BYU Athletics Blog | 2014

April Baseball Blog

Apr 01, 2014 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 12:06 pm | Updated: April 7, 2014 11:56 am | Permalink

PRO BASEBALL ASSIGNMENTS:  Adam Law has been assigned to the High A league at Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.  (Quakes). The Midwest League has several former Cougars: Adam Miller has been assigned in South Bend, Ind. (Silver Hawks), Jaycob Brugman has also been assigned to Beloit, Wisc. (Snappers) and Jacob Hannemann will be playing for the Kane County Cougars , a Class A minor league team in Geneva, Ill. Coach Littlewood’s son Marcus has been assigned to play again in Clinton, Iowa (LumberKings) in the Midwest League, too. Matt Carson is in the Indians’ Class AAA team in Columbus, Ohio. We are awaiting word on the assignment for Steve Parker.

ROYAL BLUES: BYU broke out its royal blue uniforms last month in a 20-3 victory over Utah. The Cougars wore the traditional old school colors against San Diego in Provo, against USF at AT&T Ballpark last month in San Francisco and on the first day of this month against Utah Valley. Remaining dates when you can see the Cougars wear their royal blue uniforms are April 19 vs. Loyola Marymount, May 3 vs. Gonzaga, May 6 vs. Utah and May 10 vs. Santa Clara.

FIRESIDES: The Cougars held another fireside last month after game one at Saint Mary's. The fireside scheduled for April 13 following the Pepperdine series has been cancelled due to logistical problems. The team has held firesides in Glendale, Ariz., in February and a morningside in Louisiana prior to a game at Nicholls State last month.

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS: Not only does Chris Howard graduate this month; a couple days after those ceremonies he celebrates his birthday. Others celebrating birthdays this month include Dallen Reber and redshirt pitcher Michael Rucker.

MORE ON MAHONEY NO-HITTER:  Nicholls coach Seth Thibodeaux said: “He took the fight to us, and we didn't fight a whole lot back. (Mahoney) pitched his tail off and handled the fastball. He's their No. 1 for a reason, and he set the tempo for those guys all night.”

BYU coach Mike Littlewood said he knew Mahoney had this type of game in him.  “He's been good every outing. He spotted up his fastball and threw his curve ball and slider for strikes. It was great to see him locate his pitches and help set the tone for us in this series.” 

“It (arm) felt really good tonight,” Mahoney said. “All my pitchers were working. I was able to throw my fastball wherever I wanted to and what helped me out was they swung at a lot of first pitches, which held my pitch count down.” 

HIGH PRAISE FOR LUND: Freshman outfielder Brennon Lund caught the eye of Fresno State coach Mike Batesole last month. In the Fresno Bee newspaper it read: “right fielder Jordan Luplow -- who extended his hitting streak to 18 games with a first-inning single -- cut the ball off on its first hop, planted his left foot, turned and threw a laser to second baseman Jesse Medrano, who followed suit with a rocket home to Ward for another tag at home to end the game.

"It's not just a play at the plate -- that kid is a special runner," said Bulldogs coach Mike Batesole, referring to Lund legging out a double in the third on what appeared to be a routine outfield single.

"I was picturing in my mind what was going to happen if they hit a double. I was watching him (Lund) the whole way and he was burning it up. Read more here:

WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE: Former pitchers Fred Caviglia (1967-68) and Jim Englehardt (1966-67) joined teammates/players Jeff Bills (1972-75) Dr. Tom Fife (1962-67), Guy Hale (1963-65), Bob Martin (1964-66), Gary Pullins  (1967-68), and former coach Glen Tuckett last month at BYU’s games in San Francisco.

Among the sites the former Cougar players and coaches took in was a visit to the home of Doug McWilliams, a major league photographer from 1969 through 1995.  Tuckett enjoyed seeing McWilliams’ memorabilia on the Pacific Coast League where he played before joining the Cougars.

FORMER COUGAR RETURNS: Kansas transfer Scott Tittrington, a former BYU pitcher (1996-97) was a sportswriter for the Provo Daily Herald. Tittrington has returned to the Herald to oversee local news.

