Norton, Tobias Lead BYU Sweep

Jodi Norton's offensive performance propelled BYU's sweep over Utah State. Norton homered twice and recorded seven RBI. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

LOGAN -- Neither the cold air nor the snow flurries could cool down BYU's bats as the Cougars cruised to a twinbill sweep of Utah State, 10-0 and 9-6.

The Cougars (30-14, 8-2 MWC) have won their last seven games and nine of their last 10 overall. Previous to game two of the doubleheader BYU had scored at least 10 runs in six consecutive games.

BYU was led by Jodi Norton who went 4-for-7 with two home runs and seven RBI. Ianeta Le`i added a homer of her own and three RBI to get within two of the single-season school record. Summer Tobias continued her efficient pitching getting a complete game two-hit shut out and recording a save in game two.

"Summer pitched great for us today," BYU head coach Gordon Eakin said. "She is finally getting healthy and it is showing in her performance."

In game one the Cougars started hot early scoring their 10 runs in the first two innings. BYU scored five in the first and five in the second. After a pair of singles and a Le`i walk, Ashlyn Russell belted a two-run single to get things going for the Cougars.

Later in the inning, Jennifer Whiteley picked up two RBI on a single of her own. BYU sent 10 batters to the plate and scored all five of its first-inning runs with only one out in the inning.

In the second frame, Krystle Chamberlain led the inning off with a single and scored when Le`i belted a RBI double. Le`i and Emi Snow scored when Norton poked a single through the right side. Later in the inning Cortney Nix came up with a two-run single to put the Cougars up 10-0.

Tobias cruised from the pitchers circle, striking out five while only allowing two hits in her sixth shut out of the season.

In the second game BYU used the long ball to take care of its scoring. In the first inning Andrea Ramirez came up with a RBI single to score Monica Gonzales. The second frame started for the Cougars when Snow hit her first round-tripper of the season. Utah State came back with a run of its own in the bottom of the third on an Amanda Carver RBI single.

BYU extended its lead when Norton hit her first homer of the game, a two-run blast to give the Cougars a 4-1 lead. After Le`i homered to lead off the fifth inning to give BYU a four run cushion, the Aggies came storming back to score five runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 6-5 lead. The Cougars came roaring back a half inning later scoring two to regain the lead.

"Our offense remained strong for us tonight," Eakin said. "Lately, every time a team threatens we bounce right back. Jodi [Norton] and Monica [Gonzales] came up big for us in the second game."

Norton's second home run provided two insurance runs in the top of the seventh. Tobias shut the door on Utah State in the bottom of the seventh to record her second save of the season.

BYU's next action will by Thursday evening when the Cougars welcome cross-town opponent Utah Valley State for a single game. Game time is slated for 6 p.m. (MDT)

Brigham Young at Utah State (Game 1)

Apr 18, 2006 at Logan, Utah (Johnso Field)

Brigham Young 10 (29-14)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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GONZALES, Monica dp...... 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 3

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

RAMIREZ, Andrea lf...... 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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

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

PLATT, Stephanie pr..... 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

SNOW, Emi rf............. 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 1

KENNEDY, Lindi rf....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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

WHITELEY, Jennifer cf.... 3 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 0

NIX, Cortney c........... 3 0 1 2 0 0 7 0 0

HOCH, Tracee 2b.......... 3 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 0

TOBIAS, Summer p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 25 10 9 10 3 3 15 3 4

Utah State 0 (5-31)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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Leonhardt, Quela ss...... 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 4 0

Ray, Whitnie dp.......... 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2

Fleming, Sara c.......... 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0

Schaible, Amy 3b......... 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0

Evans, Tara rf........... 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2

Stroman, Aubrie 1b....... 2 0 1 0 0 1 8 0 0

Bjarnson, Shawn lf....... 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

Hernandez, Jeanine 2b.... 2 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0

Carver, Amanda cf........ 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1

Higley, Leslie p......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Totals................... 15 0 2 0 2 7 15 7 5

Score by Innings R H E

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Brigham Young....... 550 00 - 10 9 0

Utah State.......... 000 00 - 0 2 0

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LOB - BYU Cougars 4; USU 5. 2B - LE`I. HBP - SNOW; Carver. SH - Ray;

Bjarnso.

