Men's Baseball Blog | March 2012

Nevada Baseball Trip

Mar 28, 2012 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 4:38 pm | Updated: July 6, 2012 9:24 am | Permalink
  • As the bus readied to roll out of the Miller Park lot this afternoon to the Salt Lake City airport for the baseball team flying to Reno, Nevada, Thursday’s starting pitcher Chris Capper came by sporting a well-groomed mustache. “It’s Mustache March,” said Capper, who pointed out that teammates Chris Howard and Mason Marshall also have grown mustaches.  “If I do well, I’m going to keep it.”  Here’s hoping Capper gets his long-awaited first victory in his sixth start so that we can enjoy “Ambience April.”
  • Just before the team departed, catcher Wes Guenther and his wife Christen, a pole-vaulter for BYU’s women’s track and field team, did an interview with a BYU Daily Universe reporter.
  • Not on the bus to Reno was assistant baseball coach Ryan Roberts who was in Arizona recruiting before he joins the team in Nevada.
  • The altitude at Reno, Nevada is 4,400 feet above sea level.  BYU is at 4,553 feet, while the next highest altitude in the West Coast Conference is 1,843 feet at Gonzaga.  In the Mountain West Conference, BYU played at the Air Force Academy 7,258 feet, New Mexico 5,000 feet, and against Utah in Salt Lake City at 4,500 feet.
  • When the Cougars return from Reno, left-handed pitcher Daniel Welch will be doing an interview all in Portuguese next week for BYU International TV.  Welch served a mission to Brazil, as have seven former Cougar baseball players.
  • Here’s more specifics on the mission call reliever Mason Marshall opened earlier this week.  Marshall reports to the Missionary Training Center on July 18 and will be serving in the Philippines Cauayan Mission.  Marshall picked up his fourth save last night in the 9-8 victory at Utah, while fellow reliever Marc Oslund earned the win.  Oslund remarked before getting on the bus for the Nevada trip that he was pleased the Utah public address announcer properly pronounced his name as Ohs-lund instead of Oz-lund.
  • FYI, the BYU-Nevada games will not be broadcast by BYU Radio 960 AM, but will be available through Nevada's live audio, video and livestats. However, the live video is a pay account.
  • Forgot to mention that last week, BYU November signee Hayden Nielsen of Spanish Fork threw a perfect game in a 16-0 win vs. North Sanpete High School.  At last night's BYU-Utah game, current Cougar reserve catcher Jarrett Jarvis, a teammate of Nielsen's last year at SFHS, said he was aware of Nielsen's perfect game and that Jarvis had also caught a perfect game while in a Don uniform.
  • A note from a former Cougar relief specialist, Josh Barrett, who had seven saves in his BYU career from 2004-2006.  Barrett recently wrote, “ I'm living in the UK getting an MBA from the University of Oxford. I have a son now.  Life is good!”

Oregon Baseball Trip

Mar 22, 2012 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 3:23 am | Updated: March 23, 2012 9:26 am | Permalink

BYU's baseball team flew to Oregon yesterday, but Thursday's baseball game with the University of Portland has been postponed to Friday due to rain.

The Pilots and Cougars are scheduled to now play a doubleheader on Friday at the newly-opened Hilken Stadium.  Hilken Stadium is at Concordia University in Portland, one of at least seven four-year schools with the name Concordia--others are located in New York, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Chicago and Texas.

Saturday's action will not be at Hilken Stadium due to the high demand of soccer for that facility, rather is scheduled for Joe Etzel Field.  For a better look at Hilken Stadium check out this link, where you will notice that the area around the batter's box is even astro-turf.

Speaking of Hilken Stadium, if you look at the link for it on our schedule, you can see the satellite photo which shows it as a pre-construction site. By linking to the specific game, you can also see the current and projected weather forecast for Portland.  Earlier this week, the Pilots were rained out of a scheduled contest against the University of Hawai`i, en route to games for the Rainbows at Gonzaga.

Friday's first game at 11 a.m. PDT will not be broadcast live locally in Utah on Radio 960 AM by Brent Norton.  Game one is scheduled to have a live audio stream from the crew at the University of Portland (all of the Pilot games will have live stats and live audio, but we encourage you to listen to BYU Radio when it is carrying the games).

