Cougars Split with Preseason Favorite SDSU, W 6-2, L 5-2

After pitching a complete game against UNLV the night before, junior Niki Andersen stepped up to pitch another one on Saturday, leading BYU to a 6-2 victory in the first game of a San Diego State doubleheader. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- The BYU softball team split against the MWC preseason favorite San Diego State (W 6-2, L 5-2) at Gail Miller Field on Friday. With the split the Cougars move to 20-11, 2-2, while the Aztecs moves to 22-17, 1-1.

SDSU's loss to BYU in game one of the doubleheader marked the Aztec's first conference opening loss since 2000.

"They were well played games on both sides," BYU head coach Gordon Eakin said. "We stayed focused and I was proud of the way the girls played."

In game one, the Aztecs took an early 2-0 lead as the pitcher Cori Janelli hit a two-run double.

BYU got the offense going in the bottom of the third inning to score four runs and take the two-run lead.

Ashlyn Russell got things going for BYU with a single and Jodi Norton also got on base to put runners on first and second. Jennifer Whiteley loaded the bases with a bunt and Krystle Chamberlain singled to bring in Gerhauser (pinch runner for Russell) for the first Cougar run of the game. Belinda Osborn followed with a nice hit up the middle to score another two runs, Norton and Whiteley. Paige Paramore reached base off a fielder's choice, which put Chamberlain out at third. With two outs, Ianeta Le`i singled up the middle to bring in Osborn for the fourth BYU run of the game.

The Cougar defense held the Aztecs in the top of the fourth and turned their 14th double play of the season, which ties the season record in 2002.

BYU would lengthen its lead in the bottom of the fifth inning as Chamberlain led off by with a single up the middle. After Chamberlain's hit, SDSU pitcher Janelli was relieved by Celena Velasquz, last season's MWC Pitcher of the Year. This marked the first time Janelli has given up a run in the last 16.2 innings of play. Oborn then reached first base off an SDSU error, and Chamberlain advanced to third on the throw. Watson stepped to record a huge two-run double, which led BYU to the 6-2 victory over SDSU.

After pitching a complete game against UNLV last night with a sprained ankle, BYU pitcher Niki Andersen (11-3) pitched another great seven innings to pick up the win on the mound. Aztec pitcher Janelli (6-7) picked up the loss.

In the nightcap, Watson hit a beautiful triple down the right field line to score Osborn and take the quick 1-0 lead after the bottom of the first inning.

The Cougars extended the lead to two runs in the bottom of the third inning when Russell hit a solo home run through centerfield, marking seven on the year for her.

SDSU got its first run of the game in the top of the fourth inning as Aztec first baseman Kelcy Murphy (who doubled) was knocked in by Bree Boyer. The Aztecs added another run in the top of the fifth off a Cougar error to tie the game at 2-all.

In the top of the sixth with Aztec runners on second and third, Brittany Green grounded down the right field line to bring in two RBI.

With one runner on in the bottom of the sixth, Le'i launched a hit down the right field line that went foul but was just inches away from tying the game at 4-4.

SDSU went on to add another run in the top of the seventh inning off a solo home run from Meagan Hartung and Aztecs took the 5-2 lead and went on to seal the game in the bottom of the seventh.

Andersen (11-4) got the loss on the mound pitching 6.0 innings, while Deanna Richards (7-6) got the win. Ariel Capra pitched the final seventh inning for the Cougars.

"Niki battled and gave us a tremendous effort," Eakin said. "She gave us everything she had."

The next game for the Cougars will be against Southern Utah at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 8 at Gail Miller Field. BYU will also play host to Utah in a doubleheader on Saturday, April 10 starting at 4 p.m.

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

Apr 02, 2004 at BYU PROVO UTAH (GAIL MILLER FIELD)

San Diego State 2 (21-17,0-1 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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HARTUNG, Meagan ss....... 3 0 1 0 0 0 3 1 0

MAHONEY, Erin lf......... 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

KOVENSKY, Janna cf....... 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0

MURPHY, Kelcy 3b......... 3 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 1

FIGUEROA, Joann 2b....... 3 1 2 0 0 0 2 1 0

BOYER, Bree rf........... 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0

CRAFT, Lacey 1b.......... 3 1 1 0 0 0 5 2 0

GALBRAITH, Kathleen pr.. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

JANELLI, Cori p.......... 2 0 1 2 0 0 0 3 0

TOUHEY, Danielle c...... 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

CARON, Bridgette dh...... 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

BURTON, Jamie c.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0

VELASQUEZ, Celena p..... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 26 2 6 2 0 0 18 9 3

