Upset Falls Short, Season Over

Los Angeles (June 3, 2002) -- A yawner turned into a nail-biter Monday as No. 14 USC hung on to beat BYU 13-10 in the NCAA Regional at Dedeaux Field.

The Trojans, now 37-22, advance to play at No. 7 Stanford on Friday, while the Cougars' miracle run ends at 31-31-1.

"We really believed we could beat anybody," said Cameron Coughlan, BYU's second baseman. "We weren't phased by a 9-0 deficit."

Down 9-0 through five innings, BYU closed the gap to 11-10 with the bases loaded in the eighth. Cougar first baseman Dave Jensen was selected MVP of the Regional. Jensen ends the season with a .411 batting average, hitting .632 in the tournament.

"There's no doubt Jensen is a great hitter," said USC Coach Mike Gillespie.

Joining Jensen on the all-tournament team were teammates Coughlan and Jake Stubblefield.

USC jumped on the Cougars early, then had to hold off BYU in the late innings.

Lead-off batter Brian Barre stroked a single for the "visiting" Trojans in the first inning and scored off Michael Moon's double. Pitcher Jake Chrisman settled down for a while, picking off Moon at second, then leaped high with his 6-8 frame to snag a high-hopper for out number two. Then Bill Peavey crunched a solo homer for a 2-0 USC lead.

BYU tried early to get something going as Coughlan beat out an infield hit, stole second and advance to third on Jensen's groundout. The Trojans then intentionally walked Matt Carson to face Rob Itri. Michael Morales made a diving catch on Itri in left-center to render BYU's first-inning useless.

Travis McAndrews belted a grand slam in the third after Chrisman gave up consecutive singles and hit a batter, putting BYU down 6-0. Alberto Concepcion tripled off reliever Scott Koffman, bringing in two more runs for an 8-0 Trojan lead.

Behind 9-0, BYU finally got on the scoreboard with their second hit of the day, a solo homer by Jake Stubblefield to lead off the fifth inning. With two outs, the Cougars rallied for three runs thanks to a double by Ranger Wiens and four consecutive singles by Doug Jackson, Coughlan, Jensen and Carson. The Trojans used the hidden ball trick to catch Jensen napping at second with their shortstop, stopping the momentum at 9-4.

Moon led off the sixth with a solo homer. Another Cougar miscue came in the seventh when they had a Trojan caught in a run-down between third and home, making it 11-4.

In the bottom of the seventh the Cougars responded with five runs, capped by a two-run homer from Stubblefield, closing the gap to 11-9.

Coach Gillespie was ejected from the game in the eighth inning while visiting the mound with Cougars at the corners and one out. Ace reliever Cory Campos came in the game and couldn't get the speedy Coughlan out as BYU drew within one, 11-10. Campos then plunked Jensen and Carson to load the bases with two out before getting called strike three on Itri.

BYU also beaned two batters in the ninth as the men of Troy scored a pair of unearned insurance runs in the ninth on a two base hits.

"We represented our program and University well," said BYU Coach Vance Law. "We had a couple of lapses that cost us some runs. We could have folded up the tent when we were down 9-0, but our guys have way too much character to have given up."

Brigham Young University 2002 Season

U. So. California at Brigham Young Univ.

Jun 03, 2002 at Los Angeles, Calif. (Dedeaux Field)

U. So. California 13 (37-22)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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BARRE, Brian cf.......... 6 2 3 1 0 0 6 0 1

MOON, Michael ss......... 6 1 2 2 0 0 2 1 1

CONCEPCION, Alberto c.... 4 1 3 2 2 0 8 0 0

PEAVEY, Bill 1b.......... 5 1 3 3 0 0 2 2 1

METROPOULOS, Joey dh..... 5 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 3

LUNETTA, Anthony 2b...... 5 1 1 0 0 0 2 2 4

MORALES, Michael lf...... 4 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 0

McANDREWS, Travis rf..... 4 3 2 4 0 0 2 0 0

BREWSTER, Jon 3b......... 5 1 2 0 0 2 2 0 0

OLSON, Jordan p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0

WILLIAMS, Jon p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

BANNISTER, Brett p...... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

CAMPOS, Cory p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 44 13 21 12 3 2 27 5 10

Brigham Young Univ. 10 (31-31-1)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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JACKSON, Doug cf......... 5 2 3 0 0 0 2 0 0

COUGHLAN, Cameron 2b..... 5 2 3 2 0 0 3 5 0

JENSEN, Dave 1b.......... 4 1 2 2 0 1 10 0 0

CARSON, Matt dh.......... 3 1 2 2 1 1 0 0 0

THURGOOD, Ryan pr....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

ITRI, Rob 3b............. 4 0 0 1 0 2 1 2 5

STUBBLEFIELD, Jake lf.... 5 2 2 3 0 2 2 0 0

CHAMBERS, Ryan rf........ 5 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0

