BYU Athletics Blog | January 2014

January Baseball Blog

Jan 17, 2014 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 12:53 pm | Updated: February 4, 2014 9:59 pm | Permalink

GUTHRIE'S REMARKS AT FIRST PITCH DINNER
For photos from the Jan. 18 First Pitch Dinner visit this link

Major League pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, accompanied by his son Hudson, spoke for 45 minutes at the Marriott Center where BYU baseball had a goal of raising $50,000 and a $12,000 scholarship. Among those in attendance at the fundraiser were former pro players Dane Iorg, Vance Law, Vernon Law and current pitcher Brandon Lyon, who played for coach Mike Littlewood at Dixie State.

“There is no way to take out what the gospel has meant to me,” Guthrie began. He told of a Sports Illustrated article on Michael Jordan which hangs in Guthrie’s basement about giving your best. He quoted legendary UCLA coach John Wooden, “success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.”

Guthrie related an experience from high school when he wasn’t selected to be the starting quarterback at first. He later became the starter and said, “When you don’t get what you want, you need to be prepared.”

Guthrie attended Especially For Youth at BYU as a 17-year-old senior. “I was overwhelmed by the spirit that I felt. My friend and I listened to all the speakers.” He told of listening to Brad Wilcox, who told us “we would be excellent missionaries.” Later Guthrie sent tapes to Norm Chow to walk on at BYU. He had been offered $320,000 by the Padres, but ended up drafted by the Mets in the 15th round. Guthrie flew to New York and pitched in the bullpen at Shea Stadium. 

“I read about the Million Dollar Missionary, McKay Christensen, and told them (the Mets) that story. They said, ‘If we offered you a million dollars would you pass up that chance to be a missionary?’ So many decisions we make in life that dictate where we will end up.” Guthrie turned down that proposition and ended up serving a mission to Spain after one year at BYU. He told of his ups and downs at BYU.

“I was ready to be a missionary at the end of my freshman year. After my mission, I was given a chance to transfer to Stanford. I was told by coach Mark Marquess that I would be the closer which meant being asked to pitch on Sundays.” Guthrie pondered Marquess’ offer and told him he would not pitch on Sundays. Marquess countered by making him a starter for the next 40 Fridays in the next two seasons. That observance carried over to the pro ranks for Guthrie who decided to “treat the Sabbath different that I did other days at the ballpark. My wife didn’t attend games on Sundays.”

Guthrie related trials working up through AA and AAA with the Cleveland Indians, then playing for the Baltimore Orioles, Colorado Rockies and finally the Kansas City Royals. “I was the 25th guy to make the team with the Orioles. I was given the ball three times on opening day.

Guthrie closed by saying, “I enjoy the struggle of being on top of (my) game. It will be taken away as quickly as it is given to you. Focus by the effort I was giving.” He recalled hearing an October 1999 General Conference address by Bishop Richard C. Edgley.

“Give your best,” Guthrie said. “Understand and identify what success is, never get down as long as we do our best.”

PLAYING IN ARIZONA
BYU opens its season with a four-game series against Kansas at the Mariners/Rangers Spring Training Complex in Peoria, Ariz. BYU's team will be holding a tri-stake fireside on Feb. 16 at the Glendale Arizona North Stake Center, 4901 W. Union Hills Dr. at 6 p.m.

Other NCAA schools playing in Arizona at pro facilities in February include those on Feb. 14  when Minnesota and Northern Illinois play at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, spring training home of the Chicago White Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers;  and Nebraska, Gonzaga, Pacific play in the Husker Classic at the Spring Training home of the Los Angeles Angels in  Tempe's Diablo Stadium. 

On Feb.21-24  at the Big10-Pac12 Tournament in Surprise at the Kansas City Royals Spring Training facility Utah joins Washington, Oregon State, Michigan State, Nebraska and Indiana.

And on Feb. 27-March 2  Gonzaga, Santa Clara, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Manhattan, and Arizona State play in Surprise.

