May 21, 2004
PROVO, Utah - Air Force (5-45, 0-26 MWC) dropped a pair of Mountain West Conference baseball games for the second time in as many days to BYU (26-28, 16-12 MWC) Thursday evening at Larry H. Miller Field. The Cougars took game one, 17-2, and game two, 22-14.
In game one, 18 hits propelled BYU to a 17-2 win in a 10-run rule shortened seven inning game. Cougar starter Bryce Searle improved to 2-1, allowing one run on two hits, while fanning two in four innings. J.D. Stanbaugh picked up his second save of the season by pitching the final three innings and striking out eight. Air Force starter Clayton Couch (2-7) took the loss, allowing 15 runs in five innings, while fanning six.
BYU responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning by way of Jeff Hiestand's two-run homer to left center. The Cougars add three more runs in the second to jump out to a 5-1 lead after two innings.
BYU struck for six more runs in the third, highlighted by Hiestand's second homer of the game, to go up 11-1.
The Cougars scored one in the fourth and three in the fifth to lead 15-1. Kory Knell homered for BYU in the fifth and sixth inning.
Hiestand led the way for the Cougars going 4-for-5 with a pair of homers, a triple and double. Air Force had four hits in the game. Fugler, Tittle, Karl Bolt and Nathan DeRohan had base hits for the Falcons in the game.
In game two, BYU scored 13 runs in the first four innings and withstood a late AFA rally to win 22-14. Reliever Tyler Heid picked up the win for the Cougars. BYU starter Nathan Hess pitched four innings, allowing six runs on seven hits. AFA starter Mitch Brown (0-7) was tagged for 13 runs in three innings pitched for the loss. Jackson Edwards pitched the final six innings for the Falcons.
BYU wasted no time in the second game, scoring three runs on four hits in the first inning, highlighted by Kevin Bills' two-run homer. The Cougars then added two more in the second on Ryan Chambers' two-run home run.
BYU got six runs on one hit in the third, with the lone hit being a grand slam by Knell to go up 11-0.
Knell finished the day with four home runs and 10 RBI's.
Air Force scored three runs in the third with three consecutive RBI-singles by DeRohan, Tittle and Bolt--all with two outs--to make it an 11-3 game.
After BYU scored two runs in the top of the fourth, AFA scored three runs in the bottom-half of the inning to make it a 11-6. Geno Salazar singled in Jason Brown for the first run and Reid Lamson reached on a throwing error that scored Salazar and Billy Adams.
The Cougars scored three in the top of the fifth and the Falcons, again, responded with three runs to make it a 16-9. Adams and Josh Oakley scored on a throwing error by the catcher for the first two runs and Colton Walter's infield single scored DeRohan, who doubled earlier in the inning.
Knell hit his second homer of the game in the seventh as BYU scored two runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth to make it 20-9.
The Falcons refused to go silently as they batted around for the second time in the game, scoring five runs in the eighth on seven hits to pull to a 20-14 game.
BYU scored two runs in the ninth to make it 22-14.
BYU had 19 hits in the game led by Knell, who went 3-for-7 with three runs and five RBI's. Air Force also had 19 hits in the game, with Bolt recording four. Billy Adams and Nathan DeRohan each had three hits. DeRohan also doubled two times.
Air Force and BYU conclude the six game series tomorrow, with a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. back at Larry H. Miller Field.
Game 2 Notes: Mitch Brown made his sixth start of the season... All nine starters in the Falcon recorded a hit... The 18 hits and 14 runs are season-high's in conference play... Bolt recorded a career-best three hits in the game... Adams had a career-high three hits... The two doubles by DeRohan give him 17 on the season.