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BYU Completes Doubleheader Sweep of Utah Baseball

Ryan Khoury was 3-for-4 with a two-run home run in Saturday's game two loss to BYU.

Ryan Khoury was 3-for-4 with a two-run home run in Saturday's game two loss to BYU.

March 26, 2005

Final Stats

PROVO, Utah -- The University of Utah baseball team saw a 3-0 lead after three innings disappear in a 5-3 loss to BYU Saturday afternoon at Miller Field. The loss gave the Cougars a sweep of Saturday's doubleheader and a sweep of the three-game series.

Utah (7-16, 1-5 MWC) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. John Welsh led off the game with a double to right-center field and later scored on a sacrifice fly from Doug Beck.

The Utes took a 3-0 lead in the top of the third. Welsh reached on an error and scored when Ryan Khoury ripped his third home run of the season over the left-field wall.

BYU got one run back in the bottom of the fourth against Utah starter Bryce Freed. Apana Nakayama tripled to left-center to lead off the inning. Nakayama was later pushed across the plate on a double play.

The Cougars took a 4-3 lead in the fifth. Kory Knell led off with a walk and Casey Nelson singled, knocking Freed from the contest. Sean McNaughton doubled off reliever Brian Lane, plating Knell and pulling BYU within one, 3-2. Marcos Villezcas followed that with a double to right-center, pushing Nelson and McNaughton across to give the Cougars a one-run advantage.

BYU added an insurance run in the eighth. Nakayama doubled to center to lead off the inning against Ute reliever Josh Cooper. Nakayama advanced to third on an error by Cooper, who threw the ball away on an appeal to first base. Nakayama then scored on a Ryan Chambers sacrifice fly to make it 5-3.

Utah got a one-out single from Jay Brossman in the ninth. But the Cougars preserved the victory when Clayne Garrett flew out to Knell in left field. Knell then fired to McNaughton at second base, doubling up Brossman, who tried to advance on the play.



Blake Torgerson (3-1) survived the three runs he allowed in the first three innings to take the win for BYU. He scattered five hits over seven innings and struck out one. Josh Barrett tossed two innings and allowed two hits to record his second save. McNaughton led the Cougars at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.

Lane (2-3) suffered the loss. He tossed 2 2/3 innings and gave up one run. Khoury paced the Utes, offensively. He was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored.

Utah is in action again Monday, hosting a doubleheader with Southern Utah at Franklin Covey Field. First pitch for Monday's twinbill is slated for Noon.


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