Stambaugh Helps Preserve UNLV Defeat

LAS -- A four-run fifth inning and strong pitching helped lift BYU 8-7 over UNLV on Thursday at Earl E. Wilson Stadium.

After a 45-minute rain delay, the Cougars pounded out 12 hits to break a nine-game losing streak against last year's Mountain West Conference Champion. The win also ended a three-game BYU losing streak and improved its record to 14-22 and 4-6 in the MWC. UNLV dropped to 20-11 and 7-3, falling a half game behind San Diego State for first place in the conference.

"A win against UNLV feels really good," said BYU head coach Vance Law. "Our guys maintained their focus through the game. For the most part, I was really pleased with the way our guys performed tonight."

Patrick Wells (5-3) picked up his team-leading fifth win, allowing six runs on six hits in five innings. The junior transfer struck out and walked two.

Swinging at the first pitch to start the second, Jeff Hiestand tripled off the left field wall to begin a Cougar two-run drive and early 2-0 lead. The triple is the sophomore outfielder's first with BYU in 198 at-bats. Ben Saylor and Casey Cloward both hit RBI groundouts to score Hiestand and Brandon Taylor.

After Wells walked Eric Nielsen to lead off the bottom of the second, Ryan Ruiz tied the score with a two-run home run, his fifth of the year. The Rebels then took a 4-2 lead with a two-run single by Brent Johnson. With two hits in the game, Johnson tied UNLV's all-time hits record.

BYU knocked UNLV starter Matt Luca (5-3) out of the game in the fifth after scoring four two-out runs in the inning on five hits giving the Cougars a 7-4 lead. Taylor hit his eighth home run, a two-run shot scoring Saylor. Cloward then doubled in Ranger Wiens for his third RBI in the game.

The Rebels battled back to come within one run of the Cougars' lead with two runs in the fifth inning. BYU scored a ninth-inning insurance run off a wild pitch to lead by 8-6 heading into the bottom of the ninth.

"We kept battling back, and once we took the lead again, we continued to fight for it," Law said. "Our pitchers kept them off balance pretty well tonight. I hope this is the beginning of something good to happen for us."

Following two scoreless inning in relief by Nick Lemon(1-2), J.D Stambaugh (2-0) pitched the final two innings, allowing one unearned run in the ninth. The freshman southpaw picked up his first save after striking out CJ Ebarb to end the game with runners on first and second.

The Cougars play game two of a three-game series with UNLV at 6:30 p.m. (PST) on Friday. The game can be listened to live on KOVO 960 AM. Live stats and live audio are also available on the Internet through BYU baseball's schedule page at www.byucougars.com.

Brigham Young Univ. at UNLV

Apr 08, 2004 at Las Vegas (Earl E. Wilson)

Brigham Young Univ. 8 (14-22,4-6)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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CHAMBERS, Ryan cf........ 5 0 0 0 0 1 6 0 2

KNELL, Kory lf........... 5 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 0

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

LUCAS, Blair dh......... 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

HIESTAND, Jeff rf........ 4 1 2 0 0 1 2 0 1

BILLS, Kevin ph......... 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0

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

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

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

CLOWARD, Casey c......... 4 0 1 3 0 0 5 0 2

VEST, Wade 2b............ 3 0 0 0 0 1 3 3 2

WELLS, Patrick p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0

LEMON, Nick p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0

STAMBAUGH,J.D. p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Totals................... 36 8 12 7 4 7 27 12 8

UNLV 7 (20-11,7-3)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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KOWALSKI dh.............. 4 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 1

BIRD dh................. 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

WHITE ss................. 5 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 2

JOHNSON cf............... 4 1 2 3 1 0 2 0 0

NIELSEN rf............... 1 2 0 0 3 0 1 1 0

RUIZ 2b.................. 4 1 1 3 0 0 2 5 0

SOTO 3b.................. 5 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 5

GILL 1b.................. 1 0 0 0 2 0 12 1 0

URIEGAS 1b.............. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

BONNELL 1b.............. 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0

ROSS c................... 3 0 0 0 0 0 6 1 0

PARRAZ pr............... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

EBARB c................. 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

TELLAM c................ 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2

D'ANGELO lf.............. 3 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 0

LUCA p................... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

MINOR p................. 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0

SCHEINBAUM p............ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Totals................... 33 7 8 7 6 5 27 14 10

Score by Innings R H E

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Brigham Young Univ.. 020 140 001 - 8 12 3

UNLV................ 022 020 001 - 7 8 0

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E - TAYLOR 3(15). DP - BYU Cougars 2; UNLV 1. LOB - BYU Cougars 8; UNLV 10.