BIRKELAND, Lars c........ 3 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 1

WIENS, Ranger ss......... 5 1 1 0 0 1 5 4 1

CHRISMAN, Jacob p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0

KOFFMAN, Scott p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

WARD, Matt p............ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

FERNLEY, Sam p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

RAY, James p............ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

DABO, Tyler p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 39 10 14 10 2 8 27 13 8

Score by Innings R H E

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U. So. California... 200 701 102 - 13 21 0

Brigham Young Univ.. 000 040 510 - 10 14 2

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E - ITRI; BIRKELAND. DP - BYU Cougars 3. LOB - Trojans 10; BYU Cougars 8. 2B

- BARRE; MOON; CONCEPCION; PEAVEY; METROPOULOS; JENSEN; CARSON M.; CHAMBERS;

WIENS. 3B - CONCEPCION. HR - MOON(7); PEAVEY(15); McANDREWS(3); STUBBLEFIELD

2(8). HBP - PEAVEY; MORALES; JENSEN; CARSON M.; BIRKELAND. SH - McANDREWS.

SF - ITRI. SB - COUGHLAN 2; BIRKELAND.

U. So. California IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP

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OLSON, Jordan....... 5.2 8 4 4 1 5 24 25 -

WILLIAMS, Jon....... 0.2 4 4 4 0 0 6 6 -

BANNISTER, Brett.... 1.0 2 2 2 1 1 4 6 -

CAMPOS, Cory........ 1.2 0 0 0 0 2 5 8 -

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

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CHRISMAN, Jacob..... 3.0 8 7 7 1 0 16 18 -

KOFFMAN, Scott...... 1.0 3 2 2 1 0 5 6 -

WARD, Matt.......... 1.0 4 1 1 0 1 7 7 -

FERNLEY, Sam........ 3.1 5 3 0 0 1 13 14 -

RAY, James.......... 0.1 1 0 0 0 0 2 2 -

DABO, Tyler......... 0.1 0 0 0 1 0 1 3 -

Win - OLSON (3-2). Loss - CHRISMAN (1-3). Save - CAMPOS (6).

WP - FERNLEY. HBP - by CHRISMAN (MORALES); by CAMPOS (JENSEN); by CAMPOS (CARSON

M.); by DABO (PEAVEY); by CAMPOS (BIRKELAND). BK - WARD. PB - BIRKELAND.

Pitches/strikes: None.

Umpires - HP: Dave Buck 1B: Dennis McComb 2B: Mike Droll 3B: Bill Davis

Start: 12:00 Time: 3:17 Attendance: 1072

CHRISMAN faced 5 batters in the 4th.

WARD faced 3 batters in the 6th.

USC Coach Mike Gillespie was ejected from the game in the eighth inning

Play-by-Play

Brigham Young University 2002 Season

U. So. California at Brigham Young Univ. - Play-by-Play

Jun 03, 2002 at Los Angeles, Calif. (Dedeaux Field)

Score by Innings R H E

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U. So. California... 200 701 102 - 13 21 0

Brigham Young Univ.. 000 040 510 - 10 14 2

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U. So. California starters: 6/cf BARRE; 4/ss MOON; 13/c CONCEPCION; 50/1b

PEAVEY; 21/dh METROPOULOS; 24/2b LUNETTA; 41/lf MORALES; 10/rf McANDREWS;

47/3b BREWSTER; 26/p OLSON;

Brigham Young Univ. starters: 13/cf JACKSON; 11/2b COUGHLAN; 17/1b JENSEN;

28/dh CARSON M.; 21/3b ITRI; 33/lf STUBBLEFIELD; 27/rf CHAMBERS; 12/c

BIRKELAND; 8/ss WIENS; 18/p CHRISMAN;

U. So. California - inning 1

BARRE singled to left field. MOON doubled to right center, RBI; BARRE

scored. MOON out at second p to ss, picked off. CONCEPCION grounded out

to p. PEAVEY homered to right field, RBI. METROPOULOS singled to center

field. LUNETTA grounded out to 2b. 2 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 1

JACKSON flied out to cf. COUGHLAN singled to shortstop. COUGHLAN stole

second. JENSEN grounded out to 2b; COUGHLAN advanced to third. CARSON M.

intentionally walked. ITRI flied out to lf. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2

LOB.

