Mason "the Mantis" Marshall has an unorthodox, but effective style which has produced seven saves, appearing in half of BYU's games this season. (Photo by Mark A Philbrick/BYU Photo)
This week’s non-conference rematches in Washington could settle the score between Seattle University and BYU baseball.
The two teams split a doubleheader last month at BYU and now will play four games starting with Thursday’s twin bill at 3 p.m. (PDT). Friday evening’s game has a bonus in being played in the 9,600-seat Cheney Stadium, home of the Tacoma Rainiers, the AAA-affiliate of the Seattle Mariners.
BYU (14-12) is shuffling its pitching rotation again going into the four-game series against Seattle (15-12). First-day starter Chris Capper (2-4, 2.72) will be followed by Marc Oslund (2-0, 3.05) in Thursday’s nightcap. On Friday at Cheney Stadium it will be Desmond Poulson (0-2, 5.17) on the mound at 6 p.m. (PDT), for his second start in as many weeks. And Saturday’s starting pitcher is TBA at 1 p.m. (PDT).
“We have our work cut out for us because Seattle plays good baseball,” BYU coach Vance Law said. “We want to build and maintain the momentum from last week.”
Among the Cougar leaders are freshman Tanner Chauncey being ranked No. 7 in the nation for toughest to strike out (three in 86 at bats), Jaycob Brugman ranked 17th with four triples and Mason Marshall ranked 19th with his seven saves.