Bus Trip to Pepperdine
Three weeks ago BYU was notified its flight plans to California were scrubbed by the airlines. The Cougars left this morning on their longest bus trip of the season. Prior to this bus trip, the longest bus trip of the season was a couple-hour ride from Tulsa to No. 4 Arkansas.
Guenther Cleared to Play
BYU senior co-captain Wes Guenther was cleared to play for this week’s three-game series at Pepperdine.
Guenther got an early initiation last night for hopeful enrollment in dental school. He had to be scratched from the starting lineup at the last minute due to an errant throw which hit him in the mouth on the final play of infield workouts prior to the Southern Utah game. Team dentist Dr. Greg Pitts, a former defensive lineman for BYU, made an after-hours visit to Guenther during the game.
Guenther is on the Johnny Bench Watch List.
Guenther’s wife, Christen, is competing in the pole vault this weekend at the Georgia Tech Invitational.
Freshman Tanner Chauncey made this week’s trip, but it is not certain whether he can play. Chauncey reinjured his hamstring last week after his leadoff at bat in the first inning in the Utah Valley game. Last Saturday he opened up his mission call delivered by his parents who drove up from Las Vegas. Chauncey will be serving in the Brazil Joao Pessoa mission and is one of four Cougars who have received calls this season thus far on the team.
Matthew Hutchings is going to Germany, and Mason Marshall and Travis Stacey are going to the Philippines.
A BYU Cougar From Pepperdine
BYU pitching coach Wally Ritchie graduated twice from Pepperdine. After retiring from pro baseball in 1998, Ritchie earned his bachelor of science degree in business management in 2000 at Pepperdine University. He also earned a MBA in finance and strategic planning from Pepperdine in 2002. Ritchie pitched at BYU as a freshman in 1984 before transferring to Glendale Community College and then being drafted in the fourth round of MLB 1985 by the Philadelphia Phillies. You may have seen Ritchie's convertible with the license plate "Lefty," parked outside Miller Park.
Possible Radio Broadcast Delay
The online streaming of Thursday and Friday's BYU-Pepperdine series could be joined in progress if the BYU softball games run longer at the Western Athletic Conference Tournament in Las Cruces, N.M. Should that happen, those listening on the Internet will be able to listen to Brent Norton and BYU baseball as soon as those softball games are completed.
Broken Bat Tally
The count is now up to 17 broken bats for BYU’s team, (see blog posting on Seattle Trip). Freshman designated hitter Jarrett Jarvis broke one last Saturday and was holding a teammate’s broken bat in pre-game last night.
Equipment Donated for Pitch-In
Last week BYU collected items (balls, bats, gloves, catcher's gear, helmest, etc.) during the series with San Diego towards the Pitch-in for Baseball. Adding to those donations was equipment the Cougars were not able to take on last November’s trip to the Dominican Republic. Pitch-in for Baseball is a foundation that facilitates baseball gear donation to needy communities around the world. Fans attending the BYU games at Pepperdine can donate to this cause because this is the designated weekend for the Waves to host this collection.
BYU’s Perfect Game
Since the last blog posting, an account and box score have been posted of the only perfect game thrown in BYU history. Bobby Noel, now serving his third mission after retiring as BYU’s pitching coach—this time in Washington D.C., threw the perfect game in 1961 vs. Montana.