Taylor Dongs Two, AFA

Brandon Taylor hit his eighth and ninth homers in a 10-4 victory over the Air Force Academy. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- Brandon Taylor homered twice and tallied four RBI as BYU took its second straight game against the Air Force Academy 10-4 Friday at Larry H. Miller Field.

After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the third, the Cougars--now 19-7-1 (7-1, Mountain West Conference)--scored two in each of the next five innings and the Falcons (5-19, 0-5) couldn't keep up.

After torching Air Force for 25 runs on Thursday, BYU faced a tough right-hander in Paul Pratt. The Falcons got their lead on a RBI single off of Matt Ghigna's bat that scored Troy Jeffers who had a two-out double. The Cougars responded in their side of the third frame when Kory Knell led off the inning with a double and came around to score on an Adrian Molina bunt single and AFA throwing error. Molina was balked home from third to give BYU a 2-1 lead.

Air Force responded in the fourth, tying the game 2-2. In the Cougars side of the fourth inning, they took the lead for good. BYU head coach Vance Law said Taylor's hit was the turning point in the game.

"In my opinion they had their best pitcher going tonight," Law said. "But, fortunately for us, he hung Brandon [Taylor] a pitch and Brandon hit it."

Taylor hit it a long ways, carrying it well over the scoreboard in left field somewhere near 420 feet in Law's estimate. Taylor wasn't done. In the seventh, he came to bat with one aboard and two outs in the inning and hit another towering blast off the top of the scoreboard.

"I made a small adjustment before the game today," Taylor said. "I do better when I just react to the pitch and not anticipate it."

Apana Nakayama and Jeff Hiestand extended their team-leading hitting streaks in the game to 12 games. Sean McNaughton has now hit safely in 11 straight. Molina also had a good night going 3-for-4 and scoring three runs.

BYU will go for its second straight sweep of a conference opponent tomorrow night in the series finale. Game time is 8 p.m. at Larry H. Miller Field. The game will be carried live on radio KOVO 960 AM. Fans can also hear the game live on the Internet at www.byucougars.com.

Air Force Academy at Brigham Young Univ.

Apr 01, 2005 at Provo, Utah (Larry H.Miller Field)

Air Force Academy 4 (5-19,0-5 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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JEFFERS, Troy cf......... 5 1 1 1 0 1 3 0 0

GHIGNA, Matt 1b.......... 4 0 2 1 0 0 9 0 0

DeROHAN, Nathan ss....... 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 2

TITTLE, Brent ph/rf..... 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0

FERRERIA, Austin ss/3b.. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

BOLT, Karl dh............ 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1

PARAMORE, Price 3b....... 4 0 1 0 0 2 0 1 0

KASEL, Dale rf........... 2 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0

SALAZAR, Geno 2b......... 4 0 1 1 0 0 1 3 2

POLSTON, Jon c........... 4 1 1 0 0 2 5 2 1

LAMSON, Reid lf.......... 4 1 1 1 0 2 3 0 0

PRATT, Paul p............ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

DePIERRE, Kyle p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Totals................... 35 4 7 4 1 12 24 9 6

Brigham Young Univ. 10 (19-7-1,7-1 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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McNAUGHTON, Sean 2b...... 5 0 1 0 0 2 1 1 0

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

NAKAYAMA, Apana dh....... 3 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0

SLOAN, Kevin lf......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

HIESTAND, Jeff 1b........ 4 1 2 1 0 1 8 1 0

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

CHAMBERS, Ryan lf/p...... 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0

KNELL, Kory rf........... 4 2 1 0 0 1 3 0 1

MOLINA, Adrian cf........ 4 3 3 0 0 1 2 0 0

CLOWARD, Casey c......... 4 0 1 2 0 0 12 0 0

CHRISTIANSEN,Brandon p... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

BARRETT, Joshua p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

Totals................... 37 10 13 8 1 7 27 4 4

Score by Innings R H E

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Air Force Academy... 001 100 200 - 4 7 2

Brigham Young Univ.. 002 222 20X - 10 13 2

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E - GHIGNA; PARAMORE; HIESTAND; CHAMBERS. LOB - AFA Falcons 6; BYU Cougars

4. 2B - JEFFERS; POLSTON; McNAUGHTON; KNELL; CLOWARD. HR - TAYLOR 2(9). HBP

- BOLT. SB - JEFFERS. CS - TAYLOR.

Air Force Academy IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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PRATT, Paul......... 4.2 8 6 6 0 3 22 22

DePIERRE, Kyle...... 3.1 5 4 4 1 4 15 16

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

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CHRISTIANSEN,Brandon 6.0 4 2 1 1 8 23 25

BARRETT, Joshua..... 2.0 3 2 2 0 2 9 9

CHAMBERS, Ryan...... 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 3 3

Win - CHRISTIANSEN (3-0). Loss - PRATT (2-6). Save - None.

WP - DePIERRE 2; BARRETT. HBP - by CHRISTIANSEN (BOLT). BK - PRATT;

CHRISTIANSEN.

