Men's Baseball Blog

Wes Guenther

Nov 20, 2011 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 11:03 am | Permalink

Wes Guenther showing a little girl from church how to win her game.

First Batting Practice

Nov 19, 2011 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 7:21 pm | Permalink

The Cougars warming up in their first batting practice in the Dominican Republic.

Adam Miller

Nov 19, 2011 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 7:17 pm | Updated: November 20, 2011 11:12 am | Permalink

Adam Miller with some of the many local children who came to watch today's practice in the Dominican Republic.

Coach Law and his wife, Sharon, following today's batting practice

Nov 19, 2011 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 7:15 pm | Permalink

Coach Law and his wife, Sharon, following today's BP.

Day 1: The Arrival

Nov 19, 2011 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 2:08 pm | Permalink

After nine hours of flight time and a three hour delay in New York, we've arrived safely in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Despite the lack of sleep from traveling through the night, the team is very excited to be here. After grabbing a bite to eat they'll hit the practice field for a little bp. Anxious to start doing work in the DR! Photo to come soon, says Jen.

Ready To Land In Santo Domingo

Nov 19, 2011 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 10:49 am | Updated: November 19, 2011 3:33 pm | Permalink

It snowed last night in Provo for the first time this school year, but the Cougar baseball team is ready to land in warm Santo Domingo where it is currently 84 degrees.  After a light workout this afternoon and Church meetings tomorrow morning, next on the agenda are Sunday evening's firesides.  The team will split into two groups for the firesides.

At the Institute Building in Santo Domingo with Coach Vance Law are Wes Guenther (served mission to Chile), Brock Whitney (Mexico), Adam Miller (Mexico), Marc Oslund (North Carolina), David Parry (Argentina) and Adam Law (Zimbabwe).

Going to Higüey with assistant coach  Ryan Roberts are Chase Frampton (Dominican Republic & Long Beach, Calif.), Stephen Wells (Puerto Rico), Alex Wolfe (Puerto Rico), Tyler Westensee (Peru) and Daniel Welch (Brazil).

Flying to the Dominican Republic

Nov 18, 2011 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 12:05 pm | Updated: November 29, 2011 5:27 pm | Permalink

Thirty three members of the team flew out tonight via New York for Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.  We will be getting periodic updates throughout the coming week courtesy of Jennifer Funkhouser who works in the BYU Athletic Department's NCAA Compliance Office.  She is making the trip.

For BYU Coach Vance Law, this is his fourth trip to the Dominican Republic, having played off-seasons for two of his Major League years there.

Go to facebook at:  http://www.facebook.com/dominicanbaseballcamp and click "Like" and have friends and families do the same to follow the trip where scores, photos and daily updates on Facebook will be posted.

Here is the link showing photos of the Cougars packing donated equipment they will be distributing in the Dominican Republic. Copies of these photos can be obtained through http://photo.byu.edu/
 
Courtesy of Sam LeBeau, who is the local tour director for the Cougars while in the Dominican Republic, here are directions to each of the venues where BYU will be playing.
 
Monday vs. YANKEES: Texas and Yankees are both in Boca Chica.  Take the Autopista from Santo Domingo to Boca Chica.  Drive past the Shell Gas Station and the BHD Bank.  About 1/2 mile past the gas station, take the ramp exit to the right.  At the top of the ramp, turn left and go across the bridge over the Autopista.  Continue for about a mile and the Yankees complex is on the right.  It is before the cemetery.  It is not marked but has a gray and white painted entrance.  After turning right, you go about 1/2 mile down a gravel road to enter the complex.
 
Tuesday vs. RANGERS: Follow the same direction as the Yankees, but continue past the Grey/White, but do not turn right at the Grey and White Yankees entrance.  Instead, continue past the cemetery and go another 1/2 mile.  You will see the Florida Marlins Complex on the right.  Turn into the Marlins’ complex.  The Texas Complex is at the back of the Marlins complex
 
Thursday vs. RED SOX: An easy way from Santo Domingo is to take the Autopista to the new highway (Samana exit) and take it north to the San Isidro exit and go east. At that intersection, there is a huge warehouse on the SE corner. The Red Sox Academy is a mile or two on the right. The Royals Academy would be another mile after that and turn left at the Colmado Pirula (this is a dirt road). Go about a mile until you come to the first 4-way intersection (another dirt road) and take a left. go 1/2 mile to the academy.
 
Friday vs. ROYALS: An easy way from Santo Domingo is to take the Autopista to the new highway (Samana exit) and take it north to the San Isidro exit and go east. At that intersection, there is a huge warehouse on the SE corner. The Red Sox Academy is a mile or two on the right. The Royals Academy would be another mile after that and turn left at the Colmado Pirula (this is a dirt road). Go about a mile until you come to the first 4-way intersection (another dirt road) and take a left. Go 1/2 mile to the academy.

New Features on the Site

Nov 17, 2011 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 9:07 am | Updated: November 29, 2011 5:10 pm | Permalink

Since the launch of the new BYUcougars.com during the summer, the site has been updated and new features have been added and there is more to come. Here is a list of a few updates, related specifically to Cougar baseball:

  • In the News Presented by the Daily Herald: This section is available for all sports and it provides links to local and national stories about BYU athletics.
  • The baseball list is very comprehensive and will be throughout the season.
  • Schedules: The schedules for the current seasons include more info that before, including links to every way to follow the game, including TV, radio, live audio, live video and live stats. Note there are several games which will be broadcast live by BYUtv and on the radio with veteran broadcaster Brent Norton.
  • Season Statistics: Season stats have been added for many seasons, including 1983 when BYU was ranked No. 1. 
  • Archives: Under BSB on the menu for the baseball page, you'll find 'Archives' as an option.

We hope you've been enjoying BYUcougars.com and know there are more additions coming to baseball and other areas of the site. We'd also like to hear from you. Let me know if you have any ideas for the site by emailing me atralph_zobell@byu.edu.