Men's Baseball Blog

April baseball blog

Apr 02, 2013 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 3:28 pm | Updated: April 3, 2013 8:49 am | Permalink

MISSIONS, MISSIONS: There are 21 Catholic missions that were originally established in California. The West Coast Conference has schools in two of those cities Santa Clara (1777) and San Diego (1769).  While San Bernardino isn’t among those 21 missions, it is the headquarters where BYU freshman catcher Collin Braithwaite received his call last month to serve a mission starting this summer for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

MORE ON MISSIONS: This month walk-on Morgan Flinders will be leaving the squad to serve his mission to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

REUNION:  This week provides a reunion opportunity for former BYU baseball coach Glen Tuckett and three of his players who will rendezvous around the Bay Area.  Former BYU coach Gary Pullins (now living in Port Orford, Oregon), Dr. Tom Fife (now living in Merced, Calif.) and Jeff Bills, all of whom played for him, will join Tuckett.  The foursome will walk down memory lane, taking in a San Francisco Giants-Cardinals game and the three-game BYU-Santa Clara series.  Bills and Pullins have been color analysts for BYU play-by-play announcer Brent Norton.

MARRIAGE: On April 17, BYU reliever Derek Speigner plans to become the 10th player on the roster to get married.  Only three of these married players are not pitchers, so if Jaycob Brugman, Jarrett Jarvis and Brock Whitney were the only Cougars to score in a game, the Kansas radio announcer joked last month he could say, “Not a single BYU player scored in the game.”

GRADUATION: BYU graduation ceremonies are on April 25 when the Cougars play at Gonzaga. Cougar baseball players who could graduate this month are pitcher Matt Milke and Christian Mua, both of whom transferred to BYU from Southwest Community College last season and both of whom majored in global studies.  Also graduating will be Austin Hall (in exercise science) from last year’s baseball squad.

CALI-FOUR-NIA:  If it goes well for BYU this season, it could be one of four teams in the first West Coast Conference post-season tournament, May 23-25, in Stockton, Calif.  Earlier this season, the Cougars played at league favorite San Diego. This week’s Santa Clara series is the second visit to the Golden State. And a third trip to California is next month at Loyola Marymount.

TRIPLICATE: There were 11 triples belted by BYU baseball players last month, mostly from the team's "big 3" of Brugman (three), Jacob Hannemann (four) and Adam Law (three).  Hannemann (vs. UC Irvine) and Law (at Utah) tied the school record last month with two triples in one game. The other triple last month came from Braithwaite in his first college at bat.  There were two triples hit in February by the Cougars, can you name them?  Answer: Brugman and Brennon Anderson.

HOME RUN TROT: Last year BYU had not hit one home run until the last month of the season, ending the year with nine. Thus far this season, BYU has 10 dingers on record, led by Brugman’s three.

ON RADIO FROM SAN DIEGO: Last month BYU coach Mike Littlewood did another interview with KOVORadio on the road while in San Diego. Here are some excerpts from that interview:

"From day one we knew we were going to be a thin team. We have nine positions, but a couple guys are not swinging it too well right now. We're playing great defense and I love how we are competing. Every time we walk on the field we believe we can win.

"Jacob Hannemann is swinging the bat well. We like to see him drive the ball up the middle with his swing. He is getting better and better every game. We're going to ride him as long as we can. We talk about quick, fast-twitch muscle fiber, with his elbows, wrists and hands; he is so quick he can wait longer than the normal guy on pitches.  It's pretty incredible when you consider what he's doing.

"This morning I took (Desmond) Poulson, Braithwaite, Law and Coach (Brent) Haring to a morning side with a 5:15 wakeup call to speak to a Seminary group. This is what BYU is all about, communicating with young people. We had about 250 attend our fireside in Louisiana.

"The WCC is a great baseball conference. Every single night is a dog-fight."

March Baseball Blog

Mar 05, 2013 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 6:12 pm | Updated: March 7, 2013 8:57 am | Permalink

SAINTS: To start off the month of March, BYU opened its home season in St. George due to unplayable conditions at Larry H. Miller Field.  Following that St. George trip, BYU coach Mike Littlewood flew to St. Louis for a recruiting trip. And on that same weekend, second baseman Brennon Anderson opened his mission call for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Santiago, Chile.

