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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."

Day one in New York

Apr 01, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 8:20 pm | Permalink

These photos are a day late but not a dollar short. Check out some of the action from BYU's travel day on Easter Sunday to New York for the 2013 National Invitational Tournament semifinals. These great photos were taken by Jaren Wilkey of BYU Photo.

BYU basketball in the media before Tuesday

Apr 01, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 2:08 pm | Updated: April 1, 2013 2:11 pm | Permalink

The BYU basketball team is all set to play Baylor in the semifinals of the 2013 National Invitational Tournament in Madison Square Garden on Tuesday at 7 p.m. EDT live on ESPN2.

Fans can tune into BYUtv at 6 p.m. EDT on Tuesday before the game to catch a special edition of "Countdown to Tip-off" with live coverage from Madison Square Garden.

Read up on what the Cougars have been doing in New York before the game in the local media, and see what the coaches and players are saying about the matchup.

Deseret News:
Cougars thrilled to be playing in NIT semifinals
C
ougars have impressive history with NIT
Cougars have found new life in NIT experience
BYU getting taste of the Big Apple

Salt Lake Tribune:
Video: BYU captains get a look at Times Square
Basketball season can be called success, players say
BYU deserves credit for motivated NIT play
Cougars stoked for return to NYC

Daily Herald:
BYU's Rose on late-season perspective

KSL.com:
No April Fool's joke, BYU still playing basketball
Cougars take Manhattan

BYU vs. Washington media attention

Mar 20, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 2:04 pm | Updated: March 20, 2013 3:25 pm | Permalink

The BYU basketball team defeated Washington 90-79 in the first round of the 2013 National Invitational Tournament. Tyler Haws led all players with 37 points, his third game this season with 30-plus points, and added 6 rebounds and 3 assists.

Brandon Davies and Matt Carlino also contributed double-figure points with 22 and 20, respectively. The Cougars downed the Huskies, in part, thanks to 57 points in the second half – tied for the most points BYU has scored in a half this season – and 58 percent shooting from the field. BYU advances to host a second round game in the Marriott Center against the winner of No. 2 seed Tennessee and No. 7 seed Mercer. The date, time and broadcast information will be announced in the coming days.

After the win, the team earned some well-deserved media attention. Below is a list of local and national media outlets that highlighted the Cougars.

KSL.com: BYU handles Huskies, live to play another day

ESPN video: Scott Suggs rejected by Brandon Davies
ESPN.com: BYU 90, Washington 79

Deseret News: Cougars advance in NIT with 90-79 win over Washington
Deseret News: BYU wins, Twitter reacts

Salt Lake Tribune: Cougars run past Washington in NIT opener

The Washington Daily: BYU outguns UW in NIT first round

Daily Herald: Haws put on shooting clinic in NIT victory
D
aily Herald: BYU's "Big Three" gets rolling as Cougars start NIT with romp
Daily Herald video: New energy gives BYU boost over Washington 

The Seattle Times: BYU ends Huskies' season 
The Seattle Times blog: Washington falls to BYU

Former Cougar Gary Hill passed away on March 9, 2013

Mar 13, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:45 pm | Updated: March 13, 2013 5:12 pm | Permalink

Former BYU basketball player Gary Hill passed away on March 9, 2013. Hill played for the Cougars from 1964 to 1967 and was a member of the 1965-66 NIT Championship team. For his career, Hill averaged 8.8 points and 3.9 rebounds in 64 career games. During BYU's run to the 1966 NIT title, Hill contributed 7.7 points and 5.0 boards. As a senior in 1966-67 he increased his scoring average to 10.1 points per game.

For more on Hill, visit his obituary on Legacy.com.

UP CLOSE with Allyson Anderson Wardell

Mar 12, 2013 - Posted by Steven Tew at 2:24 pm | Updated: March 14, 2013 2:38 pm | Permalink

Allyson Anderson Wardell, the All-American javelin thrower from Billings, Mont., came to BYU three years ago due to the outstanding environment at BYU and her close family ties. Her tentative life plan consists of finishing school, becoming a surgical assistant, starting a family and coaching.

When she isn't on the field throwing, Allyson uses her hands for more delicate activities like sewing or crocheting. 

Height- 5-6

Major- Exercise Science

Hometown- Billings, Mont.

Track and field events- Javelin

Reason for attending BYU...

"I came to BYU because I have family here. I love the environment on campus, in my classes and in my apartments."

Best part of being on the BYU track and field team...

"The fantastic friends I have made. Not only are my fellow teammates great athletes but they are amazing friends who stick with me through thick and thin."

Favorite movie...

"It would have to be Mega Mind or the Avengers."

If you could be doing anything in 10 years it would be...

"Hopefully, I will have had a job as an surgical assistant. After working for a while, I want to start a family and be a stay at home mom. Maybe I will coach on the side."

Favorite BYU sport other than track and field...

