Walton's Homer Tops Catamounts

Kent Walton went 4-for-4, including a homer in BYU's 1-0 victory at Western Carolina University (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

CULLOWHEE, N. C. (April 2, 2009)--Kent Walton's home run and combined efforts of three Cougar pitchers led BYU to a 1-0 non-conference victory Thursday over Western Carolina University.

Walton's one-out homer in the fourth inning was the only offense needed by BYU, now 16-10 overall, thanks to the pitching of Jeremy Toole, Marc Oslund and Jordan Muir.

"Pitching was the name of the game today," said BYU coach Vance Law. "Jeremy (Toole) was great and their guy threw well, too."

Toole threw 95 pitches and struck out 10 Catamounts in seven innings to improve his record to 5-2. Oslund spelled Toole to start the bottom of the eighth. And Muir earned his sixth save of the season by starting the ninth.

Toole retired WCU batters in order in the first, fourth, sixth and seventh innings. In the seventh Toole struck out all three batters he faced. Oslund and Muir followed suit retiring the Catamounts in order.

Walton's homer to right centerfield, his fifth of the season, came off a 2-0 count. The senior designated hitter from Yucaipa, Calif., batted 4-for-4 from the plate.

"Kent's home run cleared the fence by just enough and he had a very good day at the plate.

"In spite of three errors in pretty wet conditions we played well defensively. Relf (Brandon) and Andrew (Law) each had some good plays."

Thursday's game was delayed 45 minutes in starting because of rain. The first three innings were played in mist and sprinkling conditions.

WCU, now 18-6, hosts BYU in the second of a three-game series on Friday night.


Brigham Young at Western Carolina

Apr 02, 2009 at Cullowhee, N.C. (Hennon Stadium)

Brigham Young 1 (16-10)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB Avg.

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McNAUGHTON, Sean lf...... 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .245

LAW, Andrew 2b........... 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 .279

WALTON, Kent dh.......... 4 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 .451

PARKER, Steve 3b......... 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 2 .344

RELF, Brandon ss......... 3 0 2 0 1 0 1 3 0 .291

BOWEN, Michael rf........ 3 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 .333

KO, Kasey 1b............. 3 0 0 0 0 2 12 0 0 .288

CLUFF, Jonathan cf....... 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 .205

MUSSO, J.T. c............ 3 0 0 0 0 2 12 0 0 .294

TOOLE, Jeremy p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 -

OSLUND, Marc p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -

MUIR, Jordan p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -

Totals................... 31 1 7 1 1 9 27 11 5

Western Carolina 0 (18-7)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB Avg.

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Nick Liles 2b............ 4 0 2 0 0 0 2 4 0 .383

Ross Heffley 3b.......... 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 .462

Stephen Notaro c......... 4 0 0 0 0 1 8 2 2 .318

Brent Greer ss........... 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 4 1 .402

J.C. Lyons rf............ 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .290

Matt Johns 1b............ 4 0 0 0 0 4 14 0 0 .272

Reid Rollison dh......... 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 .286

Dylan de Graaf cf........ 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .231

Lee Murray ph/lf........ 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .303

Trevor Collias lf/cf..... 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 3 .241

Corey Martin p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 -

Garrett Ozar p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -

Totals................... 33 0 4 0 0 12 27 14 6

Score by Innings R H E

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Brigham Young....... 000 100 000 - 1 7 3

Western Carolina.... 000 000 000 - 0 4 0

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E - PARKER(9); MUSSO(3); TOOLE(2). DP - Catamounts 1. LOB - Cougars 5;

Catamounts 6. 2B - Heffley(8). HR - WALTON(5). SH - BOWEN(1).

Brigham Young IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP ERA

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TOOLE, Jeremy....... 7.0 4 0 0 0 10 27 27 98 3.74

OSLUND, Marc........ 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 20 1.98

MUIR, Jordan........ 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 3 3 11 3.06

Western Carolina IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP ERA

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Corey Martin........ 8.0 6 1 1 1 9 27 29 97 4.76

Garrett Ozar........ 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 4 4 12 2.97

Win - TOOLE (5-2). Loss - Martin (4-3). Save - MUIR (6).

Pitches/strikes: TOOLE 98/67; OSLUND 20/11; MUIR 11/7; Martin 97/63; Ozar 12/7.

Umpires - HP: David Mabe 1B: David Brown 3B: Gerald Trexler

Start: 6:48 pm Time: 2:11 Attendance: 169

Weather: Overcast, cool; chance of rain

Play-by-Play

Brigham Young 1st - No play. Start of game delayed due to rain.

