Wortham Twirls Five-Hit Shutout

Jake Wortham threw a nine-inning shutout at Air Force as BYU snapped a five-game losing streak.

USAFA -- Jake Wortham twirled a five-hit shutout Friday, going the distance in BYU's 22-0 victory with howling winds at the Air Force Academy.

Wortham evened his record at 3-3, retiring 14 straight before surrendering a double in the ninth inning as the Cougars snapped a five-game losing streak. The junior southpaw from Allen, Texas also recorded nine strikeouts, no walks and retired the side in order in the third, fourth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings.

BYU, now 16-25 overall and 6-8 in the Mountain West Conference, avenged Thursday's 13-9 loss to the Falcons which was the first victory in 55 league games for AFA.

"It was a great performance," said BYU Coach Vance Law. "We were struggling more on the mound than any place. For Jake to throw a shutout in these conditions and not fall behind was good and it was the best game he has had all year."

BYU exploded to a 6-0 lead in the first inning. Sean McNaughton hit a lead-off homer in the first over the rightfield fence. Kent Walton doubled and scored on an RBI single by Kasey Ko. Steve Parker doubled, advancing Ko to third before Michael Bowen hit a three-run homer, thanks to the rightfield wind.

Then J.C. Leach, who went six-for-six, took a turn at going over the fence.

"Today felt great," said Leach, who was one of three subs that started the game and combined for a 12-for-15 performance with five homers. "I've been seeing the ball better and took advantage of the way the wind was blowing."

When reserve catcher Chad Nacapoy hit a double in the first, the Cougars batted around. Nacapoy belted a two-run homer in the third, followed by a Walton two-RBI double to put BYU up 10-0.

Bowen, a seldom-used transfer from Southern Virginia, hit his second homer of the game to highlight the two-run fourth, as BYU went up 12-0. Parker hit a two-run homer in the fifth to put the Cougars up 14-0.

Bowen doubled in Thomas Bills to highlight the two-run seventh. A McNaughton double and a Leach three-run homer topped the eighth as BYU soared to a 22-0 lead.

The Cougars close their series against AFA, now 14-25 and 1-12, on Saturday at noon in a game broadcast live via both KSRR Radio (1400 AM) locally and on the Internet through BYU Radio.

Brigham Young Univ. at Air Force

Apr 25, 2008 at USAF Academy, Colo. (Falcon Field)

Brigham Young Univ. 22 (16-25,6-8 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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MCNAUGHTON, Sean lf...... 7 3 4 2 0 1 3 0 1

VARGAS, Dan ss........... 3 1 1 0 1 0 1 4 2

LAW, Andrew ss.......... 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 0

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

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

RELF, Brandon 2b......... 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0

HERMOSILLO, Kiko 2b..... 2 0 0 1 1 1 2 0 0

KO, Kasey 1b............. 4 2 3 1 0 0 7 0 1

BILLS, Thomas 1b........ 2 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0

PARKER, Steve 3b......... 6 3 3 3 0 1 0 1 1

BOWEN, Michael rf........ 5 4 3 5 0 0 2 0 0

LEACH, J.C. dh........... 6 4 6 5 0 0 0 0 0

NACAPOY, Chad c.......... 5 1 3 2 1 0 9 0 2

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

Totals................... 53 22 27 22 4 6 27 11 9

Air Force 0 (14-25,1-12 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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CARTER, Nathan 2b........ 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 3 1

RANDHAWA, K.J. ss........ 4 0 1 0 0 1 2 5 0

DERBIGNY, Chay rf........ 4 0 1 0 0 2 2 1 0

GENTRY, Addison 1b....... 4 0 2 0 0 0 9 1 1

AUSBUN, Ben dh........... 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1

WALKER, Daniel cf........ 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0

MEENTS, Josh c........... 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0

MAYO, Parker c.......... 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0

MOSS, Tytus lf........... 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0

McBRIDE, Tyler lf....... 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

SCHIERHOLTZ, Vai 3b...... 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 2