COUGARS IN ST. GEORGE
BYU has a couple of practices in St. George before it opens the home season vs. Seattle University in a three-game series at St. George on Feb. 27, 28 and March 1 at Dixie's Bruce Hurst Field.

Those practices will be Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 (Dixie High), 7 and 8 in St. George in an effort to avoid cabin fever.

Last March BYU baseball moved its home opening games vs. Creighton to St. George because of weather and won two of the three games in bookend fashion. The Cougars played in St. George in 1999 and 1998 in Southern Utah Chiropractice and Ed Stangue tournaments against Southern Utah, Washington, Mesa State, Lewis-Clark State and San Francisco. BYU's record in St. George is 5-6.

AT&T BALLPARK
Spacious AT&T Ballpark (41,915 seats) will be the site of the third game BYU plays at San Francisco. The Cougars play the first two games at cozy Beneditti Diamond (2,000 seats, 315-415-321) and finish the series at AT&T Ballpark (339-399-309) where BYU's football team played last December in the Fight Hunger Bowl, drawing 34,136 fans in a 31-16 loss to No. 25 Washington). This season BYU is also playing at pro ballparks in Corpus Christi, Texas; Pasco, Wash.; and Spring Mobile Ballpark in Salt Lake City. The top attendance for a BYU baseball game was 11,699 at the Kingdome in Seattle vs. Notre Dame in 1994 when the Cougars also played Washington in that facility.

CAMERON TUCKETT AWARD
The winner of the 2013 Cameron Tuckett Award was Adam Law, who was presented the award by former BYU coach Glen Tuckett at the January First Pitch Dinner. For a complete list of past winners of the Cameron Tuckett Award please visit this link.

INJURED PLAYERS
Pitcher Marc Oslund and outfielder Christian Mua will not be competing during the 2014 season due to injuries that did not permit full participation with the team.

BELATED CHRISTMAS GREETINGS
BYU pitcher Kolton Mahoney, Cougar marketing director Bill Hoops and sports information director Ralph Zobell are the baseball connections on last December's Athletic Department Christmas card. You can view a PDF of that card through this link.

BAPTISM LAST DECEMBER
Senior pitcher Chris Howard was baptized last December, see photo below, with him circled front and center. The left-handed reliever was voted one of four co-captains by his teammates for the 2014 season and redshirted last year due to Tommy John surgery. Over 50 current and former players were among those at the baptism.

LITTLEWOOD WEDDING
During the off season, BYU junior tennis player Morgan Anderson from St. George married Marcus Littlewood last November. Marcus, the youngest son of BYU coach Mike Littlewood, plays catcher for the Seattle Mariner organization. You can view her bio here on the tennis team website. FYI, BYU's baseball 2014 team has five players who are married: Jeff Barker, Jarrett Jarvis, Brandon Kinser, Dillon Robinson, and Brock Whitney.

FOUR-YEAR TRANSFERS
There are three transfers on this year's team from four-year schools, Rhett Nelson, Dallen Reber and Michael Rucker. Nelson played at Santa Clara prior to serving a mission to Chile and transferring to Salt Lake Community College. Reber played at Kentucky prior to serving a mission also to Chile. And Rucker played last year at Gonzaga, but will have to sit out this season at BYU according to NCAA transfer rules.

MISSED ON LAST BLOG
Assistant coach Trent Pratt was among those given a Cougar Paw award at last August's meeting with the BYU Athletic Department.

Women's volleyball recognized at annual awards banquet

Jan 15, 2014 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 9:05 am | Updated: June 30, 2014 9:55 am | Permalink
 

 

BYU women's volleyball closed the 2013 season with its annual awards banquet Tuesday evening in the Blue Zone of LaVell Edwards Stadium.

The Cougars finished the season with a 24-7 overall record and a 15-3 second-place West Coast Conference finish. BYU advanced to the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive year. 