Brigham Young Univ. 6 (20-10,2-1 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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CHAMBERLAIN, Krystle dh.. 3 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 0

OSBORN, Belinda lf....... 2 2 1 2 0 0 2 0 0

PARAMORE, Paige c........ 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0

WATSON, Lauren rf........ 3 0 1 1 0 1 3 1 0

LE`I, Ianeta 1b.......... 3 0 1 1 0 0 8 1 0

WALKER, Kate 2b.......... 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1

RUSSELL, Ashlyn 3b....... 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 2 0

GERHAUSER, Lindsey pr... 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

NORTON, Jodi ss.......... 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 4 0

WHITELEY, Jennifer cf.... 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1

ANDERSEN, Niki p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0

Totals................... 23 6 7 5 1 2 21 14 3

Score by Innings R H E

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San Diego State..... 020 000 0 - 2 6 1

Brigham Young Univ.. 004 020 0 - 6 7 1

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E - FIGUEROA; RUSSELL(7). DP - BYU Cougars 1. LOB - SDSU 3; BYU Cougars 3.

2B - JANELLI; WATSON(2). SH - OSBORN(7); NORTON 2(8).

San Diego State IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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JANELLI, Cori....... 4.0 6 5 5 1 2 16 19

VELASQUEZ, Celena... 2.0 1 1 0 0 0 7 8

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

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ANDERSEN, Niki...... 7.0 6 2 2 0 0 26 26

Win - ANDERSEN (11-3). Loss - JANELLI (6-7). Save - None.

Umpires - HP: GLENDA BATES 1B: DAVID WHITFORD 3B: RAY MEIBOS

Start: 4:05 PM Time: 2H 0M Attendance: 558

JANELLI faced 1 batter in the 5th.

Game: SD-BY1

Play-by-Play

Score by Innings R H E

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San Diego State..... 020 000 0 - 2 6 1

Brigham Young Univ.. 004 020 0 - 6 7 1

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San Diego State starters: 19/ss HARTUNG; 1/lf MAHONEY; 24/cf KOVENSKY; 12/3b

MURPHY; 9/2b FIGUEROA; 0/rf BOYER; 10/1b CRAFT; 11/p JANELLI; 2/dh CARON;

18/c BURTON;

Brigham Young Univ. starters: 1/dh CHAMBERLAIN; 18/lf OSBORN; 19/c PARAMORE;

11/rf WATSON; 66/1b LE`I; 5/2b WALKER; 25/3b RUSSELL; 8/ss NORTON; 3/cf

WHITELEY; 24/p ANDERSEN;

San Diego State - inning 1

HARTUNG flied out to lf. MAHONEY reached on an error by 3b, out at second

rf to ss. KOVENSKY grounded out to p. 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 1

CHAMBERLAIN struck out swinging. OSBORN grounded out to 1b unassisted.

PARAMORE out at first p to ss to 1b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

San Diego State - inning 2

MURPHY singled to pitcher. FIGUEROA singled to left field; MURPHY

advanced to second. BOYER out at first p to ss to 1b; FIGUEROA advanced

to second; MURPHY advanced to third. CRAFT reached on a fielder's choice,

advanced to second on the throw; FIGUEROA advanced to third; MURPHY out

at home p to 3b to c. JANELLI doubled down the lf line, 2 RBI; CRAFT

scored; FIGUEROA scored. CARON popped up to ss. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors,

1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 2

WATSON popped up to ss. LE`I grounded out to 3b. WALKER grounded out to

p. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

San Diego State - inning 3

HARTUNG singled up the middle. MAHONEY fouled out to c. KOVENSKY grounded

out to 2b; HARTUNG advanced to second. MURPHY flied out to lf. 0 runs, 1

hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 3

RUSSELL singled up the middle. NORTON reached on a fielder's choice, SAC;

RUSSELL advanced to second. GERHAUSER pinch ran for RUSSELL. WHITELEY

singled to third base; NORTON advanced to second; GERHAUSER advanced to

third. CHAMBERLAIN singled to first base, RBI; WHITELEY advanced to

second; NORTON advanced to third; GERHAUSER scored. OSBORN singled up the

middle, 2 RBI; CHAMBERLAIN advanced to second; WHITELEY scored; NORTON

scored. PARAMORE reached on a fielder's choice; OSBORN advanced to

second; CHAMBERLAIN out at second 1b to ss. WATSON struck out looking.