MILLER, David p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

BARATTINO, Matt p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

LASWELL, Gregg p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TEACH, Adam p........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

GRIGGS, Jason p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 31 0 5 0 0 9 27 14 5

Score by Innings R H E

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Brigham Young Univ.. 604 220 260 - 22 27 1

Air Force........... 000 000 000 - 0 5 1

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E - WORTHAM(1); CARTER(6). DP - Cougars 2; Falcons 1. LOB - Cougars 9;

Falcons 5. 2B - MCNAUGHTON(16); VARGAS(17); WALTON 2(10); PARKER(12);

NACAPOY(2); RANDHAWA(5); GENTRY(14). HR - MCNAUGHTON(9); PARKER(6); BOWEN

2(2); LEACH 2(3); NACAPOY(1). HBP - BOWEN; MEENTS. CS - VARGAS(5).

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

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WORTHAM, Jake....... 9.0 5 0 0 0 9 31 32

Air Force IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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MILLER, David....... 0.2 7 6 6 1 0 8 9

BARATTINO, Matt..... 3.2 12 8 8 0 1 24 24

LASWELL, Gregg...... 2.2 5 2 2 0 2 12 12

TEACH, Adam......... 0.0 2 4 4 2 0 2 4

GRIGGS, Jason....... 2.0 1 2 2 1 3 7 9

Win - WORTHAM (3-3). Loss - MILLER, D. (2-4). Save - None.

WP - LASWELL 2(2). HBP - by WORTHAM (MEENTS); by GRIGGS (BOWEN).

Umpires - HP: Ryan West 1B: Phil Schlosser 3B: Kevin Sweeney

Start: 2 p.m. Time: 2:38 Attendance: 92

TEACH faced 4 batters in the 8th.

Brigham Young Univ. starters: 15/lf MCNAUGHTON; 13/ss VARGAS; 9/cf WALTON; 4/2b

RELF; 22/1b KO; 5/3b PARKER; 27/rf BOWEN; 35/dh LEACH; 50/c NACAPOY; 28/p

WORTHAM;

Air Force starters: 15/2b CARTER; 1/ss RANDHAWA; 5/rf DERBIGNY; 24/1b GENTRY;

6/dh AUSBUN; 2/cf WALKER; 8/c MEENTS; 16/lf MOSS; 18/3b SCHIERHOLTZ; 23/p

MILLER, D.;

Brigham Young Univ. 1st - MCNAUGHTON homered to right center, RBI.

VARGAS walked. VARGAS out at second c to 2b, caught stealing. WALTON doubled to

center field. RELF grounded out to ss; WALTON advanced to third. KO singled up

the middle, RBI; WALTON scored. PARKER doubled down the lf line; KO advanced to

third. BOWEN homered to right field, 3 RBI; PARKER scored; KO scored. LEACH

homered to right field, RBI. NACAPOY doubled down the rf line. BARATTINO to p

for MILLER, D.. MCNAUGHTON reached on a fielding error by 2b; NACAPOY advanced

to third. VARGAS flied out to lf. 6 runs, 7 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB.

Air Force 1st - CARTER grounded out to ss. RANDHAWA doubled to right

center. DERBIGNY singled to third base. GENTRY grounded into double play 2b to

ss to 1b; DERBIGNY out on the play. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 2nd - WALTON grounded out to ss. RELF grounded out

to ss. KO singled to left field. PARKER flied out to lf. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0

errors, 1 LOB.

Air Force 2nd - AUSBUN struck out swinging. WALKER singled up the

middle. MEENTS reached on a throwing error by p; WALKER advanced to second.

MOSS flied out to rf. SCHIERHOLTZ grounded out to ss. 0 runs, 1 hit, 1

error, 2 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 3rd - BOWEN lined out to 1b. LEACH singled through

the left side. NACAPOY homered to right field, 2 RBI; LEACH scored. MCNAUGHTON

singled to pitcher. VARGAS doubled to left field; MCNAUGHTON advanced to third.

