Sweep of No. 20 KSU Yields .500 Record

Chris Howard got his first victory in his first start as a BYU Cougar. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)


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PROVO -- For the second consecutive game, BYU beat No. 20 Kansas State, a 13-10 win which on Wednesday yielded the .500 mark for the first time this season.

“It has really been a struggle to get to .500,” head coach Vance Law said of his Cougars who are now 16-16. “We have had our opportunities, and took advantage against a good Kansas State team today.”

Pitchers Justin Lindsey of Kansas State and Chris Howard of BYU started the game well, with each team going scoreless through the first two innings. Wildcat centerfielder Nick Martini drove in the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly in the third inning to give KSU a 1-0 lead.

Mark Anderson led the charge for the Cougars in the bottom half of the third, recording his first two hits and first RBI of the season. BYU batted around in the inning, and scored six runs on seven hits and one error to take a commanding 6-1 lead.

Five Cougars had RBI in the inning, and Brandon Relf and Dane Nielsen recorded back-to-back doubles to drive in the first two runs.

Howard maintained the Cougar momentum in the top of the fourth, as he held the Wildcat offense to just one hit and no runs. The KSU defense prevented the Cougars from extending their lead in the bottom of the fourth, allowing no runs and only one hit.

Cougar pitcher Devin Brewer came in the top of the fifth to take over for Howard, and responded by holding the Wildcats to two hits and no runs and recorded two strikeouts in the inning.

The bottom half of the fifth resembled the bottom of the third for BYU, with catcher Bryce Ayoso leading off with a solo home run over the leftfield scoreboard to start a five-run inning. Anderson recorded his second RBI of the game with a double to bring in Jonathon Cluff, who had tripled.

Relf drove in two more runs in the inning with a single that brought in Anderson and Austin Hall. The fifth Cougar run of the inning was brought in on an RBI single by Alex Wolfe to make the score 11-1. BYU batted around for the second time in the game in the inning.

The scoring subsided for the Cougars in the sixth inning and the scoring drought continued for the Wildcats. Both teams were held scoreless in the sixth, and BYU allowed the second Wildcat run in the seventh.

Hall started the bottom of the seventh with a quick single, and centerfielder Stephen Wells followed that with a double that drove Hall in for the 12th Cougar run of the game. Relf and Nielsen consecutively reached base to load the bases for Wolfe, who hit into a double play but drove in Wells to make the score 13-2.

Kansas State did its best to mount a comeback in the top of the eighth inning against BYU pitchers D.J. Stanley and Kevin Sloan. Sloan hit one of three KSU batters who were beaned that inning and allowed one four hits that frame, which led to five runs and made the score 13-7.

The Cougar batters were unable to respond in the bottom half of the eighth. Several reserve players came to the plate for BYU, and the team scored no runs and recorded two hits in the inning.

In the top of the ninth the Wildcats continued to threaten a comeback. Kansas State scored three runs on last night’s winning pitcher Justin Shutt, but BYU secured the 13-10 victory when Justin Shutt forced the potential tying run to fly out to end the game.

BYU and KSU combined for 23 runs on 36 hits, and each team used seven different pitchers in the game.

“Hitting is very contagious,” Law said. “We really swung the bat well in this series, and I am hoping we can carry this over into a tough series against TCU.”

The Cougars continue their home stand tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. with the first of three games against defending league champion No. 11 TCU.


#20 Kansas State at BYU

Apr 14, 2010 at Provo, Utah (Larry H.Miller Field)

Kansas State 10 (23-8)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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Muenster, Adam 3b/cf..... 4 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 2

Clement, Brad 3b........ 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Jurica, Carter ss........ 4 0 1 0 0 0 3 3 0

Brown, Jake ss.......... 2 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0

Martini, Nick cf......... 3 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 0

Moore, Ryan cf.......... 2 0 2 3 0 0 1 0 0

Dellasega, Daniel dh..... 5 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0

Urban, Kent rf........... 6 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 4

Giller, Matt 1b.......... 5 1 1 0 0 1 6 0 4

DeBord, Blair lf......... 2 1 1 0 1 1 2 0 0

Cocking, Nick ph/lf..... 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3

Graskewicz, Chase c...... 4 2 3 1 1 0 6 0 0

Witt, Tanner 2b.......... 3 2 1 1 1 0 2 2 1

Lindsey, Justin p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Hawkins, Robert p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Doller, Jake p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Marshall, Evan p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Hunter, Kyle p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Sturges, Tyler p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Picht, Keith p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 42 10 18 10 3 5 24 7 14

BYU 13 (16-16)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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RELF, Brandon ss......... 5 1 3 3 0 0 4 5 0

NIELSEN, Dane 2b......... 4 1 1 1 1 0 1 3 0

WOLFE, Alex 1b........... 5 1 2 2 0 0 7 0 1

AYOSO, Bryce c........... 4 2 2 1 0 1 4 0 2

FRAMPTON, Chase ph/c.... 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1

BERNAL, Ryan dh.......... 4 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0

