Swept For First MWC Series

Sophomore Blake Torgerson went five innings in his third start, but the Cougars weren't able to capitalize. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- In a game that was flurried with 30 hits, TCU completed the three-game sweep Saturday of BYU with an 11-7 win.

"We found ourselves in a hole early today and it was tough for us to bounce back," BYU coach Vance Law said. "We are not used to being in a rut like we are right now. We have got to find a way to get out of our current losing ways."

BYU spread all six of its RBI on the afternoon between six different players. Brandon Relf and Kasey Ko led the Cougars as they each recorded three hits. Ko scored twice and Relf scored once and had one RBI.

TCU, now 26-13 overall and 11-4 in the Mountain West Conference, started out quick as the second batter of the Frogs line-up, Bryan Kervin, reached third on a single followed by an error by the Cougars right fielder. Kervin was batted in by Clint Arnold, who hit in the third spot, scoring the first run of the game. The Frogs tacked on one more run before the end of their first to take the early 2-0 lead.

The Cougars, now 15-24 overall and 5-7 in league play, came firing back in the bottom of the second inning. BYU loaded the bases with only one out and catcher Chad Nacapoy stepping to the plate. Nacapoy hit a high pop fly to center field which was caught but not without bringing the first Cougar run of the game across the plate.

Relf stepped to the plate next with two down in the inning and runners on first and second. Relf punched a hard grounder through the right side of the infield and Jonathan Cluff running fast from second base and barely made it home safely before the throw came in from the rightfielder to tie the score 2-2 after two innings.

The offensive action started back up in the fifth inning for both teams. TCU's Ben Carruthers led off the inning with a solo home run to right-center field. That was Carruthers' first home run of the season. The Frogs scored two more runs in the inning on four more hits to take a 5-2 lead.

The Cougars were able to put together some offense of their own in the bottom of the frame. Kent Walton was on first base with one out and was able to advance to third on a throwing error by the TCU pitcher in an attempt to pick Walton off. BYU's clean-up hitter Steve Parker knocked Walton in from third with an infield hit. The fifth inning ended with TCU up 5-3.

The Frogs and the Cougars keep putting up runs for the sixth and seventh innings. After TCU recorded two additional runs in the sixth inning to go up 7-3, BYU also put up one more run on the scoreboard. The Cougars' run in the sixth came off the bat of Sean McNaughton with a single through the left side of the infield scoring Relf.

In the top of the seventh inning, the Frogs scored one more run extending their lead to 8-4, which was followed up by a strong offensive output by the Cougars as they piled on three runs of their own. Parker, Ko and Cluff all crossed home plate to bring the score within one run, 8-7. Cluff was the only Cougar to not only score a run in the seventh but also hit one of the three RBI in the inning.

Neither of the teams was able to get on the scoreboard during the eighth inning, but TCU saw a big ninth inning with one swing of the bat. With two base runners the Frogs' first baseman, Matt Vern, hit a one-out, three-run homerun over the deepest part of the ballpark to boost his team to an 11-7 lead.

BYU will next be in action on Thursday at 6 p.m. as it travels to Colorado Springs, Colo., to take on the Air Force Academy.

TCU at Brigham Young Univ.

Apr 19, 2008 at Provo, Utah (Larry H.Miller Field)

TCU 11 (26-13,11-4 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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CARRUTHERS, Ben 2b....... 6 2 3 1 0 1 3 7 2

KERVIN, Bryan ss......... 6 2 3 0 0 0 1 3 0

ARNOLD, Clint cf/lf...... 5 3 3 1 0 0 2 0 0

ELLINGTON, Chris rf...... 5 0 2 3 0 1 1 0 0

ELLINGTON, Steve lf...... 5 0 2 2 0 1 2 0 3

GIVENS, Eric cf......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

CARPENTER, Matt 3b....... 3 2 2 0 1 0 0 2 1

PHARR, Jimmie c.......... 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0

HOLADAY, Bryan c........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

WOODRUFF, Hunt dh........ 5 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 2

MEDLIN, Brett pr........ 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

VERN, Matt 1b............ 5 1 1 3 0 0 14 1 1

HOLLE, Greg p............ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

APPLEBY, Trent p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0

MARSHALL, Eric p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

GERRISH, Paul p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

CASHNER, Andrew p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Totals................... 44 11 18 11 1 3 27 17 9

Brigham Young Univ. 7 (15-24,5-7 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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MCNAUGHTON, Sean lf...... 5 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 4

