Poster-boy Kent Walton has been cleared to take at-bats now in games.
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Thursday’s home opener between BYU and the University of Portland at Larry H. Miller Field is the earliest start in school history.
The Cougars, 1-4, host the Pilots, 2-1, in a three-game series with games Thursday and Friday at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. There is no admission charge for BYU baseball games until it hosts perennial power St. John’s on March 6.
Scheduled to start on the mound for BYU is JC transfer Jeremy Toole (0-1, 9.64) on Thursday, followed by fellow junior righthander Blake Torgerson (0-1, 1.59) on Friday and freshman Adam Miller (0-0, 3.20) on Saturday.
“It’s nice to be at home and we think the weather will cooperate,” said BYU coach Vance Law. “We think we are going to be very good. We played a few good games on our trip to Oklahoma and Texas. We are a fun team to watch and I think we will be in contention for the upper spots in our league.”
Another bit of news that has Coach Law excited is the recent clearance of senior Kent Walton from his shoulder surgery last Fall. Walton should be available to take a few at-bats in games.
The earliest start prior to this season was in 1980 when BYU won a doubleheader on March 7 against the Colorado School of Mines.
Following the three-game series with Portland, BYU readies to travel for a two-game series starting Monday at Wichita State.
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