Tigers Win in Extra Innings

Apana Nakayama had two RBI's in the loss for BYU. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

MILLINGTON -- Despite Apana Nakayama knocking in two runs, BYU lost in 10 innings Thursday, 3-2, to the University of Memphis at the Service Academies Spring Classic.

Tigers' rightfielder Ben Grisham hit in the winning run in the top of the 10th for a 3-2 victory.

"It was one of those tough losses," said BYU Coach Vance Law. "We gifted them two runs in the third and didn't execute in the seventh when (Steve) Parker led off with a triple. In the third we didn't turn a routine double play and missed on another double play at the plate. But I'm pleased with our effort and our pitching was outstanding."

Jesse Craig and BYU (3-3) got out of a tight jam in the first inning after loading the bases. Craig was able to force Memphis (1-1) shortstop Michael Murray to ground out to end the inning and keep the score 0-0.

In the third inning the Cougars found themselves in another jam and this time they weren't able to get out of it, as a fielding error and a lost opportunity for a double-play yielded two unearned runs to the Tigers, making the score 2-0.

The Cougars couldn't get anything going against pitcher Philip Utley, who retired the side in both the first and second innings. Finally in the bottom of the fourth, second baseman Kent Walton hit a triple off of him. Walton's triple extended his current hitting streak to 14 games dating back to last season.

Up next for BYU was Nakayama who hit a sacrifice fly to deep center field to bring Walton around to score, making it 2-1 in favor of Memphis heading into the top of the fifth.

Craig then came up big for BYU in the fifth and sixth innings, retiring the side in the fifth, and striking out one and allowing just one hit in the sixth.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Cougars lead-off man center fielder Leon Johnson got on base after being hit by a pitch, and then promptly stole second to put himself in scoring position. After right fielder Jonathan Cluff popped out to center, Nakayama came up big again, hitting a double to left center to score Johnson and even things up at 2-2.

Craig was replaced in the seventh by righthander Matthew Jensen. Craig went six innings giving up four hits and no earned runs. Jensen came in the seventh and quickly retired the side sending it to the bottom of the inning. In the bottom of the inning, third baseman Steve Parker hit a lead-off triple to get things going, but BYU couldn't bring him around to score and the inning ended on a Dan Vargas groundout.

Heading into the bottom of the ninth with the score still 2-2, the Cougars' offense stalled sending it into extra innings.

Matt Yokley (1-0) picked up the win for Memphis, while Jensen (1-1) picked up the loss for BYU.

The Cougars' next game will be Friday at 1 p.m. (CST) against Missouri. Sophomore southpaw Jake Wortham (0-1, 8.31) will start the game for BYU.

Following the BYU-Missouri game, the Cougars will then present a fireside at a local chapel in Tennessee where Leon Johnson, J.D. Stambaugh and Jacob Perez will be speaking.

Memphis vs BYU

Feb 22, 2007 at Millington, Tenn. (USA Stadium)

Memphis 3 (1-1)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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Chalmers cf.............. 5 0 1 0 0 0 4 0 1

Petersen lf.............. 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2

Moss 2b.................. 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 2 1

Amar 1b.................. 4 1 0 0 0 1 10 0 0

Huelsing pr............. 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Norrid 1b............... 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0

Lieberman dh............. 4 1 2 0 0 2 0 0 0

Murray ss................ 4 0 1 0 1 1 0 3 3

Grisham rf............... 4 0 2 2 0 1 1 0 0

Farrell 3b............... 5 0 1 1 0 2 1 1 2

Fennell c................ 2 0 0 0 1 0 7 1 2

Irvin ph................ 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Kirkland c.............. 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0

Utley p.................. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Yokley p................ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0

Totals................... 38 3 9 3 2 7 30 11 11

BYU 2 (3-3)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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JOHNSON, Leon cf......... 3 1 0 0 1 1 2 0 2

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

WALTON, Kent 2b.......... 5 1 1 0 0 0 2 2 0

NAKAYAMA, Apana lf....... 3 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 0

MC KEEVER, Mike dh....... 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1

JOHNSON, Jason ph....... 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0

PARKER, Steve 3b......... 4 0 1 0 0 1 2 4 3

KO, Kasey 1b............. 4 0 0 0 0 2 12 0 0

MUSSO, J.T. c............ 3 0 1 0 0 1 7 1 0

WELLS, Stephen ph....... 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

GUENTHER, Wes c......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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

CRAIG, Jesse p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0

JENSEN, Matt p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0

PEREZ, Jacob p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 34 2 5 2 3 10 30 14 8

Score by Innings R H E

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Memphis............. 002 000 000 1 - 3 9 1

BYU................. 000 101 000 0 - 2 5 3

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E - Murray; MUSSO; VARGAS; CRAIG. LOB - Memphis 11; BYU 8. 2B - NAKAYAMA. 3B

- Grisham; WALTON; PARKER. HBP - Moss; Amar; JOHNSON, L.. SH - Lieberman;

CLUFF. SF - Grisham; NAKAYAMA. SB - Chalmers; JOHNSON, L.; NAKAYAMA; VARGAS.

CS - Grisham.

Memphis IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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Utley............... 5.2 3 2 2 0 5 20 22

Yokley.............. 4.1 2 0 0 3 5 14 18

BYU IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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CRAIG, Jesse........ 6.0 6 2 0 2 4 25 28

JENSEN, Matt........ 3.1 3 1 1 0 3 12 14

PEREZ, Jacob........ 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 1 2

Win - Yokley (1-0). Loss - JENSEN (1-1). Save - None.