Norton intends to join that game in progress around 1 p.m., PDT, then call the entire action of game two of that doubleheader, starting around 2 p.m., PDT.  When Norton is on the air this weekend for games two and three, they will also be broadcast live worldwide on BYU Radio - Sirius XM 143. Norton will be joined by former BYU baseball coach Gary Pullins, who is driving up from Klamath Falls, Oregon where he has been assisting his in-laws.

Because of the weather delays, there will now not be any of the three scheduled BYU-Portland games streamed live on video as originally announced.

A couple of notes on the Cougar baseball team:

1) Jaycob Brugman and Alex Wolfe did interviews before the team left with KBYU 11 News; those interviews are scheduled to air live on Friday at noon MDT and will be available on archived video after that newscast.

2) Mission calls; freshman relief pitcher Mason Marshall (who has high school baseball teammats currently playing in North Carolina, at Utah Valley University and Northwestern College in Rangely, Colo.) received his mission call, but plans to await opening it until he returns from the Oregon trip. Teammate Travis Stacey has received his mission call to The Philippines.

3) This Tuesday's Deseret Duel with the University of Utah is at 6 p.m., at Spring Mobile Ballpark in Salt Lake City.  This is the first of thee games with Utah this season (April 3 at Spring Mobile Ballpark and April 17 at Larry H. Miller Field), where the teams will battle for the baseball portion and the final three points in the overall Deseret Duel which has been clinched this year by BYU.  Currently the standings in the overall Deseret Duel are BYU 28, Utah 16.

4) Last Monday, Coach Vance Law and pitcher Mark Anderson were in the middle of the interviews shown on BYUtv's True Blue Show, which can be viewed on this archive link.

5) You can pick up more information like shortstop Tanner Chauncey being the grandson of BYU Hall of Famer Terry Tebbs, by reading the PDF game notes posted at the bottom of game previews.

Nebraska Baseball Trip

Mar 11, 2012 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 11:05 am | Updated: March 11, 2012 9:57 pm | Permalink

Update as of Sunday night, Coach Vance Law reports the team's flight is delayed until midnight out of Denver.

TD Ameritrade Park Omaha is the site of this year's College World Series (June 15-25/26) after years competing at Rosenblatt Stadium (where BYU played in the 1968 and 1971 College World Series; the Cougars had qualified to play in 1958 and 1961 but declined because of Sunday play). 

BYU gets its first game at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha on Tuesday against Creighton.

One of the new features on our website is that you can follow the link on our schedule page to get a map of how to find the ballpark and if you pursue that link, you can even find out what BYU's record is at the respective ballpark in past seasons  http://byucougars.com/schedule/m-baseball/2012.

Ironically, BYU plays Nebraska-Omaha on Monday at Creighton's CU Sports Complex, where BYU split a pair of games last year with Creighton.

This is BYU's first meeting with Nebraska-Omaha, who moved up from Division II to Division I this season.  The Cougar pitching rotation will be senior David Parry vs. Nebraska-Omaha on Monday and sophomore Desmond Poulson vs. Creighton on Tuesday.

The Cougars flew to Omaha, arriving late in the day,  after attending church services on Sunday after the weekend's three-game series at UC Irvine.

In Saturday's game at UC Irvine, BYU right fielder Jaycob Brugman picked up his first assist of the season.  Last year BYU's outfielders were among the nation's leaders in assists for outfielders.  Brugman even turned a doubleplay from the outfield last season and nearly got another on Saturday against the Anteaters.

The Nebraska trip concludes a 13-game span on the road as BYU readies to begin the home season this Saturday in a doubleheader against Seattle University starting at 1 p.m.  Both of the Seattle games in Provo will be televised live by BYUtv, part of the 14 BYU baseball games BYUtv will be televising this season.  The first game with Seattle will also be broadcast live on BYU Radio 960 AM with Brent Norton returns to calling the action again.

Norton reports he picked up a technology tip from the parents of Chase Frampton who taught him how to download the application "Tuneinradio" to his phone to listen to college radio broadcasts if they are on satellite.  Norton listened to game two at Arkansas on his cell phone.