VARGAS, Dan ss........... 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 1

WALTON, Kent cf.......... 5 1 0 0 0 1 8 0 0

PARKER, Steve 3b......... 3 1 1 1 2 0 0 2 1

KO, Kasey 1b............. 4 2 3 0 1 0 9 0 1

BOWEN, Michael pr....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

CLUFF, Jonathan rf....... 4 2 2 1 1 0 1 0 1

AYOSO, Bryce dh.......... 4 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0

NACAPOY, Chad c.......... 1 0 0 1 1 1 2 0 0

LEACH, J.C. ph.......... 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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

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

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

MILLER, Jared p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0

AMERSON, Sean p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

WELCH, Daniel p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 36 7 12 6 6 3 27 12 10

Score by Innings R H E

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TCU................. 200 032 103 - 11 18 3

Brigham Young Univ.. 020 011 300 - 7 12 3

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E - KERVIN(9); APPLEBY(1); GERRISH(1); VARGAS(16); PARKER(14); CLUFF(6). DP

- BYU Cougars 1. LOB - TC 9; BYU Cougars 10. 2B - ARNOLD(11); CARPENTER(7);

KO(6); CLUFF(12); RELF(5). HR - CARRUTHERS(1); VERN(3). HBP - CARPENTER. SH

- HOLADAY(9); VARGAS(4). SF - NACAPOY(1). SB - ARNOLD 2(10); CARPENTER(7);

VERN(6). CS - CARRUTHERS(5); CLUFF(2).

TCU IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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HOLLE, Greg......... 3.2 4 2 2 4 1 13 18

APPLEBY, Trent...... 1.1 2 1 0 0 0 6 6

MARSHALL, Eric...... 1.1 4 4 3 1 1 8 9

GERRISH, Paul....... 0.2 1 0 0 0 1 3 3

CASHNER, Andrew..... 2.0 1 0 0 1 0 6 8

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

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TORGERSON, Blake.... 5.1 10 6 6 0 2 27 28

MILLER, Jared....... 3.0 6 3 3 1 1 13 15

AMERSON, Sean....... 0.0 2 2 1 0 0 3 3

WELCH, Daniel....... 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1

Win - APPLEBY (2-1). Loss - TORGERSON (4-3). Save - CASHNER (4).

WP - MILLER(1). HBP - by TORGERSON (CARPENTER).

Umpires - HP: Randy Upton 1B: Jason Rogers 3B: Brian Frisch

Start: 1:06 pm Time: 3:08 Attendance: 1510

AMERSON faced 3 batters in the 9th.

TCU starters: 20/2b CARRUTHERS; 1/ss KERVIN; 5/cf ARNOLD; 24/rf ELLINGTON, C;

18/lf ELLINGTON, S; 14/3b CARPENTER; 31/c PHARR; 2/dh WOODRUFF; 21/1b VERN;

44/p HOLLE;

Brigham Young Univ. starters: 15/lf MCNAUGHTON; 13/ss VARGAS; 9/cf WALTON; 5/3b

PARKER; 22/1b KO; 8/rf CLUFF; 11/dh AYOSO; 50/c NACAPOY; 4/2b RELF; 32/p

TORGERSON;

TCU 1st - CARRUTHERS grounded out to 3b. KERVIN singled to right field,

advanced to second on a fielding error by rf, advanced to third. ARNOLD singled

up the middle, RBI; KERVIN scored. ELLINGTON, C struck out swinging; ARNOLD

stole second. ELLINGTON, S singled to right field, RBI; ARNOLD scored.

CARPENTER grounded out to 2b. 2 runs, 3 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 1st - MCNAUGHTON popped up to ss. VARGAS grounded

out to 2b. WALTON struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

TCU 2nd - PHARR flied out to cf. WOODRUFF singled to shortstop. VERN

flied out to cf. CARRUTHERS struck out swinging. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1

LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 2nd - PARKER grounded out to 2b. KO doubled to left

center. CLUFF walked. AYOSO walked; CLUFF advanced to second; KO advanced to

third. NACAPOY flied out to cf, SF, RBI; KO scored. RELF singled to right

field, RBI; AYOSO advanced to second; CLUFF scored. MCNAUGHTON fouled out to

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

TCU 3rd - KERVIN grounded out to 1b unassisted. ARNOLD popped up to ss.

ELLINGTON, C reached on a fielding error by ss. ELLINGTON, S flied out to cf.

0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 3rd - VARGAS grounded out to ss. WALTON grounded out

to 2b. PARKER walked. KO flied out to cf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1

LOB.