UPSET AT LSU: When BYU upset No. 2 LSU (NCBWA, also No. 3 Collegiate Baseball & No. 10 Baseball America/USA Today) last month, 9-4, that news was “trending” for a while.  The tweet of the upset news was re-tweeted 40 times, second only to the 67 retweets earlier this year when Cougar gridders Cody Hoffman and Kyle Van Noy announced they were returning to BYU for senior seasons.

SAINTS IN LOUISIANA: Before upsetting LSU, BYU’s baseball team took time out to conduct a fireside where the speaker was BYU coach Mike Littlewood, followed by questions from youth at the fireside and answers.

While in Louisiana, BYU’s baseball team took a tour of the Marucci Bat Company where the CEO is Brett Stohlton (BYU MBA 2000) http://maruccisports.com/. The Cougars got to see how that company manufactures maple and aluminum bats.

Additionally, while in Louisiana BYU’s team ate at Mike Anderson’s restaurants where they were taught how to eat crawfish as they enjoyed Cajun cuisine.

MORE FISH: The Cougars ate at Ivar’s on the waterfront in Seattle after the team took a tour of Safeco Field, the home of the Seattle Mariners.  At Safeco Field the Cougars walked through he dugouts and clubhouse and saw the sectional lights used to grow grass faster in its “indoor” environment.

ON RADIO FROM SEATTLE: BYU coach Mike Littlewood was interviewed live on Utah radio station 960 AM, just prior to the first of two games at Seattle.  In that interview Littlewood described BYU’s upset at LSU: “It was an incredible day for us because of how we came back. We could have put our tails between our legs. It was a hallmark win for us.”

Littlewood continued about BYU’s season: “It’s been a process, there’s been a total buy-in. We teach the team to play hard and pay attention to details. That win (vs. LSU) showed us our potential and that’s the attitude we’re trying to bring to the program.

“We inherited strength and tremendous leadership, it’s not the first ‘rodeo’ for many of our players. The West Coast Conference is an incredible baseball league. Our weakness is our depth. We had four season-ending injuries (Marc Oslund, Chris Howard, Christian Mua and Dillon Robinson) and one career-ending injury (Daniel Sechrest).

“We’re on the cusp of getting over the hump and getting better. A bright spot is that we are going to be better each week. To be in the top four of the league is a realistic goal so that we can go to the conference tournament. Three of our high school recruits decided to go on missions after we signed them, so we have got to fit the pieces of the puzzle together. I love walk-ons and looking to find diamonds in the rough.”

THUMBS DOWN: It’s been a tough season for junior Dillon Robinson who will now miss playing due to his second thumb injury.  Last October he fractured his thumb on his throwing hand while doing power cleans in the BYU weight room.  That injury delayed his progress switching from third base to catcher. Then last month he accidentally stepped in front of a pitching machine that always throws one pitch after being turned off and suffered a concussion when he was hit in the head by a baseball. On his first day back after being cleared from that injury he reinjured his thumb while trying to hit a curve ball in practice.

OVERLOOKED: Assists from the outfield is a category in which BYU has been among the nation’s leaders.  Lost in the shuffle of games not heard over the Internet was Jaycob Brugman’s first assist from the outfield this year, a 1-8-5 play in the first inning of the 5-4 victory over Northern Illinois when Brugman threw out a Husky trying to steal third. That assist was Brugman’s 20th assist from the outfield as a Cougar. Fellow outfielder Kelton Caldwell got his first assist in game two at Seattle on a 9-6 play where a Redhawk got hung up trying to advance to second after a fielder’s choice.

HAPPY BIRTHDAYS: Belated Happy Birthday to Cody Shepherd earlier this month and Happy Birthday to Desmond Poulson next week.

February Baseball Blog

Feb 08, 2013 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 9:25 am | Updated: February 8, 2013 1:43 pm | Permalink

February is time for the season to begin and it is also the month of letter of intent signings for football and soccer.  BYU baseball has two items of note in regard to football.

