Sweep of Utes Leads to Second Place

Blake Crosby had the game-winning RBI with a single in the five-run fourth in a 6-2 victory over Utah. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

SALT LAKE -- A third come-from-behind victory in as many days resulted in a 6-2 victory Saturday for BYU and a sweep in the regular season series over Utah at Franklin Covey Field.

BYU, 30-26 overall and 14-8 in the Mountain West Conference, locked up a second place tie and the No. 2 seed going into the MWC Tournament next week in Las Vegas. With that seeding, BYU plays the Air Force Academy, 10-36 and 1-21, at 3 p.m. (PDT) on Tuesday.

No. 6 seed Utah, 27-26 and 9-13, plays at 11 a.m. (PDT), on Tuesday against No. 3 seed San Diego State, who lost the tie-breaker to BYU in the runnerup spot by virtue of two losses to the Cougars. If the Utes and Cougars are victorious in their first game of the tournament, they could meet on Wednesday.

"The win today frees up our pitching staff a bit more for the tournament," said BYU Coach Vance Law. "We don't want to deplete our staff if we can somehow get by Air Force."

Saturday was a battle of lefties, Eric King of the Utes, whose brother Seth played a couple years ago for BYU, and Patrick Wells, who was the Cougars' top pitcher two seasons ago.

Utah loaded the bases in the first inning and took a 2-0 lead off a lead-off double down the rightfield line by Ryan Khoury and a pair of infield singles. Those singles came by the narrowest of margins as Bret Baldwin beat Wells to first on a sac-bunt attempt and Clayne Garrett's sharp hit glanced off the pitcher's glove.

King hit Ben Saylor in the fourth and walked Jeff Hiestand, then surrendered his second hit of the game, a base-clearing, two-out double off the leftfield wall by Kent Walton to even the score, two-all. Those runs were all set up by a sac-bunt by Kasey Ko.

"It (the sac-bunt) was a very unorthodox play, I know it's against the book with one out," said Law. "I had a hunch he (Ko) was going to hit into a double play and I knew Walton has had a hot bat. After his hit we were in control."

Blake Crosby's single to right scored Walton for the Cougars' first lead. The Cougars, who have scored 42 percent of their runs this season, kept it cranking in the fourth, batting through the lineup to take a 5-2 lead.

Wells pitched out of a jam in the with the bases loaded by recording his second strikeout looking and then got Jay Brossman to ground out to end the fourth. He got Brossman to fly out to center to close the sixth with two aboard.

"He (Wells) gutted it up when we needed him," said Law.

Saylor sent King's first offering of the seventh over the right field fence for his 19th home run of the season, giving BYU a 6-2 lead. King was re moved from the mound two batters later.

The next inning Wells took the bench with Matt Jensen taking the mound for the Cougars. When he debuted in the seventh, Jensen escaped with a man on third for the fifth time for the Utes. He struck out the first and last batters of the inning after struggling in between.

By pitching three effective innings, only giving up one hit, Jensen earned his first save of the season. Wells secured his sixth victory of the year with as many losses.

The Cougars took a 3-2 advantage in games against Utah this season.

Brigham Young Univ. at Univ. of Utah

May 20, 2006 at Salt Lake City, Utah (Franklin Covey Field)

Brigham Young Univ. 6 (30-26,14-8 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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JOHNSON, Seth lf......... 4 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0

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

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

HIESTAND, Jeff 1b........ 2 1 0 0 3 0 7 0 0

KO, Kasey dh............. 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2

WALTON, Kent cf.......... 3 1 2 2 1 0 8 0 0

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

NELSON, Casey c.......... 3 1 0 0 1 1 6 0 0

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

WELLS, Patrick p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0

JENSEN, Matt p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 33 6 9 6 6 7 27 7 8

Univ. of Utah 2 (27-26,9-13 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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KHOURY ss................ 4 1 2 0 0 0 2 6 0

BALDWIN 2b............... 4 1 1 0 1 1 1 3 1

BROSSMAN 1b.............. 4 0 0 0 1 1 10 1 6

GARRETT dh............... 5 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0

WELSH cf................. 4 0 2 1 0 0 5 0 0

KEMP 3b.................. 4 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1

MOZELESKI rf............. 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3

FRANK c.................. 2 0 1 0 1 1 7 1 2

TUMMOLO lf............... 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

KING p................... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0

McCORD p................ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

DEVORE p................ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 33 2 9 2 4 6 27 13 13

Score by Innings R H E

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Brigham Young Univ.. 000 500 100 - 6 9 1

Univ. of Utah....... 200 000 000 - 2 9 0

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E - WELLS(3). LOB - BYU Cougars 8; Utah Utes 13. 2B - SAYLOR(14);

WALTON(11); KHOURY(17); WELSH(17). HR - SAYLOR(19). HBP - SAYLOR; KHOURY;

FRANK. SH - KO(2); TUMMOLO 2(6). SF - WELSH(5). CS - CROSBY(1).

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

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WELLS, Patrick...... 6.0 8 2 2 2 2 23 30

JENSEN, Matt........ 3.0 1 0 0 2 4 10 12

Univ. of Utah IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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KING................ 6.2 7 6 6 5 5 25 32

McCORD.............. 1.1 1 0 0 0 1 4 4

DEVORE.............. 1.0 1 0 0 1 1 4 5

Win - WELLS (6-6). Loss - KING (4-8). Save - JENSEN (1).