2B - HIESTAND(6); SAYLOR(5); WIENS(6); CLOWARD(2); JOHNSON(12);

D'ANGELO(13). 3B - HIESTAND(1). HR - TAYLOR(8); RUIZ(5). HBP - ITRI; VEST;

NIELSEN; GILL; D'ANGELO. SH - SAYLOR(1); ROSS(1). SF - RUIZ(2). SB -

TAYLOR(6); WIENS(10); VEST(9); NIELSEN(6). CS - D'ANGELO(1).

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

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WELLS, Patrick...... 5.0 6 6 3 2 2 19 24

LEMON, Nick......... 2.0 0 0 0 4 2 5 10

STAMBAUGH,J.D....... 2.0 2 1 0 0 1 9 10

UNLV IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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LUCA................ 4.2 9 7 7 1 4 22 25

MINOR............... 3.1 3 1 1 1 3 13 14

SCHEINBAUM.......... 1.0 0 0 0 2 0 1 4

Win - WELLS (5-3). Loss - LUCA (5-3). Save - STAMBAUGH (1).

WP - WELLS(3); SCHEINBAUM(4). HBP - by LUCA (VEST); by WELLS (GILL); by WELLS

(D'ANGELO); by LUCA (ITRI); by STAMBAUGH (NIELSEN). PB - CLOWARD(4); ROSS(3).

Umpires - HP: Kevin Deurgherty 1B: John Cortez 3B: Bran Hungerord

Start: 7:15 pm Time: 3:38 Attendance: 649

Game: One of Three

Play-by-Play

Score by Innings R H E

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Brigham Young Univ.. 020 140 001 - 8 12 3

UNLV................ 022 020 001 - 7 8 0

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Brigham Young Univ. starters: 22/cf CHAMBERS; 12/lf KNELL; 21/dh ITRI; 16/rf

HIESTAND; 25/1b SAYLOR; 3/ss TAYLOR; 8/3b WIENS; 9/c CLOWARD; 5/2b VEST;

4/p WELLS;

UNLV starters: 12/dh KOWALSKI; 7/ss WHITE; 45/cf JOHNSON; 36/rf NIELSEN;

4/2b RUIZ; 6/3b SOTO; 46/1b GILL; 38/c ROSS; 21/lf D'ANGELO; 26/p LUCA;

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 1

CHAMBERS grounded out to 2b. KNELL struck out swinging. ITRI struck out

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

UNLV - inning 1

KOWALSKI struck out looking. WHITE flied out to cf. JOHNSON popped up to

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

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 2

HIESTAND tripled to left field. SAYLOR grounded out to 2b, RBI; HIESTAND

scored. TAYLOR singled to right field. WIENS walked; TAYLOR advanced to

second. WIENS stole second; TAYLOR stole third. CLOWARD grounded out to

2b, RBI; WIENS advanced to third; TAYLOR scored. VEST grounded out to 3b.

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

UNLV - inning 2

NIELSEN walked. RUIZ homered to right center, 2 RBI; NIELSEN scored. SOTO

singled to center field. GILL lined out to cf. ROSS hit into double play

ss to 2b to 1b; SOTO out on the play. 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 3

CHAMBERS struck out swinging. KNELL popped up to 2b. ITRI singled to

right field. HIESTAND struck out looking. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

UNLV - inning 3

D'ANGELO singled through the right side. KOWALSKI singled down the rf

line, bunt; D'ANGELO advanced to second. WHITE reached on an error by ss;

KOWALSKI advanced to second; D'ANGELO advanced to third. JOHNSON singled

up the middle, 2 RBI; WHITE advanced to second; KOWALSKI scored,

unearned; D'ANGELO scored. NIELSEN popped up to 2b. RUIZ flied out to cf.

