TCU Wins In League Debut

Adrian Molina and Marcos Villezcas, both from San Diego, had extra base hits in front of hometown fans against TCU. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

SAN -- For the second consecutive day a grand slam beat BYU in the Mountain West Preseason Tournament, with TCU getting a 9-4 victory on Thursday.

Ryan Pack belted the granny in the bottom of the eighth inning off ace Cougar reliever Josh Barrett following a 4-4 deadlock. The Cougars fall to 9-16 overall and 0-2 in the MWC, while TCU improves to 13-14 in its league debut.

While the slam didn't technically beat BYU, it put the game beyond reach of the Cougars who led the game until two runs scored in the sixth and the Horned Frogs took a 5-4 lead in the ninth.

BYU scored in the first inning when Marcos Villezcas' double moved Stetson Banks to third. Banks scored on Jeff Hiestand's groundout, but Villezcas ended up being stranded at third.

In the second inning BYU stranded another runner at third as Adrian Molina hit a one-out triple, but TCU struck out consecutive Cougars.

The Hornes Frogs tied the game at one-all following Corey Steglich walking, then stealing second and third, and scoring off Pack's one-out single. Cougar lefty Patrick Wells picked Pack off base to end the inning and then came up with big strikeouts to open and close the fourth.

BYU's fourth hit of the day was its third extra-base poke when catcher Casey Nelson led off the fifth with a double. Next, Seth Johnson extended a single to second base, but an error on the throw to get him allowed Nelson to score. Johnson advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Banks and scored on Ben Saylor's sac-fly, making the score 3-1.

Pack singled and scored off Bryan Kervin's two-out double to bring TCU back to a 3-2 margin.

BYU chased Zach Ashwood from the mound in the sixth after Kasey Ko singled and advance to second on a balk. The Cougars then played the percentages and subbed Ko with a pinch runner, Austin Carter. Carter advanced to third on Blake Crosby's sac bunt and scored on Molina's ground out, giving BYU a 4-2 lead.

After getting the first two TCU batters outs, Wells loaded the bases and Steglich hit a line drive two-run single to left field before being thrown out trying to extend to second. The two unearned runs tied the score at four apiece.

Consecutive one-out singles by Hiestand and Carter gave TCU some concern until it turned a 6-4-3 double play.

Chad Huffman led off the bottom of the eighth with a double to right field and advanced to third on a ground out, chasing Wells from the game. Huffman scored on a wild pitch from Cougar reliever Mitch Woolf and gave the Horned Frogs a 5-4 lead. Woolf's curve ball was ineffective and he was replaced by Barrett, who surrendered the granny, facing Pack as his first batter.

BYU next plays New Mexico on Friday morning in a game that can be heard live locally on KOVO Radio 960 AM at noon.

Brigham Young vs Texas Christian Univ

Mar 30, 2006 at San Diego, Calif. (Tony Gwynn Stadium)

Brigham Young 4 (9-16,0-2 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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

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

SAYLOR, Ben rf........... 3 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 0

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

KO, Kasey dh............. 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1

CARTER, Austin pr/dh.... 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

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

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

NELSON, Casey c.......... 4 1 1 0 0 1 6 0 0

JOHNSON, Seth lf......... 4 1 1 0 0 3 3 2 1

WELLS, Patrick p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0

WOOLF, Mitch p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

BARRETT, Josh p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 31 4 8 3 2 7 24 11 5

Texas Christian Univ 9 (13-14,1-0 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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Kervin, Bryan ss......... 5 0 1 1 0 1 0 4 0

Trout, Steven 1b......... 3 0 1 0 1 0 9 1 0

Huffman, Chad lf......... 4 1 1 0 0 1 4 0 0

Adams, Austin lf........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Carpenter, Matt 3b....... 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1

Conlon, Keith rf......... 2 2 0 0 2 0 1 0 0

Walker, Andrew c......... 3 1 0 0 1 1 6 1 1

Vern, Matt dh............ 2 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 0

