BYU Splits To Stay In Title Hunt

Amanda Vance hit a three-run home run in the first game against No. 19 San Diego State Thursday. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- The BYU women's softball team (34-16) posted a well-earned split with No. 19 San Diego State (36-14) Thursday night, winning 7-4 in the first game of the doubleheader before falling 4-0 in game two at Gail Miller Field. The results produced a three-way tie atop the Mountain West Conference standings with BYU, SDSU and Utah all owning an 8-4 league record.

"We played great in the first game," said BYU head coach Gordon Eakin. "But I'm disappointed that we weren't able to close out the second game of the doubleheader."

The Cougars struck first in the bottom of the first inning of game one. Kristin Delahoussaye led off for BYU and advanced to first base after being hit by a pitch. Back-to-back singles by Monica Gonzales and Amanda Vance loaded the bases for Daniela Snow, who then recorded the first RBI of the day with a sacrifice fly to right field to bring home Delahoussaye. Gonzales attempted to stretch the lead to 2-0 on the play but was called out at home, resulting in a 1-0 Cougar advantage to end the inning.

Freshman Jessica Purcell did manage to add to the BYU run total with a home run over the left centerfield fence to lead off the bottom of the second inning. The momentum caught on as Vance took the first pitch of her at bat over the right centerfield fence to bring in Delahoussaye and Whitney Nix, who pinch ran for Emi Snow-Willing. Willing and Delahoussaye each singled to create the opportunity for Vance, who gave BYU a 5-0 lead after just two innings.

After the fireworks of the first two innings, both teams settled down defensively in the third, retiring the sides in order. However, two walks to lead off the top of the fourth inning followed by a passed ball had two Aztecs in scoring position with no outs. SDSU's Lindsey Marquez made the Cougars pay with a double to left field to bring in both runners and cut the BYU lead to 5-2. But Cougar pitcher Christina Gwyn-Trice recorded two strikeouts to get out of the inning while preserving the BYU advantage.

Willing got one run back in the bottom of the fourth inning as she led off with a home run over the left centerfield fence. However, the Aztecs got on the board again in the top of the sixth inning when Christine Kulick doubled to bring in two runs, tightening the game to 6-4 in favor of the Cougars. But it was BYU who had the final say, scoring a run in the bottom of the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly by Delahoussaye to bring home Purcell, leading to the final score of 7-4 in favor of the Cougars.

Trice earned the win with four earned runs and eight strikeouts to improve to 15-6 on the year. Vance went 2-for-2 in the game with 3 RBI and a three-run home run to run her hitting streak to 16 games. Willing was 3-for-3 with one RBI and one home run while Purcell went 2-for-3 with one RBI and one long ball.

The San Diego State bats got going to begin game two as the Aztecs scored two runs in the top of the first inning, one on a sacrifice bunt and the other on an RBI single. The Cougars could not answer in the bottom of the inning and soon found themselves trailing 4-0 after the Aztecs scored two runs on an error in the top of the second inning.

Snow posted the first Cougar hit of game two with a single to left field to lead off the bottom of the second inning. Caschjen Davis followed with another single to left field to put two on with one out. However, the Cougars could not capitalize as Snow was tagged out at third and Aztec shortstop Jen Wisneski made a leaping catch to record the third out of the inning.

After two innings of scoreless softball, the Cougars got back-to-back singles to lead off the bottom of the fifth inning and put the pressure on the Aztec defense. However, Delahoussaye lined out to the shortstop and Gonzales lined into a double play to end the inning and preserve the SDSU lead.

Trailing 4-0, BYU had one more chance in the bottom of the seventh inning when Purcell reached on a throwing error by the shortstop to lead off the side, but the Aztecs retired the next three batters in order to post the victory.

BYU tallied just five hits in the second game of the day while Vance's 16-game hitting streak came to an end. SDSU pitcher Christina Ross set two Aztec records in the win, posting the program's career and single-season strikeout marks with 10 K's on the night.

The Cougars will take the field again on Friday to face UNLV at 7 p.m.