Brigham Young IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP

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TOBIAS, Summer...... 5.0 2 0 0 2 7 15 20 -

Utah State IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP

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Higley, Leslie...... 5.0 9 10 10 3 3 25 29 -

Win - TOBIAS (15-8). Loss - Higley (0-10). Save - None.

HBP - by Higley (SNOW); by TOBIAS (Carver). Inherited runners/scored: None.

Pitches/strikes: None.

Umpires -

Start: 2:00 PM Time: 1:50 Attendance: 90

Brigham Young at Utah State (Game 1) - Play-by-Play

Apr 18, 2006 at Logan, Utah (Johnso Field)

Score by Innings R H E

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Brigham Young....... 550 00 - 10 9 0

Utah State.......... 000 00 - 0 2 0

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Brigham Young starters: 24/dp GONZALES; 1/lf CHAMBERLAIN; 66/1b LE`I; 25/3b RUSSELL;

18/rf SNOW; 8/ss NORTON; 3/cf WHITELEY; 10/c NIX; 4/2b HOCH; 12/p TOBIAS;

Utah State starters: 18/ss Leonhardt; 22/dp Ray; 10/c Fleming; 11/3b Schaible; 16/rf

Evans; 12/1b Stroman; 4/lf Bjarnso; 13/2b Hernandez; 15/cf Carver; 20/p Higley;

Brigham Young 1st - GONZALES singled to third base. CHAMBERLAIN singled to

shortstop; GONZALES advanced to second. LE`I walked; CHAMBERLAIN advanced to second;

GONZALES advanced to third. RUSSELL singled to center field, 2 RBI; LE`I advanced to

third; CHAMBERLAIN scored; GONZALES scored. SNOW hit by pitch; RUSSELL advanced to

second. NORTON reached on a fielder's choice to shortstop, RBI; SNOW advanced to

second; RUSSELL advanced to third; LE`I scored. WHITELEY singled to right field, 2

RBI; NORTON advanced to third on the throw; SNOW scored; RUSSELL scored. NIX

grounded out to 3b; WHITELEY advanced to second. HOCH struck out swinging. GONZALES

grounded out to ss. 5 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Utah State 1st - Leonhardt walked. Ray out at first 3b to 2b, SAC, bunt;

Leonhardt advanced to second. Fleming walked. Schaible popped up to 2b. Evans flied

out to rf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.

Brigham Young 2nd - CHAMBERLAIN singled to left field. LE`I doubled to left

center, RBI; CHAMBERLAIN scored. RUSSELL walked. SNOW singled to catcher; RUSSELL

advanced to second; LE`I advanced to third. PLATT pinch ran for RUSSELL. NORTON

singled through the right side, 2 RBI; SNOW advanced to third; PLATT scored; LE`I

scored. WHITELEY grounded out to 1b unassisted; NORTON advanced to second. NIX

singled to center field, 2 RBI; NORTON scored; SNOW scored. HOCH grounded out to ss;

NIX advanced to second. GONZALES grounded out to ss. 5 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors, 1

LOB.

Utah State 2nd - RUSSELL to 3b for PLATT. Stroman singled through the right

side. Bjarnso out at first 1b to 2b, SAC, bunt; Stroman advanced to second.

Hernandez struck out swinging. Carver struck out looking. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0

errors, 1 LOB.

Brigham Young 3rd - CHAMBERLAIN struck out looking. LE`I lined out to cf.

RUSSELL walked. SNOW popped up to 2b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Utah State 3rd - Leonhardt flied out to lf. Ray struck out looking. Fleming

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

Brigham Young 4th - NORTON grounded out to 3b. WHITELEY struck out swinging.

NIX flied out to cf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Utah State 4th - Schaible grounded out to 3b. Evans struck out swinging.

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

Brigham Young 5th - HOCH grounded out to ss. GONZALES grounded out to p.

RAMIREZ to lf for CHAMBERLAIN. RAMIREZ flied out to rf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors,

0 LOB.

Utah State 5th - Bjarnso struck out looking. KENNEDY to rf for SNOW.

Hernandez singled through the left side. Carver hit by pitch; Hernandez advanced to

second. Leonhardt struck out looking. Ray popped up to 2b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0

errors, 2 LOB.

