Utes Next After BYU Downs AFA

Ben Saylor hit his 20th home run in a 7-5 victory over Air Force.

LAS -- It's BYU versus Utah on Wednesday after both teams won first round games Tuesday in the Mountain West Conference Baseball Tournament.

The Cougars, now 31-26, defeated the Air Force Academy, 7-5, after Utah upset San Diego State earlier in the day. It sets up the fourth meeting in less than a week between the Cougars and Utes after BYU swept Utah in three games last week at Salt Lake City.

The BYU-Utah game time will be Wednesday at 12:30 p.m., PDT, in a matchup that can be heard live on KOVO Radio (960 AM) or live via links on www.byucougars.com.

"They pitched and played well," said BYU Coach Vance Law of Air Force's play on Tuesday. "We played well enough to preserve a lot of our pitching staff.

"Utah swung the bats well in their game (San Diego State, 8-5) and it will be a huge game for us against them."

But first BYU had to get past the pesky Falcons who avoided a lopsided defeat in their 21st consecutive loss.

The battle plan for Air Force was to pitch its three normal starters three innings apiece.

With two out and two on in the second, AFA took a two-run lead off Jon Polston's double which rolled past a diving Saylor in right field. The Falcons were able to capitalize that inning when Jason Griggs got aboard on a rare Marcos Villezcas throwing error which could have closed the inning.

BYU tied the game, two-all in the bottom of the second off a sacrifice fly by Casey Nelson which scored lead-off batter Kasey Ko and a fielder's choice by Stetson Banks to bring in Kent Walton. Walton hit a gap single to left center and Blake Crosby walked to load the bases.

Saylor gave BYU it's first lead, 4-2 in the third, with a two-run home run off a changeup to right field, his 20th of the season.

Saylor was robbed of a run-scoring hit in the fourth because the Academy shifted its second baseman to mid-right-center well onto the outfield grass for a couple Cougars. BYU scored its lead-off batter for the third inning in a row when Crosby singled and scored of a groundout by Carter.

Geno Salazar, the Falcon shortstop was put to the turf prior to the Cougars' sixth-inning at bat on an infield warmup throw to second. He remained in the game after a delay of several minutes. Walton scored with two outs from first base off a hard liner by Crosby, with the game-winning RBI, giving BYU a 6-2 lead.

The Falcons loaded the bases to start the sixth off a hit batsman, a walk and by beating out a sacrifice bunt attempt, then scored a run off Clay Derbinay's single. AFA's fourth run came off a double play. Polston's single up the middle scored the fifth run and chased James Platt from the mound in favor of Anthony Bingham with a 6-5 lead.

Banks advanced to second in the sixth when the throw from the outfield off his single was behind him and allowed him to advance to second. He was stranded as the first lead-off batter not to score since the first.

After a leaping flyout to Carter as the first of two outs, Bingham had a hit glance off his leg. AFA brought in a pinch hitter, so Coach Vance Law countered by bringing in lefty Cortland Andrews to pitch. Andrews got AFA to ground out to him on the first pitch.

Walton knocked an insurance homer, his fifth, a solo in the seventh to left field to make the score, 7-5. Andrews then slammed the door retiring AFA in order then final two innings.

That helped Platt get his first victory of the season in 18 appearances, while Andrews earned his second save of the year in 20 outings.

Air Force at BYU

May 23, 2006 at Las Vegas, Nev. (Earl E. Wilson)

Air Force 5 (10-37)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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GRIGGS, Jason 2b......... 5 1 1 0 0 0 2 3 0

POLSTON, Jon lf.......... 4 0 2 3 0 1 1 0 0

SALAZAR, Geno ss......... 5 0 2 0 0 0 2 2 2

BOLT, Karl 1b............ 5 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0

PARAMORE, Price dh....... 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1

MADISON, Brad rf......... 2 1 1 0 1 1 3 0 3

ADAMS, Billy 3b.......... 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1

MEENTS, Josh ph......... 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

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

CARPENTER, Bob c......... 4 2 1 0 0 0 5 1 0

DERBIGNY, Chay cf........ 4 0 1 1 0 0 4 0 0

ALLEN, Casey p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

BROWN, Mitch p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

PETRO, Jake p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 35 5 8 4 3 2 24 7 8

BYU 7 (31-26)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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CARTER, Austin lf........ 5 0 1 1 0 1 2 0 1

JOHNSON, Seth lf........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

VILLEZCAS, Marcos ss..... 4 1 1 0 1 1 2 2 0

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

HIESTAND, Jeff 1b........ 3 0 0 0 1 1 9 1 3

KO, Kasey dh............. 3 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0

WALTON, Kent cf.......... 4 3 2 1 0 0 5 0 0

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

VARGAS, Daniel 3b....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0

NELSON, Casey c.......... 3 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 1

BANKS, Stetson 2b........ 4 0 2 1 0 0 3 2 1

PLATT, James p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

BINGHAM, Anthony p...... 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

ANDREWS, Cortland p..... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Totals................... 32 7 9 6 6 5 27 9 8

Score by Innings R H E

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Air Force........... 020 003 000 - 5 8 2

BYU................. 022 110 10X - 7 9 1

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E - MADISON(1); ADAMS(8); VILLEZCAS(18). DP - BYU 1. LOB - AFA 8; BYU 8. 2B

- POLSTON(9); BANKS(4). HR - SAYLOR(20); WALTON(5). HBP - MADISON. SH -

POLSTON(5). SF - NELSON(5). SB - POLSTON(11). CS - CARTER(2).