LE`I singled up the middle, RBI; PARAMORE out at second cf to 1b to 3b;

OSBORN scored. 4 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

San Diego State - inning 4

RUSSELL to 3b for GERHAUSER. FIGUEROA singled up the middle. BOYER

grounded into double play ss to 1b; FIGUEROA out on the play. CRAFT

grounded out to ss. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 4

WALKER grounded out to 2b. RUSSELL walked. NORTON out at first p to 2b,

SAC, bunt; RUSSELL advanced to second. WHITELEY popped up to 2b. 0 runs,

0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

San Diego State - inning 5

JANELLI popped up to 3b. CARON grounded out to p. HARTUNG out at first 1b

to ss to 1b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 5

CHAMBERLAIN singled to right center. TOUHEY to c for JANELLI. VELASQUEZ

to p for BURTON. OSBORN reached on an error by 2b, SAC, bunt; CHAMBERLAIN

advanced to second, advanced to third on the throw. PARAMORE popped up to

3b. WATSON doubled to left field, RBI; OSBORN scored; CHAMBERLAIN scored.

LE`I flied out to ss. WALKER flied out to lf. 2 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, 1

LOB.

San Diego State - inning 6

MAHONEY out at first c to 2b. KOVENSKY flied out to rf. MURPHY grounded

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

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 6

RUSSELL flied out to rf. NORTON flied out to rf. WHITELEY popped up to

cf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

San Diego State - inning 7

FIGUEROA fouled out to rf. BOYER flied out to rf. CRAFT singled to

pitcher. GALBRAITH pinch ran for CRAFT. TOUHEY flied out to cf. 0 runs, 1

hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 7

CRAFT to 1b for GALBRAITH. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

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

Apr 02, 2004 at BYU PROVO UTAH (GAIL MILLER FIELD)

San Diego State 5 (20-11,1-1 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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HARTUNG, Meagan ss....... 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 2 0

MAHONEY, Erin lf......... 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 1

KOVENSKY, Janna cf....... 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0

MURPHY, Kelcy 1b......... 4 2 2 0 0 0 7 0 1

FIGUEROA, Joann 2b....... 3 0 2 0 0 0 2 2 0

BOYER, Bree rf........... 2 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 0

CRUZ, Bianca 3b.......... 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2

GREEN, Brittany 3b...... 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0

TOUHEY, Danielle dh...... 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

RICHARDS, Deanna p....... 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0

BURTON, Jamie c/pr....... 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 0

Totals................... 29 5 9 4 0 1 21 7 5

Brigham Young Univ. 2 (22-17,2-2 MWC)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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CHAMBERLAIN, Krystle dh.. 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

OSBORN, Belinda lf....... 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0

RUSSELL, Ashlyn 3b....... 2 1 1 1 1 0 0 2 0

JONES, Milli pr......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

WATSON, Lauren c......... 3 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 0

LE`I, Ianeta 1b.......... 3 0 1 0 0 1 12 2 1

GERHAUSER, Lindsey pr... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

WALKER, Kate 2b.......... 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 1

NORTON, Jodi ss.......... 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 0

DODDS, Debbie cf......... 3 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1

WHITELEY, Jennifer rf.... 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1

ANDERSEN, Niki p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

CAPRA, Ariel p.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Totals................... 26 2 5 2 1 2 21 12 4

Score by Innings R H E

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San Diego State..... 000 112 1 - 5 9 0

Brigham Young Univ.. 101 000 0 - 2 5 2

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E - WATSON(3); WALKER(5). LOB - SDSU 5; BYU Cougars 4. 2B - MURPHY;

FIGUEROA. 3B - WATSON(4). HR - HARTUNG; RUSSELL(7). SH - RICHARDS. SF -

BOYER. SB - DODDS(1).

San Diego State IP H R ER BB SO AB BF

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RICHARDS, Deanna.... 7.0 5 2 2 1 2 26 27

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

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ANDERSEN, Niki...... 6.0 7 4 3 0 1 24 26

CAPRA, Ariel........ 1.0 2 1 1 0 0 5 5

Win - RICHARDS (7-6). Loss - ANDERSEN (11-4). Save - None.