HANCOCK, Alex dh........ 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

CLUFF, Jonathan rf....... 3 1 1 0 1 1 2 0 0

LUKER, Brock rf......... 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

ANDERSON, Mark lf........ 4 1 3 2 0 0 2 0 0

NOALL, Kevin lf......... 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0

HALL, Austin 3b.......... 4 3 2 0 1 1 0 0 2

WELLS, Stephen cf........ 4 3 3 2 0 0 3 0 0

ISOM, Andy cf........... 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2

HOWARD, Chris p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

BREWER, Devin p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

MICHON, Brandon p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

STANLEY, D.J. p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

SLOAN, Kevin p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

WHITE, Coltin p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

SHUTT, Justin p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 42 13 18 11 3 6 27 9 8

Score by Innings R H E

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Kansas State........ 001 000 153 - 10 18 2

BYU................. 006 050 20X - 13 18 2

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E - Graskewicz(1); Marshall, Ev(1); FRAMPTON 2(4). DP - KS 1; Cougars 2. LOB

- KS 14; Cougars 8. 2B - Muenster, Ad(13); Brown, Jake(2); Moore, Ryan(1);

Witt, Tanner(1); RELF(8); NIELSEN(6); ANDERSON(1); WELLS(3). 3B - CLUFF(6).

HR - AYOSO(5). HBP - Clement, Bra; Dellasega, D; DeBord, Blai. SF - Martini,

Nic(4). SB - Muenster, Ad(11); HALL(6); WELLS(2). Reached on CI - Giller,

Matt; Witt, Tanner.

Kansas State IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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Lindsey, Justin..... 2.1 4 4 4 0 1 11 11

Hawkins, Robert..... 0.1 3 2 2 1 1 4 5

Doller, Jake........ 1.2 3 2 2 0 1 8 8

Marshall, Evan...... 0.2 3 3 2 1 1 6 7

Hunter, Kyle........ 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 3 3

Sturges, Tyler...... 1.0 3 2 2 1 0 5 6

Picht, Keith........ 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 5 5

BYU IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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HOWARD, Chris....... 4.0 6 1 1 2 0 16 19

BREWER, Devin....... 2.0 3 0 0 0 3 8 8

MICHON, Brandon..... 1.0 2 1 1 0 1 5 5

STANLEY, D.J........ 0.0 3 5 5 0 0 3 5

SLOAN, Kevin........ 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 4 6

WHITE, Coltin....... 0.1 1 3 2 1 0 2 4

SHUTT, Justin....... 0.2 2 0 0 0 0 4 4

Win - HOWARD (1-0). Loss - Lindsey, Jus (2-2). Save - None.

WP - Hawkins, Rob(2); STANLEY(4). HBP - by STANLEY (DeBord, Blai); by STANLEY

(Clement, Bra); by SLOAN (Dellasega, D). PB - FRAMPTON(1). CI - FRAMPTON 2.

Umpires - HP: Jared Ferrans 1B: Matt Marziale 3B: Blake Jensen

Start: 11:04 am Time: 3:08 Attendance: 717

Weather: 48 degrees, sunny & clear

STANLEY faced 5 batters in the 8th.

Kansas State 1st - Muenster, Ad grounded out to ss. Jurica, Cart singled

to left field. Martini, Nic singled to left field; Jurica, Cart advanced to

second. Dellasega, D flied out to lf. Urban, Kent flied out to cf. 0 runs, 2

hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

BYU 1st - RELF fouled out to 1b. NIELSEN grounded out to ss. WOLFE

popped up to ss. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Kansas State 2nd - Giller, Matt flied out to rf. DeBord, Blai walked.

Graskewicz singled to left center; DeBord, Blai advanced to second. Witt,

Tanner grounded into double play 2b to ss to 1b; Graskewicz out on the play.

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

BYU 2nd - AYOSO flied out to rf. BERNAL struck out looking. CLUFF flied

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

Kansas State 3rd - Muenster, Ad doubled down the lf line. Jurica, Cart

flied out to rf; Muenster, Ad advanced to third. Martini, Nic flied out to lf,

SF, RBI; Muenster, Ad scored. Dellasega, D singled to right center. Urban, Kent

reached on a fielder's choice; Dellasega, D out at second 2b to ss. 1 run, 2

hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

BYU 3rd - ANDERSON singled to right field. HALL reached on a fielder's

choice; ANDERSON out at second 2b to ss. HALL stole second, advanced to third

on a throwing error by c. WELLS singled to left center, RBI; HALL scored. RELF

doubled to left field, advanced to third on the throw, RBI; WELLS scored.

NIELSEN doubled to left field, RBI; RELF scored. Hawkins, Rob to p for Lindsey,

Jus. WOLFE singled to left field, RBI; NIELSEN scored. AYOSO singled to right

center; WOLFE advanced to third. AYOSO advanced to second; WOLFE scored on a

wild pitch. BERNAL struck out swinging. CLUFF intentionally walked. ANDERSON

singled to left field, RBI; CLUFF advanced to second; AYOSO scored. Doller,

Jake to p for Hawkins, Rob. HALL struck out swinging. 6 runs, 7 hits, 1

error, 2 LOB.

