byu at regionals
2002 USC 5, BYU 4 (12 innings)
  BYU 12, Maine 5
  BYU 7, Cal Northridge 2
  USC 13, BYU 10
2001 Rutgers 4, BYU 3
  Northern Iowa 10, BYU 1
1994 Ohio State 6, BYU 1
  BYU 8, Central Michigan 6
  BYU 8, Kansas 3
  Florida State 7, BYU 1
1990 Mississippi St. 16, BYU 5
  BYU 13, Lafayette 3
  Illinois 8, BYU 5
1989 S. Alabama 11, BYU 10, (10 innings)
  Texas A & M 25, BYU 4
1988 USC, 9, BYU 8
  Fresno State 9, BYU 4
1985 Arizona 7, BYU 3
  BYU 9, California 5
  Fresno State 12, BYU 8
1983* Arizona State 19, BYU 11
  Fresno State 13, BYU 6
1981 Texas 11, BYU 4
  Stanford 2, BYU 1
1980 Nebraska 12, BYU 0
  BYU 9, Central Michigan 0
  Nebraska 12, BYU 4
1979 Lamar 3, BYU 2
  BYU 11, Pan American 5
  BYU 7, Lamar 4
  Texas 6, BYU 2

* BYU Ranked No. 1 in the Nation

College World Series top 1971

BYU upset fourth-ranked Arizona to earn the WAC title and advance to the 1971 World Series. The Cougars placed fifth in the World Series, losing in the opening game to Harvard, 4-1. All-American Dane Iorg homered in the top of the ninth inning for BYU’s only run against Harvard. The Cougars beat Mississippi State, 3-1, thanks to a three-run homer by Gerald Cardon in the bottom of the eighth. BYU was ousted from the tourney by Southern Cal in an 8-6 loss.

Harvard 4, BYU 1 (6/11/71)
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BYU 3, Mississippi St. 1 (6/12/71)
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Southern Cal 8, BYU 6 (6/14/71)
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Errors plagued BYU in losing to Southern California, the eventual NCAA champion, by a score of 5-3. USC scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to break a 1-1 tie. Larry Romney, who led the NCAA with 13 home runs in 1968, hit a two-run homer in the top of the eighth for the Cougars against the Trojans before a crowd of 8,990. The following day BYU was eliminated from the series by Texas, 7-0. Only a broken bat bloop single by Gary Pullins saved BYU from being no-hit by Longhorn sophomore Larry Hardy.

Southern Cal 5, BYU 3 (6/11/68)
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Texas 7, BYU 0 (6/12/68)
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Hardy and Harmon. Meyring, Zinniger (7) and Clark. WP-Hardy. LP-Meyring. E-Hall; Davis, Berge, Zinniger. LOB-Texas 8, BYU 4. 2B-Snoddy (UT). SB-Brown, Fell, Bagwell (UT). S-Hardy (UT), SF-Amos (UT). A-3,944

Never on Sunday top

Because of Sunday play, the 1958 BYU baseball team rejected a berth to play in the College World Series even though they were the first squad in school history to secure a spot in national championship play.

True, BYU basketball had won the 1951 NIT (National Invitational Tournament) Championship, but therein lies the key word, you had to be invited. Before wildcards, NCAA tournaments had berths that had to be earned and in 1958 BYU earned one of those spots.

Some schools may not know how many times their athletic teams have played on Sundays, but in BYU’s case it is never. Other than champions, most teams end their seasons in defeat, except for the 1958 BYU baseball team whose season was ended by a rule.

In 1958 BYU was refused after the NCAA turned down its request to revise the schedule so that the team would not have to play on Sunday. “Team members voted unanimously to uphold the university in its stand against Sunday competition,” according to a 1958 article in the Deseret News.

“Your schedule of games has been arranged so that we would be required to play on Sunday,” wrote BYU President Ernest L. Wilkinson to the NCAA. “This is a violation of Christian principles which motivate us as a Christian institution of higher learning.”

Northern Colorado (20-8) which lost to BYU in District Seven play, went in its place to the College World Series. UNC, then known as Colorado State College, beat Lafayette before losing to Missouri on Sunday, June 15 and then to USC, the champion and runner-up of the College World Series at Omaha, Nebraska.

That UNC team from Greeley, Colo., was led by righthanded pitcher Ron Herbel who would go on to a nine-year career in the Majors, primarily with the San Francisco Giants. Herbel had no-hit BYU for seven innings the week before, but the Cougars went on to win, 4-3.

From that champion 1958 Cougar baseball team, Jay Naylor went on to become a BYU professor of physical education; Leon Moyes was an umpire for the Western Athletic Conference; the late Mac Madsen was the men’s golf coach at Weber State University; and Frank Herbert is the father-in-law of BYU Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer.

Sunday play has long been an issue concerning BYU athletics. BYU has never played on a Sunday and never will because of the strict belief found in Exodus 20:8 of the Old Testament: “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.” And in Genesis 2:1: “And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had crested from all his work which God created and made.”

As recently as 2008 in women’s softball, the Cougars were playing in the NCAA Tournament, but now a special rule enabled BYU to work around Sunday play. BYU and Campbell University both played in that North Carolina Regional and both are the only two Division One schools in the nation who annually file a petition with the NCAA as a waiver to not play on Sundays. In 1958 and 1961, BYU’s baseball teams had qualified to advance to the College World Series, but withdrew because of potential Sunday play. In 1979 and 1996, BYU’s baseball teams were participating in the NCAA Regionals at Austin, Texas and Tallahassee, Fla., respectively, and the tournaments were rested for Sunday before the Cougars were eliminated the following Monday.

In 1961 BYU was undefeated in league competition and had a 24-game winning streak. But it was not invited to the regional playoffs, however, because of the school’s stand on Sunday athletics. That Sunday ruling was modified later that year in August when the NCAA Executive Committee voted to establish an executive regulation precluding scheduling of any NCAA meet or tournament on Sunday.

BYU’s women’s basketball team advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2002, which would have required a move of the championship game had it been further involved. In 1977, BYU’s football team said it would not play in the Fiesta Bowl which was contested on Christmas Day, a Sunday. The Cougar football team did win the league title in 1977, but played instead in the Japan Bowl.

Aside from the 1958 BYU baseball team, others have chosen to make a statement on Sunday play. In 1995, BYU offensive lineman Eli Herring turned down a pro draft offer to play in the NFL because he refused to play on Sunday.

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