Sweeping Western Carolina

Michael Bowen, BYU's Southern connection from Georgia, hit a grand slam to put the game out of reach.

CULLOWHEE -- Michael Bowen’s ninth-inning grand slam provided the needed cushion Saturday afternoon for an 18-12 BYU victory and three-game sweep over Western Carolina.

However it was Kasey Ko’s single which scored BYU’s 13th run in the eighth, breaking a 12-12 deadlock in a game which had also been tied at 10-all . BYU’s lead had been 8-2 following a fourth-inning one-out homer by Kent Walton to left field.

This was the first three-game sweep of a non-conference opponent for BYU since 2005 at New Mexico State. The Cougars improved to 18-10 overall, while WCU falls to 18-9 after starting off the season winning two of three in Los Angeles at No. 24 USC.

"It's great to get a sweep over a scrappy team like Western Carolina," said BYU coach Vance Law. "I'm really proud of how we bounced back. Walton (Kent) had an unbelievable series."

Indications looked good for a Catamount defeat as Walton’s bat remained hot in a 3-for-5 outing, batting 10-for-14 for a .714 average in three games. Walton had good support on Saturday in addition to Bowen.

Andrew Law led off the second inning with a homer, his second in as many consecutive at bats, batting in the No. 9 hole, giving BYU a 4-1 margin. Bryce Ayoso hit a two-run homer to extend BYU’s lead 10-4 in the fifth.

Western Carolina countered with a homers of its own as BYU’s lead evaporated. A two-run blast by Reid Rollison chased Adam Miller off the mound in the fifth, closing the gap to 10-6. With Jared Miller in relief, WCU banged another two-run homer by Stephen Notaro before the inning was finished as the score closed to 10-9.

Cougar pitchers struggled until BYU went ahead after reliever Brandon Michon claimed his first victory of the season. Then Jordan Muir came in to slam the door on the Catamounts for the third day in a row. Muir earned his seventh save of the season as he retired WCU in order in the eighth and ninth innings.

The blue Cougars now travel to meet the red Cougars of Washington State in a two-game series that starts Monday at Pullman, Wash.


Brigham Young at Western Carolina

Apr 04, 2009 at Cullowhee, N.C. (Hennon Stadium)

Brigham Young 18 (18-10)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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McNAUGHTON, Sean lf...... 6 1 2 0 0 2 1 0 1

BANKS, Stetson cf........ 5 2 2 0 1 0 2 0 1

WALTON, Kent dh.......... 5 3 3 2 0 1 0 0 0

PARKER, Steve 3b......... 5 1 3 0 1 1 0 5 0

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

BOWEN, Michael rf........ 6 2 3 5 0 0 1 0 1

KO, Kasey 1b............. 4 2 3 2 1 0 11 1 2

VARGAS, Dan pr.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

BILLS, Thomas 1b........ 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

AYOSO, Bryce c........... 5 2 3 4 0 0 1 0 2

MUSSO, J.T. c........... 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0

LAW, Andrew 2b........... 5 1 2 2 0 1 4 4 1

MILLER, Adam p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

MILLER, Jared p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

HARDESTY, Shawn p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

MICHON, Brandon p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

MUIR, Jordan p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 46 18 22 17 6 6 27 14 8

Western Carolina 12 (18-9)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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Nick Liles 2b............ 6 2 3 3 0 0 3 1 3

Stephen Notaro c......... 5 2 2 2 1 1 6 3 2

Ross Heffley 3b.......... 5 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 0

Brent Greer ss........... 5 1 1 0 0 1 1 3 2

J.C. Lyons rf............ 3 1 2 2 1 0 6 0 0

Lee Murray dh............ 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1

Kyle Stewart ph/dh...... 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0

Matt Johns pr/dh........ 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

Rembert Rollison 1b/lf... 5 3 3 2 0 0 6 0 0

Dylan de Graaf cf........ 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0

Mitchell Hatley 1b...... 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

Trevor Collias lf/cf..... 2 2 0 0 2 1 3 0 0

Chris Masters p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0

Andrew Blackwell p...... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Bryan Corbett p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Daniel Ottone p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Garrett Ozar p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Mike Tavernier p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Jason Sullivan p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Garrett Baker p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 39 12 12 11 6 4 27 13 8

Score by Innings R H E

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Brigham Young....... 313 120 035 - 18 22 2

Western Carolina.... 101 253 000 - 12 12 0

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E - PARKER 2(11). LOB - Cougars 8; Catamounts 8. 2B -

McNAUGHTON(7); WALTON(6); PARKER(5); BOWEN(8); AYOSO(2); LAW, An.(8);

Notaro(8); Rollison 2(4). 3B - Greer(2). HR - WALTON(6); BOWEN(3); AYOSO(1);

LAW, An.(2); Notaro(7); Rollison(2). HBP - WALTON; Collias. SF - Lyons(3).

