Russell Makes Return To Field, But BYU Beats UW 16-4

March 12, 2010

PROVO, Utah - Brigham Young used a 13-run second inning to coast to a 16-4 win over the Washington baseball team Friday afternoon at Miller Field.

The Cougars (6-7) sent 17 batters to the plate and notched 11 hits in the second, though due to a UW error, the last nine runs were unearned.

Senior Aaron Russell made his return from an injury that had kept him off the field prior to Friday. In his first at bat, as a pinch hitter in the sixth, he knocked a two-run double. Senior Doug Cherry added four hits, including a double for Washington (6-7).

Reliever Adrian Gomez pitched the final six and one-third innings, allowing only one run on six hits, no walks and five strikeouts over that span.

BYU starter Matthew Neil (2-1) worked five innings to record the win, allowing one run on six hits.

BYU got started quickly as Sean McNaughton led off the game with a single and then scored on a triple from Brandon Relf, who crossed on a sacrifice fly to give the Cougars an early 2-0 lead.

In the second, Dane Nielsen led off with a double and then came into score on an error on a bunt from Stephen Wells. Wells scored on a single from McNaughton and, after another single from Relf, Alex Wolfe's double to center made it 6-0.

With UW reliever Forrest Snow in for starter Ben Guidos, Chase Frampton drove in one more with a double and a passed ball allowed another to score from third. Finally, with two outs, an infield single from Nielsen drove in Frampton. After two more singles led to runs, Wolfe hit a three-run homer to and Ayoso and Frampton knocked back-to-back doubles to cap the 13-run inning with BYU up, 15-0.

Washington got one run in the third, scoring on a bases-loaded double play.

In the sixth, the Huskies rallied with two outs, as pinch hitters Eric Peterson and Brady McGuire drew walks. Russell followed with a pinch-hit double to score two runs. After a Cherry single, catcher Miles Kizer doubled to drive in another.

BYU's Wolfe, who drove in five in the second inning alone, finished 2-for-3 with six RBI while McNaughton added five hits.

The three-game series wraps up tomorrow. Game time is set for 12:00 noon Pacific Time.

LINESCORENon-ConferenceBrigham Young 16, Washington 4Washington       001    003 000 --  4 12 2Brigham Young    2(13)1 000 00x -- 16 20 1Ben Guidos, Forrest Snow (2), Adrian Gomez (2) andMiles Kizer. Matthew Neil, Devin Brewer (6), Collin White(7), David Parry (8), D.J. Stanley (9) and Bryce Ayoso. W -Neil (2-1). L - Guidos (0-3). 2B - UW, Aaron Russell,Kizer, Doug Cherry; BYU, Dane Nielsen, Alex Wolfe, ChaseFrampton 2, Ayoso. 3B - BYU, Brandon Relf. HR - BYU, Wolfe(1). T - 2:40. A - 872. Records: UW 6-7; BYU 6-7.
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