Umpires - HP: Jason Rogers 1B: Blyden Loutensock 3B: Mik Hendrickson

Start: 7:03 pm Time: 2:48 Attendance: 1862

Air Force Academy at Brigham Young Univ. - Play-by-Play

Apr 01, 2005 at Provo, Utah (Larry H.Miller Field)

Score by Innings R H E

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Air Force Academy... 001 100 200 - 4 7 2

Brigham Young Univ.. 002 222 20X - 10 13 2

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Air Force Academy starters: 12/cf JEFFERS; 19/1b GHIGNA; 8/ss DeROHAN; 13/dh BOLT;

10/3b PARAMORE; 18/rf KASEL; 2/2b SALAZAR; 14/c POLSTON; 1/lf LAMSON; 5/p PRATT;

Brigham Young Univ. starters: 15/2b McNAUGHTON; 10/ss VILLEZCAS; 24/dh NAKAYAMA;

16/1b HIESTAND; 3/3b TAYLOR; 22/lf CHAMBERS; 12/rf KNELL; 1/cf MOLINA; 9/c CLOWARD;

31/p CHRISTIANSEN;

Air Force Academy 1st - JEFFERS struck out swinging. GHIGNA grounded out to

ss. DeROHAN struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 1st - McNAUGHTON flied out to lf. VILLEZCAS flied out to

lf. NAKAYAMA grounded out to ss. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Air Force Academy 2nd - BOLT grounded out to 1b unassisted. PARAMORE singled

up the middle. KASEL struck out looking. SALAZAR grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 1

hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 2nd - HIESTAND struck out swinging. TAYLOR reached on a

throwing error by 3b. TAYLOR out at second c to ss, caught stealing. CHAMBERS struck

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

Air Force Academy 3rd - POLSTON struck out swinging. LAMSON grounded out to

1b unassisted. JEFFERS doubled to left center. GHIGNA singled to right field,

advanced to second on the throw, RBI; JEFFERS scored, unearned. DeROHAN struck out

swinging. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 3rd - KNELL doubled to right center. MOLINA singled,

bunt, advanced to second on a throwing error by 1b; KNELL scored. CLOWARD grounded

out to 3b. McNAUGHTON grounded out to 2b; MOLINA advanced to third. MOLINA scored on

a balk. VILLEZCAS grounded out to 1b unassisted. 2 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, 0

LOB.

Air Force Academy 4th - BOLT hit by pitch. BOLT advanced to second on a balk.

PARAMORE struck out swinging. KASEL grounded out to 1b unassisted; BOLT advanced to

third. SALAZAR singled to pitcher, RBI; BOLT scored. POLSTON flied out to cf. 1

run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 4th - NAKAYAMA grounded out to 2b. HIESTAND singled to

left field. TAYLOR homered to left field, 2 RBI; HIESTAND scored. CHAMBERS flied out

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

Air Force Academy 5th - LAMSON struck out swinging. JEFFERS reached on a

fielding error by 1b. JEFFERS stole second. GHIGNA flied out to cf. DeROHAN grounded

out to 3b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 5th - MOLINA singled to left center. CLOWARD grounded out

to 2b; MOLINA advanced to second. McNAUGHTON struck out swinging. VILLEZCAS singled

to center field, RBI; MOLINA scored. NAKAYAMA singled to right field; VILLEZCAS

advanced to third. HIESTAND singled to pitcher, RBI; NAKAYAMA advanced to second;

VILLEZCAS scored. DePIERRE to p for PRATT. HIESTAND advanced to second; NAKAYAMA

advanced to third on a wild pitch. TAYLOR struck out swinging, out at first c to 1b.

2 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Air Force Academy 6th - BOLT flied out to rf. PARAMORE struck out swinging.

KASEL walked. SALAZAR grounded out to 1b unassisted. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1

LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 6th - CHAMBERS grounded out to 1b unassisted. KNELL

struck out swinging, reached first on a wild pitch. MOLINA singled to left center,

advanced to second on the throw; KNELL advanced to third. CLOWARD doubled down the

rf line, 2 RBI; MOLINA scored; KNELL scored. CLOWARD out at second p to 2b, picked

off. McNAUGHTON struck out swinging. 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Air Force Academy 7th - BARRETT to p for CHRISTIANSEN. POLSTON doubled down

the rf line. LAMSON singled to left field, advanced to second on a fielding error by

lf, advanced to third, RBI; POLSTON scored. JEFFERS out at first 1b to p, RBI;

LAMSON scored. GHIGNA singled to right field. TITTLE pinch hit for DeROHAN. GHIGNA

advanced to second on a wild pitch. TITTLE struck out swinging. BOLT struck out

swinging. 2 runs, 3 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 7th - FERRERIA to ss for DeROHAN. PARAMORE to 3b for

FERRERIA. FERRERIA to 3b for PARAMORE. TITTLE to rf for KASEL. VILLEZCAS flied out

to cf. NAKAYAMA walked. HIESTAND flied out to cf. TAYLOR homered to left field, 2

RBI; NAKAYAMA scored. CHAMBERS singled to center field. KNELL grounded out to 3b.

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

Air Force Academy 8th - PARAMORE to 3b for FERRERIA. PARAMORE flied out to

rf. TITTLE popped up to 2b. SALAZAR grounded out to 1b unassisted. 0 runs, 0

hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 8th - MOLINA struck out looking. CLOWARD flied out to cf.

McNAUGHTON doubled to center field. VILLEZCAS flied out to rf. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0

errors, 1 LOB.

Air Force Academy 9th - SLOAN to lf for NAKAYAMA. CHAMBERS to p. / for

BARRETT. POLSTON struck out looking. LAMSON struck out swinging. JEFFERS flied out

to rf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

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