Family and friends gathered together to share a meal as well as watch highlight reels, listen to speeches and accept awards following a successful 2013 season.

The following Cougars were recognized for their achievements in 2013:

Third-team All-America: Alexa Gray
AVCA All-Pacific South Region First Team: Alexa Gray
AVCA All-Pacific South Region Honorable Mention: Camry Godfrey
First-team All-WCC: Alexa Gray, Kathryn LeCheminant
All-WCC Honorable Mention: Tambre Haddock, Ciara Parker
WCC Freshman of the Year: Whitney Young
WCC All-Academic First Team: Ciara Parker, Tia Withers Welling

Coach Rose and players talk after Tuesday's practice

Jan 14, 2014 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 6:33 pm | Updated: January 14, 2014 7:40 pm | Permalink

BYU head coach Dave Rose

On Eric Mika:

"Eric is feeling better. He practiced a little bit yesteday and today he was in practice full time, so unless he has a setback tonight, we anticipate a good practice tomorrow and that he'll play on Thursday. That's what we're hoping."

"I think Eric is a big part of our offensive and defensive game plan. I do think that having another body will be good. The combination of Josh and Nate was really good for us in playing those minutes with a couple wins. It should help the confidence of the team, but we need Eric. We need Eric to play well. Last couple of times on the road, he's been in foul trouble, so hopefully sitting and watching for a couple games might've helped him mentally. The most important thing is that he's healthy."

On confidence after wins:

"Hopefully this team understands the challenge of the weekend. These road games in league are really hard to win and we have to get a great effort from everyone. We can't just have a couple guys play well."

On Matt Carlino:

"I think he played pretty well. He had a great game on Saturday night and the minutes he gave on Thursday were solid. He came in and really helped our team get better. He gave us a good lift off the bench and that's a good sign. I'm happy for Matt that he's found a real comfortable spot." 

Skyler Halford

On starting:

"I was just glad we won the game. That was the ultimate thing for our team is to get that win and that's what we need the most."

On upcoming road trip:

"Hopefully we can bring the same intensity and energy we did at home and we can come together collectively as a group, especially on the defensive end. I think if we can do that, we'll have a good chance on the road."

On guard matchup:

"They're talented. They have great shooters all along the board and we're hoping to just keep them off that 3-point line and prevent them from driving and penetrating, because they just kick and knock down shots." 

On team's confidence:

"When you're winning, it definitely helps you feel better, but you can't feel too good about yourself. You always have to stay focused on every single game and you can't think too much in how many you've won. Sometimes you feel too good about yourself and you get lazy in some areas, so we're trying to stay on top of our game in all areas." 

Matt Carlino

On coming off the bench:

"I feel good. I feel good about everything. We've won the last three games so it's been good."

On team's confidence and road trip:

"It's high right now, but coach has been trying to keep us level headed going into all these road games." 

"I think we have to focus on stopping the other team and just doing what we do. We have to do what we do at home and bring it on the road. We just have to find that on the road and when we do, we'll keep doing it." 

Tyler Haws

On mentality going on the road:

"I think the guys are a lot more aware of the challenge that awaits us. There are no days off or no games off in league, so we're looking forward to the challenge."

"We definitely made strides on the offensive and defensive end, so we're just excited. I think we made some good changes and guys are feeling pretty good right now." 

On last year's loss against San Francisco:

"We let them come back and they're a team that doesn't stop fighting and continues to play hard for 40 minutes. We'll have to be ready to execute the game plan and not let up for 40 minutes." 

Haws named Lou Henson

Jan 14, 2014 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 1:30 pm | Permalink

BOSTON, Mass. – BYU junior guard Tyler Haws has been named the Lou Henson Award National Player of the Week.

The 6-foot-5 junior averaged 33.0 points in two wins last week. On Thursday, Jan. 9, Haws scored 35 points in a win over Pepperdine. Two days later the Utah native had 31 points, including 24 in the second half, in the Cougars' win over Loyola Marymount.