Umpires - HP: DAVID WHITFORD 1B: RAY MEIBOS 3B: GLENDA BATES

Start: 6:35 Time: 2H 0M Attendance: 558

Game notes:

BYU SPLITS with San Diego State

Game: SD-BY2

Play-by-Play

Score by Innings R H E

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San Diego State..... 000 112 1 - 5 9 0

Brigham Young Univ.. 101 000 0 - 2 5 2

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San Diego State starters: 19/ss HARTUNG; 1/lf MAHONEY; 24/cf KOVENSKY; 12/1b

MURPHY; 9/2b FIGUEROA; 0/rf BOYER; 6/3b CRUZ; 3/dh TOUHEY; 17/p RICHARDS;

18/c BURTON;

Brigham Young Univ. starters: 1/dh CHAMBERLAIN; 18/lf OSBORN; 25/3b RUSSELL;

11/c WATSON; 66/1b LE`I; 5/2b WALKER; 8/ss NORTON; 20/cf DODDS; 3/rf

WHITELEY; 24/p ANDERSEN;

San Diego State - inning 1

HARTUNG flied out to cf. MAHONEY grounded out to ss. KOVENSKY grounded

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

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 1

CHAMBERLAIN flied out to lf. OSBORN singled to first base. RUSSELL flied

out to rf. WATSON tripled down the rf line, RBI; OSBORN scored. LE`I

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

San Diego State - inning 2

MURPHY grounded out to 3b. FIGUEROA doubled to left center. BOYER flied

out to rf, SF; FIGUEROA advanced to third. CRUZ flied out to ss. 0 runs,

1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 2

WALKER flied out to rf. NORTON fouled out to c. DODDS singled to center

field. DODDS stole second. WHITELEY grounded out to p. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0

errors, 1 LOB.

San Diego State - inning 3

TOUHEY fouled out to lf. RICHARDS struck out swinging. HARTUNG singled to

left field. MAHONEY grounded out to 2b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 3

CHAMBERLAIN grounded out to 2b. OSBORN grounded out to 2b unassisted.

RUSSELL homered to center field, RBI. WATSON grounded out to 2b. 1 run, 1

hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

San Diego State - inning 4

KOVENSKY out at first 1b to 2b, bunt. MURPHY doubled to left field.

FIGUEROA singled to right center; MURPHY advanced to third. BOYER

grounded out to 2b, RBI; FIGUEROA advanced to second; MURPHY scored. CRUZ

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

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 4

LE`I singled up the middle. GERHAUSER pinch ran for LE`I. WALKER fouled

out to c. NORTON flied out to lf. DODDS grounded out to p. 0 runs, 1 hit,

0 errors, 1 LOB.

San Diego State - inning 5

LE`I to 1b for GERHAUSER. TOUHEY reached on an error by 2b. BURTON pinch

ran for TOUHEY. / for BURTON. RICHARDS out at first 1b to 2b, SAC, bunt;

BURTON advanced to second. BURTON advanced to third on a throwing error

by c, scored, unearned. HARTUNG fouled out to c. MAHONEY grounded out to

3b. 1 run, 0 hits, 2 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 5

TOUHEY to dh for BURTON. BURTON to c. WHITELEY grounded out to ss.

CHAMBERLAIN grounded out to ss. OSBORN grounded out to p. 0 runs, 0 hits,

0 errors, 0 LOB.

San Diego State - inning 6

GREEN to 3b for CRUZ. KOVENSKY singled to left field. MURPHY singled to

right field; KOVENSKY advanced to third. FIGUEROA grounded out to 1b

unassisted; MURPHY advanced to second. BOYER grounded out to p. GREEN

singled down the rf line, 2 RBI; MURPHY scored; KOVENSKY scored. TOUHEY

grounded out to 1b unassisted. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 6

RUSSELL walked. JONES, M. pinch ran for RUSSELL. WATSON popped up to 2b.

LE`I struck out swinging. WALKER flied out to rf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0

errors, 1 LOB.

San Diego State - inning 7

RUSSELL to 3b for JONES, M.. CAPRA to p for ANDERSEN. RICHARDS grounded

out to ss. HARTUNG homered to right center, RBI. MAHONEY grounded out to

p. KOVENSKY singled down the rf line. MURPHY grounded out to 2b. 1 run, 2

hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young Univ. - inning 7

NORTON flied out to lf. DODDS struck out looking. WHITELEY flied out to

cf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

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