Win Streak Snapped

Leon Johnson drove in both BYU runs to lead the Cougars Tuesday night. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- A six-game winning streak came to an end Tuesday night as Southern Utah defeated BYU, 7-2.

The Cougars (21-14) dropped a non-conference game at the hands of in-state foe Southern Utah (6-31) at Larry H. Miller Field.

"You have to go out and play hard," BYU coach Vance Law said. "We didn't come out and play as hard as we needed to tonight. Give SUU credit. They came in and executed things when they needed to."

SUU's pitching held BYU's hot-hitting offense to just two runs on nine scattered hits, while the Cougar defense committed six very costly errors.

"We didn't execute very good defensively," Law said. "When you give a team easy outs like we did, it is going to cost you."

Leon Johnson led the BYU offense by driving in both runs and ending up 2-for-5 on the night. Fellow Cougar Kent Walton was 2-for-4. Starting pitcher Blaine Howell (1-2) gave up three earned runs in six innings of work.

The Thunderbirds opened the game with a threat in the top half of the first when they put runners on first and second with only one out. However, BYU's Howell put a halt on the SUU threat by forcing two straight flyouts.

Neither team managed much of whimper until the T-birds plated three runs on four hits to draw first blood and take a 3-0 in the top of the third. SUU's Robbie Richards started the scoring when he came into score on a single from Chester Wilson. Two more T-birds touched home plate after back-to-back singles from the heart of their order. The Cougars' Howell battled back and struck out two straight to stop the rally.

BYU got one run back in the bottom of the inning. J.T. Musso drew a one-out walk and advanced to second after a wild pitch. After a Cougar strikeout, Leon Johnson slapped a hard grounder past a diving SUU fielder and into right field to enable Musso to score from second. The rally ended there though, as Johnson was thrown out trying to steal second on a pitchout.

The T-birds mounted another threat in the top of the fourth after pair of BYU errors put Colby Ford at second. Nothing would come out of the threat, however, as Cougar shortstop Dan Vargas made a beautiful play to throw a runner out at first and Howell sent an SUU hitter down swinging to end the threat. This was Vargas' first action in over a month after being sidelined with a knee injury at Las Vegas.

The T-birds managed a run in the top of the fifth and another in the top of the sixth to take a 5-1 lead after five and one-half innings of play.

SUU loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh and looked ready to bust the game wide open, but BYU reliever Michael Ward forced a groundout to end the threat.

The Cougars looked poised to get some runs back in the seventh. Kasey Ko legged out a grounder to break up a double play. He ended up at third after a two-out single from Stephen Wells. The BYU threat came to naught, however, as a popout ended the inning.

The T-birds plated another in the top of eighth off an RBI single from Cameron Nelson. They led 6-1 after seven and one-half innings of play.

The Cougars cut into the lead with a run in a crazy bottom part of the eighth. Austin Hall started things with what appeared to be a routine dribbler in front of home plate. However, the SUU pitcher slipped and threw the ball wildly over the head of the first baseman to allow Hall to motor around to third. Johnson laid down a beautiful bunt single down the first base line to bring in Hall.

After a strikeout, Apana Nakayama hit a hard line drive single to center field, but Leon Johnson went a bit too far around third base and was thrown out when he tripped getting back to the bag. Walton singled to give BYU runners on first and second with two down. Another strikeout ended the inning, however, and the Thunderbirds held a 6-2 advantage going into the ninth.

SUU plated another in the top half in the ninth and looked to break out more. However, a 4-6-3 twin killing ended things.

The Cougars had one final chance in the bottom of the ninth. Kasey Ko got things off to a promising start with a hard chopper over the head of the T-bird third baseman. Jason Johnson, who came in to pinch run for Ko, eventually advanced to third after a wild pitch with two outs. Hall then drew a walk to put runners on the corners for the top of the BYU order. Johnson ended up grounding out to first to end the game and give SUU the win.

The Cougars will be back in action Thurday night when they travel to Texas for a three-game series with Mountain West Conference leader TCU. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CST each game.

Southern Utah at Brigham Young Univ.

