Moving Up in NCAA Attendance

Newly-released baseball attendance figures released by the NCAA show BYU moved up in the rankings for the 2002 season.

BYU improved to 32nd from 50th the preceding year with an average of 1,407 fans attending in 21 dates compared to 1,097 for 17 dates in 2001. Last season BYU drew 29,551 fans in those 21 dates, moving the Cougars up the rungs to 38th nationally compared with 18,657 for 50th place in 2001. Seating capacity at Larry H. Miller field is 2,204.

BYU's Miller Park readies for its third season when it hosts UNLV in March. The 2003 baseball season begins on Jan. 30 in a three-game series at the University of Arizona.

As a team BYU finished 27th in NCAA batting average (.321), 12th in doubles (2.40) and 18th in triples (.41).

Individually, Dave Jensen was 30th in batting average (.411), 10th in doubles (.46). Teammate Cameron Coughlan was 15th in runs scored (1.25) and 23rd in triples (.11). The Cougars rallied at the end of the season, capturing the Mountain West Conference Tournament it hosted and went on to post a 31-31-1 record, winning 14 of 19 games before being eliminated by host USC in the NCAA Tournament.

Average Home Attendance

1. LSU 7,546

2. Mississippi St. 6,501

3. Alabama 5,388

4. Texas A&M 5,140

5. Texas 4,539

6. Nebraska 4,110

7. Wichita St 3,897

8. Clemson 3,592

9. South Carolina 3,287

10. Tulane 3,150

11. Auburn 3,071

12. Fresno St. 2,973

13. Florida St. 2,932

14. Texas Tech 2,886

15. Baylor 2,882

16. Stanford 2,759

17. Hawaii 2,637

18. Rice 2,488

19. Mississippi 2,359

20. Arizona St. 2,248

21. Ohio St. 2,102

22. Southern Miss. 2,080

23. Florida 2,035

24. Oklahoma 1,962

25. Miami (Fla.) 1,925

26. Georgia 1,765

27. E. Carolina 1,755

28. La.-Lafayette 1,729

29. Oklahoma St. 1,591

30. Georgia Tech 1,572

31. Creighton 1,481

32. BYU 1,407

33. Arkansas 1,400

34. Citadel 1,317

35. Nevada 1,262

Total Home Attendance

1. LSU 233,923

2. Mississippi St. 201,523

3. Alabama 183,178

4. Texas 172,483

5. Texas A&M 169,619

6. Clemson 161,640

7. Nebraska 139,740

8. Florida St. 129,013

9. Wichita St. 116,911

10. South Carolina 111,765

11. Auburn 101,341

12. Fresno St. 98,109

13. Tulane 97,663

14. Hawaii 97,569

15. Texas Tech 95,236

16. Rice 92,056

17. Stanford 91,039

18. Baylor 89,343

19. Mississippi 84,910

20. Arizona St. 83,165

21. Miami (Fla.) 78,926

22. Florida 73,244

23. Southern Miss. 68,642

24. Oklahoma 66,708

25. Georgia Tech 62,879

26. E. Carolina 56,155

27. Georgia 49,419

28. Oklahoma St. 47,721

29. La.-Lafayette 44,948

30. Arkansas 41,996

31. North Carolina 41,928

32. Citadel 36,883

33. Cal St. Fullerton 36,022

34. Tennessee 35,451

35. Nevada 34,074

36. Ohio St. 33,627

37. Stetson 33,178

38. BYU 29,551

39. Arizona 28,122

40. Creighton 26,658