Men's Baseball Blog | 2014

June Baseball Blog

Jun 03, 2014 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 8:34 am | Updated: June 8, 2014 5:40 pm | Permalink

VOTE FOR LOPEZ: Cast your vote on Facebook for Cougar designated hitter Bret Lopez to become The Fan’s Choice Award champion honored at the 2014 TD Ameritrade Home Run Derby, airing Thursday, July 3 on ESPN at 8:30 p.m. ET. While Lopez, the past co-chair of the Cougar Athletic Council, is not hitting in the derby, the only way he can get to Omaha is through your vote to help him win. Round 1 voting will take place from 12:00 pm CT on May 27 until 11:59 am CT on June 9. The top 10 vote-getters will advance to the next round.  Round 2 voting will take place from 12:00 pm CT on June 9 until 11:59 am CT on June 16. The top 4 vote-getters will advance to Round 3.  Round 3 voting will take place from 12:00 pm CT on June 16 until 11:59 am CT on June 23.

LITTLEWOOD’S BIG BAT: While in Portland last month when the Cougars swept the season-ending series, Coach Mike Littlewood was searching for a copy of Sports Illustrated which chronicled his son’s part in one of the biggest rallies in minor league history. That copy of Sports Illustrated featured Milwaukee’s Carlos Gomez on the cover, but in the Rockies, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durrant was on the cover. The account said “…it was 17-13, one out, bases loaded, catcher Marcus Littlewood coming up. His wife, Nicole (her name is actually Morgan and she plays for BYU’s women’s tennis team), standing behind home plate, pressed record on her iPad. Littlewood did not feel nervous. He envisioned a single up the middle. And then the 2-1 pitch came in, a fastball up in the zone. He swung. "Drilled out to deep centerfield," Cheyne Reiter, the LumberKings' radio announcer said, beginning to lose his voice. "Back near the track, at the wall, THAT BALL IS GONE! ARE YOU KIDDING ME? A GRAND SLAM. MARCUS LITTLEWOOD. WE'RE TIED UP 17-17!"

COACH WATCHES SON: With the Cougars not qualifying for the West Coast Conference Tournament in Stockton, Calif., Coach Littlewood took advantage of that time and traveled to watch his son Marcus play five games in the Midwest. One of those games was against former Cougar Jacob Hannemann who had dinner with the coach.

COUGAR IN OMAHA: Former BYU coach Glen Tuckett is a long-time member of the American Baseball Coaches Association Board of Directors and as such often attends the College World Series. This year Tuckett is taking his oldest grandson along to attend the opening ceremonies on Friday and watch two of the CWS games on Saturday.

BYU BASEBALL CAMPS: June 23 marks the start of four baseball camps for BYU’s coaches.

SUMMER ASSIGNMENTS: One of the Cougars not playing summer baseball is relief pitcher Brandon Kinser who has a summer job doing sales for Direct TV in the Kansas City, Missouri area. Other Cougars are playing for the:

May Baseball Blog

May 01, 2014 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 10:09 pm | Updated: June 3, 2014 9:40 am | Permalink

GRADUATION: Chris Howard (exercise science), Chunner Nyberg and Desmond Poulson (both in sociology) and former Cougar pitcher Marc Oslund (humanities) all graduated last month from BYU. Oslund is now teaching LDS Seminary classes and has his eye on getting a doctorate in North Carolina where he served as a missionary. In June, Howard will join former Cougar athletes Cameron Jensen, Mike Hague and Chris Collingsworth working for Nuvi.

MORE ON OSLUND: Oslund takes a turn as color analyst for BYU radio broadcasts while play-by-play announcer Brent Norton is absent. Norton's fill-in for the first couple games in May will be Robbie Bullough, voice of BYU softball games on TheW.tv and baseball paly-by-play in previous Cougars seasons on BYUtv.

MORE ON TV: The Tuesday game vs. Utah in May will be televised on KBYU-TV because of BYUtv's commitment to the Granite Flats series. The talent for BYU’s Friday game at Portland is Steve Quis and Keith Ramsey. Ramsey is a former University of Florida pitcher who threw a perfect game in 2004 amidst an 11-year minor league career with the Cleveland Indians. Quis calls play-by-play for the Los Angeles Angels games.

MISSIONS: Mission calls announced last month were Mackay Jacobsen to Louisville, Kentucky and Hayden Parker to El Salvador/San Salvador/Belize. Both report to the Missionary Training Center in July.

ENGAGED: Outfielder Andy Isom got engaged last month to BYU soccer player Taylor Campbell and will be married this July.

DADDY IN NOVEMBER: Relief pitcher Brandon Kinser proudly announced he will become a father this November when his wife gives birth to their first child.

NELSON SURGERY: Junior pitcher Rhett Nelson had surgery the end of last month to remove a bone fragment.

MORE BASEBALL: After this season concludes, games will continue this summer for Brennon Lund who will play with Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox; Eric Urry will play with Arik Mack for the DC Grays; CJ Latham will play with Hayden Rogers for the Santa Barbara Forresters; and Trace Hansen will play for the Woodstock River Bandits.