VANCE LAW ON UTAH TV: Former Cougar coach/player Vance Law will take short breaks from his assignment with the Chicago White Sox organization to serve as color analyst with Steve Klauke for Salt Lake Buzz games televised on KJZZ 14.  The dates of those Buzz telecasts are Saturdays, April 5, May 3, June 7, July 19, and Wednesday, August 20.

Apply to be on the 2014-15 ROC board

Mar 27, 2014 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:42 pm | Permalink

BYU's student section, The ROC, is creating a board for the 2014-15 season and is looking for a few energetic and creative students to get involved.

The ROC is an official club on campus with ties to BYUSA and the BYU Athletic Department. Currently led by student employees of BYU Athletic Marketing, the ROC is shifting to volunteer student leaders, giving everyone on campus a chance to have a voice in the affairs of the student section.

The ROC board will handle everything ROC-related: gameday atmosphere, advertising, planning trips to road games, the ROC app, cheers, student involvement and more.

The goal of the ROC is to give the Cougars a great homefield/court advantage at all home events while upholding the standards of BYU. The board will play an important role in progressing the mission of the ROC and helping BYU have one of the best student sections in the country.

If you're interested in applying to be on the ROC board, CLICK HERE to fill out an application.

Digital Review: Postseason

Mar 26, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 10:48 am | Updated: March 26, 2014 3:00 pm | Permalink

Relive the BYU men's basketball run to the WCC Championship game and the first round of the NCAA tournament against Oregon with the season's final collection of videos from around the web. If you're looking for something that happened during the regular season, check the other digital reviews throughout the year:

February

January

October, November and December

Highlights

Cougars exit NCAA tournament with loss to Ducks

Cougars talk Oregon and tournament

Newcomers talk first NCAA tourney experience

Coach Rose talks tourney bid

Players react to NCAA bid

BYU vs. Gonzaga WCC Final Highlights

BYU vs. San Francisco WCC Semifinals Highlights

BYU vs. LMU Highlights WCC Quarterfinals Highlights

BYU vs. LMU BYUtv Highlights

Expect Amazing

WCC Player of the Year and WCC Honorees


BYUtv

Tyler Haws on Making the NCAA Tournament

Blaine Fowler on BYU's Tourney Bid

Dave Rose on BYU's Tourney Bid

Tournament Selection Reaction Dave Rose

Tournament Selection Reaction Anson Winder and Eric Mika

Tournament Selection Reaction Tyler Haws and Matt Carlino

Danny Ainge on BYU Basketball

ESPN

Tourney Preview: BYU Cougars

3-point Shot

KSL

BYU couldn't overcome loss of Collinsworth

BYU falls to Oregon in NCAA tournament

BYU prepared for Oregon rematch

BYU's journey through the tourney without Kyle Collinsworth

BYU's Reaction to Selection Sunday

2014 WCC Tournament run


TheW.tv

BYU vs. Oregon Preview

WCC Championship Press Conference

WCC This Week: Tyler Haws

BYU faces Oregon –- again

Mar 17, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 12:05 pm | Updated: March 17, 2014 4:34 pm | Permalink

In program history, BYU has faced a team in the postseason after playing them in the regular season seven times come Thursday. Six have been non-conference opponents, while Fresno State was the only conference opponent BYU has faced in either the NIT or NCAA tournament.

In only two of those rematches has there been a different outcome in the postseason. In 1993-94, 20 years ago this week, BYU defeated Arizona State 74-67 after having lost to the Sun Devils in the first game of the year 106-95. The game was played at the Marriott Center in the first round of the NIT and BYU had to go on the road for the second round. The Cougars advanced to play another rematch with conference foe Fresno State. BYU won two of the three earlier meetings against the Bulldogs, including a WAC tournament semifinal victory, but fell 68-66 after having a look at a jumper with 5.4 seconds left to tie the game.

Thursday's game against Oregon will be only the third rematch not played on one of the team's home court. BYU lost to Kentucky twice in 1983-84 in Lexington and then in Birmingham, Ala., in the NCAA tournament. The Cougars also lost last season to Baylor in New York in the NIT semifinals after falling in Waco, Texas, earlier that season.