SB - BANKS(10); WALTON(9); Liles(12); Lyons(13); Collias 2(14). CS -

BANKS(3); AYOSO(2).

Brigham Young IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP

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MILLER, Adam........ 4.1 7 6 5 3 1 21 25 84

MILLER, Jared....... 0.2 2 3 0 0 0 5 5 19

HARDESTY, Shawn..... 1.0 3 3 3 2 0 5 8 28

MICHON, Brandon..... 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 2 3 14

MUIR, Jordan........ 2.0 0 0 0 0 3 6 6 24

Western Carolina IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP

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Chris Masters....... 2.2 7 7 7 3 2 14 17 74

Andrew Blackwell.... 1.1 3 1 1 0 0 7 7 28

Bryan Corbett....... 0.1 2 2 2 0 1 3 3 12

Daniel Ottone....... 3.0 5 3 3 2 2 13 15 57

Garrett Ozar........ 0.0 2 0 0 0 0 2 2 6

Mike Tavernier...... 1.0 2 3 3 0 0 4 5 23

Jason Sullivan...... 0.0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 5

Garrett Baker....... 0.2 1 1 1 0 1 3 3 14

Win - MICHON (1-2). Loss - Ottone (2-1). Save - MUIR (7).

WP - MILLER, A. 2(4); Masters 2(8); Ottone 2(3). HBP - by MILLER, A. (Collias);

by Tavernier (WALTON). PB - Notaro 2(4). Inherited runners/scored: Blackwell

1/1; Ozar 2/2; Tavernier 2/0; Sullivan 3/1; Baker 3/3. Pitches/strikes: MILLER,

A. 84/45; MILLER, J. 19/12; HARDESTY 28/15; MICHON 14/7; MUIR 24/18; Masters

74/38; Blackwell 28/21; Corbett 12/8; Ottone 57/34; Ozar 6/3; Tavernier 23/15;

Sullivan 5/1; Baker 14/9.

Umpires - HP: Randy Rogers 1B: Jamie Roebuck 3B: Gerald Trexler

Start: 2:03 pm Time: 3:50 Attendance: 539

Weather: Mostly sunny, mid-70s

Ozar faced 2 batters in the 8th.

Sullivan faced 1 batter in the 9th.

Play-by-Play

BYU 1st - No play. McNAUGHTON doubled to left center (2-0). BANKS walked

(3-1); McNAUGHTON advanced to third on a wild pitch. BANKS advanced to second

on a passed ball; McNAUGHTON scored on a passed ball. BANKS stole third. WALTON

doubled down the lf line, RBI (2-2); BANKS scored. PARKER struck out swinging

(1-2). WALTON stole third. RELF walked (3-2). RELF advanced to second on the

throw; WALTON out at home p to 3b to c, picked off. BOWEN doubled to left

center, RBI (2-2); RELF scored. KO walked (3-0). KO advanced to second; BOWEN

advanced to third on a passed ball. AYOSO flied out to rf (2-2). 3 runs, 3

hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Western Carolina 1st - Liles singled up the middle (1-0). Liles advanced

to second on a wild pitch. Notaro grounded out to 2b (1-1); Liles advanced to

third. Heffley grounded out to 2b, RBI (1-0); Liles scored. Greer lined out to

ss (3-1). 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BYU 2nd - LAW, An. homered to center field, RBI (3-2). McNAUGHTON struck

out looking (3-2). BANKS flied out to rf to right center (0-0). WALTON grounded

out to 3b (3-1). 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Western Carolina 2nd - Lyons lined out to 2b (0-1). Murray walked (3-2).

Rollison flied out to lf (1-1). de Graaf singled through the right side (1-0);

Murray advanced to second. Collias hit by pitch (1-1); de Graaf advanced to

second; Murray advanced to third. Liles grounded out to 2b (2-2). 0 runs, 1

hit, 0 errors, 3 LOB.

BYU 3rd - PARKER singled through the right side (0-2). RELF reached on a

fielder's choice (0-1); PARKER out at second p to ss. BOWEN grounded out to 3b

(2-2); RELF advanced to second. RELF advanced to third on a wild pitch. KO

singled up the middle, RBI (2-0); RELF scored. AYOSO doubled down the lf line,

RBI (2-2); KO scored. Blackwell to p for Masters. LAW, An. doubled to center

field, RBI (0-2); AYOSO scored. McNAUGHTON flied out to rf (2-2). 3 runs, 4

hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Western Carolina 3rd - Notaro doubled to right center (2-2). Heffley

grounded out to ss (1-0). Greer grounded out to 3b (1-0). Lyons singled to

right center, RBI (1-1); Notaro scored. Murray grounded out to 2b (0-0). 1

run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

BYU 4th - BANKS flied out to lf (3-2). WALTON homered to left field, RBI

(1-1). PARKER doubled up the middle (0-2). RELF flied out to cf (1-2). BOWEN

flied out to lf (0-0). 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Western Carolina 4th - Rollison doubled to right center (3-1). de Graaf

grounded out to ss (0-1); Rollison advanced to third. Collias walked (3-1).

