Win No. 2 From Suspended Game

Jonathan Cluff had a triple and a pair of RBI in suspended game that BYU won 8-4. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

DAVIS -- Pitching came through for BYU as it held on to win a suspended game Saturday, 8-4, over UC Davis.

The Cougars, now 2-4, were three outs away from completing the fifth inning Friday, leading the Aggies 7-1 before rain caused the baseball game to be suspended.

"I was proud of the way we pitched," said BYU Coach Vance Law. "(Kevin) Sloan was outstanding. He got us out of a jam and all of our relievers did well."

The hard-throwing Sloan earned the win and started Saturday with a runner on first and a 3-0 count. He gave up a hit on that batter, but held the Aggies hitless for the next three innings. The three relievers that replaced Sloan were also quite effective.

"We got an important insurance run in the ninth to bring the momentum back in our favor," said Law.

That run came from Brandon Relf, who led off with a single as the Cougars proceeded to load the bases and get a sac-fly from Bryce Ayoso.

Relf walked in the first inning and Jonathan Cluff belted a two-out triple to score him. Ryan Bernal lined a single to centerfield to score Cluff, putting the Cougars up 2-0.

BYU loaded the bases in the fifth through singles, bunts and an error as Relf’s single scored Dane Nielsen to make the score 3-1. Then Bernal hit a two-run single to score Sean McNaughton and Relf. Austin Hall’s double scored Cluff to make it 7-1.

Both Cluff and Bernal were two-for-four with multiple RBI.

The Cougars now ready for a five-game stand in Texas starting on Tuesday in as many days. BYU plays Baylor, then Texas A & M, concluding with a three-game series at Texas-Arlington.


BYU at UC Davis

Feb 26, 2010 at Davis, Calif. (Dobbins Stadium)

BYU 8 (2-4)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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McNAUGHTON, Sean lf...... 5 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 0

RELF, Brandon ss......... 3 3 2 1 2 0 1 5 0

WOLFE, Alex 1b........... 5 0 2 0 0 2 12 0 0

CLUFF, Jonathan rf/cf.... 4 2 2 2 0 1 3 0 0

BERNAL, Ryan dh.......... 4 0 2 3 1 2 0 0 0

ISOM, Andy pr........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

AYOSO, Bryce c........... 3 0 1 1 1 0 4 0 0

HALL, Austin 3b.......... 4 0 1 1 1 1 1 5 4

NIELSEN, Dane 2b......... 5 1 2 0 0 0 2 2 5

WELLS, Stephen cf........ 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

HANCOCK, Alex rf........ 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0

NYBERG, Chunner p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

SLOAN, Kevin p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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

BIRCH, Nick p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

McKNIGHT, David p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 35 8 13 8 6 7 27 13 9

UC Davis 4 (4-3)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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Heylman 2b............... 4 1 0 0 1 1 4 1 0

Cepin cf................. 4 0 1 0 1 1 2 0 0

Schafer ss............... 4 0 2 1 0 0 1 3 1

Lyman lf................. 3 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 1

Popkins dh............... 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1

Batty ph................ 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2

Johnson 1b............... 4 0 2 0 0 0 6 1 0

Mihaylo rf............... 4 1 1 0 0 1 3 0 0

Politi 3b................ 3 0 2 2 0 0 1 2 0

Dreyfuss c............... 4 0 0 0 0 0 7 3 5

Kupbens p................ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Lewis p................. 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

Heinig p................ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Briner p................ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 33 4 8 3 5 4 27 11 10

Score by Innings R H E

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BYU................. 200 050 001 - 8 13 3

UC Davis............ 000 110 020 - 4 8 1

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E - McNAUGHTON; WOLFE; NIELSEN; Kupbens. DP - BYU 1. LOB - BYU 9; Aggies 10.

2B - WOLFE; HALL; Politi. 3B - CLUFF. HBP - Lyman. SH - CLUFF; HANCOCK. SF -

AYOSO; Schafer; Politi. SB - Cepin; Mihaylo. CS - NIELSEN; HANCOCK.

BYU IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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NYBERG, Chunner..... 4.0 4 2 1 2 1 15 19

SLOAN, Kevin........ 3.0 1 0 0 1 1 9 11

MICHON, Brandon..... 0.2 2 2 2 1 0 4 5

BIRCH, Nick......... 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1

McKNIGHT, David..... 1.0 1 0 0 1 2 4 5

UC Davis IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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Kupbens............. 5.0 9 7 5 2 4 23 26

Lewis............... 2.0 1 0 0 2 2 6 8

Heinig.............. 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 3 3

Briner.............. 1.0 2 1 1 2 0 3 7

Win - SLOAN (1-0). Loss - Kupbens (0-2). Save - None.

WP - NYBERG; BIRCH. HBP - by NYBERG (Lyman).

Umpires - HP: Ruben Candelaria 1B: Jeff Henrichs 3B: Jason Venzon

Start: 12:30 pm Time: 2:53 Attendance: 234

Weather: Overcast, 50's

NYBERG faced 1 batter in the 5th.