DOUBLE EAGLE: Shortstop Hayden Nielsen is one of 10 players on the BYU roster who have earned the Eagle Scout award, but he has waited a couple years for the official presentation of that badge so that he could join his younger brother Jade as part of a double Eagle ceremony in Spanish Fork after this season concludes. Jade just finished the paperwork for the Eagle Scout Award, then will graduate from high school and turn in his mission papers.

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.

March Baseball Blog

Mar 04, 2014 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 1:51 pm | Updated: March 6, 2014 11:41 am | Permalink

DEVOTIONAL IN LOUISIANA: On Saturday, March 8, at 11 a.m., BYU's baseball team will speak at a morning devotional in Louisiana prior to playing the fourth game in a series at Nicholls State that evening at 6 p.m.

NEW OFFICE DIGS: Finishing touches are nearly complete on a new office for Coach Mike Littlewood. No longer will the head coach have to share a room with his assistants now that a private office has been added next door. A separate room to break down video and films for scouting reports and team analysis was also included in the expansion. On the softball side, Coach Gordon Eakin has a private office now that an office has been added for his assistants Kristin Delahoussaye Morrison and Pete Meredith.

ROYAL BLUE JERSEYS: For the Utah game BYU donned Royal Blue uniforms, batting helmets and a matching cap. The throw-back uniforms were done to inspire alumni and remind the team of past tradition.

MLB JERSEYS: As part of the renovation on the ground level of Miller Park, BYU's coaches added framed jerseys on the tunnel adjacent to the locker room for past Major League Baseball players Jeremy Guthrie (Cleveland Indians), Kevin Towers (San Diego Padres), Dane Iorg (St. Louis Cardinals), Vance Law (Montreal Expos) and 1960 Cy Young winner Vernon Law (Pittsburgh Pirates).

CHARADES IN RAIN: During the rain delay between BYU and Seattle in St. George, both teams provided entertainment. Jeff Barker and Tyler Kendrick reversed their uniforms, wearing pants over their heads and jerseys as substitute pants. The two looked like they were running upside down on their hands and arms as they dashed from the dugout into the outfield at Bruce Hurst Field. Barker had previously performed this stunt during summer ball rain delays in Southern California and a couple years ago when he played for future BYU assistant coach Brent Haring in Virginia.

Seattle's team countered by gathering in a circle to watch a mock wrestling match between two teammates. The Cougars then formed their own circle watching a skinny bare-chested Kendrick pretend he was exercising on a body blade machine. As Kendrick ducked out of sight, a bare-chested muscular Bryan Heward stood up to show the benefits of weightlifting.

Here you can view a past rain delay charades involving BYU baseball.

GRADUATION: Next month on April 24-25, Chris Howard (exercise science), Chunner Nyberg and Desmond Poulson  both in sociology will be walking through BYU graduation exercises along with former Cougar pitcher Marc Oslund ( Interdisciplinary Humanities).

MARRIAGE DURING BREAK: During the week of BYU final exams next month, BYU baseball will not be playing any games between April 19-29. It ended up being a perfect time for Coach Mike Littlewood, whose daughter Mica will be married to Andrew Condos in the Salt Lake Temple.

SUPER PREPS: In the USA Today Super 25 preseason high school poll Bishop Gorman High of Las Vegas was ranked No. 12, Flower Mound High in Texas was No. 16 and ThunderRidge High in Colorado was No. 45. Those schools are familiar to BYU baseball because current Cougars CJ Latham and Mackay Jacobsen played at Bishop Gorman and Flower Mound, respectively last season. And future Cougar pitcher A. J. Jones who signed last November plays on the ThunderRidge team. 

TUCKETT'S TOUR: Former BYU baseball coach and athletic director Glen Tuckett will join some of his former players Jeff Bills, Tom Fife, Gary Pullins and Mike Staffieri again this year in California. Glen and his "boys" will take in Bay Area site and the BYU baseball games in San Francisco, the last of which is at the home of the Giants, AT&T Ballpark.

THE W.tv: Earlier this month BYU made its baseball debut against Utah on the W.tv, an audio stream which will have play-by-play from veteran BYU baseball announcer Brent Norton. Norton will also call the play-by-play for KOVO 960 AM. The Cougars will be on The W.tv against Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara in Provo as well as at Portland when Norton will not be the "voice." Of course, the Cougars have the best of both worlds with Norton providing radio play-by-play for all of BYU's league games and many games being televised live and replayed on BYUtv.

KOVO STREAM: We are grateful to BYU fan Daniel Ormsby from Odessa, Texas who wrote last month that "960 AM began streaming last year online. All you do is open up that link and then click the 960 AM stream. It will have all the BYU baseball games on 960 AM available."

PA ANNOUNCER: Jan Davis is the new public address announcer for BYU baseball, replacing former Cougar Brock Lucker who moved on. Davis is the father of BYU baseball trainer Alex Davis. So you might hear a proud tone in dad's voice when he announces the starting lineup for the Cougars along with the coaching staff and its baseball trainer.