Many are aware of freshman outfielder Jacob Hannemann who redshirted this past football season.  Hannemann says he will dedicate February to baseball, but will be dividing his time between the two sports in March.

One former player who once signed a football letter of intent with BYU is McKay Christensen, who inked with the Cougars in February of 1994. Months later, he signed with the Anaheim Angels as their No. 1 draft prior to serving a mission to Japan. Following his mission, he had a four-year Major League career with the White Sox, Dodgers and Mets.

Christensen was among the motivational speakers for BYU baseball players in coach Mike Littlewood’s Personal Development series.  Among other motivational speakers in that series were former BYU Athletics Director and baseball coach Glen Tuckett and former Cougar pitcher Jeremy Guthrie. Guthrie is starting his 10th-year in the Major League, now with the Royals.

Taking off soon for spring training along with Guthrie are former BYU third baseman Steve Parker and Marcus Littlewood, the son of Coach Littlewood, both of whom have been working out alongside the Cougars in the Indoor Practice Facility.

BYU’s baseball team cancelled going to St. George this weekend because of potential rain/weather problems.  Last weekend in their second trip to St. George for practices, the Cougars played 23 innings in a 24-hour period.

Adam Law, who is switching from the middle infield to anchoring third base in the lineup, is one player who continues to take extra batting practice.  Early mornings in the batting cages at Miller Park, Law takes batting practice from his grandpa Vernon Law, the 1960 Cy Young winner for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  The 82-year-old Law often throws over 100 pitches from a bucket of balls to his grandson.

BYU’s baseball team wears a shirt with the theme “Be in the Fight,” printed on the back.  Those words are taken from the Marcus Luttrell book Lone Survivor, which the team has read.  Coach Littlewood explains to his team that he always wants them to be in the fight during games.

Game-time for the April 8 contests against Washington State in Provo was recently changed from 3 p.m., to 10 a.m., due to airline reservations.  The Red Cougars play at Utah in a Friday-Saturday-Sunday series prior to the Monday game with the Blue Cougars.

Since last month’s blog, utility man Morgan Flinders has received his mission call to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Speaking of foreign countries, BYU pitching coach Jeremy Thomas made his fifth trip to China the end of last year for his "other job." In addition to coaching baseball, Thomas is a consultant/partner for Steton Technology Group.

Another development since last month was the acceptance of left-handed senior pitcher Daniel Welch to the BYU Marriott School of Management.  Past BYU baseball players who have been accepted to the Marriott School include David Parry, J.T. Musso, Michael Bowen, Leon Johnson and Daniel Sechrest.

Baseball season starts next month

Jan 18, 2013 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 12:22 pm | Updated: January 22, 2013 9:20 am | Permalink

A year ago four members of BYU’s current baseball team were serving missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  They are Jacob Hannemann (Arkansas), Andy Isom (Brazil), Cody Shepherd (Brazil) and Derek Speigner  (Salt Lake City).

This year among the several BYU baseball players currently serving missions are Tanner Chauncey, Kolton Mahoney and Mason Marshall.  Recently contact was made with their parents, but before giving further details about their missions, return to the aforementioned Hannemann and Speigner.

DOUBLE DOUBLE: Hannemann, who was selected in the 48th round of the 2010 Major League draft by the Kansas City Royals, is penciled in as one of BYU’s starting outfielders this season.  Last month, Hannemann was with BYU’s football team in San Diego for the Poinsettia Bowl where he was a defensive back with his brother Micah, also a Cougar DB. Jacob is now with BYU’s baseball team, but Micah is now preparing to serve a mission to Carlsbad, Calif., and will be wearing one of Jacob’s missionary suits.

RELAY FROM OUTFIELD: Outfielder Hannemann was one of four players from the baseball team to swim a promotional 50 freestyle relay at the BYU-Denver dual in the Richards Building Pool on Jan. 19 along with pitcher Matt Milke, first baseman Brock Whitney and third baseman Adam Law.  Milke was on his high school water polo team in California. Hannemann was a late sub for pitcher Mark Anderson, who had to leave when the event was delayed. Whitney teamed with Law, who was out-touched by Tom Holmoe, BYU Director of Athletics in a time of 28.21, compared to baseball's 28.96. Holmoe's teammate was Associate Director of Athletics Brian Santiago.

