April 25, 2008
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - BYU homered seven times and Jake Wortham tossed a five-hit shutout to defeat Air Force 22-0 in Mountain West Conference action Friday afternoon at Falcon Field. The Falcons dropped to 14-25, 1-12, while the Cougars improved to 16-25, 6-8.
The Cougars had 27 hits on the day, led by a 6-for-6 performance from designated hitter J.C. Leach. Having entered the game with two hits all season, all Leach did was hit two home runs, score four runs and drive in five.
Michel Bowen also hit two homers and drove in five. Sean McNaughton had four hits for BYU and four other Cougars had three hits.
Air Force struggled to figure out Wortham (3-3), who struck out nine and did not walk a batter. The Falcons were led offensively by Addison Gentry, who went 2-for-4. Gentry also had the Falcons' lone extra base hit on a ninth inning double to left-center.
Taking advantage of furious wind gusts reaching 30-40 miles-per-hour and blowing out to right field, BYU hit all seven of its homers to right.
McNaughton led the game off with a home run and the Cougars went on to plate five more runs in the first. BYU scored multiple runs in an inning five more times, concluding with another six run inning in the eighth.
The rubber game of the series takes place tomorrow, Saturday at noon.