 

Postseason Rematches

2013-14 at Oregon L 100-96; Oregon (NCAA) in Milwaukee Thursday at 1:15 p.m. MDT

Tyler Haws scored 32 points and four other Cougars scored in double figures. Matt Carlino recorded a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds, but BYU lost in overtime after leading by seven points with 2:21 left in regulation. The Cougars only shot 61 percent from the free throw line.

 

2012-13 at Baylor L 79-64; Baylor (NIT) L 76-70 in New York

The Cougars lost to Baylor 79-64 in Waco, Texas, despite Brandon Davies' 26 points and 17 rebounds. BYU trailed by nine at the half, but shot only 35.5 percent from the field in the second half.

In the NIT Semifinals at Madison Square Garden, Tyler Haws scored 25 points, Matt Carlino added 19 and Brandon Davies scored 13 and grabbed 11 rebounds. BYU trailed by two at half but shot 38 percent from the field in the second half.

 

1993-94 at Arizona State L 106-95; Arizona State (NIT) W 74-67

In the first game of the season, the Cougars were outscored by 21 points in the first half and were only able to cut the lead in half in the second. Shane Knight led the Cougars with 19 points and six rebounds, while Russell Larson recorded a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. The Sun Devils had two players score 20 points or more.

At the Marriott Center in the first round of the NIT, Larson scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Kenneth Roberts and Robbie Reid also scored in double digits. The Cougars shot 49 percent from the field, while Arizona State only shot 38 percent from the field.

 

1993-94 Fresno State W 73-65; at Fresno State L 73-68; Fresno State (WAC) W 87-72 in Salt Lake; at Fresno State (NIT) L 68-66

After alternating wins and losses through the conference season and tournament, BYU had a shot to tie with 5.4 seconds left but a baseline jumper went long.

 

1983-84 at Kentucky L 93-59; Kentucky (NCAA) L 93-68 in Birmingham, Ala.

Devin Durrant scored 33 points in the first meeting of the season in Lexington.

Durrant added 28 points in the NCAA rematch and the Cougars cut the margin to 25 from the original 34-point loss.

 

1970-71 Utah State W 111-83; Utah State (NCAA) W 91-82 in Logan

Steve Kelly and Kresimir Cosic recorded double-doubles and Bernie Fryer scored 27 to win a blowout at the Marriott Center in December.

In the NCAA First Round, Cosic scored 30 and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Fryer added 25 points. BYU led by five at the half and won by nine in Logan.

 

1968-69 at New Mexico State L 83-65; New Mexico State (NCAA) L 74-62

In the regular season meeting, the Aggies led by 17 at the half and didn't look back, winning by 18.

The Cougars returned to Las Cruces for a first round matchup in the NCAA tournament. BYU only trailed by four at the half, but didn't capitalize in the second to lose by 12.

Cougars set multiple conference tournament records

Mar 14, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 11:42 am | Updated: March 16, 2014 12:26 am | Permalink

In BYU's run to the West Coast Conference championship game, the Cougars set several conference records and several Cougars set BYU conference tournament records.

As a team, the Cougars set the WCC record for team rebounds in a single tournament with 129. BYU topped former record holder Loyola Marymount by one rebound. The Lions grabbed 128 boards in 1989.

Tyler Haws set the WCC record for individual free throws made with 29. Haws was 29 of 30 from the charity stripe over the three games. Through the semifinals, Gonzaga's Sam Dower Jr. set the record with 23 free throws. In the final, Dower went 0 of 3 and Haws was 11 of 11 to set a new record and stretch his personal streak to 26 straight free throws made.

Several BYU players set conference tournament individual game records. Kyle Collinsworth's 16 rebounds against LMU broke Rafael Araujo's previous record of 14 for most rebounds in a conference tournament game. Anson Winder set the BYU record for steals in a conference tournament game with six. The old record belonged to Jackson Emery who had five steals in 2011.

The Cougars rewrote a lot of the game free throw records. Winder hit 8 of 8 from the free throw line against LMU, which was tied for fourth most free throws made without a miss. Haws didn't wait to push Winder down to sixth by Tuesday night. Against San Francisco, Haws set the record for most free throws made without a miss in a game with 14. Against Gonzaga, Haws hit 11 of 11, which is now the third most in a conference tournament game.

