Pack slams Frogs to first Mountain West Conference victory
March 30, 2006
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Frogs broke a 4-4 tie with a five-run eighth inning to win game one of the Mountain West Conference Preseason Tournament in San Diego on Thursday afternoon, topping BYU 9-4. The big blow in the inning was a grand slam off the bat of Ryan Pack, who finished the day 3-for-4 with five RBIs. Dillon Farish tossed four scoreless innings to pick up the win in relief as the Frogs open conference play. Eight of the Frogs nine runs were scored with two outs.
The game was knotted at four heading to the bottom of the eighth inning. Chad Huffman doubled to open the frame and moved to third on a Matt Carpenter groundout. A wild pitch from BYU reliever Mitch Woolf brought Huffman home with the go-ahead run. Keith Conlon worked a walk and Matt Vern and Corey Steglich drew two-out walks to load the bases, ending Woolf's day. Pack worked his way to a 3-2 count before drilling the Josh Barrett offering over the left field fence to give the Frogs the 9-4 advantage. Farish retired the ninth in order to earn his second win of the season.
BYU opened the scoring in the first inning as the first two batters reached base. A Jeff Hiestand groundout plated Stetson Banks who had worked a lead-off walk.
The Frogs battled back to tie the game in the bottom of the third. Steglich walked to open the inning and stole second and third before Pack single to drive him home.
The Cougars pushed across two runs in the top of the fifth to regain the lead. Casey Nelson doubled to start the inning and scored on an error following a base hit by Seth Johnson. A sacrifice fly off the bat of Ben Saylor gave BYU the 3-1 lead.
TCU cut the lead to one in the bottom of the frame on a RBI-double off the bat of Bryan Kervin that scored Pack from first base. The Cougars, however, got the run back in the top of the sixth on an Adrian Molina RBI-groundout to take a 4-2 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth.
A dropped pop fly by BYU second baseman Banks started another two-out rally for the Frogs as they came back to tie the game at four. After Conlon reached on the error, Andrew Walker and Vern walked to load the bases. Steglich came through with a single to left field to drive in two.
Farish came on in the sixth in relief of Zach Ashwood, who started and went five-plus innings. He surrendered four runs (three earned) on six hits. He struck out three and walked two. Farish went four innings, allowing just two hits, while striking out four.
The Frogs improve to 13-14 overall and are 1-0 in MWC play. They will square off against UNLV on Friday night at Tony Gwynn Stadium on the San Diego State campus. First pitch is slated for 9 p.m. (CST)