The Lou Henson Award is presented annually to the top Mid-Major player in Division I college basketball.

The award is named in honor of Lou Henson who retired after a spectacular coaching career that lasted 41 years. When he left the game in 2005 he was sixth all-time in career Division I wins with 779. He is the winningest coach at both Illinois and New Mexico State. He is one of only 12 coaches in the history of the game to take two schools to the Final Four. 

WEEKLY HONORS

Week 10 (Jan. 13) Tyler Haws (BYU)
Week 9 (Jan. 6) Keifer Sykes (Green Bay)
Week 8 (Dec. 30) Javon McCrea (Buffalo)
Week 7 (Dec. 23) D.J. Irving (Boston University)
Week 6 (Dec. 16) Marshall Bjorklund (North Dakota State)
Week 5 (Dec. 9) Isiah Umipig (Seattle)
Week 4 (Dec. 2) Sidney Sanders Jr. (Fairleigh Dickinson)
Week 3 (Nov. 25) Jeremy Ingram (North Carolina Central)
Week 2 (Nov. 18) J.J. Mann (Belmont)
Week 1 (Nov. 11) Kendrick Perry (Youngstown State)

Cougars in the Pros: Fredette combines for 24 points in last two wins

Jan 13, 2014 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 2:47 pm | Updated: January 13, 2014 2:51 pm | Permalink

Sacramento Kings guard Jimmer Fredette went for 11 points and three assists in a 108-83 win against the Orlando Magic last Friday. He also added 13 points and three assists in a 124-80 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers last Sunday. 

Fredette is now shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc this season and averaged 14.3 minutes per game last week. 

Philadelphia 76ers Brandon Davies went for 11 points, four rebounds, one assist and two steals last Tuesday in a loss to the Cavaliers. Davies also averaged 15.5 minutes per game last week in four games. 

Lee Cummard finished with 10 points, seven rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocks in a loss last Saturday. 

For weekly updates, visit Cougars in the Pros under the info tab. 

Name Profiles Team League Country Ppg Rpg Apg
Jimmer Fredette BYU | Professional Sacramento NBA USA 5.7 1.5 1.4
Brandon Davies BYU | Professional Philadelphia NBA USA 2.3 1.9 0.6
Rafael Araujo BYU | Professional Mogi das Cruzes Paulista Stage Two Brazil 5.5 3.9 0.8
Lee Cummard BYU | Professional Okapi Aalstar Belgium-Ethias Belgium 10.9 6.0 2.3
Jonathan Tavernari BYU | Professional Pinheiros/Sky Paulista Stage Two Brazil 7.1 5.1 1.0
Charles Abouo BYU | Professional Palencia LEB Gold Spain 6.1 3.5 0.2
Trent Plaisted BYU | Professional Ratiopharm Bundesliga Germany 9.3 8.3 1.9

This Week in the WCC

Jan 13, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 2:12 pm | Updated: January 13, 2014 4:12 pm | Permalink

The big news in conference play this week was Portland's 82-73 upset of Gonzaga. It was the Bulldogs' first loss in West Coast Conference play and helped tighten up the standings.

Gonzaga now leads four different teams by one game in the loss column. San Francisco, Saint Mary's, BYU and Pepperdine each have two losses in conference play. Of those teams, San Francisco and Saint Mary's have already lost to the Bulldogs once, while BYU doesn't play Gonzaga until next week and Pepperdine faces them Thursday. Santa Clara beat Saint Mary's on a 3-pointer with 1.2 seconds left to give the Gaels their second WCC loss of the season. The Cougars were the only team to win both games last week as they beat Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount at home.

The Cougars travel to face San Francisco on ESPNU Thursday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. MST and Santa Clara on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 8 p.m. MST on ROOT Sports.