Haws' 14 of 14 night at the free throw line against San Francisco is also the second most free throws made in a conference tournament game and is tied for the third most free throws attempted in a conference tournament game.

The Cougars haven't won a conference tournament since 2001 and BYU hadn't played three games in a tournament since 2011 when the Cougars beat TCU and New Mexico before losing to San Diego State. Collinsworth has played in six conference tournament games in his two seasons and now owns the career conference tournament record for rebounds with 58. He has three more than former record holder Lee Cummard and is second in rebounds per game with 9.7 rebounds per game behind Araujo's 11.3 rebounds per game. Collinsworth also moved into a tie for fourth in career steals with nine. He was passed by Winder, who is now third with 11 steals in conference tournament games.

Matt Carlino is now sixth in career conference tournament assists with 19 and is also second in turnovers.

Haws moved up on the scoring and free throw record lists in his conference tournament career. He is three points out of 10th in career scoring and is fourth in scoring average at 19.6 points per game.

Haws is now second in free throws made with 40 and is fifth in free throws attempted with 42. He is also first in free throw percentage at 95.2 percent.

Mika's record-setting freshman season

Freshman center Eric Mika has broken into the top 10 in 18 different freshman season records. He is already the most prolific freshman offensive rebounder in BYU history, but is also tied for the most offensive rebounds in a season at 91 with Rafael Araujo. He's top 10 in these freshman season categories:

Points 374 8th
Scoring Average 11.7 9th
Field Goals Made 137 6th
Field Goal Attempts 259 10th
Field Goal Percentage .529 7th
Free Throws Made 100 8th
Free Throw Attempts 164 5th
Rebounds 204 3rd
Rebounding Average 6.4 6th
Offensive Rebounds 91 1st
Blocks 24 6th
Blocks Average .75 7th
Personal Fouls 103 7th
Games Started 28 8th
Double Figure Scoring Games 23 4th
Double-Doubles 5 4th
20-Point Games 2 10th
10-Rebound Games 6 4th

Haws named to All-High Major First Team

Mar 14, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 11:21 am | Updated: March 28, 2014 6:06 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah - BYU's junior guard Tyler Haws was named to the CollegeSportsMadness.com All-High Major First Team.

Haws has also received West Coast Conference Player of the Year honors and was named to the USBWA All-District VIII team, WCC All-Tournament Team and the All-WCC Team. Haws averages 23.4 points per game along with 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steal per game. Haws is currently sixth in the nation in scoring and led the WCC in scoring during the regular season.

Haws helped the Cougars to a 23-11 overall record and a 13-5 conference record. BYU finished second in the WCC in both the regular season and conference tournament. BYU will find out its NCAA tournament fate on Sunday at 4 p.m. MDT on CBS.

Santa Clara's Jared Brownridge was named All-High Major Freshman of the Year, while Saint Mary's Brad Waldow and Gonzaga's Sam Dower were both named to the All-High Major Fourth Team.

BYU and UCF to play Thursday night on ESPN

Mar 11, 2014 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 2:00 pm | Updated: March 11, 2014 7:35 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah (March 11, 2014) — Brigham Young University, University of Central Florida and ESPN today announced the 2014 football game between the Cougars and Knights will be played on Thursday, Oct. 9 to a national television audience on ESPN. 

BYU will be making its first-ever visit to Bright House Networks Stadium for the Thursday night matchup. The Knights are coming off a 12-1 season and No. 10 final ranking in 2013. The Cougars won the inaugural contest between the two teams in Provo with a 24-17 victory in 2011. 

The Cougars will travel to Orlando to face the Knights after hosting Utah State on Friday, Oct. 3 in Provo. UCF will be coming off another Thursday night contest at Houston on Oct. 2. 

Game time for the Oct. 9 game featuring BYU and UCF will be announced once determined. 

Read more about BYU's 2014 schedule

Coach Rose and players talk about WCC Tournament

Mar 06, 2014 - Posted by Sugene Lee at 2:58 pm | Updated: March 6, 2014 11:00 pm | Permalink

Coach Dave Rose

On getting into the NCAA tournament:

“I think we probably have to win the tournament to get in and that’s what our mindset is, so let’s take this first game. The most important thing is to control what you can control and the sure bet is that if we win it, we’re in a nice spot.”