Apr 17, 2007 at Provo, Utah (Larry H.Miller Field)

Southern Utah 7 (6-31)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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RICHARDS, Robbie cf...... 5 1 1 0 0 0 2 1 0

NELSON, Cameron dh....... 5 1 2 1 0 2 0 0 1

WILSON, Chester 3b....... 4 2 3 1 1 0 1 1 0

AONA, Bucky 1b........... 5 0 3 1 0 0 7 0 1

BEZZANT, Matthew c....... 4 0 1 1 0 1 7 1 2

WRIGHT, Joe lf........... 3 0 0 1 0 2 2 0 0

PENA, Derek lf.......... 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

ROMNEY, Jacob rf......... 3 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 3

SANDSTROM, Robert rf.... 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0

NELSON, Mac ss........... 5 1 1 1 0 0 5 1 3

FORD, Colby 2b........... 5 1 1 0 0 1 1 6 1

NOYES, Jacob p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

REICHLE, Alec p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

JOB, Derek p............ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 41 7 13 6 3 9 27 12 11

Brigham Young Univ. 2 (21-14)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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JOHNSON, Leon lf......... 5 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 2

FANNING, Collin rf....... 4 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 0

NAKAYAMA, Apana dh....... 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1

WALTON, Kent 2b.......... 4 0 2 0 0 0 3 1 0

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

KO, Kasey 1b............. 3 0 1 0 1 0 8 1 0

JOHNSON, Jason pr....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

WELLS, Stephen cf........ 4 0 1 0 0 1 4 0 0

MUSSO, J.T. c............ 3 1 0 0 1 1 7 2 3

VARGAS, Dan ss........... 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 3 0

HALL, Austin pr/ss...... 1 1 1 0 1 0 2 2 0

HOWELL, Blaine p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0

WARD, Michael p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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

PEREZ, Jacob p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 32 2 9 2 4 7 27 12 8

Score by Innings R H E

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Southern Utah....... 003 011 011 - 7 13 1

Brigham Young Univ.. 001 000 010 - 2 9 6

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E - REICHLE(1); WALTON(9); PARKER(11); MUSSO 2(6); VARGAS 2(7). DP -

Thunderbirds 2; BYU Cougars 1. LOB - Thunderbirds 11; BYU Cougars 8. HBP -

PARKER. SH - BEZZANT(1). SB - NELSON, C.(4). CS - JOHNSON, L.(5).

Southern Utah IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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NOYES, Jacob........ 6.0 3 1 1 3 4 18 21

REICHLE, Alec....... 2.1 6 1 0 0 3 12 13

JOB, Derek.......... 0.2 0 0 0 1 0 2 3

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

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HOWELL, Blaine...... 6.0 7 5 3 1 8 27 29

WARD, Michael....... 1.0 2 0 0 1 0 5 6

MICHON, Brandon..... 1.0 2 1 0 0 0 5 5

PEREZ, Jacob........ 1.0 2 1 1 1 1 4 5

Win - NOYES (1-6). Loss - HOWELL (1-2). Save - None.

WP - NOYES(6); REICHLE(2); JOB(6); WARD(2); PEREZ(1). HBP - by REICHLE (PARKER).

Umpires - HP: Kirk Knowles 1B: Jim Paronto 3B: Kevin Ainsworth

Start: 6 Time: 2:56 Attendance: 1138

Game notes:

Next Game between these two teams is May 8 in Provo

Number 36 on this lineup card will be wearing 45 tonight for SUU (Aona)

Southern Utah starters: 27/cf RICHARDS; 18/dh NELSON, C.; 28/3b WILSON, C.; 36/1b

AONA; 44/c BEZZANT; 12/lf WRIGHT; 9/rf ROMNEY; 13/ss NELSON, M.; 3/2b FORD; 15/p

NOYES;

Brigham Young Univ. starters: 14/lf JOHNSON, L.; 17/rf FANNING; 24/dh NAKAYAMA; 9/2b

WALTON; 5/3b PARKER; 22/1b KO; 1/cf WELLS; 10/c MUSSO; 13/ss VARGAS; 15/p HOWELL;

Southern Utah 1st - RICHARDS flied out to cf. NELSON, C. singled to center

field. WILSON, C. walked; NELSON, C. advanced to second. AONA flied out to cf.

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

Brigham Young Univ. 1st - JOHNSON, L. grounded out to 2b. FANNING grounded

out to p. NAKAYAMA flied out to cf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Southern Utah 2nd - WRIGHT struck out swinging. ROMNEY struck out swinging.

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

Brigham Young Univ. 2nd - WALTON singled to center field. PARKER grounded

into double play 2b to ss to 1b; WALTON out on the play. KO flied out to lf. 0

runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Southern Utah 3rd - FORD struck out swinging. RICHARDS singled to left field.