Kansas State 4th - Giller, Matt grounded out to ss. DeBord, Blai singled

up the middle. Graskewicz flied out to cf. Witt, Tanner walked; DeBord, Blai

advanced to second. Muenster, Ad lined out to 2b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2

LOB.

BYU 4th - WELLS singled to right center. RELF popped up to ss. WELLS

stole second. NIELSEN reached on a fielder's choice; WELLS out at third p to

3b. WOLFE flied out to lf. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Kansas State 5th - BREWER to p for HOWARD. Jurica, Cart grounded out to

ss. Martini, Nic singled to center field. Dellasega, D singled to center field;

Martini, Nic advanced to second. Urban, Kent struck out looking. Giller, Matt

struck out looking. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

BYU 5th - AYOSO homered to left field, RBI. BERNAL grounded out to ss.

CLUFF tripled to left field. Marshall, Ev to p for Doller, Jake. ANDERSON

doubled down the lf line, RBI; CLUFF scored. HALL walked. WELLS reached on a

fielding error by p; HALL advanced to second; ANDERSON advanced to third. RELF

singled to shortstop, 2 RBI; WELLS advanced to second; HALL scored; ANDERSON

scored. NIELSEN fouled out to rf; WELLS advanced to third. WOLFE singled to

center field, RBI; RELF advanced to second; WELLS scored, unearned. AYOSO

struck out looking. 5 runs, 5 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB.

Kansas State 6th - DeBord, Blai struck out swinging. Graskewicz singled

up the middle. Witt, Tanner lined into double play ss to 1b; Graskewicz out on

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

BYU 6th - Hunter, Kyle to p for Marshall, Ev. BERNAL struck out looking.

CLUFF struck out looking. ANDERSON grounded out to ss. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0

errors, 0 LOB.

Kansas State 7th - MICHON to p for BREWER. Muenster, Ad singled to left

field. Muenster, Ad stole second. Jurica, Cart grounded out to 2b; Muenster, Ad

advanced to third. Martini, Nic singled to left field, RBI; Muenster, Ad

scored. Dellasega, D flied out to cf. Urban, Kent struck out swinging. 1

run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

BYU 7th - Sturges, Tyl to p for Hunter, Kyle. Clement, Bra to 3b for

Muenster, Ad. Brown, Jake to ss for Jurica, Cart. Muenster, Ad to cf for

Martini, Nic. HALL singled to shortstop. WELLS doubled to left center, RBI;

HALL scored. Moore, Ryan to cf for Muenster, Ad. RELF singled to left field,

advanced to second on the throw; WELLS advanced to third. NIELSEN walked. WOLFE

grounded into double play ss to 2b to 1b; NIELSEN out on the play; RELF

advanced to third; WELLS scored. FRAMPTON pinch hit for AYOSO. FRAMPTON lined

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

Kansas State 8th - FRAMPTON to c. LUKER to rf for CLUFF. NOALL to lf for

ANDERSON. STANLEY to p for MICHON. Giller, Matt singled to center field. ISOM

to cf for WELLS. Giller, Matt advanced to second on a wild pitch. DeBord, Blai

hit by pitch. Graskewicz singled to right field, RBI; DeBord, Blai advanced to

third; Giller, Matt scored. Witt, Tanner doubled to right field, RBI;

Graskewicz advanced to third; DeBord, Blai scored. Clement, Bra hit by pitch.

SLOAN to p for STANLEY. Brown, Jake grounded out to p, RBI; Clement, Bra

advanced to second; Witt, Tanner advanced to third; Graskewicz scored. Moore,

Ryan doubled to center field, 2 RBI; Clement, Bra scored; Witt, Tanner scored.

Dellasega, D hit by pitch. Urban, Kent struck out swinging. Giller, Matt

reached on catcher's interference; Dellasega, D advanced to second; Moore, Ryan

advanced to third. Cocking, Nic pinch hit for DeBord, Blai. Cocking, Nic lined

out to lf. 5 runs, 4 hits, 1 error, 3 LOB.

BYU 8th - Cocking, Nic to lf. Picht, Keith to p for Sturges, Tyl.

HANCOCK to dh for BERNAL. HANCOCK singled to left field. LUKER flied out to cf.

NOALL fouled out to 1b. HALL singled to shortstop; HANCOCK advanced to second.

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

Kansas State 9th - WHITE to p for SLOAN. Graskewicz walked. Graskewicz

advanced to second on a passed ball. Witt, Tanner reached on catcher's

interference. Clement, Bra flied out to cf. Brown, Jake doubled down the lf

line, RBI; Witt, Tanner advanced to third; Graskewicz scored. SHUTT to p for

WHITE. Moore, Ryan singled to center field, RBI; Brown, Jake advanced to third;

Witt, Tanner scored, unearned. Dellasega, D singled to shortstop, RBI; Moore,

Ryan advanced to second; Brown, Jake scored. Urban, Kent flied out to lf.

Giller, Matt popped up to ss. 3 runs, 3 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB.

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