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May 18, 2017 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell on May 18, 2017 at 11:41 am | Updated: May 18, 2017 1:24 pm

BIG DANCE(RS): March Madness for college basketball is known as the "Big Dance." Similarly, the field of 64 for the NCAA Road to Omaha could be termed as filling out a dance card.  BYU has its own dancers, at least three of them. Daniel Schneemann was a member of the dance choir in high school. Scheemann claims dance-off wins against teammate Keaton Kringlen in locker room competitions.

HUSH, HUSH: Last month Casey Jacobsen was on deck, trying to concentrate on his upcoming at bat at No. 19 San Diego where the Cougars had never won until taking two of three in the series at USD. Jacobsen kept hearing a fan call out "hey, 16" as he was taking his practice cuts. The exasperated fan's voice sounded familiar, so Jacobsen finally turned around when that fan said something like, "You think you're too good for us?" Jacobsen turned around to see it was one of his three cousins who had driven from nearby Mission Viejo, California.

ARMS IN THE DNA: Catcher Bronson Larsen's fiancée Kelsey has a cannon of an arm due to years of playing softball at Northridge High School in Layton, Utah. "When I go home on weekends she always wants to play catch," said Larsen. Larsen's Dad was among five fathers who demonstrated a good arm when the quintet threw the game's first pitches on Senior Day against Portland. Keaton Cenatiempo's father, who played baseball at four different colleges ( Riverside CC, Ricks College, Washington State and Briar Cliff in Iowa) also threw a strike to his son on Senior Day. "I still hold the ball the same way he taught me to throw a curve when I was younger," said Cenatiempo.

ANOTHER ENGAGEMENT: Second baseman, sometimes outfielder, Brennon Anderson recently joined teammates Bronson Larsen and Keaton Kringlen in the engaged ranks for summer weddings. After sweeping Saint Mary's last month, on the day prior to playing Oregon, Anderson finished watching the LDS General Conference Sunday afternoon session to record this video proposal to his  fiancée to whom he was first introduced by former Cougar Court Iorghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcD-E7u6HUY

SIGNED BALL: Ben Huff from Perry, Utah texted his father from the Salt Lake Airport, telling him he was on the same flight as the BYU baseball team. Huff's father is a huge Cougar fan and asked him to get something signed by the team. Pitcher Brady Corless volunteered to give Huff a baseball which several teammates signed while waiting to board the flight.

ANOTHER SUMMER ASSIGNMENT: Freshman catcher David Clawson will be playing this summer on the six-time National Champion Santa Barbara Foresters wood-bat team in California.

REFEREES: Eight associates of Coach Mike Littlewood came in for an annual gathering during the Portland series last weekend to continue to be supportive of him. Among them was Highland High School math teacher Scott Thornley, who played football at Idaho State with BYU pitcher Bo Burrup's grandfather.  Littlewood officiated NCAA basketball for 16 years, including three NCAA Sweet 16 and two Elite 8 appearances and was scheduled to work the 2013 NCAA Final Four when BYU hired him as its baseball coach.  Thornley has worked the Final Fours and another of the eight gathered last weekend worked last month's Final Four in Phoenix.  The eight played golf last week in Provo in addition to attending the games and one of them yelled out from the stands on one occasion to the umpire crew who made a questionable call Littlewood had protested.

MORE ON FINAL FOUR:  Two of the handful of BYU home baseball games missed by BYU baseball sports information director Ralph Zobell in his 40-plus years on the job was last month's finale of the Saint Mary's series and the Oregon while he was attending the men's basketball NCAA Final Four in Phoenix where a roaming Newsweek reporter accidently found Zobell as a fan with his brothers high up in the stands instead of on press row.  You can read about the Zobell two-thirds of the way down in this Newsweek story: http://www.newsweek.com/ncaa-basketball-football-stadiums-578893 Zobell will be attending his first College World Series next month on opening day when he receives the Wilbur Snypp Award http://www.sportswriters.net/ncbwa/news/2017/snypp170209.html where former BYU baseball coaches Glen Tuckett and Gary Pullins will also be in attendance for annual meetings as members of the board for the American Baseball Coaches Association.

POSSIBLE SITES: Depending on the publication, BYU has been projected to play in one of the following cities for NCAA postseason should the Cougars win the automatic berth: Corvallis, Oregon; Fullerton, California; Lubbock, Texas; or Tucson, Arizona.
 
RANKINGS: A couple of comments from unknowing fans have "poo-pooed" BYU being ranked in some obscure or made up poll in reference to the Cougars consecutive No. 18 rankings by Collegiate Baseball magazine found at http://baseballnews.com/ The Tucson, Arizona-based publication has been around for over 40 years, long before other outlets existed. 
 
FIRST PLACINGS: The current first place finish is the 15th in school history and the second in the West Coast Conference. For a tally of the two titles won in the Mountain West Conference, the eight Western Athletic Conference titles and the three Skyline Conference titles, see BYU, game notes for the Gonzaga series on page 4 http://byucougars.com/files/byu_at_gonzaga.pdf