McNAUGHTON struck out looking (0-2 FFK). LAW, An. grounded out to 2b (2-0 BB).

WALTON singled through the left side (2-2 BBFF). PARKER flied out to lf (1-1

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

Western Carolina 1st - Liles grounded out to ss (1-1 KB). Heffley struck

out looking (1-2 FBFK). Notaro grounded out to ss (0-1 K). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0

errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young 2nd - RELF singled through the left side (2-1 BBF). BOWEN

grounded into double play 2b to ss to 1b (1-1 BF); RELF out on the play. KO

struck out looking (0-2 KKK). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Western Carolina 2nd - Greer grounded out to 2b (1-2 KFB). Lyons reached

on a fielding error by 3b (2-0 BB). Johns struck out swinging (1-2 BKKS).

Rollison singled to third base, bunt (2-1 BKB); Lyons advanced to second. de

Graaf reached on a throwing error by c, bunt (0-0); Rollison advanced to

second; Lyons advanced to third. Collias grounded out to 3b, bunt (2-1 BKB).

0 runs, 1 hit, 2 errors, 3 LOB.

Brigham Young 3rd - CLUFF grounded out to ss (1-0 B). MUSSO struck out

looking (1-2 KBSFK). McNAUGHTON popped up to 2b (0-1 K). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0

errors, 0 LOB.

Western Carolina 3rd - Liles singled through the left side (1-0 B).

Liles advanced to second on a throwing error by p, failed pickoff attempt.

Heffley lined out to ss (0-2 KFFF). Notaro struck out looking (1-2 KBKK). Greer

struck out looking (1-2 FBFK). 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young 4th - LAW, An. struck out swinging (1-2 KFBS). WALTON

homered to right center, RBI (2-0 BB). PARKER struck out swinging, out at first

c to 1b (0-2 KS). RELF walked (3-1 BSBBB). BOWEN singled to center field (1-0

B); RELF advanced to third. BOWEN out at second p to 2b, picked off. 1 run,

2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Western Carolina 4th - Lyons struck out swinging (1-2 BFSS). Johns

struck out looking (1-2 BKSK). Rollison grounded out to p (2-1 BKB). 0 runs,

0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young 5th - KO grounded out to 2b (1-0 B). CLUFF struck out

swinging (1-2 KBSFS). MUSSO struck out swinging to catcher (1-2 FSSB). 0

runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Western Carolina 5th - de Graaf grounded out to 2b (1-2 BSS). Collias

fouled out to 1b (0-2 KS). Liles singled through the right side (1-0 B).

Heffley doubled to center field (2-1 BBF); Liles advanced to third. Notaro

grounded out to p (0-1 K). 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Brigham Young 6th - McNAUGHTON fouled out to 1b (1-0 B). LAW, An. flied

out to lf (1-1 KB). WALTON singled up the middle (3-1 BBKB). PARKER grounded

out to 2b (0-1 S). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Western Carolina 6th - Greer grounded out to 3b (0-1 S). Lyons grounded

out to 3b (1-2 KSB). Johns struck out swinging (2-2 SBBFS). 0 runs, 0 hits,

0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young 7th - RELF singled up the middle (0-0). BOWEN grounded out

to p, SAC, bunt (1-0 B); RELF advanced to second. KO struck out looking (0-2

KFK). CLUFF struck out swinging (1-2 BKFS). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1

LOB.

Western Carolina 7th - Rollison struck out swinging (3-2 SBKBBS). Murray

pinch hit for de Graaf. Murray struck out looking (2-2 SBBFK). Collias struck

out swinging (2-2 KFBBS). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young 8th - Murray to lf. Collias to cf. MUSSO grounded out to

3b (1-1 BF). McNAUGHTON fouled out to 1b (3-2 BKBSB). LAW, An. grounded out to

c, bunt (0-0). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Western Carolina 8th - OSLUND to p for TOOLE. Liles grounded out to 3b

(3-1 BBKB). Heffley grounded out to ss (3-2 KBBBFFF). Notaro flied out to rf

(3-2 BSSBBF). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young 9th - Ozar to p for Martin. WALTON singled, bunt (0-0).

PARKER grounded out to ss (2-1 BBK); WALTON advanced to second. RELF grounded

out to 3b (3-2 BBKBF). BOWEN grounded out to ss (0-0). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0

errors, 1 LOB.

Western Carolina 9th - MUIR to p for OSLUND. Greer struck out swinging

(1-2 KSBS). Lyons flied out to rf down the rf line (0-0). Johns struck out

swinging (3-2 SSBBBS). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

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