Utes Win Second of Baseball Duels

Brandon Relf had two RBI against Utah, a team on which his brother plays.

SALT LAKE CITY -- Missed opportunities prevented BYU's baseball team from mounting a comeback Thursday as Utah held on to win, 5-3, at Franklin Covey Field.

The Utes, now 23-24 overall and more importantly 10-12 in the Mountain West Conference, took a leg up on the Cougars in the Deseret First Duels standings in baseball and the seedings for the league tournament.

BYU, now 20-34 and 8-14 in the MWC, fell behind, then tied the game in the second. Utah added two runs and fought off BYU's challenges, the last of which was in the eighth.

In the eighth, BYU had runners on second and third with one out as Utah brought in relief specialist Robert Chimpky. Chimpky got Bryce Ayoso to hit a grounder to him which he threw to home to put out Steve Parker, then ended the inning on a called strikeout.

"It boils down to the fact we didn't execute offensively when we needed timely base hits," said BYU Coach Vance Law. "Those hits are critical and we aren't getting them right now."

The last run BYU punched across was in the seventh when Kent Walton's RBI single drove in Sean McNaughton in the seventh to close the gap, 5-3, and the book on Stephen Fife from the mound.

McNaughton had gotten aboard in the first with a lead-off error, moved to second on a sac-bunt, advanced to third on an overthrow by the pitcher and was hit in the mouth by the centerfielder's throw. After all that, he ended up not scoring as Utah secured two outs to end the inning.

"We are fortunate he (McNaughton) was able to stay in the game after he got hit above the mouth," said Law. "Jake (Wortham) pitched well enough for us to win, but we got to second twice with two outs and didn't get anyone in."

Utah got it's first run from a lead-off homer in the first by Corey Shimada and a triple on the following at bat by Cody Guymon. Guymon scored on a Dustin Hennis single to put Utah up 2-0.

Brandon Relf's two-run single tied the game, two-all, when he scored Steve Parker and Jonathan Cluff in the second.

Cooper Blanc, son of former Cougar gridder Jeff Blanc, had a lead-off single in the fourth, advanced to second on a sac-bunt, then stole third before scoring Utah's go-ahead run on an error, 4-2.

Nick Kuroczko hit a homer to right off a full count to increase the Utes' lead, 5-2.

The two teams play the second of the three-game MWC series on Friday at 6 p.m.

Brigham Young Univ. at Univ. of Utah

May 15, 2008 at Salt Lake City, Utah (Franklin Covey Field)

Brigham Young Univ. 3 (20-34,8-14 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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MCNAUGHTON, Sean lf...... 5 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0

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

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

KO, Kasey 1b............. 5 0 0 0 0 0 11 0 5

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

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

RELF, Brandon 2b......... 3 0 1 2 0 2 1 3 0

AYOSO, Bryce dh.......... 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

MUSSO, J.T. c............ 4 0 0 0 0 2 6 1 2

WORTHAM, Jake p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0

WESTENSEE, Tyler p...... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

MICHON, Brandon p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 34 3 9 3 3 7 24 10 10

Univ. of Utah 5 (23-24,10-12 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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SHIMADA, Corey 2b........ 4 1 1 1 1 2 3 1 1

GUYMON, Cody dh.......... 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0

SHRINER, Jesse c......... 5 0 2 0 0 0 8 0 2

HENNIS, Dustin lf........ 3 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 0

JONES, Austin 1b......... 1 0 0 1 1 0 8 1 0

BLANC, Cooper cf......... 3 1 2 0 1 0 2 0 1

BELTRAN, Michael ss...... 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 2 0

FERGUSON, Fred rf........ 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 3

KUROCZKO, Nick 3b........ 4 1 1 1 0 2 0 3 3

FIFE, Stephen p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0

STREICH, Stephen p...... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

CHIMPKY, Robert p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Totals................... 29 5 9 4 4 6 27 11 10

Score by Innings R H E

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Brigham Young Univ.. 020 000 100 - 3 9 1

Univ. of Utah....... 200 111 00X - 5 9 3

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E - RELF(13); SHIMADA(11); BELTRAN(21); FIFE(4). DP - BYU Cougars 1; Utah

Utes 1. LOB - BYU Cougars 10; Utah Utes 10. 2B - CLUFF(18). 3B - GUYMON(3).

HR - SHIMADA(8); KUROCZKO(2). HBP - GUYMON; JONES. SH - VARGAS(7);

WALTON(3); RELF(1); HENNIS(5); BELTRAN 2(8). SF - JONES(6). SB - BLANC(14).

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

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WORTHAM, Jake....... 6.1 8 5 4 2 4 24 31

WESTENSEE, Tyler.... 0.1 1 0 0 2 0 1 4

MICHON, Brandon..... 1.1 0 0 0 0 2 4 4

Univ. of Utah IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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FIFE, Stephen....... 6.2 7 3 3 2 6 26 30

STREICH, Stephen.... 0.2 2 0 0 0 0 3 4

CHIMPKY, Robert..... 1.2 0 0 0 1 1 5 6

Win - FIFE (7-4). Loss - WORTHAM (4-5). Save - CHIMPKY (8).

WP - WORTHAM(3); FIFE(2). HBP - by WORTHAM (JONES); by WORTHAM (GUYMON).

