Cats Pound BYU, 32-3

Feb. 1, 2003

TUCSON - Four Arizona players had four hits -- at least -- to spark arunaway baseball victory, 32-3, over Brigham Young (1-2) Saturday at SancetField, and UA pitcher Richie Gardner (1-0) pitched seven strong innings andscattered four hits to check the Cougars.

Rich Mercado had six singles, Trevor Crowe and Jeff Van Houten had fivehits each, while Derek Decater added four incuding two triples and a homerun. UA batted around twice in the game, forced BYU into trying sevendifferent pitchers and knocked eight extra-base hits. The Cats had a totalof 32 hits.

The Cougars were hurt by 10 errors, but Arizona still had 19 earned runs.

UA (2-1) batted around in the bottom of the first to take a 7-0 lead onseven hits and chase BYU starter Jason Garcia (0-1).

Brad Boyer led off with a bunt single and advanced to third on a throwingerror by BYU pitcher Jason Garcia on the play. Trevor Crowe followed with anRBI double to left and an out later Derek Decater tripled to left center tomake it 2-0. Richard Mercado pushed across a third run with a single off thethird baseman's glove, then scored on Pat Reilly's double down therightfield line to make it 4-0.

Jeff Van Houten singled Reilly to third, and then Reilly scored when VanHouten broke to steak and the pitcher picked him off but the BYU firstbaseman threw the ball into left field. Dallas Haught hit a two-run homeroff the centerfield screen to make it 7-0.

Singles by Moises Duran, Decater and Mercado filled the bases in the Cats'second and Van Houten drove in two more runs with a single to right, thenBYU shortstop Ranger Weins bobbled a grounder to let Mercado score and itwas 10-0.

Duran followed a Crowe single with a home run to center, the seventh hitoff BYU reliever Paul Jacinto to make it 12-0 an inning later.

Ryan Chambers homered to left after Trevor Crowe's two-out error allowedStubblefield to reach in the BYU fourth, cutting into UA's lead at 12-2. Butthe Cats answered with a 10-run fifth, sending 15 men to the plate,including Decater's two-run homer, three BYU errors. A hit by UA's LeeFranklin, and subsequent run, gave every UA starter a hit and a run scored.

BYU had successive doubles by Ryan Chambers and Clayton Carson in the topof the ninth to bring in another run and finish the scoring.

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