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COUGARS' COMBO OF BROWN, WINGET POUND FALCONS TO SWEEP TWINBILL

Bad, bad Leroy Brown may be the baddest man in the whole darn town.

Then again, Brown's teammate on the BYU baseball team, Brad Winget, is pretty bad himself.The Cougar duo blasted Air Force pitching in the nightcap of Friday's doubleheader WAC home openers in Provo, as BYU won 18-5. The Cougs came from behind to win in dramatic fashion in the first game of the afternoon, 7-6.

Brown, who has been in a mini-slump of late, had three hits - including a pair of homers - and drove in six runs in BYU's lopsided win in the nightcap. Winget went 2-for-2 with two homers - including a grand slam - two walks, six RBI and scored three runs in the second game. Both Brown and Winget now have five homers this year to lead the Cougars.

"I'm not normally a home run hitter," said Brown who was born in 1972 - about the same time singer Jim Croce was making his name famous. (His parents weren't, necessarily, Croce fans, however. Young Leroy was named after his grandfather.) "I told Winget that he better be ahead of me in home runs at the end of the year."

Winget and Brown weren't the only Cougars to punish the ball in Game 2 Friday. The Cougars pounded out 17 hits. Robbie Reid, the point guard on the BYU basketball team, even was a part of the hit parade with a pinch-hit RBI single in seventh inning in just his third plate appearance of the season. Pitcher Brian Knoll improved to 5-4 with the win. Knoll gave up five runs on seven hits in six innings.

BYU is now 7-1 in WAC games and atop the Eastern Division standings. The Cougars are 19-16-1 overall.

The Cougars, who played their first 31 games of the year on the road in warmer climate areas, seem to be enjoying being back in Provo. BYU swept three non-league games from Southern Colorado earlier this week prior to Friday's twinbill sweep over the Falcons. Dating back to last season, BYU has won 21 consecutive home games.

"It's nice to be back home," Cougar coach Gary Pullins said. "It's nice for the kids to be back here around friends and to have fans cheering for them after playing so many games on the road and traveling by bus. They deserve to be playing here."

In the opener Friday, it looked like the Falcons would break BYU's home winning steak. Air Force pitcher Dave Lyons gave up just three hits through five innings and the Falcons led 6-1 in the middle of the sixth.

BYU scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth and four more in the seventh, and final, inning to pull out the victory. With two outs in the seventh, designated hitter Ryan Roberts drove in the winning run with a single to left. Reliever Mike Nielsen pitched two shutout innings of relief to earn the victory.

"We were really tight in the first game," Pullins said. "In the first five innings, it seemed like we couldn't get a break, but in the 6th and 7th inning every break went our way and we just started to roll. We were very fortunate to win it."

BYU will end the series against Air Force in a single game today beginning at noon.