May 20, 2004
PROVO, Utah - Air Force (5-43, 0-24 MWC) dropped a pair of Mountain West Conference baseball games to BYU (24-28, 14-12 MWC) Thursday evening at Larry H. Miller Field. The Cougars took game one, 13-3, and game two, 10-0--both seven inning games due to the 10-run rule.
In game one, BYU pounded out 17 hits to win 13-3. Patrick Wells (7-4) got the complete-game win for the Cougars, scattering seven hits while striking out seven. Paul Vignola (1-10) got the complete-game loss for Air Force, striking out three.
BYU took an early 1-0 lead in the first. Kory Knell doubled down the left field line to get into scoring position. Knell then stole third base and came around to score as catcher Jon Polston's throw to third took a funny hop over third baseman Karl Bolt and bounded into left field.
Bolt atoned for Polston's errant throw in the top of the second by drilling a two-run home run--his fourth of the season--over the wall in left center to give the Falcons a 2-1 lead. Jason Brown, who singled to right field in the at bat before, also scored on the long ball.
The Cougars came right back with four runs in the bottom of the second to retake the lead at 5-2. BYU batted around in the inning, notching five hits, highlighted by Ryan Chambers' two-run double.
Jason Brown singled for the second time in the game in the fourth. Brown got to second on a wild pitch and then stole third base. Travis Fugler then followed up with a double to deep right center to score Brown and make it a 5-3 game in favor of the Cougars.
BYU scored four more in the bottom of the fourth to make it a 9-3 game. The Cougars had four hits in the inning and benefitted from an AFA fielding error.
The Cougars scored a run in the fifth and three more in the sixth to extend their lead to 13-3. Ranger Weins homered to lead off the sixth for BYU.
Chambers and Knell led the way for BYU in game one with three hits each. Air Force had seven hits in the game, with Brown and Bolt with two hits each.
In game two, the Cougars scored six early runs to cruise to a 10-0 shutout win.
Paul Jacinto improved to 3-9 with the win, pitching 6 scoreless innings while fanning five. After a rocky first two innings, AFA starter Blake Nixon settled down, allowing just one base hit in the next four innings of shutout ball. Nixon fell to 0-8 on the season, allowing 10 runs while fanning five in 6.1 innings.
BYU struck for three runs in the first inning and then three more in the second to take an early 6-0 lead. The two teams did not score again till the seventh inning when the Cougars added four more runs to take a 10-0 lead.
Air Force and BYU return to action in day two of the three-day series with another doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m. back at Larry H. Miller Field in Provo, Utah.
Game 1 Notes: Paul Vignola made his team-leading 14th start of the season... Jon Polston stole his second base of the season, swiping third base in the third inning... Vignola tossed the first complete game of the season for AFA.
Game 2 Notes: Blake Nixon made his seventh start of the season... Nixon went a career-best 6.1 innings... Billy Adams made his first career start at second base... Adams also had his first hit, a line-drive single to left field in the third inning... --30--