Liles reached on a fielding error by 3b (0-1); Collias advanced to second;

Rollison scored. Notaro walked (3-1); Liles advanced to second; Collias

advanced to third. Heffley reached on a fielder's choice, RBI (2-1); Notaro out

at second ss to 2b; Liles advanced to third; Collias scored, unearned. Greer

struck out swinging (3-2). 2 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 2 LOB.

BYU 5th - Corbett to p for Blackwell. KO singled to right center (3-2).

AYOSO homered to left center, 2 RBI (0-0); KO scored. LAW, An. struck out

swinging, out at first c to 1b (1-2). Ottone to p for Corbett. McNAUGHTON

struck out swinging (2-2). BANKS singled up the middle (1-0). BANKS out at

second c to 2b, caught stealing. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Western Carolina 5th - Lyons singled to center field (0-0). Stewart

pinch hit for Murray. Stewart flied out to cf (1-0). Lyons advanced to second

on a wild pitch. Lyons stole third. Rollison homered to left field, 2 RBI

(2-0); Lyons scored. MILLER, J. to p for MILLER, A.. de Graaf popped up to 2b

(3-2). Collias reached on a throwing error by 3b, advanced to second (2-2).

Collias stole third. Liles singled through the left side, RBI (2-2); Collias

scored, unearned. Notaro homered to left field, 2 RBI, unearned (0-0); Liles

scored, unearned. Heffley grounded out to 3b (0-0). 5 runs, 4 hits, 1 error,

0 LOB.

BYU 6th - WALTON struck out looking (1-2). PARKER walked (3-2). RELF

walked (3-2); PARKER advanced to second. BOWEN reached on a fielder's choice

(0-1); RELF out at second ss to 2b; PARKER advanced to third. KO grounded out

to 2b (0-1). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Western Carolina 6th - HARDESTY to p for MILLER, J.. Greer tripled to

right field (1-1). Lyons popped up to 2b, SAC, RBI (0-0); Greer scored. Stewart

to dh. Stewart walked (3-2). Johns pinch ran for Stewart. Rollison doubled down

the lf line (2-1); Johns advanced to third. de Graaf fouled out to 1b, bunt

(0-0). Collias walked (3-2). Liles singled through the left side, 2 RBI (1-0);

Collias advanced to second; Rollison scored; Johns scored. Liles stole second;

Collias stole third. Notaro grounded out to 3b (1-1). 3 runs, 3 hits, 0

errors, 2 LOB.

BYU 7th - AYOSO grounded out to ss (0-1). LAW, An. grounded out to ss

(2-0). McNAUGHTON singled to second base (2-2). McNAUGHTON advanced to second

on a wild pitch. BANKS flied out to rf (1-2). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1

LOB.

Western Carolina 7th - MICHON to p for HARDESTY. Heffley popped up to ss

(1-1). Greer grounded out to 3b (2-2). Lyons walked (3-0). Johns to dh. Lyons

out at second p to 1b to ss, picked off. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0

LOB.

BYU 8th - Hatley to 1b for de Graaf. Collias to cf. Rollison to lf.

WALTON singled to third base (0-0). PARKER flied out to cf (2-2). WALTON stole

second, advanced to third on a wild pitch. RELF singled up the middle, RBI

(2-2); WALTON scored. BOWEN singled to third base (1-0); RELF advanced to

second. Ozar to p for Ottone. KO singled through the right side, RBI (3-1);

BOWEN advanced to third; RELF scored. VARGAS pinch ran for KO. AYOSO singled to

shortstop, RBI (0-0); VARGAS advanced to third; BOWEN scored. Tavernier to p

for Ozar. AYOSO out at second c to 2b, caught stealing. LAW, An. flied out to

rf (2-2). 3 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Western Carolina 8th - BILLS to 1b for VARGAS. MUSSO to c for AYOSO.

MUIR to p for MICHON. Johns struck out swinging (1-2). Rollison grounded out to

3b (3-2). Hatley flied out to rf (2-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BYU 9th - McNAUGHTON grounded out to 3b (0-0). BANKS singled through the

left side (3-2). WALTON hit by pitch (0-1); BANKS advanced to second. PARKER

singled to left field (3-2); WALTON advanced to second; BANKS advanced to

third. Sullivan to p for Tavernier. RELF walked, RBI (3-1); PARKER advanced to

second; WALTON advanced to third; BANKS scored. Baker to p for Sullivan. BOWEN

homered to left field, 4 RBI (3-2); RELF scored; PARKER scored; WALTON scored.

BILLS flied out to rf (0-0). MUSSO struck out looking (2-2). 5 runs, 3 hits,

0 errors, 0 LOB.

Western Carolina 9th - Collias struck out swinging (0-2). Liles flied

out to cf (0-0). Notaro struck out swinging (0-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors,

0 LOB.

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