"Women’s gymnastics. Those girls are so incredible at what they do. I like my feet to be planted firmly on the ground, not tumbling through the air."

Funniest member of the BYU track team and why...

"Brittany Critchfield. There is never a dull moment without laughter when I am around her. A play on words surrounds every comeback I try."

Best catchphrase or line from a book, movie or TV show...

“Minion, I’m sorry. You were right, I was… less right.” -Mega Mind

Hidden Talent-

"I actually love sewing and crocheting."

Best sport youplay/played other than track and field...

Volleyball

Best athlete in any sport at BYU...

"Alexa Gray on the women's volleyball team."

Favorite musical artist/band...

Owl City

Most embarrassing moment...

"My sophomore year we were practicing inside throwing at the large blue wall in the annex. When I was starting my crossovers, my spikes caught on my other shoe and I belly flopped on the track. I’m pretty sure every track athlete there saw what happened."

Favorite inspirational quote...

“Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.” -Arnold Palmer

BYUtv interview with Ben Patch

Mar 12, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Weekes at 12:31 pm | Permalink

Freshman outside hitter Ben Patch earned back-to-back AVCA National Player of the Week accolades Feb. 26 and March 5, becoming the first-ever player to receive the award in consecutive weeks.

The Provo-native repeated the honor after recording a 2013 MPSF-high and BYU rally-scoring record 35 kills in the Cougars’ 3-2 win over No. 1 UC Irvine on the road. After trailing 0-2, Patch helped rally the Cougars with a hand on the last six BYU points (five kills, one block) of the third set to fuel the comeback. He tacked on 13 digs, eight blocks and two aces for the week.

BYUtv caught up with the 6-foot-8 outside hitter. Check out the interviews below.

BYUtv Part 1

BYUtv Part 2

BYU Coach's Show: Sunday 3/10

Mar 11, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 9:44 pm | Permalink

In the final KSL 5 TV coach's show, head coach Dave Rose gave a full recap of last week's West Coast Conference tournament loss to San Diego. 

"I felt bad for our guys - we had a great practice and I thought we were ready for the game. It's unfortunate because I know how much these guys put into it."

Against the Toreros, coach Rose highlighted Brandon Davies' performance. Davies finished with a near triple-double on 20 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.

Later in the show, coach Rose broke down the Top 5 plays from this last season. 

The Cougars finished the season 21-11 for their eighth-straight 20-win season with all of those eight seasons coming under coach Rose. In talking about what's next for his team, Rose said they're looking forward to more basketball.

"We're hoping for an NIT bid - I haven't done a lot of research into it but I know that a lot of last year's teams have a similar situation to us this year.. We'll keep our guys sharp and hopefully get a bid to keep going."

To finish up the show, coach Rose talked about some highlights for next season including the return of Kyle Collinsworth and incoming players from state champion Lone Peak High School.

Watch the full show on KSL.com

 

 

BYU Coach's Show: Tuesday 3/5

Mar 06, 2013 - Posted by Whitney Craft Jordan at 3:06 pm | Permalink

In his KSL radio coach's show finale, head coach Dave Rose previewed the upcoming West Coast Conference tournament and how the team has gotten to where they are now.

"I think everyone knows that we need to go down to the WCC tournament and win this thing. I can feel the sense of urgency from the guys and I hope that drives us. These guys are determined to do the best they can and make the most of this season."

The WCC announced yesterday its All-Conference team with Brandon Davies and Tyler Haws named to the All-WCC team. 

"Individual awards in a team game are always difficult to talk about because, really, there's no way Brandon and Tyler could get that award without the team. But there are guys who have to step up and take charge, so I'm proud of them."

In the upcoming conference tournament, the Cougars are a No. 3 seed and will play Friday night against the winner of San Diego and Pepperdine. Coach Rose mentioned the difficulties his team has had with both squads this year and talked a little about the strengths of each. 

Later in the show, senior Craig Cusick joined to talk about how the team is feeling for the rest of the year and how he thinks this season has gone. 

Cusick and coach Rose talked a little strategy on how the team is going to go into the tournament strong and be prepared to get the wins they need. They also talked a little about Cusick's father who was recently diagnosed with cancer and how he's doing. 

To finish the show, coach Rose answered questions from fans.

Listen to the full show on KSL.com

Two sport star Bronson Kaufusi

Mar 06, 2013 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 12:18 pm | Permalink

Check out this feature by BYUtv's Kathy Aiken on Bronson Kaufusi, a freshman forward on the BYU basketball team. Kaufusi joined the squad at the end of December after totaling 23 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 1 pass breakup and 1 fumble recovery as a freshman defensive lineman on the football team.

Kaufusi and the Cougars head to Las Vegas this week for the WCC Championships. BYU will play the winner of San Diego and Pepperdine on Friday at 8:30 p.m. PST in the Orleans Arena. The game will be televised on ESPNU and broadcast on KSL Newsradio 102.7 FM and 1160 AM.