Brigham Young at Utah State (Game 2)

Apr 18, 2006 at Logan, Utah (Johnson Field)

Brigham Young 9 (30-14)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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GONZALES, Monica rf...... 5 2 3 0 0 0 3 1 1

CHAMBERLAIN, Krystle lf.. 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

LE`I, Ianeta 1b.......... 4 1 2 2 0 0 8 1 0

RAMIREZ, Andrea dp....... 3 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0

KENNEDY, Lindi pr/3b.... 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

RUSSELL, Ashlyn 3b....... 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 4 3

PLATT, Stephanie pr..... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

SNOW, Emi c.............. 4 1 1 1 0 1 5 0 2

NIX, Cortney c.......... 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

WHITELEY, Jennifer cf.... 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1

NORTON, Jodi ss.......... 4 2 3 4 0 0 0 1 0

ANDERSON, Jana pr....... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

HOCH, Tracee 2b.......... 2 1 0 0 1 2 3 2 0

PARAMORE, Paige ph...... 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0

URINCHO, Daniella p...... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

TOBIAS, Summer p........ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Totals................... 31 9 12 9 4 4 21 9 7

Utah State 6 (5-32)

Player AB R H RBI BB SO PO A LOB

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Leonhardt, Quela ss...... 1 1 0 0 3 1 1 4 0

Ray, Whitnie 2b.......... 4 0 2 1 0 0 3 0 0

Fleming, Sara c.......... 2 0 0 0 2 0 5 0 0

Bellum, Ashley pr....... 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Schaible, Amy 3b......... 4 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 3

Evans, Tara rf........... 4 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 2

Uragami, Jami dp......... 4 0 1 2 0 2 0 0 0

Hernandez, Jeanine 1b.... 3 0 2 1 1 0 8 0 0

Bjarnson, Shawn lf....... 4 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 1

Carver, Amanda cf........ 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 3

Straight, Heather p...... 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0

Totals................... 30 6 9 5 6 5 21 11 9

Score by Innings R H E

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Brigham Young....... 110 212 2 - 9 12 1

Utah State.......... 001 050 0 - 6 9 0

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E - RUSSELL. DP - USU 1. LOB - BYU Cougars 7; USU 9. 2B - Hernandez 2;

Bjarnso. HR - LE`I; SNOW; NORTON 2. HBP - WHITELEY. SH - CHAMBERLAIN. SB -

SNOW; Leonhardt.

Brigham Young IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP

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URINCHO, Daniella... 5.0 8 6 4 4 4 24 28 -

TOBIAS, Summer...... 2.0 1 0 0 2 1 6 8 -

Utah State IP H R ER BB SO AB BF NP

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Straight, Heather... 7.0 12 9 9 4 4 31 37 -

Win - URINCHO (9-5). Loss - Straight (5-10). Save - TOBIAS (2).

HBP - by Straight (WHITELEY). PB - SNOW. Inherited runners/scored: TOBIAS 1/0.

Pitches/strikes: None.

Umpires -

Start: 4:27 pm Time: 2:23 Attendance: 95

URINCHO faced 1 batter in the 6th.

Brigham Young at Utah State (Game 2) - Play-by-Play

Apr 18, 2006 at Logan, Utah (Johnson Field)

Score by Innings R H E

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Brigham Young....... 110 212 2 - 9 12 1

Utah State.......... 001 050 0 - 6 9 0

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Brigham Young starters: 24/rf GONZALES; 1/lf CHAMBERLAIN; 66/1b LE`I; 31/dp RAMIREZ;

25/3b RUSSELL; 18/c SNOW; 3/cf WHITELEY; 8/ss NORTON; 4/2b HOCH; 22/p URINCHO;

Utah State starters: 18/ss Leonhardt; 22/2b Ray; 10/c Fleming; 11/3b Schaible; 16/rf

Evans; 8/dp Uragami; 13/1b Hernandez; 4/lf Bjarnso; 15/cf Carver; 21/p Straight;

Brigham Young 1st - GONZALES singled to first base. CHAMBERLAIN grounded out

to 3b, SAC, bunt; GONZALES advanced to second. LE`I grounded out to ss. RAMIREZ

singled to left field, advanced to second on the throw, RBI; GONZALES scored.

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

Utah State 1st - Leonhardt struck out swinging. Ray grounded out to 1b

unassisted. Fleming popped up to 3b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Brigham Young 2nd - SNOW homered to left field, RBI. WHITELEY flied out to

rf. NORTON grounded out to p. HOCH walked. GONZALES grounded out to ss. 1 run, 1

hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.

