p............... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Totals................... 40 8 12 8 5 6 27 14 11

Score by Innings R H E

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Brigham Young....... 410 07(10) 000 - 22 23 3

New Mexico State.... 502 001 000 - 8 12 1

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E - TAYLOR(5); MOLINA 2(2); Long(4). DP - BYU 2; NMSU 2. LOB - BYU 7; NMSU

11. 2B - MOLINA(3); KNELL(3). HR - McNAUGHTON 2(6); VILLEZCAS(1); TAYLOR(5);

SAYLOR(2); KNELL(2); NELSON(1); Harvey(5); Maytubby(3). HBP - HIESTAND;

MOLINA; KNELL; AYOSO; Aranda.

Brigham Young IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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TORGERSON, Blake.... 5.0 9 8 6 3 2 25 29

CHAMBERS, Ryan...... 3.0 2 0 0 2 4 11 13

HEID, Tyler......... 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 4 4

New Mexico State IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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Robinson............ 5.0 12 12 12 2 0 26 29

Sizemore............ 0.2 4 6 5 1 0 6 8

Boyer............... 0.1 3 4 0 0 0 5 5

Monreal............. 3.0 4 0 0 0 2 12 14

Win - TORGERSON (2-1). Loss - Robinson (1-1). Save - None.

WP - Sizemore(4). HBP - by Robinson (HIESTAND); by TORGERSON (Aranda); by

Sizemore (MOLINA); by Monreal (KNELL); by Monreal (AYOSO).

Umpires - HP: Randy Shepherd 1B: Jim Sayer 3B: Phil Gonzales

Start: 1:03 Time: 3:00 Attendance: 490

Brigham Young at New Mexico State - Play-by-Play

Mar 12, 2005 at Las Cruces, N.M. (Presley Askew Field)

Score by Innings R H E

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Brigham Young....... 410 07(10) 000 - 22 23 3

New Mexico State.... 502 001 000 - 8 12 1

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Brigham Young starters: 15/2b McNAUGHTON; 10/ss VILLEZCAS; 24/dh NAKAYAMA; 16/1b

HIESTAND; 3/3b TAYLOR; 25/rf SAYLOR; 1/cf MOLINA; 12/lf KNELL; 8/c NELSON; 32/p

TORGERSON;

New Mexico State starters: 1/cf Rodden; 4/ss Long; 6/2b Cotto; 27/rf Aranda; 17/dh

Harvey; 8/1b Hopkins; 34/lf Maytubby; 15/c Lance; 5/3b McFadden; 31/p Robinson;

Brigham Young 1st - McNAUGHTON homered to left center, RBI. VILLEZCAS homered

to left field, RBI. NAKAYAMA popped up to 1b. HIESTAND hit by pitch. TAYLOR reached

on a fielder's choice; HIESTAND out at second ss to 2b. SAYLOR homered to center

field, 2 RBI; TAYLOR scored. MOLINA grounded out to 1b unassisted. 4 runs, 3

hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

New Mexico State 1st - Rodden singled through the right side. Long singled

through the left side; Rodden advanced to second. Cotto fouled out to 3b. Aranda hit

by pitch; Long advanced to second; Rodden advanced to third. Harvey homered to

center field, 4 RBI; Aranda scored; Long scored; Rodden scored. Hopkins singled to

right center. Maytubby reached on an error by cf; Hopkins advanced to second. Lance

singled to third base; Maytubby advanced to second; Hopkins advanced to third.

McFadden struck out swinging. Rodden walked, RBI; Lance advanced to second; Maytubby

advanced to third; Hopkins scored, unearned. Long popped up to 2b. 5 runs, 5

hits, 1 error, 3 LOB.

Brigham Young 2nd - KNELL homered to left field, RBI. NELSON grounded out to

2b. McNAUGHTON popped up to 1b. VILLEZCAS grounded out to 2b. 1 run, 1 hit, 0

errors, 0 LOB.

New Mexico State 2nd - Fields to rf for Aranda. Cotto grounded out to ss.

Fields singled through the right side. Harvey grounded into double play 3b to 2b to

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

Brigham Young 3rd - NAKAYAMA walked. HIESTAND fouled out to 3b. TAYLOR

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

hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

New Mexico State 3rd - Hopkins singled up the middle. Maytubby homered to

left field, 2 RBI; Hopkins scored. Lance flied out to lf. McFadden grounded out to

3b. Rodden struck out swinging. 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young 4th - SAYLOR grounded out to 2b. MOLINA lined out to 1b. KNELL

singled to center field. NELSON singled through the left side; KNELL advanced to

second. McNAUGHTON popped up to ss. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

New Mexico State 4th - Long grounded out to 3b. Cotto out at first 1b to p.