SOTO struck out swinging. 2 runs, 3 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 4

SAYLOR doubled to right center. TAYLOR singled to third base. WIENS

grounded out to 1b unassisted; TAYLOR advanced to second; SAYLOR advanced

to third. CLOWARD grounded out to 2b, RBI; TAYLOR advanced to third;

SAYLOR scored. VEST hit by pitch. VEST stole second. CHAMBERS lined out

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

UNLV - inning 4

GILL hit by pitch. ROSS hit into double play 2b to ss to 1b; GILL out on

the play. D'ANGELO hit by pitch. D'ANGELO out at second p to 1b to ss,

caught stealing. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 5

KNELL singled up the middle. ITRI hit by pitch; KNELL advanced to second.

HIESTAND hit into double play 2b to ss to 1b; ITRI out on the play; KNELL

advanced to third. SAYLOR singled to left field, RBI; KNELL scored.

TAYLOR homered to left field, 2 RBI; SAYLOR scored. WIENS doubled to

right center. MINOR to p for LUCA. CLOWARD doubled down the lf line, RBI;

WIENS scored. VEST grounded out to p, bunt. 4 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors, 1

LOB.

UNLV - inning 5

KOWALSKI out at first 1b to 2b to p. WHITE reached on an error by ss.

JOHNSON doubled to right center, RBI; WHITE scored, unearned. NIELSEN

walked. JOHNSON advanced to third on a wild pitch. RUIZ flied out to rf,

SAC, RBI; JOHNSON scored. NIELSEN stole second. SOTO flied out to rf. 2

runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 6

CHAMBERS lined out to cf. KNELL struck out looking. ITRI grounded out to

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

UNLV - inning 6

LEMON to p for WELLS. GILL walked. ROSS grounded out to p unassisted,

bunt, SAC; GILL advanced to second. D'ANGELO struck out swinging.

KOWALSKI struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 7

HIESTAND doubled to left center. SAYLOR walked. TAYLOR popped up to 2b.

SAYLOR advanced to second; HIESTAND advanced to third on a passed ball.

WIENS struck out swinging, out at first c to 1b. CLOWARD grounded out to

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

UNLV - inning 7

WHITE flied out to cf. JOHNSON walked. NIELSEN walked; JOHNSON advanced

to second. RUIZ reached on a fielder's choice; NIELSEN out at second 1b

to ss; JOHNSON advanced to third. SOTO reached on a fielder's choice;

RUIZ out at second p to 2b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 8

VEST struck out swinging. CHAMBERS out at first 1b to p. KNELL grounded

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

UNLV - inning 8

GILL walked. STAMBAUGH to p for LEMON. URIEGAS to 1b for GILL. URIEGAS

advanced to second on a passed ball. ROSS reached on a fielder's choice,

bunt; URIEGAS out at third p to 3b. PARRAZ pinch ran for ROSS. D'ANGELO

doubled to right field; PARRAZ advanced to third. BIRD to dh for

KOWALSKI. BIRD grounded out to 3b. WHITE lined out to 3b. 0 runs, 1 hit,

0 errors, 2 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 9

BONNELL to 1b for URIEGAS. EBARB to c for PARRAZ. ITRI singled to center

field. LUCAS to dh for ITRI. SCHEINBAUM to p for MINOR. BILLS pinch hit

for HIESTAND. BILLS walked; LUCAS advanced to second. SAYLOR grounded out

to p, bunt, SAC; BILLS advanced to second; LUCAS advanced to third.

TAYLOR walked. TAYLOR advanced to second; BILLS advanced to third; LUCAS

scored on a wild pitch. WIENS flied out to rf; BILLS out at home rf to c.

1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

UNLV - inning 9

BILLS to rf. JOHNSON flied out to cf. NIELSEN hit by pitch. RUIZ flied

out to cf. SOTO reached on an error by ss; NIELSEN advanced to third.

BONNELL singled up the middle, RBI; SOTO advanced to second; NIELSEN

scored, unearned. TELLAM to c for EBARB. TELLAM struck out swinging. 1

run, 1 hit, 1 error, 2 LOB.