Box Score

The Automated ScoreBook

#19 San Diego State at Brigham Young Univ. (Game 1)

Apr 24, 2008 at Provo, Utah (Gail Miller Field)

San Diego State 4 (34-15,8-3 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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KNUDSEN rf............... 4 0 0 0 0 3 3 1 0

WELLS cf................. 4 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 0

MCCORKLE lf.............. 3 1 0 0 1 1 2 0 1

FLOROS 1b/c.............. 2 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 1

ERICKSON pr............. 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

MCDONALD c............... 1 0 0 0 1 1 3 1 0

QUICHOCHO pr............ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

SIDOTI pr/1b............ 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

MARQUEZ 2b............... 2 1 2 2 0 0 2 1 0

BEASLEY, S. dp/p......... 3 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 0

KULICK 3b................ 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1

PORTUGAL ph............. 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

WISNESKI ss.............. 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1

ROSS p................... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

PETTY p................. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Totals................... 25 4 5 4 3 8 18 7 5

Brigham Young Univ. 7 (35-14,7-4 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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DELAHOUSSAYE,Kristin 2b.. 2 2 1 1 0 0 1 2 0

GONZALES, Monica cf...... 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1

VANCE, Amanda dp......... 2 1 2 3 1 0 0 0 0

SNOW, Daniela 1b......... 2 0 0 1 0 2 9 0 0

QUIOCHO, Angeline 3b..... 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 0

DAVIS, Caschjen lf....... 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3

PURCELL, Jessica ss...... 3 2 2 1 0 0 1 4 0

WILLING, Emi c........... 3 1 3 1 0 0 8 0 0

NIX, Whitney pr......... 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

HOPKINS, Stephanie rf.... 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0

TRICE, Christina p....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 24 7 11 7 1 2 21 10 4

Score by Innings R H E

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San Diego State..... 000 202 0 - 4 5 1

Brigham Young Univ.. 140 101 X - 7 11 0

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E - MARQUEZ. LOB - SDSU 5; BY 4. 2B - MARQUEZ 2. HR - VANCE; PURCELL;

WILLING. HBP - MCDONALD; DELAHOUSSAYE. SH - MARQUEZ; HOPKINS. SF -

DELAHOUSSAYE; SNOW. SB - WELLS 2; QUIOCHO.

San Diego State IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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ROSS................ 2.0 8 5 5 0 1 11 13

PETTY............... 3.0 3 2 2 1 1 12 13

BEASLEY, S.......... 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3

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

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TRICE, Christina.... 7.0 5 4 4 3 8 25 30

Win - TRICE (15-6). Loss - ROSS (23-11). Save - None.

HBP - by ROSS (DELAHOUSSAYE); by TRICE (MCDONALD). PB - WILLING 2.

Umpires - HP: Ginger Rendon 1B: Ray Meibos 3B: Brett Higgins

Start: 5:05 Time: 2:03 Attendance: 130

PETTY faced 2 batters in the 6th.

Game: SDSU1

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Play-by-Play

The Automated ScoreBook

#19 San Diego State at Brigham Young Univ. (Game 1) - Play-by-Play

Apr 24, 2008 at Provo, Utah (Gail Miller Field)

Score by Innings R H E

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San Diego State..... 000 202 0 - 4 5 1

Brigham Young Univ.. 140 101 X - 7 11 0

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San Diego State starters: 39/rf KNUDSEN; 17/cf WELLS; 2/lf MCCORKLE; 44/1b

FLOROS; 20/c MCDONALD; 19/2b MARQUEZ; 7/dp BEASLEY, S.; 18/3b KULICK; 24/ss

WISNESKI; 10/p ROSS;

Brigham Young Univ. starters: 4/2b DELAHOUSSAYE; 24/cf GONZALES; 6/dp VANCE;

22/1b SNOW; 33/3b QUIOCHO; 9/lf DAVIS; 10/ss PURCELL; 18/c WILLING; 5/rf

HOPKINS; 11/p TRICE;

San Diego State 1st - KNUDSEN struck out. WELLS singled. WELLS stole

second. MCCORKLE struck out. FLOROS flied out to rf. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0

errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 1st - DELAHOUSSAYE hit by pitch. GONZALES singled;

DELAHOUSSAYE advanced to second. VANCE singled; GONZALES advanced to second;

DELAHOUSSAYE advanced to third. SNOW flied out to rf, SF, RBI; VANCE advanced

to second; GONZALES advanced to third, out at home rf to c to ss to c;

DELAHOUSSAYE scored. QUIOCHO singled; VANCE advanced to third. QUIOCHO stole

second. DAVIS flied out to lf. 1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

San Diego State 2nd - MCDONALD walked. QUICHOCHO pinch ran for MCDONALD.

MARQUEZ out at first 3b to 2b, SAC, bunt; QUICHOCHO advanced to second.

BEASLEY, S. grounded out to 3b. QUICHOCHO advanced to third on a passed ball.