Steglich, Corey 2b....... 2 2 1 2 2 0 4 3 0

Pack, Ryan cf............ 4 2 3 5 0 0 3 0 0

Ashwood, Zach p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Farish, Dillon p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Totals................... 29 9 7 8 8 4 27 11 4

Score by Innings R H E

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Brigham Young....... 100 021 000 - 4 8 1

Texas Christian Univ 001 012 05X - 9 7 1

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E - BANKS; TROUT(8). DP - TCU 1. LOB - BY 5; TCU 4. 2B - VILLEZCAS; NELSON;

KERVIN(10); HUFFMAN(6). 3B - MOLINA. HR - PACK(3). SH - BANKS; CROSBY. SF -

SAYLOR. SB - TROUT(4); STEGLICH 2(2). CS - PACK(2).

Brigham Young IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP

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WELLS, Patrick...... 7.1 6 5 3 5 3 26 31 113

WOOLF, Mitch........ 0.1 0 3 3 3 0 1 4 20

BARRETT, Josh....... 0.1 1 1 1 0 1 2 2 9

Texas Christian Univ IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP

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Ashwood, Zach....... 5.0 6 4 3 2 3 19 23 81

Farish, Dillon...... 4.0 2 0 0 0 4 12 13 47

Win - FARISH (2-1). Loss - WELLS (3-4). Save - None.

WP - WOOLF. BK - ASHWOOD 2(3). Inherited runners/scored: WOOLF 1/1; BARRETT 3/3;

FARISH 1/1. Pitches/strikes: WELLS 113/62; WOOLF 20/7; BARRETT 9/6; ASHWOOD

81/57; FARISH 47/34.

Umpires - HP: Bill VanRaaphorst 1B: Dom Butry 3B: Ray Belfiore

Start: 11:04 am Time: 2:32 Attendance:

ASHWOOD faced 1 batter in the 6th.

Brigham Young vs Texas Christian Univ - Play-by-Play

Mar 30, 2006 at San Diego, Calif. (Tony Gwynn Stadium)

Score by Innings R H E

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Brigham Young....... 100 021 000 - 4 8 1

Texas Christian Univ 001 012 05X - 9 7 1

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Brigham Young starters: 3/2b BANKS; 10/ss VILLEZCAS; 25/rf SAYLOR; 32/1b

HIESTAND; 33/dh KO; 30/3b CROSBY; 1/cf MOLINA; 8/c NELSON; 26/lf JOHNSON, S.;

4/p WELLS;

Texas Christian Univ starters: 1/ss KERVIN; 16/1b TROUT; 17/lf HUFFMAN; 14/3b

CARPENTER; 27/rf CONLON; 6/c WALKER; 21/dh VERN; 3/2b STEGLICH; 15/cf PACK;

39/p ASHWOOD;

Brigham Young 1st - BANKS walked (3-2). BANKS advanced to second on a

balk. VILLEZCAS doubled to right field (1-1); BANKS advanced to third. SAYLOR

struck out looking (0-2). HIESTAND grounded out to 2b, RBI (0-1); VILLEZCAS

advanced to third; BANKS scored. KO flied out to lf (1-2). 1 run, 1 hit, 0

errors, 1 LOB.

Texas Christian Univ 1st - KERVIN flied out to lf (3-2). TROUT walked

(3-1). HUFFMAN flied out to lf (1-0). TROUT stole second. CARPENTER out at

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

Brigham Young 2nd - CROSBY flied out to cf (2-0). MOLINA tripled to

right center (0-2). NELSON struck out swinging (1-2). JOHNSON, S. struck out

swinging, out at first c to 1b (0-2). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Texas Christian Univ 2nd - CONLON lined out to rf to right center (3-1).

WALKER popped up to ss (0-0). VERN struck out looking (3-2). 0 runs, 0 hits,

0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young 3rd - BANKS fouled out to 2b (1-0). VILLEZCAS flied out to

lf (0-0). SAYLOR grounded out to 1b unassisted (1-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0

errors, 0 LOB.