Umpires - HP: Kevin Daugherty 1B: Randy Upton 3B: Jason Rogers

Start: 6:02 pm Time: 2:47 Attendance: 650

Brigham Young Univ. starters: 15/lf MCNAUGHTON; 13/ss VARGAS; 9/cf WALTON;

22/1b KO; 5/3b PARKER; 8/rf CLUFF; 4/2b RELF; 11/dh AYOSO; 10/c MUSSO; 28/p

WORTHAM;

Univ. of Utah starters: 3/2b SHIMADA; 5/dh GUYMON; 7/c SHRINER; 16/lf HENNIS;

28/1b JONES; 23/cf BLANC; 8/ss BELTRAN; 13/rf FERGUSON; 9/3b KUROCZKO; 19/p

FIFE;

Brigham Young Univ. 1st - MCNAUGHTON reached on an error by ss. VARGAS

grounded out to p, SAC, bunt; MCNAUGHTON advanced to second. MCNAUGHTON

advanced to third on a throwing error by p. WALTON struck out swinging. KO out

at first 1b to p. 0 runs, 0 hits, 2 errors, 1 LOB.

Univ. of Utah 1st - SHIMADA homered to right field, RBI. GUYMON tripled

down the rf line. SHRINER flied out to cf. HENNIS singled down the lf line,

RBI; GUYMON scored. HENNIS advanced to second on a wild pitch. JONES hit by

pitch. BLANC walked; JONES advanced to second; HENNIS advanced to third.

BELTRAN struck out swinging. FERGUSON grounded out to 1b unassisted. 2 runs,

3 hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 2nd - PARKER walked. CLUFF doubled down the lf line;

PARKER advanced to third. RELF singled through the left side, 2 RBI; CLUFF

scored; PARKER scored. AYOSO reached on an error by 2b; RELF advanced to

second. MUSSO lined into double play ss to 2b; RELF out on the play. MCNAUGHTON

singled to left field; AYOSO advanced to second. VARGAS grounded out to p. 2

runs, 3 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB.

Univ. of Utah 2nd - KUROCZKO struck out looking. SHIMADA grounded out to

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

Brigham Young Univ. 3rd - WALTON grounded out to ss. KO grounded out to

p. PARKER singled through the left side. CLUFF popped up to 2b. 0 runs, 1

hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Univ. of Utah 3rd - SHRINER singled to left center. HENNIS grounded into

double play 3b to 2b to 1b; SHRINER out on the play. JONES grounded out to 2b.

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

Brigham Young Univ. 4th - RELF struck out swinging. AYOSO grounded out

to 3b. MUSSO popped up to 2b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Univ. of Utah 4th - BLANC singled up the middle. BELTRAN grounded out to

p, SAC, bunt; BLANC advanced to second. FERGUSON fouled out to 1b. BLANC stole

third. KUROCZKO reached on an error by 2b; BLANC scored, unearned. SHIMADA

struck out swinging. 1 run, 1 hit, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 5th - MCNAUGHTON flied out to cf. VARGAS singled to

shortstop. WALTON grounded out to 2b, SAC, bunt; VARGAS advanced to second. KO

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

Univ. of Utah 5th - GUYMON hit by pitch. SHRINER singled up the middle;

GUYMON advanced to second. HENNIS grounded out to 3b, SAC, bunt; SHRINER

advanced to second; GUYMON advanced to third. JONES flied out to cf, SAC, RBI;

GUYMON scored. BLANC flied out to rf. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 6th - PARKER struck out swinging. CLUFF grounded out

to 3b. RELF struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Univ. of Utah 6th - BELTRAN struck out looking. FERGUSON grounded out to

c, bunt. KUROCZKO homered to right field, RBI. SHIMADA walked. GUYMON singled

up the middle; SHIMADA advanced to second. SHRINER flied out to rf. 1 run, 2

hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 7th - AYOSO struck out swinging. MUSSO struck out

swinging. MCNAUGHTON singled up the middle. MCNAUGHTON advanced to second on a

wild pitch. VARGAS walked. WALTON singled up the middle, RBI; VARGAS advanced

to third; MCNAUGHTON scored. STREICH to p for FIFE. KO flied out to rf. 1

run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Univ. of Utah 7th - HENNIS grounded out to p. WESTENSEE to p for

WORTHAM. JONES walked. BLANC singled through the right side; JONES advanced to

second. BELTRAN grounded out to p, SAC, bunt; BLANC advanced to second; JONES

advanced to third. FERGUSON walked. MICHON to p for WESTENSEE. KUROCZKO struck

out swinging. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 3 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 8th - PARKER singled to center field. CLUFF singled

through the left side; PARKER advanced to second. RELF grounded out to 3b, SAC,

bunt; CLUFF advanced to second; PARKER advanced to third. CHIMPKY to p for

STREICH. AYOSO reached on a fielder's choice; CLUFF advanced to third; PARKER

out at home p to c. MUSSO struck out looking. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2

LOB.

Univ. of Utah 8th - SHIMADA struck out looking. GUYMON flied out to cf.

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

Brigham Young Univ. 9th - MCNAUGHTON flied out to lf. VARGAS walked.

WALTON flied out to rf. KO flied out to lf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1

LOB.

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