“There are no guarantees, you have to play well. You need a lot of guys to play well for a long period of time – for three-straight games. You can’t do it with one or two guys. Hopefully the roster here is up to the task for what we need to do.”

On line-up changes:

“I don’t think they’ve all paid off. We’ve had an interesting season, but I think so much credit goes to these players. I think Matt Carlino, especially early in the season when we made the decision to bring him off the bench, how he responded to that and how well he’s played in that role, I think has made a lot of the other decisions much easier. You have your captain, your leader, who’s really out front who’s continued to play really well and I think that set the example for everyone.”

On Eric Mika coming off the bench:

“Eric and I had quite a few conversations about that. Right now, it feels really good for both of us. Hopefully we can see really good, positive results from that. I think he’s playing really well and these tournaments are really different than regular season games. There’s a lot of emotion, a lot of urgency and a lot of energy; it’s great what guys look forward to.”

On LMU or Portland matchups:

“They’ve both caused different problems. Portland has a really strong and deep front line. It’s caused us problems with their shooters. Loyola Marymount is very athletic and they turn you over. There are issues on both sides, so we have to find out who we’re going to play and prepare for it.”

On Luke Worthington:

“I think he’s done a really good job in his commitment to the game plan and what he can do specifically to help us. Offensively, he’s blossomed into his own player as far as his ability to pick-and-roll and get stick backs and get to the free-throw line and make free throws.”

On this season overall:

“I’m proud of our guys. This season has been a real challenge with the early season schedule. We played really good teams and had a chance to win them, except for a few, but when you don’t win, you have to dig deep on where you’re going to go and what you’re going to do and this group has come together pretty well.”

Tyler Haws

On Saturday's opener:

“I think we’re in a great frame of mind. I think we’ve had a few tough challenges this year that have made us get in the right mindset. I feel like this team is tournament tested and we know what to expect. We know the challenge, and now it’s about going out and executing and doing what we know.”

On season’s rollercoaster ride:

“At times in the year it has felt like a rollercoaster ride, but we’ve learned a lot. I feel like our team has learned how to respond to losses and wins. There have been times when we won a few big games and lost four straight, but our guys have stayed together and we feel like we have a lot of basketball left to play in us. We’re hungry and we know what to expect going into Saturday.”

“There have been a few lineup changes the last few games and I think that’s always kind of scary late in the season, but our guys have responded really well. All we care about is winning games and I think everyone’s happy if we can figure that out. I don’t think it’s had too big of an effect on our players.”

On health and time off:

“At this time of the year I think bodies start breaking down and it definitely helps to have some time off and just get healthy. I think it’s good for our minds, too, but practices are still really intense and guys aren’t ready to be done.”

Matt Carlino

On team’s readiness level:

“I feel like we’re playing well right now. Once you get to the tournament, it hits you on what it’s all about. Especially with young guys, I don’t know if you can really be ready until you get there, but we’re as ready as we can be.”

On winning conference tournament and urgency:

“We’d like to win the championship because that guarantees us to be in the [NCAA] tournament. We don’t want to leave it up to somebody choosing if we’re going to be in it or not, so if we can just go win those games, that’d be great.”

“It’s not a shock to me with where we’re at and the position we’re in. We’re in a great position now to get three more wins and being in the NCAA tournament.”

Kyle Collinsworth

On his knee and health:

“It’s getting a lot better, but we’re still doing rehab to take care of it and doing a lot of extra stuff.”

On potential matchups:

“At this point, every team can win. It’s that time of year where teams get that magic in March. You can be beaten by any team and we know that and we have to stay focused no matter who we play. We’ll play the winner of LMU and Portland. We’ll be ready for both teams and I’m looking forward to it.”

On possibility of playing Gonzaga in the championship game:

“I don’t really care. I just want us to be in the championship and whoever is there is there. If it’s Gonzaga, it’s Gonzaga, and it’ll be fun.”