U. So. California - inning 2

MORALES grounded out to ss. McANDREWS popped up to ss. BREWSTER grounded

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

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 2

STUBBLEFIELD flied out to cf. CHAMBERS flied out to cf. BIRKELAND flied

out to cf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

U. So. California - inning 3

BARRE flied out to rf. MOON fouled out to 3b. CONCEPCION walked. PEAVEY

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

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 3

WIENS struck out looking. JACKSON popped up to 2b. COUGHLAN flied out to

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

U. So. California - inning 4

METROPOULOS singled down the lf line. LUNETTA singled to left field;

METROPOULOS advanced to second. MORALES hit by pitch; LUNETTA advanced to

second; METROPOULOS advanced to third. McANDREWS homered to right field,

4 RBI; MORALES scored; LUNETTA scored; METROPOULOS scored. BREWSTER

singled to left field. KOFFMAN to p for CHRISMAN. BARRE doubled down the

rf line; BREWSTER advanced to third. MOON flied out to lf. CONCEPCION

tripled to center field, 2 RBI; BARRE scored; BREWSTER scored. PEAVEY

doubled to right center, RBI; CONCEPCION scored. METROPOULOS walked.

LUNETTA grounded into double play 2b to ss to 1b; METROPOULOS out on the

play. 7 runs, 7 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 4

JENSEN struck out swinging. CARSON M. struck out looking. ITRI struck out

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

U. So. California - inning 5

WARD to p for KOFFMAN. MORALES singled to left field. McANDREWS flied out

to cf. MORALES advanced to second on a balk. BREWSTER struck out looking.

BARRE grounded out to 1b unassisted. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 5

STUBBLEFIELD homered to right field, RBI. CHAMBERS out at first 1b to p.

BIRKELAND lined out to ss. WIENS doubled to center field. JACKSON singled

to right field; WIENS advanced to third. COUGHLAN singled to right field,

RBI; JACKSON advanced to second; WIENS scored. JENSEN singled up the

middle, RBI; COUGHLAN advanced to third; JACKSON scored. CARSON M.

singled up the middle, RBI; JENSEN advanced to second; COUGHLAN scored.

JENSEN out at second ss unassisted. 4 runs, 6 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

U. So. California - inning 6

MOON homered to right field, RBI. CONCEPCION doubled to left field.

PEAVEY singled to right field; CONCEPCION advanced to third. FERNLEY to p

for WARD. METROPOULOS popped up to 2b. LUNETTA grounded into double play

ss to 2b to 1b; PEAVEY out on the play. 1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 6

ITRI out at first 1b to p. STUBBLEFIELD struck out swinging. CHAMBERS

doubled down the rf line. WILLIAMS to p for OLSON. BIRKELAND popped up to

3b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

U. So. California - inning 7

MORALES flied out to lf. McANDREWS singled to center field. BREWSTER

singled to center field; McANDREWS advanced to third. BARRE popped up to

ss. BREWSTER advanced to third; McANDREWS scored on a fielding error by

c, unearned. MOON flied out to cf. 1 run, 2 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 7

WIENS grounded out to 2b. JACKSON singled up the middle. COUGHLAN singled

to left field; JACKSON advanced to third. JENSEN doubled to right field,

RBI; COUGHLAN advanced to third; JACKSON scored. CARSON M. doubled to

left field, RBI; JENSEN advanced to third; COUGHLAN scored. BANNISTER to

p for WILLIAMS. ITRI flied out to rf, SF, RBI; JENSEN scored.

STUBBLEFIELD homered to left field, 2 RBI; CARSON M. scored. CHAMBERS

struck out swinging. 5 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

U. So. California - inning 8

CONCEPCION singled to right field. PEAVEY grounded into double play 2b to

ss to 1b; CONCEPCION out on the play. METROPOULOS doubled to center

field. LUNETTA grounded out to 3b. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 8

BIRKELAND walked. WIENS flied out to cf. JACKSON singled to right field;

BIRKELAND advanced to third. CAMPOS to p for BANNISTER. COUGHLAN reached

on a fielder's choice, RBI; JACKSON out at second ss to 2b; BIRKELAND

scored. COUGHLAN stole second. JENSEN hit by pitch. CARSON M. hit by

pitch; JENSEN advanced to second; COUGHLAN advanced to third. THURGOOD

pinch ran for CARSON M.. ITRI struck out looking. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors,

3 LOB.

U. So. California - inning 9

MORALES singled to left field. MORALES advanced to second on a wild

pitch. McANDREWS reached on a fielder's choice, SAC, bunt; MORALES

advanced to third on a fielding error by 3b. BREWSTER struck out looking.

RAY to p for FERNLEY. BARRE singled to right field, RBI; McANDREWS

advanced to second; MORALES scored, unearned. MOON popped up to 2b. DABO

to p for RAY. BARRE advanced to second on a passed ball; McANDREWS

advanced to third. CONCEPCION walked. PEAVEY hit by pitch, RBI;

CONCEPCION advanced to second; BARRE advanced to third; McANDREWS scored,

unearned. METROPOULOS flied out to rf. 2 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, 3 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 9

STUBBLEFIELD struck out swinging. CHAMBERS flied out to cf. BIRKELAND hit

by pitch. BIRKELAND stole second. WIENS reached on a fielder's choice;

BIRKELAND out at third 3b unassisted. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.