HONEYMOON OVER: Two BYU catchers got married on the same day last month, so their honeymoons are now over as Cougar baseball practices gear up.  Sophomore Jarrett Jarvis married Jenna Lewis and junior Dillon Robinson married Ashley Brawley Robinson, who plays third base for BYU softball. Speigner, who beat BYU before his mission as a reliever at UC Riverside, got engaged last month and is scheduled to become BYU’s 11th married player this April.  

OUTDOOR PRACTICES: Among these upcoming baseball practices are outdoor breaks from the BYU indoor practice facility. On Jan. 25-26, Feb. 1-2 and Feb. 8-9, the Cougars will have outdoor baseball practices at St. George at 5 p.m. and 10:30 a.m. All practices in St. George will be at Bruce Hurst Stadium at Dixie State University except for the morning practice on Feb. 2, which will be at nearby Dixie High School because of a conflict.

MISSIONARY UPDATE: The parents of Chauncey, Mahoney and Marshall, give us a glimpse into their son’s missions based upon Christmas phone calls or Skype sessions. A common theme is these players took two baseball mitts in their luggage so they could play catch on P-days  (preparation day) with a companion.

Elder Tanner Chauncey, Brazil Joao Pessoa Mission:  It was a 40-minute Skype session from a Bishop’s home and Tanner demonstrated he could speak Portuguese to his family. The session was precisely 40 minutes because he did not want to lose his e-mail privileges for a month.

Chauncey’s mission president played baseball with him on Christmas Day and provided the bat and balls. Chauncey reported he is eating well and gets up early to do pushups, sit-ups and use the set of bands he took to Brazil. He did get to spend some time in the MTC last summer with Mason Marshall during Chauncey’s three-week wait in Provo awaiting a visa.

His request: “send me letters.”

Elder Kolton Mahoney, California Santa Rosa Mission: Has served in Santa Rosa, Crescent City, Eureka, Vacaville and most recently Kelseyville, California.

Once while walking with his missionary companion down a path, Mahoney spotted a baseball bat stuck in the mud of a creek.  He crawled down the bank to retrieve the bat so that he could use it to hit balls on P-days. He appreciated throwing a baseball back and forth with a local Bishop who used to be a catcher in the pros.

He reported on baptismal successes and of a recent calling to serve as assistant to the mission president.

His request: “send T-shirts, no more candy bars.”

Elder Mason Marshall, Philippines Cauayan Mission:  This Skype session came at 5 p.m., on Christmas Day to Utah, but it was the day after Christmas in The Philippines.  Randomly, native children would wave in the background of the computer screen.  The 5-foot-9 and one-half-inch tall Marshall was delighted to tell his family that he gets to play the center position in basketball games with the locals, who “foul a lot.”

Marshall does a lot of walking and gets to throw the football around on P-days when he is the quarterback because of his strong arm. He appreciates catching baseballs with Elder Devin Needs, a BYU lacrosse player, who lives in the missionary four-some with Marshall.

Marshall is serving in farmland villages and has gained some weight as he enjoys eating local fruits. He uses a bucket to wash his clothes or shower. From an Internet Café, he sends his e-mail, which arrives at 2 o-clock on Sunday mornings to his family in Utah.

His request: “send sunflower seeds.”

California Trip V

May 09, 2012 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 10:38 am | Updated: May 9, 2012 1:59 pm | Permalink

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.

Tanner Chauncey Makes Pepperdine Trip

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.

California Trip IV

Apr 23, 2012 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 2:53 pm | Updated: April 23, 2012 5:53 pm | Permalink

On Mason Marshall

Mason Marshall will be featured tonight on True Blue on BYUtv, airing at 6 p.m., with replays at 9 p.m. and on Tuesday., Apr. 24 at 12 a.m., 5:30 p.m. MDT.  Marshall told True Blue reporter Robbie Bullough, who stands 5-foot-5, that he stands 5-foot-9.  We list Marshall at 5-foot-8, even though he reported on his information sheet as 5-foot-10.