On playing best basketball right now:

“We’ve closed some games down the stretch, which is huge for us because we struggled with that early. It’s been a good sign that we can finish games and win close games like that.” 

Haws set up for run at WCC history

Mar 05, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 1:12 pm | Updated: March 5, 2014 2:39 pm | Permalink

Junior guard Tyler Haws has already set himself up for a senior year to remember even with a handful of games remaining in his junior campaign.

Haws will have plenty of records to reach for his senior year: the career scoring mark at BYU, free throws made and free throw percentage by a Cougar as well as West Coast Conference records.

This year, Haws recorded the fifth most points in a season in WCC games. He scored 423 points in 18 games and led the league in scoring for the second straight season. He is just the 11th player to lead the league in scoring in all games in two seasons and the ninth to do it consecutively. In conference games, Haws is the eighth player to lead the league in scoring in consecutive seasons and the 11th to do so twice.

As for next year, no one has ever done it three times in either instance. Bill Russell came within .9 points per game of leading the conference in three straight seasons, while San Francisco's Dior Lowhorn and LMU's Keith Smith fell three points per game short.

Since Haws has led the league in scoring in two consecutive seasons, BYU has now done it in three straight seasons after Brandon Davies (conference games only) and Noah Hartsock (all games) led the league in scoring in 2011-2012. In all games, only LMU also accomplished the feat from 1988 until 1992 as Hank Gathers, Bo Kimble and Terrell Lowery led the conference in scoring. In WCC games only, it has happened four times. San Francisco led the league in scoring from 2006 to 2009 thanks to Antonio Kellogg and Lowhorn. LMU did it from 1987 to 1992 and also 1982 until 1986 with Greg Goorjian, Forrest McKenzie and Keith Smith. That Lions team led the league in scoring in WCC games in nine of 10 seasons from 1982 to 1992.

 

Scoring Leaders in All Games School Years
Tyler Haws BYU 2012-2014
Dior Lowhorn San Francisco 2007-2009
Jeff Brown Gonzaga 1992-1994
Terrell Lowery LMU 1990-1992
Keith Smith LMU 1984-1986
Quintin Dailey San Francisco 1980-1982
Frank Oleynick Seattle 1973-1975
William Averitt Pepperdine 1971-1973
Steve Gray Saint Mary's 1961-1963
Sterling Forbes Pepperdine 1957-58 & 1959-60
Bill Russell San Francisco 1953-54 & 1955-56

 

Scoring Leaders in WCC Games School Years
Tyler Haws BYU 2012-2014
Dior Lowhorn San Francisco 2007-2009
Jeff Brown Gonzaga 1992-1994
Terrell Lowery LMU 1990-1992
Bo Kimble LMU 1978-88 & 1989-90
Forrest McKenzie LMU 1983-84 & 1985-86
Quintin Dailey San Francisco 1980-1982
Frank Oleynick Seattle 1973-9175
William Averitt Pepperdine 1971-1973
Bill Russell San Francisco 1953-54 & 1955-56

Rose, three Cougars earn All-Conference Honors

Mar 04, 2014 - Posted by knielsen at 3:11 pm | Updated: March 4, 2014 3:48 pm | Permalink

BYU head coach Dave Rose was named West Coast Conference Coach of the Year and Tyler Haws was named WCC Player of the Year by CollegeSportsMadness.com on Tuesday. 

Haws was also named to the WCC All-Conference First Team by the website. Junior guard Matt Carlino and sophomore guard Kyle Collinsworth were also named to the All-Conference Third Team. 

Rose has won 20-plus games in each of his nine seasons at BYU including 21 so far this season. This year the Cougars finished in second place for the first time since joining the WCC with a 13-5 conference record.

Haws led the league in scoring, while Carlino and Collinsworth were 14th and 15th in the WCC in overall scoring per game. Collinsworth was third in rebounding and assists, while Carlino was fourth in assists in the WCC. Carlino led the league in overall steals, while Collinsworth led the league in steals in WCC play.

Other players on the first team include LMU's Anthony Ireland, San Diego's Johnny Dee, Saint Mary's Brad Waldow and Gonzaga's Sam Dower.

For the full list of award winners and all four WCC All-Conference teams, visit CollegeSportsMadness.com