April 11, 2007
PROVO, Utah - BYU used a 19-hit attack to score 15 runs and held off a couple of Washington rallies to hand the Huskies a 15-9 loss Wednesday at Miller Field.
BYU swept the two-game series to improved to 21-13 overall while the Huskies dropped to 16-15 on the season.
Cougars ace Jesse Craig earned the win, allowing four runs (one earned) over seven innings. Husky starter Tyler Cheney (1-3) suffered the loss, allowing four runs in two innings of work.
BYU jumped on Cheney in the second inning, scoring four runs on four hits, an error and two walks. With no outs and two runners on, Kasey Ko doubled off the left-field wall to drive in two. Ko then scored on a single from Thomas Bills. Later in the inning, Austin Hall scored on a single from Collin Fanning to give BYU a 4-0 lead.
After a scoreless third, the Cougars got back at it in the fourth, scoring four more to make it an 8-0 lead. After a walk and a single, two runs scored on a throwing error from pitcher Bryce Mooney, who was throwing to first on a bunt. Stephen Wells, a freshman from Inglemoor High, drove in another run with a single and then scored on a single from Kent Walton.
The Huskies' bats showed some life in the sixth. Left fielder Jake Rife led off the inning with his second home run of the season for the UW's first run. Then, with two on and two out, Matt Hague doubled to drive in a run. First baseman Curt Rindal followed with a two-run single to cut the BYU lead in half at 8-4.
BYU scored a run in the sixth when Fanning singled and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly. In the seventh, catcher J.T. Musso's two-run homer made it 11-4.
However, the UW closed the gap once again in the eighth. An RBI single from Rindal and a run-scoring groundout from Joey Lind accounted for two runs before right fielder Ty Rasmussen hit a two-run homer, his fifth of the year to cut the lead to 11-8. But closer J.D. Stambaugh came on and got a double play to end the inning. He went on to earn his fifth save.
BYU answered the Huskies' four-run eighth with four more of its own in the bottom of the inning. An error and five straight two-out singles led to the four runs as the Cougars re-built their lead to 15-8. Washington scored on in the ninth on a single from Hague.
Ko led the Cougars attack with four hits and two RBI in five at bats. Walton, Musso and Hall also had three hits each.
Washington got two hits and three runs batted in from Rindal while Hague went 2-for-4 with two RBI.
The Dawgs return to Husky Ballpark this weekend for a three-game, non-conference series vs. UC Riverside. Live video and live stats for all three games will be available at gohuskies.com. Friday's first pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
LINESCORE Non-Conference Brigham Young 15, Washington 9 Washington 000 004 041 -- 9 11 4 Brigham Young 040 401 24x -- 15 19 1 Tyler Cheney, Bryce Mooney (3), Brandon McKerney (4), Nick Hagadone (8) and Brett Wilcox, Joey Dunn (8). Jesse Craig, Matthew Jensen (8), J.D. Stambaugh (8) and J.T. Musso. W - Craig (5-2). L - Cheney (1-3). Sv - Stambaugh (5). 2B - UW, Matt Hague, Danny Cox; BYU, Kasey Ko. 3B - BYU, Austin Hall, Kent Walton. HR - UW, Jake Rife (2), Ty Rasmussen (5); BYU, Musso (2). T - 2:44. A - 528. Records: UW 16-15; BYU 21-13.