Fields grounded out to ss. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young 5th - VILLEZCAS singled to left center. NAKAYAMA singled up the

middle; VILLEZCAS advanced to second. HIESTAND flied out to lf. TAYLOR flied out to

cf. SAYLOR walked; NAKAYAMA advanced to second; VILLEZCAS advanced to third. MOLINA

singled to second base, RBI; SAYLOR advanced to second; NAKAYAMA advanced to third;

VILLEZCAS scored. KNELL doubled to left field, 2 RBI; MOLINA advanced to third;

SAYLOR scored; NAKAYAMA scored. NELSON homered to right field, 3 RBI; KNELL scored;

MOLINA scored. McNAUGHTON homered to right field, RBI. VILLEZCAS grounded out to 2b.

7 runs, 6 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

New Mexico State 5th - Harvey walked. Hopkins singled to left field; Harvey

advanced to second. Maytubby grounded into double play 3b to 2b to 1b; Hopkins out

on the play; Harvey advanced to third. Lance grounded out to 3b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0

errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young 6th - Sizemore to p for Robinson. NAKAYAMA singled to center

field. HIESTAND singled to right field; NAKAYAMA advanced to second. TAYLOR walked;

HIESTAND advanced to second; NAKAYAMA advanced to third. SAYLOR reached on a

fielder's choice, RBI; TAYLOR out at second 2b to ss; HIESTAND advanced to third;

NAKAYAMA scored. MOLINA hit by pitch; SAYLOR advanced to second. KNELL singled

through the left side, 2 RBI; MOLINA advanced to second, advanced to third on the

throw; SAYLOR scored; HIESTAND scored. KNELL advanced to second on a wild pitch;

MOLINA scored on a wild pitch. NELSON grounded out to ss; KNELL advanced to third.

McNAUGHTON singled through the right side, RBI; KNELL scored. Boyer to p for

Sizemore. VILLEZCAS reached on an error by ss; McNAUGHTON advanced to second.

NAKAYAMA singled up the middle, RBI; VILLEZCAS advanced to second; McNAUGHTON

scored, unearned. HIESTAND singled through the left side; NAKAYAMA advanced to

second; VILLEZCAS advanced to third. TAYLOR homered to left field, 4 RBI, unearned;

HIESTAND scored, unearned; NAKAYAMA scored, unearned; VILLEZCAS scored, unearned.

SAYLOR grounded out to 2b. 10 runs, 7 hits, 1 error, 0 LOB.

New Mexico State 6th - McFadden reached on an error by cf. Rodden walked;

McFadden advanced to second. Long reached on a fielding error by 3b; Rodden advanced

to second; McFadden advanced to third. CHAMBERS to p for TORGERSON. Cotto struck out

swinging. Fields singled through the left side, RBI; Long advanced to second; Rodden

advanced to third; McFadden scored, unearned. Harvey struck out looking. Hopkins

popped up to 3b. 1 run, 1 hit, 2 errors, 3 LOB.

Brigham Young 7th - Monreal to p for Boyer. MOLINA doubled to left center.

KNELL hit by pitch. AYOSO pinch hit for NELSON. AYOSO hit by pitch; KNELL advanced

to second; MOLINA advanced to third. LAW pinch hit for McNAUGHTON. LAW struck out

looking. RELF pinch hit for VILLEZCAS. RELF struck out looking. NAKAYAMA flied out

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

New Mexico State 7th - LAW to 2b. RELF to ss. AYOSO to c. Maytubby flied out

to rf. Lance walked. McFadden singled to right field; Lance advanced to second.

Rodden reached on a fielder's choice; McFadden out at second 2b to ss; Lance

advanced to third. Long struck out looking. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Brigham Young 8th - HIESTAND grounded out to 2b. TAYLOR grounded out to ss.

IORG pinch hit for SAYLOR. IORG popped up to 2b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0

LOB.

New Mexico State 8th - IORG to rf. Cotto struck out swinging. Ortiz pinch hit

for Fields. Ortiz popped up to 2b to right field. Harvey walked. Hopkins flied out

to rf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young 9th - Ortiz to rf. Tebow to 3b for Cotto. Quade to c for Lance.

McFadden to 2b. MOLINA singled to left center. KNELL singled up the middle; MOLINA

advanced to second. AYOSO singled to center field; KNELL advanced to second; MOLINA

advanced to third. LAW grounded into double play p to c to 1b; AYOSO advanced to

second; KNELL advanced to third; MOLINA out on the play. RELF flied out to cf. 0

runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

New Mexico State 9th - HEID to p for CHAMBERS. Maytubby grounded out to 2b.

Quade flied out to rf. McFadden singled to left center. Shepherd pinch hit for

Rodden. Shepherd grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

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