KULICK struck out looking. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 2nd - MCDONALD to c for QUICHOCHO. PURCELL homered

to left center, RBI. WILLING singled to right field. HOPKINS singled; WILLING

advanced to second. NIX pinch ran for WILLING. DELAHOUSSAYE singled; HOPKINS

interference, out at second 2b unassisted. GONZALES grounded out to p;

DELAHOUSSAYE advanced to second; NIX advanced to third. VANCE homered to right

center, 3 RBI; DELAHOUSSAYE scored; NIX scored. SNOW struck out. 4 runs, 5

hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

San Diego State 3rd - WILLING to c for NIX. WISNESKI grounded out to ss.

KNUDSEN grounded out to ss. WELLS grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0

errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 3rd - PETTY to p for ROSS. QUIOCHO grounded out to

ss. DAVIS flied out to cf. PURCELL grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0

errors, 0 LOB.

San Diego State 4th - MCCORKLE walked. FLOROS walked; MCCORKLE advanced

to second. ERICKSON pinch ran for FLOROS. ERICKSON advanced to second on a

passed ball; MCCORKLE advanced to third. MCDONALD struck out looking. MARQUEZ

doubled to left field, 2 RBI; ERICKSON scored; MCCORKLE scored. BEASLEY, S.

struck out. PORTUGAL pinch hit for KULICK. PORTUGAL grounded out to ss. 2

runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 4th - FLOROS to 1b for ERICKSON. KULICK to 3b for

PORTUGAL. WILLING homered to left center, RBI. HOPKINS grounded out to p.

DELAHOUSSAYE flied out to cf. GONZALES flied out to lf. 1 run, 1 hit, 0

errors, 0 LOB.

San Diego State 5th - WISNESKI grounded out to 3b. KNUDSEN struck out.

WELLS singled. WELLS stole second. MCCORKLE flied out to lf. 0 runs, 1 hit,

0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 5th - VANCE walked. SNOW struck out looking. QUIOCHO

flied out to rf. DAVIS popped up to ss. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

San Diego State 6th - FLOROS grounded out to ss. MCDONALD hit by pitch.

MARQUEZ doubled; MCDONALD advanced to third. SIDOTI pinch ran for MCDONALD.

BEASLEY, S. singled, 2 RBI; MARQUEZ scored; SIDOTI scored. KULICK struck out

looking. WISNESKI popped up to ss. 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 6th - FLOROS to c. SIDOTI to 1b. PURCELL singled.

WILLING singled up the middle; PURCELL advanced to second. BEASLEY, S. to p. /

for PETTY. HOPKINS reached on an error by 2b, SAC, bunt; WILLING advanced to

second; PURCELL advanced to third. DELAHOUSSAYE flied out to cf, SF, RBI;

HOPKINS advanced to second; WILLING advanced to third, out at home 2b

unassisted, runner left early; PURCELL scored. GONZALES flied out to rf. 1

run, 2 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

San Diego State 7th - KNUDSEN struck out. WELLS grounded out to 3b.

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

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Box Score

The Automated ScoreBook

#19 San Diego State at Brigham Young Univ. (Game 2)

Apr 24, 2008 at Provo, Utah (Gail Miller Field)

San Diego State 4

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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KNUDSEN rf............... 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1

WELLS cf................. 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

MCCORKLE lf.............. 3 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1

FLOROS 3b................ 2 0 0 1 0 2 1 2 0

MCDONALD c............... 3 0 2 1 0 0 10 0 0

MARQUEZ 2b............... 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 1

BEASLEY, S. dp........... 2 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0

CAMELLO pr/dp........... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

SIDOTI 1b................ 3 1 1 0 0 2 6 0 0

WISNESKI ss.............. 2 1 0 0 1 0 3 2 2

ROSS p................... 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0

Totals................... 24 4 5 2 3 8 21 7 5

Brigham Young Univ. 0

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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DELAHOUSSAYE,Kristin 2b.. 3 0 0 0 1 0 4 3 1

GONZALES, Monica cf...... 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1

VANCE, Amanda dp......... 2 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0

SNOW, Daniela 1b......... 3 0 1 0 0 1 8 1 2

QUIOCHO, Angeline 3b..... 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 0

DAVIS, Caschjen lf....... 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1

PURCELL, Jessica ss...... 3 0 0 0 0 1 3 1 0

WILLING, Emi c........... 3 0 1 0 0 1 6 2 2

HOPKINS, Stephanie rf.... 3 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0

AFFLECK, Paige p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0

Totals................... 26 0 5 0 2 10 21 12 7

Score by Innings R H E

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San Diego State..... 220 000 0 - 4 5 1

Brigham Young Univ.. 000 000 0 - 0 5 3

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E - WISNESKI; PURCELL 2; WILLING. DP - SDSU 1; BY 1. LOB - SDSU 5; BY 7. SH

- KNUDSEN; WELLS; FLOROS. CS - WELLS.