Texas Christian Univ 3rd - STEGLICH walked (3-1). STEGLICH stole second.

STEGLICH stole third. PACK singled through the left side, RBI (2-2); STEGLICH

scored. PACK out at second p to 1b to ss, caught stealing. KERVIN flied out to

rf (0-2). TROUT flied out to cf (1-1). 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young 4th - HIESTAND flied out to cf (1-2). KO lined out to rf

(1-2). CROSBY singled through the left side (1-1). MOLINA reached on a

fielder's choice (0-1); CROSBY out at second ss to 2b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0

errors, 1 LOB.

Texas Christian Univ 4th - HUFFMAN struck out looking (1-2). CARPENTER

popped up to ss (1-2). CONLON walked (3-0). WALKER struck out looking (3-2).

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

Brigham Young 5th - NELSON doubled to left center (0-0). JOHNSON, S.

singled up the middle, advanced to second on the throw (3-2); NELSON advanced

to third, scored on a throwing error by 1b. BANKS out at first 1b to 2b, SAC

(0-0); JOHNSON, S. advanced to third. VILLEZCAS walked (3-1). SAYLOR flied out

to cf, SF, RBI (0-1); JOHNSON, S. scored, unearned. HIESTAND flied out to lf

(1-0). 2 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Texas Christian Univ 5th - VERN fouled out to c (0-0). STEGLICH grounded

out to ss (0-1). PACK singled to left field (1-1). KERVIN doubled to right

center, RBI (2-0); PACK scored. TROUT singled to left field (1-1); KERVIN

advanced to third, out at home lf to ss to c. 1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1

LOB.

Brigham Young 6th - KO singled to right field (2-2). KO advanced to

second on a balk. FARISH to p for ASHWOOD. CARTER pinch ran for KO. CROSBY

grounded out to p, SAC (1-0); CARTER advanced to third. MOLINA grounded out to

ss, RBI (0-2); CARTER scored. NELSON grounded out to 3b (0-2). 1 run, 1 hit,

0 errors, 0 LOB.

Texas Christian Univ 6th - CARTER to dh. HUFFMAN flied out to lf (0-0).

CARPENTER popped up to 2b (2-1). CONLON reached on a fielding error by 2b

(0-0). WALKER walked (3-0); CONLON advanced to second. VERN walked (3-2);

WALKER advanced to second; CONLON advanced to third. STEGLICH singled to left

field, out at second lf to ss to 2b, 2 RBI (0-0); VERN advanced to third;

WALKER scored, unearned; CONLON scored, unearned. 2 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 1

LOB.

Brigham Young 7th - JOHNSON, S. struck out swinging (3-2). BANKS struck

out swinging (1-2). VILLEZCAS struck out swinging (1-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0

errors, 0 LOB.

Texas Christian Univ 7th - PACK grounded out to p, bunt (0-1). KERVIN

lined out to ss (2-2). TROUT grounded out to p (3-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0

errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young 8th - SAYLOR flied out to lf (1-0). HIESTAND singled

through the right side (2-1). CARTER singled through the right side (2-2);

HIESTAND advanced to second. CROSBY grounded into double play ss to 2b to 1b

(1-1); CARTER out on the play. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Texas Christian Univ 8th - HUFFMAN doubled to right center (0-1).

CARPENTER grounded out to 2b (1-1); HUFFMAN advanced to third. WOOLF to p for

WELLS. HUFFMAN scored on a wild pitch. CONLON walked (3-1). WALKER popped up to

ss (1-1). VERN walked (3-2); CONLON advanced to second. STEGLICH walked (3-2);

VERN advanced to second; CONLON advanced to third. BARRETT to p for WOOLF. PACK

homered to left field, 4 RBI (1-2); STEGLICH scored; VERN scored; CONLON

scored. KERVIN struck out swinging (2-2). 5 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0

LOB.

Brigham Young 9th - ADAMS to lf for HUFFMAN. MOLINA grounded out to ss

(1-2). NELSON grounded out to 2b (0-0). JOHNSON, S. struck out looking (0-2).

0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

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