HBP - by WELLS (FRANK); by KING (SAYLOR); by WELLS (KHOURY). PB - FRANK(9).

Umpires - HP: Mik Hendrickson 1B: Blake Jensen 3B: Kelly Gonzales

Start: 11:40 am Time: 2:50 Attendance: 746

Brigham Young Univ. at Univ. of Utah - Play-by-Play

May 20, 2006 at Salt Lake City, Utah (Franklin Covey Field)

Score by Innings R H E

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Brigham Young Univ.. 000 500 100 - 6 9 1

Univ. of Utah....... 200 000 000 - 2 9 0

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

32/1b HIESTAND; 33/dh KO; 9/cf WALTON; 30/3b CROSBY; 8/c NELSON; 3/2b BANKS; 4/p

WELLS;

Univ. of Utah starters: 2/ss KHOURY; 8/2b BALDWIN; 18/1b BROSSMAN; 33/dh GARRETT;

1/cf WELSH; 16/3b KEMP; 22/rf MOZELESKI; 10/c FRANK; 7/lf TUMMOLO; 34/p KING;

Brigham Young Univ. 1st - JOHNSON, S. grounded out to ss. VILLEZCAS lined out

to rf. SAYLOR struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Univ. of Utah 1st - KHOURY doubled down the rf line. BALDWIN singled, bunt;

KHOURY advanced to third. BROSSMAN walked; BALDWIN advanced to second. GARRETT

singled to pitcher, RBI; BROSSMAN advanced to second; BALDWIN advanced to third;

KHOURY scored. WELSH flied out to cf, SF, RBI; BROSSMAN advanced to third; BALDWIN

scored. KEMP struck out looking. MOZELESKI grounded out to 2b. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0

errors, 2 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 2nd - HIESTAND flied out to cf. KO grounded out to ss.

WALTON walked, advanced to second on a passed ball. CROSBY flied out to rf. 0

runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Univ. of Utah 2nd - FRANK hit by pitch. TUMMOLO grounded out to p, SAC; FRANK

advanced to second. KHOURY flied out to cf; FRANK advanced to third. BALDWIN

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

Brigham Young Univ. 3rd - NELSON grounded out to ss. BANKS singled up the

middle. BANKS out at second p to 1b to ss, picked off. JOHNSON, S. grounded out to

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

Univ. of Utah 3rd - BROSSMAN flied out to cf. GARRETT grounded out to 2b.

WELSH singled through the left side. WELSH advanced to second on a throwing error by

p. KEMP flied out to rf. 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 4th - VILLEZCAS grounded out to 2b. SAYLOR hit by pitch.

HIESTAND walked; SAYLOR advanced to second. KO grounded out to p, SAC; HIESTAND

advanced to second; SAYLOR advanced to third. WALTON doubled to left field, 2 RBI;

HIESTAND scored; SAYLOR scored. CROSBY singled to right field, RBI; WALTON scored.

NELSON walked; CROSBY advanced to second. BANKS singled through the left side, RBI;

NELSON advanced to second; CROSBY scored. JOHNSON, S. singled up the middle, RBI;

BANKS advanced to second; NELSON scored. VILLEZCAS grounded out to 2b. 5 runs, 4

hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Univ. of Utah 4th - MOZELESKI singled up the middle. FRANK walked; MOZELESKI

advanced to second. TUMMOLO out at first p to 2b, SAC; FRANK advanced to second;

MOZELESKI advanced to third. KHOURY hit by pitch. BALDWIN struck out looking.

BROSSMAN grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 3 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 5th - SAYLOR struck out looking. HIESTAND walked. KO

struck out looking. WALTON singled to center field; HIESTAND advanced to second.

CROSBY flied out to cf. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Univ. of Utah 5th - GARRETT flied out to cf. WELSH grounded out to ss. KEMP

singled through the left side. MOZELESKI flied out to rf. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0

errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 6th - NELSON popped up to ss. BANKS flied out to cf.

JOHNSON, S. walked. VILLEZCAS struck out looking. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1

LOB.

Univ. of Utah 6th - FRANK singled to center field. TUMMOLO popped up to 2b.

KHOURY singled, bunt; FRANK advanced to second. BALDWIN grounded out to 1b

unassisted; KHOURY advanced to second; FRANK advanced to third. BROSSMAN flied out

to cf. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 7th - SAYLOR homered to right field, RBI. HIESTAND flied

out to cf. KO struck out swinging. McCORD to p for KING. WALTON grounded out to ss.

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

Univ. of Utah 7th - JENSEN to p for WELLS. GARRETT struck out swinging. WELSH

doubled to right center. KEMP walked. MOZELESKI flied out to rf; WELSH advanced to

third. FRANK struck out looking. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 8th - CROSBY singled to left field. CROSBY out at second

c to 2b, caught stealing. NELSON struck out swinging. BANKS grounded out to ss. 0

runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Univ. of Utah 8th - TUMMOLO struck out swinging. KHOURY flied out to cf.

BALDWIN walked. BROSSMAN struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1

LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 9th - DEVORE to p for McCORD. JOHNSON, S. struck out

looking. VILLEZCAS flied out to cf. SAYLOR doubled to right center. HIESTAND

intentionally walked. KO grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Univ. of Utah 9th - GARRETT flied out to cf. WELSH flied out to rf. KEMP

flied out to cf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

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