 

Standings Conference Overall
Gonzaga 4-1 14-3
San Francisco 4-2 11-7
Pepperdine 4-2 11-7
Saint Mary's 3-2 13-5
BYU 3-2 11-7
Santa Clara 3-3 10-9
Portland 2-3 10-7
Loyola Marymount 2-4 10-8
Pacific 1-4 10-6
San Diego 1-4 10-8

 

Fun Facts

  • BYU has made more field goals in five WCC games than Santa Clara has in six.
  • BYU's Kyle Collinsworth is top 10 in the conference in scoring, field goal percentage, rebounding, assists, steals and blocked shots since the start of WCC play.
  • Haws' 35 points against Pepperdine is the most by any player in the conference this season.
  • Brandon Clark and Tyler Haws are the only two players who have scored 20 points or more at least 10 times this season. They face one another on Saturday when BYU travels to Santa Clara.

 

WCC Overall Leaders

Scoring

Player Team Points/Game
1. Tyler Haws BYU 23.1
2. Anthony Ireland LMU 18.9
3. Brandon Clark SCU 17.4
11. Matt Carlino BYU 14.4
13. Eric Mika BYU 13.9
14. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 13.5

 

Rebounding

Player Team Rebounds/Game
1. Ryan Nicholas Por 9.3
2. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 8.4
3. Brendan Lane Pep 8.2
4. Nate Austin BYU 8.2
13. Eric Mika BYU 6.4

 

Assists

Player Team Assists/Game
1. Christopher Anderson USD 6.1
2. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 5.6
3. Anthony Ireland LMU 5.4
5. Matt Carlino BYU 4.6

 

Steals

Player Team Steals/Game
1. Matt Carlino BYU 1.7
2. Anthony Ireland LMU 1.7
3. David Stockton Gon 1.6
5. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 1.6
14. Tyler Haws BYU 1.0

 

Blocked Shots

Player Team Blocks/Game
1. Brendan Lane Pep 2.4
2. Brad Waldow SMC 1.8
3. Przemek Karnowski Gon 1.8
8. Nate Austin BYU 0.9
11. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 0.8
13. Eric Mika BYU 0.8

 

Offensive Rebounds

Player Team Off. Rebs/Game
1. Kruize Pinkins USF 3.3
2. Eric Mika BYU 3.1
3. Brad Waldow SMC 3.1
6. Nate Austin BYU 2.4
9. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 2.4

 

Defensive Rebounds

Player Team Def. Rebs/Game
1. Ryan Nicholas Por 6.8
2. Kyle Collinsworth BYU 6.0
3. Brendan Lane BYU 5.9
4. Nate Austin BYU 5.8

 

Coming Up

Thursday, Jan. 16

BYU at San Francisco, ESPNU 7 p.m. MST

Gonzaga at Pepperdine, 8 p.m. MST

Portland at Loyola Marymount, 8 p.m. MST

San Diego at Santa Clara, 8 p.m. MST

 

Saturday, Jan. 18

BYU at Santa Clara, ROOT Sports, 8 p.m. MST

Gonzaga at Loyola Marymount, 2 p.m. MST

Pacific at Saint Mary's, 6 p.m. MST

Portland at Pepperdine, 6 p.m. MST

San Diego at San Francisco, 8 p.m. MST

Former Cougar Jason Pyrah to be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame

Jan 13, 2014 - Posted by Duff Tittle at 10:20 am | Permalink

Former BYU track and cross country All-American Jason Pyrah will be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in ceremonies on Jan. 26 at the University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center in Springfield, Mo.

A native of Willard, Mo., Pyrah was a four-time NCAA track and two-time NCAA cross country All-American at BYU. Following his career as a Cougar he represented the United States in the 1996 and 2000 Olympics and was the USA Indoor Mile Track Champion in 2000. Pyrah has competed on six continents and in more than 20 different countries and has run a sub four-minute mile more than 30 times.

“Jason was a fantastic athlete — someone who you could always rely on,” said BYU track coach Mark Robison. “No matter what, he always brought everything to race day. He didn’t vacillate; he was just consistent. And driven — man, was he driven.”