WALTON doubled to center field, 2 RBI; VARGAS scored; MCNAUGHTON scored. RELF

reached on a fielder's choice to shortstop; WALTON advanced to third. KO

grounded into double play 2b to ss to 1b; RELF out on the play. 4 runs, 5

hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Air Force 3rd - CARTER lined out to lf. RANDHAWA grounded out to 2b.

DERBIGNY grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 4th - PARKER struck out looking. BOWEN homered to

right field, RBI. LEACH singled up the middle. NACAPOY singled to left field;

LEACH advanced to second. MCNAUGHTON singled up the middle, RBI; NACAPOY

advanced to second; LEACH scored. VARGAS flied out to rf. WALTON reached on a

fielder's choice; MCNAUGHTON out at second 3b to 2b. 2 runs, 4 hits, 0

errors, 2 LOB.

Air Force 4th - GENTRY singled to right field. AUSBUN grounded into

double play ss to 2b to 1b; GENTRY out on the play. WALKER grounded out to 2b.

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

Brigham Young Univ. 5th - RELF flied out to rf. KO singled to center

field. PARKER homered down the rf line, 2 RBI; KO scored. LASWELL to p for

BARATTINO. BOWEN grounded out to 3b. LEACH singled through the right side.

NACAPOY popped up to 1b. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Air Force 5th - LAW to ss for VARGAS. CLUFF to cf for WALTON. HERMOSILLO

to 2b for RELF. BILLS to 1b for KO. MEENTS hit by pitch. MOSS struck out

swinging. SCHIERHOLTZ flied out to cf. CARTER reached on a fielder's choice;

MEENTS out at second ss to 2b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 6th - MCNAUGHTON grounded out to 2b. LAW struck out

swinging. CLUFF struck out looking. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Air Force 6th - RANDHAWA flied out to rf. DERBIGNY struck out swinging.

GENTRY flied out to lf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 7th - MAYO to c for MEENTS. HERMOSILLO grounded out

to 2b. BILLS singled up the middle. BILLS advanced to second on a wild pitch.

PARKER singled to right field; BILLS advanced to third. BOWEN singled to right

field, advanced to second on the throw, RBI; PARKER advanced to third, out at

third rf to 3b; BILLS scored. BOWEN advanced to third on a wild pitch. LEACH

singled up the middle, RBI; BOWEN scored. NACAPOY reached on a fielder's

choice; LEACH out at second 3b to 2b. 2 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Air Force 7th - AUSBUN flied out to lf. WALKER popped up to 2b. MAYO

struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 8th - McBRIDE to lf for MOSS. TEACH to p for

LASWELL. MCNAUGHTON doubled to right field. LAW walked. CLUFF singled through

the right side; LAW advanced to second; MCNAUGHTON advanced to third.

HERMOSILLO walked, RBI; CLUFF advanced to second; LAW advanced to third;

MCNAUGHTON scored. GRIGGS to p for TEACH. BILLS reached on a fielder's choice,

RBI; HERMOSILLO out at second ss to 2b; CLUFF advanced to third; LAW scored.

PARKER reached on a fielder's choice, RBI; BILLS out at second 1b to ss; CLUFF

scored. BOWEN hit by pitch; PARKER advanced to second. LEACH homered to right

field, 3 RBI; BOWEN scored; PARKER scored. NACAPOY walked. MCNAUGHTON struck

out swinging. 6 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Air Force 8th - McBRIDE struck out swinging. SCHIERHOLTZ grounded out to

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

Brigham Young Univ. 9th - LAW flied out to cf to right center. CLUFF

struck out looking. HERMOSILLO struck out swinging. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0

errors, 0 LOB.

Air Force 9th - RANDHAWA struck out looking. DERBIGNY struck out

swinging. GENTRY doubled to left center. AUSBUN struck out looking. 0 runs,

1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

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