Cougars Make History, Advance To Super Regionals

Jessica Fitu went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI to help BYU advance to its first-ever NCAA Super Regional (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

AUSTIN -- Ten years in the making, BYU advanced to its first-ever NCAA Super Regional in school history, romping East Carolina 8-3 in the championship game of the NCAA Austin Regional at McCombs Field on Saturday.

JC Clayton finished an outstanding weekend, going 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs. Clayton went 8-for-11 (.727), in the Cougars’ three games, adding the game-winning sac fly against Texas on Friday. Jessica Fitu went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run while junior Paige Affleck earned the win with four strikeouts and two earned runs.

BYU (46-11) scored one run in the first four innings on a hopping ground ball by Jessica Dugas that brought in Caschjen Atagi, but the Cougars left two on base in the inning after ending the third inning empty-handed despite loading the bases with one out.

The Cougars would not make the same mistake again in the top of the fifth. Clayton extended her team-high hit streak to 13-straight games and senior Angeline Quiocho reached base each on singles to start the inning. After Andrea Ramirez flied out, Atagi loaded the bases on a walk.

Atagi’s walk set the stage for a six-run fifth inning when junior Jessica Fitu doubled deep to left to score two and put BYU in front, 3-2. Junior Delaney Willard and Amanda Kellum followed, each with an RBI-single.

After Dugas made it three-straight singles to put three runners on base, Kristin Delahoussaye hit a sac fly to bring in Willard and Clayton recorded her third hit of the day and second of the inning, scoring pinch runner Tiffany Messerschmidt to give BYU a commanding 7-2 lead.

It was the second day in a row the BYU lineup rocked a conference pitcher of the year, this time posting two-time Conference USA’s best hurler, Toni Paisley, with her worst numbers of the season with six earned runs on 12 hits. The Cougars finished with 17 hits on the day, tying for the third-most hits in a game for BYU this year.

Quiocho hit her first triple of the season in the top of the seventh, scoring Clayton for BYU’s final run.

BYU will await the winner out of the Tucson Regional and will begin its Super Regional at a site yet to be determined.


BYU vs East Carolina

May 22, 2010 at Austin, Texas (McCombs Field)

BYU 8 (46-11)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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

CLAYTON, J.C. ss......... 5 2 4 1 0 0 3 3 0

QUIOCHO, Angeline 3b..... 5 1 2 1 0 2 1 3 2

RAMIREZ, Andrea 1b....... 5 0 1 0 0 0 9 2 4

DAVIS-ATAGI,Caschjen lf.. 2 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0

PURCELL-FITU, Jess. c.... 4 1 2 2 0 1 5 0 0

WILLARD, Delaney rf...... 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 1

HUDSON, Alexandra rf.... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

VANCE-KELLUM, Amanda dp.. 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2

MESSERSCHMIDT, Tiff. pr. 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

DUGAS, Jessica cf........ 4 0 3 1 0 0 0 1 0

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

Totals................... 37 8 17 8 1 3 21 14 11

East Carolina 3 (44-18)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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SUMNER, Charina 2b....... 3 2 2 0 1 0 6 0 0

MERRIDA, Christina cf.... 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0

MORENO, Vanessa rf....... 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0

GUSMAN-BROWN, Marina lf.. 3 1 2 2 1 0 2 0 0

JIMENEZ, Sissy 1b........ 4 0 1 1 0 1 3 1 4

AONA, Cristen 3b......... 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1

TOM, Kaui ss............. 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0

VELASQUEZ, Priscilla dp.. 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0

RIGGS, Suzanne dp....... 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

CLARK, Kai c............. 3 0 1 0 0 2 4 0 1

PAISLEY, Toni p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

SUTTON, Faith p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 28 3 9 3 3 4 21 3 8

Score by Innings R H E

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BYU................. 000 160 1 - 8 17 0

East Carolina....... 002 000 1 - 3 9 2

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E - Sumner(4); Jimenez(2). DP - E. Carolina 2. LOB - BYU 11; E. Carolina 8.

2B - PURCELL-FITU(8); Sumner(14). 3B - QUIOCHO(1). HBP - DAVIS-ATAGI. SH -

Merrida(11). SF - DELAHOUSSAYE(1). SB - CLAYTON(10); WILLARD(4); DUGAS(7);

Gusman-Brown(30).

BYU IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP

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AFFLECK, Paige...... 7.0 9 3 3 3 4 28 32 117

East Carolina IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP

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PAISLEY, Toni....... 4.2 12 7 6 1 1 26 29 85

SUTTON, Faith....... 2.1 5 1 1 0 2 11 11 41

Win - AFFLECK (32-8). Loss - Paisley (31-11). Save - None.

HBP - by Paisley (DAVIS-ATAGI). PB - PURCELL-FITU(10). Pitches/strikes: AFFLECK

117/69; Paisley 85/64; Sutton 41/33.

Umpires - HP: Steve McCown 1B: Terri Rosenwald 3B: Terry Holt

Start: 1 p.m. Time: 2:07 Attendance: 482

Weather: Sunny, warm and breezy

BYU 1st - DELAHOUSSAYE popped up to 2b down the rf line (1-2). CLAYTON

popped up to ss (1-1). QUIOCHO struck out swinging (1-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0

errors, 0 LOB.