HBP - by CRAIG (Moss); by Utley (JOHNSON, L.); by JENSEN (Amar). PB - MUSSO.

Umpires - HP: Fred Cannon 1B: John Smith 3B: Tony Walsh

Start: 3 p.m. Time: 2:46 Attendance: 530

Memphis starters: 22/cf Chalmers; 2/lf Petersen; 10/2b Moss; 16/1b Amar; 9/dh

Lieberman; 3/ss Murray; 6/rf Grisham; 29/3b Farrell; 1/c Fennell; 40/p Utley;

BYU starters: 14/cf JOHNSON, L.; 8/rf CLUFF; 9/2b WALTON; 24/lf NAKAYAMA; 33/dh MC

KEEVER; 5/3b PARKER; 22/1b KO; 10/c MUSSO; 13/ss VARGAS; 35/p CRAIG;

Memphis 1st - Chalmers singled up the middle. Chalmers stole second. Petersen

grounded out to ss. Moss singled to third base. Amar struck out swinging. Lieberman

singled to shortstop; Moss advanced to second; Chalmers advanced to third. Murray

grounded out to 3b. 0 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.

BYU 1st - JOHNSON, L. grounded out to ss. CLUFF struck out swinging. WALTON

lined out to 3b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Memphis 2nd - Grisham singled to center field. Grisham out at second c to 2b,

caught stealing. Farrell struck out swinging. Fennell walked. Chalmers reached on a

fielding error by ss; Fennell advanced to second. Petersen popped up to 2b. 0

runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 2 LOB.

BYU 2nd - NAKAYAMA grounded out to 1b unassisted. MC KEEVER grounded out to

p. PARKER struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Memphis 3rd - Moss hit by pitch. Amar reached on a fielder's choice to second

base; Moss out at second 2b to ss. Lieberman singled to left center; Amar advanced

to second. Murray walked; Lieberman advanced to second; Amar advanced to third.

Grisham reached on a fielding error by p, RBI; Murray advanced to second; Lieberman

advanced to third; Amar scored, unearned. Farrell grounded out to 2b, RBI; Grisham

advanced to second; Murray advanced to third; Lieberman scored, unearned. Fennell

lined out to ss. 2 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 2 LOB.

BYU 3rd - KO reached on a fielding error by ss. MUSSO struck out looking.

VARGAS struck out looking. JOHNSON, L. grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 1

error, 1 LOB.

Memphis 4th - Chalmers lined out to 3b. Petersen grounded out to 3b. Moss

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

BYU 4th - CLUFF grounded out to ss. WALTON tripled to left center. NAKAYAMA

lined out to cf, SF, RBI; WALTON scored. MC KEEVER struck out swinging. 1 run, 1

hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Memphis 5th - Amar grounded out to ss. Lieberman struck out swinging. Murray

grounded out to 3b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BYU 5th - PARKER lined out to 2b. KO flied out to rf. MUSSO singled to center

field. VARGAS flied out to lf. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Memphis 6th - Grisham struck out swinging. Farrell singled up the middle.

Farrell advanced to second on a throwing error by c. Fennell grounded out to p.

Farrell advanced to third on a passed ball. Chalmers lined out to p. 0 runs, 1

hit, 1 error, 1 LOB.

BYU 6th - JOHNSON, L. hit by pitch. CLUFF flied out to cf. JOHNSON, L. stole

second. WALTON lined out to cf. NAKAYAMA doubled to right field, RBI; JOHNSON, L.

scored. Yokley to p for Utley. MC KEEVER struck out swinging. 1 run, 1 hit, 0

errors, 1 LOB.

Memphis 7th - JENSEN to p for CRAIG. Petersen grounded out to ss. Moss popped

up to 3b. Amar flied out to rf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BYU 7th - PARKER tripled to center field. KO struck out swinging, out at

first c to 1b. MUSSO out on batter's interference to catcher. VARGAS grounded out to

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

Memphis 8th - Lieberman struck out swinging. Murray struck out swinging.

Grisham tripled to left center. Farrell struck out swinging. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0

errors, 1 LOB.

BYU 8th - JOHNSON, L. walked. CLUFF out at first p to 2b, SAC, bunt; JOHNSON,

L. advanced to second. WALTON grounded out to p; JOHNSON, L. advanced to third.

NAKAYAMA intentionally walked. JOHNSON, J. pinch hit for MC KEEVER. NAKAYAMA stole

second. JOHNSON, J. walked. PARKER grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors,

3 LOB.

Memphis 9th - Irvin pinch hit for Fennell. Irvin grounded out to p. Chalmers

grounded out to 3b. Petersen singled to center field. Moss flied out to cf. 0

runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

BYU 9th - Kirkland to c for Irvin. KO struck out swinging. WELLS pinch hit

for MUSSO. WELLS struck out swinging, out at first c to 1b. VARGAS singled to right

center. VARGAS stole second. JOHNSON, L. struck out swinging. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0

errors, 1 LOB.

Memphis 10th - GUENTHER to c for WELLS. Amar hit by pitch. Huelsing pinch ran

for Amar. Lieberman grounded out to p, SAC, bunt; Huelsing advanced to second.

Murray singled to center field; Huelsing advanced to third. PEREZ to p for JENSEN.

Grisham flied out to rf, SF, RBI; Murray advanced to second; Huelsing scored.

Farrell flied out to cf. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

BYU 10th - Norrid to 1b for Huelsing. CLUFF grounded out to 3b. WALTON popped

up to 1b. NAKAYAMA flied out to cf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

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