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October baseball blog

Oct 03, 2016 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell on October 3, 2016 at 12:18 pm | Updated: March 20, 2017 9:08 pm

UPCOMING SCRIMMAGES:  On Saturday, Oct. 8, BYU has a 14-inning (yes, 14 innings) baseball exhibition at 10 a.m. ET at Michigan State’s at McLane Stadium, and the Cougar football team plays MSU at 3:30 p.m. ET. Fans can listen live to the play-by-play of the BYU-MSU baseball scrimmage through this link.

On Friday, Oct. 14 at 4 p.m., it will be the annual Blue/White game at Miller Park. On Thursday, Oct. 27, BYU will have a scrimmage with Salt Lake Community College.

GOLF OUTING:  More than 50 former BYU baseball players participated in last month’s annual golf tournament at TalonsCove Golf Course in Saratoga Springs prior to having an alumni game and attending the UCLA-BYU football game. The foursome of Todd & Tyson Rogers, Perry Bronson and Kendrick Martinez won the scramble.

GOLF STORIES: Here are some stories picked up prior to players’ foursomes teeing off at TalonsCove.  Former catcher Lars Birkland was joined by his brother Brett, who ran track for BYU from 2009-2010. Former catcher/DH Michael Davies retired just shy of 20 years with the U.S. Department of Defense where he learned Korean and Chinese. Davies, who interned with BYU Athletic Media Relations, now has more hair in his beard than he had on his head as a player. 

MORE GOLF STORIES: Former KSL-TV news anchor and BYU pitcher Scott Haws uses his talents now to pitch multimillion dollar homes for Narr8media.  Former All-American outfielder Ben Saylor still teaches hitting lessons and sells educational tools called Tales4Teaching. Former relief pitcher J.D. Stambaugh flew in from Memphis, Tennessee, where he is a financial planner for Raymond James & Associates and attended last year’s BYU baseball series at Samford in Alabama.

BROADCASTER BRENT: Brent Norton says he plans to do BYU radio play-by-play broadcasts for his 25th year, including some games from the UC Santa Barbara series and the recently announced Oregon game in Provo. Norton also adds the recent golf scramble had a “nice touch,” where he was paired with Spencer Linton, the BYUtv voice of Cougar baseball and long-time BYU baseball player Jeff Bills and his coach Glen Tuckett, who combined for 13-under, but “out of the money.”

ALUMNI GAME: There were enough former players on hand to field teams for an alumni game, which was won 3-1 thanks to a two-run homer by Brock Whitney. Among those who played in that alumni game were pitchers Mark Anderson, Paul Jacinto, Anthony Bingham and Brandon Kinser (who touched 89 mph), who paid the price the next day for throwing so many pitches. Also playing in that game were former players Kevin Bills, Brandon Taylor, Kory Knell, Ryan Chambers, Lars Birkland, Michel Bergeron and Jake Stubblefield.

MARRIED LAST SUMMER:  Five current Cougars got married over the summer: Tanner Chauncey, Brock Hale, Mason Marshall, Kendall Motes and Jordan Wood.

DATE SET FOR JANUARY BANQUET: Make plans to attend the Annual First Pitch Dinner on Jan. 27 (Friday) at the NuSkin Building.

DIPLOMA: Assistant Coach Brent Haring spoke last month at the Pleasant Grove High School Seminary FEAST (“friends eating and sharing testimonies”).  At the beginning of his remarks, he mentioned one of his regrets was that he did not graduate from Seminary.  Haring got surprised when former BYU pitcher Marc Oslund, who teaches at that Seminary, presented him with a diploma signed by Oslund.