Utah State 2nd - Schaible grounded out to 2b. Evans struck out looking.

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

Brigham Young 3rd - CHAMBERLAIN struck out swinging. LE`I grounded out to ss.

RAMIREZ singled to center field. KENNEDY pinch ran for RAMIREZ. RUSSELL walked;

KENNEDY advanced to second. SNOW struck out swinging. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2

LOB.

Utah State 3rd - Hernandez grounded out to 3b. Bjarnso doubled to right

field. Carver singled to right field, RBI; Bjarnso scored. Leonhardt walked; Carver

advanced to second. Ray singled to right field; Leonhardt advanced to second; Carver

advanced to third. Fleming popped up to 1b. Schaible struck out swinging. 1 run,

3 hits, 0 errors, 3 LOB.

Brigham Young 4th - WHITELEY hit by pitch. NORTON homered, 2 RBI; WHITELEY

scored. HOCH struck out swinging. GONZALES singled through the left side.

CHAMBERLAIN lined into double play p to 1b; GONZALES out on the play. 2 runs, 2

hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.

Utah State 4th - Evans lined out to 2b. Uragami flied out to rf. Hernandez

doubled to right center. Bjarnso lined out to 1b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1

LOB.

Brigham Young 5th - LE`I homered to left center, RBI. KENNEDY grounded out to

p. RUSSELL walked. KENNEDY to 3b. PLATT pinch ran for RUSSELL. SNOW reached on a

fielder's choice to third base; PLATT out at second 3b to 2b. KENNEDY to dp. RUSSELL

to 3b for PLATT. SNOW stole second. WHITELEY grounded out to p. 1 run, 1 hit, 0

errors, 1 LOB.

Utah State 5th - Carver singled to left field. Carver advanced to second on a

passed ball. Leonhardt walked. Ray singled, RBI; Leonhardt advanced to second;

Carver scored, unearned. Fleming walked; Ray advanced to second; Leonhardt advanced

to third. Bellum pinch ran for Fleming. Schaible reached on a fielder's choice;

Bellum advanced to second; Ray advanced to third; Leonhardt scored on a throwing

error by 3b, unearned. Evans reached on a fielder's choice; Schaible advanced to

second; Bellum advanced to third; Ray out at home 3b to c. Uragami singled, 2 RBI;

Evans advanced to second; Schaible scored; Bellum scored. Hernandez doubled, RBI;

Uragami advanced to third; Evans scored. Bjarnso grounded out to 3b. Carver grounded

out to 3b. 5 runs, 4 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB.

Brigham Young 6th - Fleming to c for Bellum. NORTON singled to left center.

PARAMORE pinch hit for HOCH. PARAMORE walked; NORTON advanced to second. HOCH to 2b

for PARAMORE. ANDERSON pinch ran for NORTON. GONZALES singled to left field; HOCH

advanced to second; ANDERSON advanced to third. CHAMBERLAIN reached on a fielder's

choice to third base; GONZALES advanced to second; HOCH advanced to third; ANDERSON

out at home 3b to c. LE`I singled to left field, RBI; CHAMBERLAIN advanced to

second; GONZALES advanced to third; HOCH scored. RAMIREZ to dp for KENNEDY. RAMIREZ

reached on a fielder's choice to shortstop, RBI; LE`I out at second ss to 2b;

CHAMBERLAIN advanced to third; GONZALES scored. RUSSELL grounded out to 2b

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

Utah State 6th - NORTON to ss for ANDERSON. Leonhardt walked. TOBIAS to p for

URINCHO. Ray popped up to 2b. Leonhardt stole second. Fleming walked. Schaible

grounded out to ss; Fleming advanced to second; Leonhardt advanced to third. Evans

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

Brigham Young 7th - SNOW flied out to lf. WHITELEY singled to center field.

NORTON homered to center field, 2 RBI; WHITELEY scored. HOCH struck out looking.

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

Utah State 7th - NIX to c for SNOW. Uragami struck out swinging. Hernandez

walked. Bjarnso singled to shortstop; Hernandez advanced to second. Carver flied out

to rf; Bjarnso out at second rf to 2b to 1b to 2b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1

LOB.

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