February Baseball Blog

Feb 16, 2014 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 9:02 pm | Updated: March 6, 2014 11:19 am | Permalink

GRANDPA LITTLEWOOD: Add a new title to coach Mike Littlewood, who became a grandpa hours before his team left with him for the season opener in Arizona. Littlewood’s son Tyson is the proud papa of a daughter named Capri. Last month Coach Littlewood spoke at the 10-year reunion of one of his Dixie College teams and at the Utah High School Coaches Association.

LOPEZ CRIB SHEETS: In addition to scouting reports, BYU senior Bret Lopez is the recipient of a manila envelope each trip, prepared by his wife, Taryn. The tradition began when they were dating, but the Arizona trip marked the first packet Bret received from Taryn since they were married last May. Inside each envelope is a “scouting report” of the community where Bret and the Cougars are playing. For instance, on one trip last year Bret learned through the packet that the school they were playing was the oldest institution west of the Mississippi. Population and other interesting bits of trivia are enclosed to help Bret learn more of the environment.

JOINING LOPEZ: Junior Andy Isom along with Bret Lopez and teammate Hayden Nielsen, are members of the Cougar Council, representing BYU baseball among the student-athletes. Because Lopez is the co-chair of that council, baseball was allowed to add Isom as a second team representative.

HERNANDEZ REDSHIRTING: Catcher Dakota Hernandez made a decision at the end of last month to redshirt this season. The junior had off-season surgery on his labrum after rebounding from a broken thumb midseason last year. The Cougars are three-deep at catcher with junior Jarrett Jarvis the most experienced, backed by JC transfer Bo Fisher and true freshman Bronson Larsen. Also redshirting this season is pitcher Michael Rucker, a transfer from Gonzaga, due to NCAA rules.

LUND KUDOS: Freshman outfielder Brennon Lund was tapped twice by Perfect Game magazine in preseason mention. Lund was picked as the West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year and listed No. 43 in its top 100 freshmen in the country.

AFTER KANSAS TO ARKANSAS: Junior third baseman Dillon Robinson is making a return trip to Arkansas. In 2012 Robinson started in the first of two games at No. 4 Arkansas. This summer he will be returning for a 10-week internship with Walmart. As part of that preparation, Robinson read the biography of Sam Walton. Of course, it helped that Robinson had a cumulative 3.53 GPA, is majoring in finance and that a former player of BYU assistant coach Brent Haring had a key acquaintance in the Walmart hierarchy who had played for him at Harding University in Arkansas.

TEXAS TOAST: This week BYU plays at the Kleberg Bank Classic in Corpus Christi, Texas. Freshmen Mackay Jacobsen, Tyler Kendrick and Hayden Parker all live within 20 minutes of each other in Texas. Kendrick’s father Peter made the trip with his wife last week to Arizona where the former Cougar All-American played at that same Peoria Sports Complex as a minor leaguer. Peter also had a reunion with fellow battery-mate David “Boy” Eldredge, whose son was a senior catcher for Kansas.

ARIZONA FIRESIDE: BYU’s baseball players spoke and sang at a fireside for the Glendale North, Glendale and Peoria Stakes in addition to playing Kansas on its Arizona trip. Bishop Ted Heid of the Sunburst Ward conducted and helped host the Cougars on their four-day trip. Heid is the Seattle Mariners' Director of Pacific Rim Scouting.

One of shortstop Hayden Nielsen’s grandmothers played the piano while the team sang “We’ll Bring the World His Truth.” Arizonans Eric Urry and Hayden Rogers, both returned missionaries, joined senior co-captain Chris Howard and Coach Mike Littlewood as the main speakers. From an overflow chapel of youths, questions were submitted and answered by Cougars Mackay Jacobsen, Nielsen, Andy Isom, Howard and Brandon Kinser and assistant coach Brent Haring.

Urry quoted 2 Nephi 31:20 and told of looking for promised blessings. He told an analogy of riding a bike, using three principles. 1) Keep on moving forward, never slowing down or stopping. 2) Keep on pedaling, endure to the end and draw strength from it. 3) Move as straight as possible without making any sudden deviation.

Rogers told how he could hear the calm voice of his high school coach above the noise of the crowd. “How was I able to hear his voice so easily? We prepared in practice.” He told of how we need to listen to the small, distinct voice amidst so many distractions. He quoted Mosiah 2:41.

Howard talked about how he was baptized last December. His parents and girlfriend were in attendance at the fireside. He told of how he hadn’t always made good choices and had been suspended for 25 games as a junior. He talked about the importance of being an example. He quoted 1 Timothy 4:12. Later when questioned, he told of how he had committed to attend Creighton University while in high school, but they later pulled their offer.

Littlewood quoted Joshua 24:15 and told of how his wife listened with their son to a CD that had a catchy beat, but had bad words. He told of them teaching their son that subtly those words are going into his subconscious. He referred to seeing the light in the distance of the Manti Temple while driving in a dark night.

Haring answered a question about finding time to balance team and family amidst stress and told of the wives that supported the coaches and staff. Jacobsen answered a question about scripture study. Nielsen answered a question about qualities needed to be a co-captain. Isom answered a question about having a balance between school and baseball and the importance of having a plan. Kinser answered a question about the importance of serving a mission, to not look at it being a stumbling block, rather as a stepping stone.

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.