Before coming to BYU, Pyrah was a five-time high school track All-American and a six-time Missouri state track champion. At one time, he held four Missouri state track records (two of which he still holds) and in 1987 ran the fastest mile of any high school athlete in the nation. In 2006, Pyrah was inducted into the BYU Athletic Hall of Fame. Some of the memorabilia from his career is on display in Legacy Hall in the Student Athlete Building at BYU.

BYU beats LMU 91-68

Jan 11, 2014 - Posted by Justin Green at 9:17 pm | Permalink

BYU beat LMU 91-68 behind 31 points by Tyler Haws, 24 coming in the second half, and Kyle Collinsworth’s 20 points and nine rebounds.

Collinsworth also had five assists, three blocks and two steals. Matt Carlino had 18 points and four assists and Josh Sharp contributed 10 points, his season high.

BYU trailed 38-37 at the half. After LMU scored the first four points of the second half, the Cougars went on a 10-0 run, highlighted by Carlino’s three, to give the Cougars their first lead since the 15:47 mark of the first half. Haws had four points during the run.

Haws scored the next five BYU points to help maintain the lead, including a 3-point play that gave the Cougars a 52-48 advantage.

LMU scored seven straight to retake the lead at 55-52, but BYU scored four straight on back-to-back layups by Anson Winder to regain a one-point advantage.

After battling to a tie at 58, the Cougars scored the next nine points on consecutive buckets by Haws and a three-point play by Sharp to take a 67-58 lead with 10 minutes left in the game.

The teams traded baskets and the BYU lead hovered around 10 until the six-minute mark, when the Cougars scored eight straight to extend the lead to 17 at 79-62. Haws had six during that run and Winder had a fast break layup. Carlino’s jumper pushed the lead to 22 at 87-65 with two minutes left.

Cougars trail Lions by one at half

Jan 11, 2014 - Posted by Justin Green at 7:58 pm | Permalink

BYU trails LMU 38-37 at the end of the first half. Matt Carlino is leading the Cougars with 12 points on 4 of 6 shooting. Kyle Collinsworth filled up the stat sheet with eight points, four rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and two steals. Tyler Haws also pitched in seven points.

Josh Sharp scored six of the Cougar’s first eight points and the game was tied at 10-10 with just over 15 minutes left.

Back-to-back jumpers by LMU’s Chase Flint and Anthony Ireland gave the Lions a 19-13 lead with 12 minutes left in the half.

Collinsworth’s block sparked a fast break that led to a Carlino three to cut the lead to two, but LMU’s hot shooting continued and the lead was stretched to 24-16.

Haws scored four straight points to cut the lead in half, but the Lions responded with consecutive buckets to regain their eight-point lead.

After the deficit reached 10, the Cougars went on 13-3 run tie the game at 33 with three minutes left in the half. Carlino’s eight points fueled the BYU run. 

BYU splits series with Pepperdine after 84-72 victory

Jan 09, 2014 - Posted by Spencer Shamo at 9:20 pm | Permalink

BYU never trailed on their way to an 84-72 victory over Pepperdine.

BYU was led in scoring by Tyler Haws’ 35 points. Kyle Collinsworth continued his strong all-around play tallying 15 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and three steals. For the game, the Cougars shot 46.6 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from behind the arc. They held the Waves to 40.4 percent shooting and 30.4 percent from distance.

BYU started the half with five quick points from Skyler Halford to push the lead to eight, but Pepperdine kept it close going on a 6-0 run to pull back within two at 38-36. The Cougars then went on a 9-2 run to push the lead back up to nine at 51-42 with 12:04 left in the game.

The Cougars and Waves continued to battle back and forth with the lead varying between five and nine points over the next seven minutes. Pepperdine would cut the lead to two at 62-60 with 5:04 remaining. The Cougars responded quickly with a 13-2 run led by 11 points from Haws, including three 3-pointers, to take a 75-62 lead with 1:58 left in the game. BYU closed out the game from the line.

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