San Diego State IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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ROSS................ 7.0 5 0 0 2 10 26 28

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

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AFFLECK, Paige...... 7.0 5 4 1 3 8 24 30

Win - None. Loss - None. Save - None.

PB - WILLING.

Umpires - HP: Ray Meibos 1B: Brett Higgins 3B: Ginger Rendon

Start: 7:35 Time: Attendance:

Game: SDSU2

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Play-by-Play

The Automated ScoreBook

#19 San Diego State at Brigham Young Univ. (Game 2) - Play-by-Play

Apr 24, 2008 at Provo, Utah (Gail Miller Field)

Score by Innings R H E

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San Diego State..... 220 000 0 - 4 5 1

Brigham Young Univ.. 000 000 0 - 0 5 3

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San Diego State starters: 39/rf KNUDSEN; 17/cf WELLS; 2/lf MCCORKLE; 44/3b

FLOROS; 20/c MCDONALD; 19/2b MARQUEZ; 7/dp BEASLEY, S.; 8/1b SIDOTI; 24/ss

WISNESKI; 10/p ROSS;

Brigham Young Univ. starters: 4/2b DELAHOUSSAYE; 24/cf GONZALES; 6/dp VANCE;

22/1b SNOW; 33/3b QUIOCHO; 9/lf DAVIS; 10/ss PURCELL; 18/c WILLING; 5/rf

HOPKINS; 12/p AFFLECK;

San Diego State 1st - KNUDSEN singled. WELLS out at first p to 2b, SAC,

bunt; KNUDSEN advanced to second. MCCORKLE walked. MCCORKLE advanced to second

on a passed ball; KNUDSEN advanced to third. FLOROS out at first 1b to 2b, SAC,

bunt, RBI; MCCORKLE advanced to third; KNUDSEN scored. MCDONALD singled, RBI;

MCCORKLE scored, unearned. MARQUEZ struck out. 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1

LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 1st - DELAHOUSSAYE grounded out to ss. GONZALES

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

San Diego State 2nd - BEASLEY, S. struck out. SIDOTI singled. WISNESKI

walked; SIDOTI advanced to second. KNUDSEN out at first p to 2b, SAC, bunt;

WISNESKI advanced to second; SIDOTI advanced to third. WELLS reached on an

error by ss, advanced to second; WISNESKI scored, unearned; SIDOTI scored,

unearned. MCCORKLE grounded out to 2b. 2 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 2nd - SNOW singled to left field. QUIOCHO struck

out. DAVIS singled to left field; SNOW advanced to second. PURCELL reached on a

fielder's choice; DAVIS advanced to second; SNOW out at third p to 3b. WILLING

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

San Diego State 3rd - FLOROS struck out. MCDONALD singled to right

field. MARQUEZ lined into double play ss to 1b; MCDONALD out on the play. 0

runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 3rd - HOPKINS struck out. DELAHOUSSAYE walked.

GONZALES struck out. VANCE walked; DELAHOUSSAYE advanced to second. SNOW

grounded out to 3b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

San Diego State 4th - BEASLEY, S. struck out. SIDOTI struck out.

WISNESKI reached on an error by ss. KNUDSEN grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 0

hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 4th - QUIOCHO grounded out to ss. DAVIS struck out.

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

San Diego State 5th - WELLS grounded out to 1b unassisted. MCCORKLE

grounded out to 3b. FLOROS struck out, out at first c to 1b. 0 runs, 0 hits,

0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. 5th - WILLING singled up the middle. HOPKINS

singled; WILLING advanced to second. DELAHOUSSAYE lined out to ss. GONZALES

lined into double play p to 1b; HOPKINS out on the play. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0

errors, 1 LOB.

San Diego State 6th - MCDONALD grounded out to 2b. MARQUEZ struck out

looking. BEASLEY, S. walked. CAMELLO pinch ran for BEASLEY, S.. SIDOTI struck

out, reached first on an error by c; CAMELLO advanced to second. WISNESKI out

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

Brigham Young Univ. 6th - CAMELLO to dp. VANCE struck out. SNOW struck

out. QUIOCHO singled. DAVIS lined out to ss. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1

LOB.

San Diego State 7th - KNUDSEN grounded out to 3b. WELLS singled to right

center. WELLS out at second c to ss, caught stealing. MCCORKLE lined out to ss.

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

Brigham Young Univ. 7th - PURCELL reached on a throwing error by ss.

WILLING struck out. HOPKINS struck out. DELAHOUSSAYE grounded out to 3b. 0

runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

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