East Carolina 1st - Sumner grounded out to 3b (1-1). Merrida grounded

out to ss (1-2). Moreno singled down the lf line (0-1). Gusman-Brown walked

(3-0); Moreno advanced to second. Jimenez struck out looking (3-2). 0 runs,

1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

BYU 2nd - RAMIREZ singled through the right side (2-2). DAVIS-ATAGI

popped into double play 1b to 2b, bunt (2-1); RAMIREZ out on the play.

PURCELL-FITU singled up the middle (0-2). WILLARD popped up to ss (1-2). 0

runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

East Carolina 2nd - Aona popped up to ss (0-1). Tom out at first 1b to

2b (0-0). Velasquez walked (3-2). Clark struck out swinging (2-2). 0 runs, 0

hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

BYU 3rd - VANCE-KELLUM flied out to lf (0-1). DUGAS reached on an error

by 1b to third base (2-2). DELAHOUSSAYE singled down the rf line (1-2); DUGAS

advanced to second. CLAYTON singled to third base (0-2); DELAHOUSSAYE advanced

to second; DUGAS advanced to third. QUIOCHO popped up to 2b (0-0). RAMIREZ

popped up to 3b (0-2). 0 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, 3 LOB.

East Carolina 3rd - Sumner singled to pitcher (0-2). Merrida out at

first 3b to 2b, SAC (1-0); Sumner advanced to second. Moreno grounded out to ss

(2-1); Sumner advanced to third. Gusman-Brown singled to third base, RBI (2-0);

Sumner scored. Gusman-Brown stole second. Jimenez singled to center field, RBI

(2-1); Gusman-Brown scored. Aona grounded out to 3b (0-1). 2 runs, 3 hits, 0

errors, 1 LOB.

BYU 4th - DAVIS-ATAGI hit by pitch (1-1). PURCELL-FITU reached on a

throwing error by 2b, advanced to second (0-2); DAVIS-ATAGI advanced to third.

WILLARD popped up to ss (1-0). VANCE-KELLUM fouled out to c (0-0). DUGAS

singled to second base, RBI (0-0); PURCELL-FITU advanced to third; DAVIS-ATAGI

scored, unearned. DELAHOUSSAYE flied out to rf (0-1). 1 run, 1 hit, 1 error,

2 LOB.

East Carolina 4th - Tom lined out to 1b (0-0). Velasquez grounded out to

p (2-0). Clark struck out swinging (3-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0

LOB.

BYU 5th - CLAYTON singled to second base (1-2). QUIOCHO singled to third

base (0-2); CLAYTON advanced to second. RAMIREZ fouled out to lf (0-0).

DAVIS-ATAGI walked (3-2); QUIOCHO advanced to second; CLAYTON advanced to

third. PURCELL-FITU doubled down the lf line, 2 RBI; DAVIS-ATAGI advanced to

third; QUIOCHO scored; CLAYTON scored. WILLARD singled to right center, RBI

(1-0); PURCELL-FITU advanced to third; DAVIS-ATAGI scored. WILLARD stole

second. VANCE-KELLUM singled to left field, RBI (1-2); WILLARD advanced to

third; PURCELL-FITU scored. MESSERSCHMID pinch ran for VANCE-KELLUM. DUGAS

singled (1-2); MESSERSCHMID advanced to second. DELAHOUSSAYE fouled out to 2b,

SAC, RBI (0-0); MESSERSCHMID advanced to third; WILLARD scored. DUGAS stole

second. CLAYTON singled to third base, RBI (0-2); DUGAS advanced to third;

MESSERSCHMID scored. Sutton to p for Paisley. CLAYTON stole second. QUIOCHO

struck out looking (1-2). 6 runs, 7 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

East Carolina 5th - VANCE-KELLUM to dp for MESSERSCHMID. Sumner doubled

to center field (1-0). Merrida struck out swinging (1-2). Moreno lined out to

ss (2-1). Gusman-Brown singled, out at second cf to 1b to ss (0-0); Sumner

advanced to third. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

BYU 6th - RAMIREZ grounded out to 3b (1-2). DAVIS-ATAGI singled up the

middle (1-1). PURCELL-FITU struck out swinging (0-2). WILLARD singled up the

middle (3-2); DAVIS-ATAGI advanced to second. VANCE-KELLUM lined out to 2b

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

East Carolina 6th - HUDSON to rf for WILLARD. Jimenez grounded out to 2b

(2-0). Aona singled through the right side (0-1). Tom lined out to 3b (2-2).

Riggs to dp for Velasquez. Aona advanced to second on a passed ball. Riggs

grounded out to 2b (3-2). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

BYU 7th - Velasquez to dp for Riggs. DUGAS singled up the middle (0-1).

DELAHOUSSAYE grounded into double play ss to 1b (0-2); DUGAS out on the play.

CLAYTON singled (0-1). QUIOCHO tripled to center field, RBI (1-2); CLAYTON

scored. RAMIREZ lined out to 2b (1-1). 1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

East Carolina 7th - Clark singled to right field (0-1). Sumner walked

(3-2); Clark advanced to second. Merrida singled to third base (1-2); Sumner

advanced to second; Clark advanced to third. Moreno reached on a fielder's

choice (2-2); Merrida advanced to second; Sumner advanced to third; Clark out

at home p to c. Gusman-Brown reached on a fielder's choice, RBI (2-0); Moreno

out at second ss to 2b; Merrida advanced to third; Sumner scored. Jimenez

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

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