Marshall’s grandfather Jerry McCleary, who is 6-foot-2, played basketball for the University of Utah (1956-57). Marshall had an uncle who played baseball for the University of Utah. Marshall’s father, Rob, who is 6-foot-1, and Uncle Ron played football for Snow College.

Graduation Activities

Among the visitors watching last Friday’s intersquad scrimmage was former Cougar baseball player Craig Angelos (1985-86), currently the director of athletics at Florida Atlantic University.  Angelos was in town for the graduation of his daughter from BYU.

BYU took a team photo prior to last Friday’s scrimmage. Among those missing from that photo were catcher Wes Guenther who was walking through the graduation ceremonies with his wife, Christen, a pole-vaulter on BYU’s team.

At Stanford

Former BYU baseball third baseman Kevin Bills is the director of baseball operations at Stanford University.  His father Jeff, who was a catcher at BYU, may be down on the Cardinal bench when he is not on the air as an analyst with play-by-play announcer Brent Norton.

Jeff Bills (1973-75) may also be part of a mini-reunion of former BYU baseball players who were under the tutelage of former BYU baseball coach and director of athletics, Glen Tuckett.  Other’s who may join Tuckett at the Stanford game and visiting other places in the Bay area include Tom Fife (1962-67), Mike Staffieri (1970-72) and former BYU baseball second baseman and coach Gary Pullins (1968-69, 1977-1999).

At San Francisco

Pitcher Marc Oslund will be facing his former West Torrance High School catcher Mason Morioka, who is a senior at the University of San Francisco.  Oslund’s father is making the trip to San Francisco.

Seattle Baseball Trip

Apr 11, 2012 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 5:16 pm | Updated: April 12, 2012 4:22 pm | Permalink

On Friday, April 13, BYU will be playing at 6 p.m. (PDT) at Cheney Stadium where Coach Vance Law played as a pro. Coach Law played one month in 1991 for the Tacoma A's while he was under contract with the Oakland A's and in 1979-80 he played a couple times in that stadium while playing for the AAA Portland Beavers.

Depending on the weather, there may be live video streams of all four BYU games against Seattle University. Check the links at www.byucougars.com to see if the video stream is working.

Yesterday, five BYU baseball players did a 12-minute presentation for MComm 320 in the Tanner Building.  Adam Miller, Brock Whitney, Daniel Welch, Jaycob Brugman (in a tux for the Y Awards) and Adam Law dressed in suits and ties, see picture below, with a broken metal bat. Their presentation was on the disadvantages of the new bats which were mandated by the NCAA last year compared to wood bats. To date, this season there have been 14 broken bats of the new model which costs three to four times more than wood bats.

Speaking of Adam Law, he has a great lid collection of 60 caps. He built a hat rack with 30 hooks in high school wood shop, so that makes about two lids per hook.

At last night's Y Awards, there were four nominees from baseball. The unassisted triple play by Andrew Law in last year’s 8-2 BYU victory at host San Diego State in the Mountain West Conference Tournament was a nominee for play of the Year; Jaycob Brugman for Rookie of the Year; and former Cougar Dane Nielsen for the Dale McCann Spirit of Sport and Ed Stein Awards.

Next week co-captain Wes Guenther and his wife will walk through the BYU graduation ceremonies, getting their degrees in exercise science.  At the end of last month, Christen Guenther tied a BYU school record in the pole vaul at the Texas Relays at 4.25m (13-11.25), which was the sixth best leap in the nation. Also graduating next week is co-captain Alex Wolfe, who will be featured in Daily Herald in a story written by Neil Warner that is scheduled to be published this Sunday or Monday.

On our last blog for the Nevada trip, we mentioned Chris Capper's mustache, which was one of about 20 on the team for Mustache March.  Capper kept his mustache after winning at Nevada. Now Capper and Chris Howard, who won last week at Utah, are the only two sporting mustaches on the baseball team, and yes, they dye them.

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.