Air Force IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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ALLEN, Casey........ 3.0 4 4 4 3 1 11 15

BROWN, Mitch........ 3.0 3 2 1 3 2 13 16

PETRO, Jake......... 2.0 2 1 1 0 2 8 8

BYU IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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PLATT, James........ 5.2 7 5 3 3 1 24 29

BINGHAM, Anthony.... 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 4 4

ANDREWS, Cortland... 2.1 0 0 0 0 1 7 7

Win - PLATT (1-1). Loss - ALLEN (1-7). Save - ANDREWS (2).

HBP - by PLATT (MADISON).

Umpires - HP: Blake Jensen 1B: Michael Gilmore 2B: Chad McCardle 3B: Bruce

Bayne Start: 3:00 pm Time: 2:42 Attendance: 182

Air Force at BYU - Play-by-Play

May 23, 2006 at Las Vegas, Nev. (Earl E. Wilson)

Score by Innings R H E

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Air Force........... 020 003 000 - 5 8 2

BYU................. 022 110 10X - 7 9 1

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Air Force starters: 17/2b GRIGGS; 14/lf POLSTON; 2/ss SALAZAR; 13/1b BOLT;

10/dh PARAMORE; 20/rf MADISON; 31/3b ADAMS; 30/c CARPENTER; 25/cf DERBIGNY;

29/p ALLEN;

BYU starters: 6/lf CARTER; 10/ss VILLEZCAS; 25/rf SAYLOR; 32/1b HIESTAND; 33/dh

KO; 9/cf WALTON; 30/3b CROSBY; 8/c NELSON; 3/2b BANKS; 7/p PLATT;

Air Force 1st - GRIGGS singled to right field. POLSTON grounded out to

p, bunt, SAC; GRIGGS advanced to second. SALAZAR singled to shortstop. BOLT

flied out to cf. PARAMORE walked; SALAZAR advanced to second; GRIGGS advanced

to third. MADISON struck out. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.

BYU 1st - CARTER singled to left field. CARTER out at second c to ss,

caught stealing. VILLEZCAS grounded out to ss. SAYLOR walked. HIESTAND struck

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

Air Force 2nd - ADAMS flied out to cf. CARPENTER singled to right field.

DERBIGNY popped up to 2b. GRIGGS reached on a throwing error by ss, advanced to

second; CARPENTER advanced to third. POLSTON doubled to right field, 2 RBI;

GRIGGS scored, unearned; CARPENTER scored, unearned. SALAZAR flied out to rf.

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

BYU 2nd - KO walked. WALTON singled to left field; KO advanced to

second. CROSBY walked; WALTON advanced to second; KO advanced to third. NELSON

flied out to cf, SAC, RBI; WALTON advanced to third; KO scored. BANKS reached

on a fielder's choice, RBI; CROSBY out at second ss to 2b; WALTON scored.

CARTER flied out to cf. 2 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Air Force 3rd - BOLT flied out to rf. PARAMORE flied out to cf. MADISON

walked. ADAMS popped up to ss. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

BYU 3rd - VILLEZCAS singled to center field. SAYLOR homered to right

field, 2 RBI; VILLEZCAS scored. HIESTAND flied out to cf. KO lined out to 1b.

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

Air Force 4th - CARPENTER grounded out to 2b. DERBIGNY grounded out to

ss. GRIGGS flied out to rf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BYU 4th - BROWN to p for ALLEN. CROSBY singled to second base. NELSON

flied out to rf. BANKS doubled to right field; CROSBY advanced to third. CARTER

grounded out to 2b, RBI; BANKS advanced to third; CROSBY scored. VILLEZCAS

walked. SAYLOR grounded out to 2b. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Air Force 5th - POLSTON flied out to lf. SALAZAR singled to center

field. BOLT popped up to 2b. PARAMORE popped up to ss. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0

errors, 1 LOB.

BYU 5th - HIESTAND walked. KO struck out. WALTON reached on a fielder's

choice; HIESTAND out at second 2b to ss. CROSBY reached on an error by 3b,

advanced to second; WALTON scored, unearned. NELSON flied out to rf. 1 run,

0 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Air Force 6th - MADISON hit by pitch. ADAMS walked; MADISON advanced to

second. CARPENTER reached on a fielder's choice; ADAMS advanced to second;

MADISON advanced to third. DERBIGNY singled through the left side, RBI;

CARPENTER advanced to second; ADAMS advanced to third; MADISON scored. GRIGGS

grounded into double play ss to 2b to 1b; DERBIGNY out on the play; CARPENTER

advanced to third; ADAMS scored. POLSTON singled to center field, RBI;

CARPENTER scored. BINGHAM to p for PLATT. POLSTON stole second. SALAZAR flied

out to cf. 3 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

BYU 6th - BANKS singled to right field, advanced to second on an error

by rf. CARTER popped up to 1b, bunt. VILLEZCAS struck out. SAYLOR intentionally

walked. HIESTAND flied out to 2b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 2 LOB.

Air Force 7th - BOLT flied out to lf. PARAMORE out at first 1b to p.

MADISON singled. MEENTS pinch hit for ADAMS. ANDREWS to p for BINGHAM. MEENTS

grounded out to p. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

BYU 7th - FERRERIA to 3b for MEENTS. PETRO to p for BROWN. KO struck

out. WALTON homered to left field, RBI. CROSBY grounded out to 3b. NELSON

singled to right field. BANKS flied out to cf. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1

LOB.

Air Force 8th - VARGAS to 3b for CROSBY. CARPENTER grounded out to 3b.

DERBIGNY flied out to cf. GRIGGS lined out to 1b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors,

0 LOB.

BYU 8th - CARTER struck out looking. VILLEZCAS flied out to rf. SAYLOR

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

Air Force 9th - JOHNSON, S. to lf for CARTER. POLSTON struck out.

SALAZAR grounded out to 3b. BOLT popped up to 1b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors,

0 LOB.

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