BYU 1st - McNAUGHTON grounded out to ss. RELF walked. WOLFE flied out to

cf. CLUFF tripled, RBI; RELF scored. BERNAL singled to center field, RBI; CLUFF

scored. AYOSO singled to center field; BERNAL advanced to second. HALL grounded

out to ss. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

UC Davis 1st - Heylman grounded out to ss. Cepin walked. Schafer singled

up the middle; Cepin advanced to third. Lyman grounded into double play p to ss

to 1b; Schafer out on the play. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

BYU 2nd - NIELSEN popped up to 2b. WELLS fouled out to 3b. McNAUGHTON

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

UC Davis 2nd - Popkins popped up to rf. Johnson lined out to cf. Mihaylo

singled to left field. Politi singled through the left side; Mihaylo advanced

to second. Dreyfuss popped up to lf. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

BYU 3rd - RELF walked. WOLFE struck out swinging. RELF out at second p

to 1b to 2b, picked off. CLUFF struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0

errors, 0 LOB.

UC Davis 3rd - Heylman grounded out to ss. Cepin flied out to lf.

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

BYU 4th - BERNAL struck out looking. AYOSO flied out to lf. HALL

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

UC Davis 4th - CLUFF to cf. HANCOCK to rf for WELLS. Lyman hit by pitch.

Popkins walked; Lyman advanced to second. Johnson singled to center field;

Popkins advanced to second; Lyman advanced to third. Mihaylo struck out

swinging. Politi flied out to cf, SF, RBI; Lyman scored. Popkins advanced to

third on a wild pitch. Dreyfuss grounded out to 3b. 1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors,

2 LOB.

BYU 5th - NIELSEN singled through the right side. HANCOCK reached on a

fielding error by p, SAC, bunt; NIELSEN advanced to second. McNAUGHTON singled

to catcher, bunt; HANCOCK advanced to second; NIELSEN advanced to third. RELF

singled to left field, RBI; McNAUGHTON advanced to second; HANCOCK advanced to

third; NIELSEN scored. WOLFE struck out swinging. CLUFF singled to center

field, RBI; RELF advanced to second; McNAUGHTON advanced to third; HANCOCK

scored, unearned. BERNAL singled to center field, 2 RBI; CLUFF advanced to

second; RELF scored; McNAUGHTON scored. AYOSO reached on a fielder's choice;

BERNAL out at second 3b to 2b; CLUFF advanced to third. HALL doubled to left

center, RBI; AYOSO advanced to third; CLUFF scored, unearned. NIELSEN grounded

out to 2b. 5 runs, 6 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB.

UC Davis 5th - Heylman reached on a fielding error by 1b. SLOAN to p for

NYBERG. Cepin singled to left center; Heylman advanced to second, advanced to

third on a fielding error by lf. Schafer flied out to lf, SF, RBI; Heylman

scored, unearned. Cepin stole second. Lyman flied out to cf. Popkins struck out

swinging. 1 run, 1 hit, 2 errors, 1 LOB.

BYU 6th - Lewis to p for Kupbens. HANCOCK walked. McNAUGHTON popped up

to p, bunt. HANCOCK out at second c to 2b, caught stealing. RELF flied out to

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

UC Davis 6th - Johnson popped up to 2b. Mihaylo grounded out to 3b.

Politi fouled out to 1b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

BYU 7th - WOLFE doubled to left field. CLUFF popped up to lf. BERNAL

struck out swinging. AYOSO walked. HALL struck out swinging. 0 runs, 1 hit,

0 errors, 2 LOB.

UC Davis 7th - Dreyfuss grounded out to ss. Heylman walked. Cepin

grounded out to 3b; Heylman advanced to second. Schafer grounded out to ss.

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

BYU 8th - Heinig to p for Lewis. NIELSEN singled to left field. NIELSEN

out at second c to ss, caught stealing. HANCOCK struck out swinging. McNAUGHTON

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

UC Davis 8th - MICHON to p for SLOAN. Lyman grounded out to 2b. Batty

pinch hit for Popkins. Batty walked. Johnson singled through the left side;

Batty advanced to second. Mihaylo reached on a fielder's choice; Johnson out at

second 3b to 2b; Batty advanced to third, scored on a throwing error by 2b.

Mihaylo stole second. Politi doubled down the lf line, RBI; Mihaylo scored.

BIRCH to p for MICHON. Politi advanced to third on a wild pitch. Dreyfuss

grounded out to 3b. 2 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

BYU 9th - Briner to p for Heinig. RELF singled to left field. WOLFE

singled to right field; RELF advanced to second. CLUFF grounded out to c, SAC,

bunt; WOLFE advanced to second; RELF advanced to third. BERNAL intentionally

walked. ISOM pinch ran for BERNAL. AYOSO flied out to cf, SF, RBI; WOLFE

advanced to third; RELF scored. HALL walked; ISOM advanced to second. NIELSEN

flied out to rf. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.

UC Davis 9th - McKNIGHT to p for BIRCH. Heylman struck out swinging.

Cepin struck out swinging. Schafer singled through the left side. Lyman walked;

Schafer advanced to second. Batty grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0

errors, 2 LOB.

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