NELSON, C. reached on a fielding error by 3b; RICHARDS advanced to second. WILSON,

C. singled to right field, RBI; NELSON, C. advanced to second; RICHARDS scored. AONA

singled to right field, RBI; WILSON, C. advanced to third; NELSON, C. scored,

unearned. BEZZANT singled to right field, RBI; AONA advanced to second; WILSON, C.

scored. WRIGHT struck out swinging; BEZZANT advanced to second; AONA advanced to

third. ROMNEY struck out swinging, out at first c to 1b. 3 runs, 4 hits, 1 error,

2 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 3rd - WELLS flied out to cf. MUSSO walked. VARGAS struck

out looking. MUSSO advanced to second on a wild pitch. JOHNSON, L. singled to right

field, RBI; MUSSO scored. JOHNSON, L. out at second c to ss, caught stealing. 1

run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Southern Utah 4th - NELSON, M. flied out to cf. FORD reached on a fielding

error by 2b. FORD advanced to second on a throwing error by c. RICHARDS out at first

p to ss to 1b; FORD advanced to third. NELSON, C. struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0

hits, 2 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 4th - FANNING singled, bunt. NAKAYAMA popped up to ss.

WALTON grounded into double play 3b to 2b to 1b; FANNING out on the play. 0 runs,

1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Southern Utah 5th - WILSON, C. singled to center field. AONA singled up the

middle; WILSON, C. advanced to second. BEZZANT grounded out to 3b, SAC, bunt; AONA

advanced to second; WILSON, C. advanced to third. WRIGHT grounded out to ss, RBI;

AONA advanced to third; WILSON, C. scored. ROMNEY struck out looking. 1 run, 2

hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 5th - SANDSTROM to rf for ROMNEY. PARKER struck out

swinging. KO walked. WELLS flied out to rf. MUSSO struck out looking. 0 runs, 0

hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Southern Utah 6th - NELSON, M. reached on a fielding error by ss. FORD flied

out to rf. RICHARDS reached on a fielder's choice; NELSON, M. advanced to second on

a throwing error by ss, advanced to third. RICHARDS out at second p to 1b to ss to

1b to 2b; NELSON, M. scored, unearned. NELSON, C. struck out swinging, out at first

c to 1b. 1 run, 0 hits, 2 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 6th - VARGAS walked. HALL pinch ran for VARGAS. JOHNSON,

L. flied out to lf. FANNING flied out to rf. NAKAYAMA struck out swinging. 0

runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Southern Utah 7th - HALL to ss. WARD to p for HOWELL. WILSON, C. singled to

left field. AONA singled down the lf line; WILSON, C. advanced to second. BEZZANT

lined out to 2b. PENA to lf for WRIGHT. AONA advanced to second; WILSON, C. advanced

to third on a wild pitch. PENA popped up to 3b. SANDSTROM to rf for ROMNEY.

SANDSTROM walked. NELSON, M. reached on a fielder's choice; SANDSTROM out at second

ss unassisted. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 7th - REICHLE to p for NOYES. WALTON grounded out to p.

PARKER hit by pitch. KO reached on a fielder's choice; PARKER out at second 2b to

ss. KO advanced to second on a wild pitch. WELLS singled to right field; KO advanced

to third. MUSSO popped up to ss. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Southern Utah 8th - MICHON to p for WARD. FORD singled to right field.

RICHARDS flied out to rf. FORD advanced to second on a throwing error by c, advanced

to third. NELSON, C. singled to left field, RBI; FORD scored, unearned. WILSON, C.

flied out to 2b. NELSON, C. stole second. AONA grounded out to ss. 1 run, 2 hits,

1 error, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 8th - HALL singled, bunt, advanced to second on a

throwing error by p, advanced to third. JOHNSON, L. singled, bunt, RBI; HALL scored,

unearned. FANNING struck out swinging. NAKAYAMA singled to center field; JOHNSON, L.

advanced to third, out at third cf to 2b to 3b. WALTON singled to left field;

NAKAYAMA advanced to second. PARKER struck out swinging. 1 run, 4 hits, 1 error,

2 LOB.

Southern Utah 9th - PEREZ to p for MICHON. BEZZANT struck out swinging. PENA

singled to center field. PENA advanced to second on a wild pitch. SANDSTROM walked.

NELSON, M. singled to right field, RBI; SANDSTROM advanced to third; PENA scored.

FORD grounded into double play 2b to ss to 1b; NELSON, M. out on the play. 1 run,

2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 9th - KO singled through the left side. JOHNSON, J. pinch

ran for KO. WELLS struck out swinging. JOB to p for REICHLE. MUSSO grounded out to

2b; JOHNSON, J. advanced to second. JOHNSON, J. advanced to third on a wild pitch.

HALL walked. JOHNSON, L. grounded out to 1b unassisted. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors,

2 LOB.

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