TCU 4th - CARPENTER hit by pitch. PHARR flied out to cf. CARPENTER stole

second. WOODRUFF flied out to cf. VERN flied out to cf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0

errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 4th - CLUFF singled to left field. CLUFF out at

second c to 2b, caught stealing. AYOSO flied out to rf. NACAPOY walked. RELF

singled to center field; NACAPOY advanced to second. APPLEBY to p for HOLLE.

MCNAUGHTON popped up to 1b. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

TCU 5th - CARRUTHERS homered to left field, RBI. KERVIN singled to

center field. ARNOLD doubled down the lf line; KERVIN advanced to third.

ELLINGTON, C grounded out to 3b, RBI; KERVIN scored. ARNOLD stole third.

ELLINGTON, S singled to left field, RBI; ARNOLD scored. CARPENTER singled to

right field; ELLINGTON, S advanced to second. PHARR flied out to cf; ELLINGTON,

S advanced to third. WOODRUFF flied out to rf. 3 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors, 2

LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 5th - VARGAS reached on a throwing error by ss.

WALTON reached on a fielder's choice; VARGAS out at second 3b to 2b. WALTON

advanced to second on a throwing error by p, advanced to third. PARKER singled

to first base, RBI; WALTON scored, unearned. PARKER out at second p to 1b to ss

to p, picked off. KO singled to right field. CLUFF flied out to lf. 1 run, 2

hits, 2 errors, 1 LOB.

TCU 6th - VERN flied out to lf. CARRUTHERS singled to shortstop. MILLER

to p for TORGERSON. KERVIN flied out to cf. ARNOLD singled to left field;

CARRUTHERS advanced to second. ARNOLD advanced to second; CARRUTHERS advanced

to third on a wild pitch. ELLINGTON, C singled up the middle, 2 RBI; ARNOLD

scored; CARRUTHERS scored. ELLINGTON, S reached on a fielder's choice;

ELLINGTON, C out at second ss to 2b. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 6th - MARSHALL to p for APPLEBY. AYOSO grounded out

to 2b. NACAPOY struck out swinging. RELF doubled down the lf line. MCNAUGHTON

singled to left field, RBI; RELF scored. VARGAS fouled out to lf. 1 run, 2

hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

TCU 7th - CARPENTER doubled down the rf line. PHARR grounded out to p.

WOODRUFF singled to right field, RBI; CARPENTER scored. VERN reached on a

fielder's choice; WOODRUFF out at second ss to 2b. VERN stole second.

CARRUTHERS grounded out to p. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 7th - WALTON grounded out to ss. PARKER walked. KO

singled to left field; PARKER advanced to second. CLUFF doubled to center

field, RBI; KO advanced to third; PARKER scored. GERRISH to p for MARSHALL.

AYOSO singled to center field, advanced to second on the throw, RBI; CLUFF

advanced to third; KO scored. LEACH pinch hit for NACAPOY. AYOSO advanced to

third; CLUFF scored on a throwing error by p, unearned. LEACH grounded out to

p. RELF struck out swinging. 3 runs, 3 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

TCU 8th - MUSSO to c for LEACH. KERVIN singled to right field. ARNOLD

grounded into double play ss to 2b to 1b; KERVIN out on the play. ELLINGTON, C

singled up the middle. ELLINGTON, S struck out swinging. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0

errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 8th - ARNOLD to lf. GIVENS to cf for ELLINGTON, S.

HOLADAY to c for PHARR. CASHNER to p for GERRISH. MCNAUGHTON singled to right

field. VARGAS grounded out to p, SAC, bunt; MCNAUGHTON advanced to second.

WALTON grounded out to 2b; MCNAUGHTON advanced to third. PARKER grounded out to

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

TCU 9th - CARPENTER walked. HOLADAY grounded out to p, SAC, bunt;

CARPENTER advanced to second. AMERSON to p for MILLER. WOODRUFF reached on a

fielding error by 3b. MEDLIN pinch ran for WOODRUFF. VERN homered to center

field, 3 RBI; MEDLIN scored, unearned; CARPENTER scored. CARRUTHERS singled to

left field. WELCH to p for AMERSON. CARRUTHERS out at second c to ss, caught

stealing. KERVIN grounded out to 2b. 3 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 9th - KO walked. BOWEN pinch ran for KO. CLUFF

fouled out to 2b. AYOSO grounded out to 3b; BOWEN advanced to second. MUSSO

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

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