PROVO, Utah -- The BYU baseball team [29-25, 11-12] opens play at the Mountain West Conference Tournament Tuesday against New Mexico [16-39, 10-14) at Tony Gwynn Stadium in San Diego, California.
In conjunction with the start of the tournament, Jaycob Brugman and Matthew Neil received 2011 All-MWC honors. Brugman was named a first-team outfielder and freshman of the year while Neil was one of four starting pitchers named to the second team.
Brugman led the Cougars in hitting with a .339 batting average in 2011, while adding nine home runs, 18 doubles and 47 RBI.
After posting a 6-4 recording with a 2.22 ERA during the regular season, Neil is slated to start against the No. 6 seeded Lobos, with opening pitch scheduled for 3 p.m. PT.
"We haven't been hitting balls on the button the way we are capable of doing," said BYU coach Vance Law. "New Mexico is a good team that competes well. I'm guessing they will throw Jaramillo who was effective against us. We are looking forward to playing them."
The winner of Tuesday's game will move on to play Utah Wednesday at 3 p.m. PT. The loser will play the loser of the San Diego State, UNLV game Wednesday at 11 a.m. PT.
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2011 All-Mountain West Baseball Team
Catcher Garrett Custons Air Force So. Sarasota, Fla.
First Base C.J. Cron# Utah Jr. Phoenix, Ariz.
Second Base Jerome Pena# TCU Sr. Cave Creek, Ariz.
Second Base Michael Beltran Utah Sr. Lakewood, Calif.
Shortstop Taylor Featherston!# TCU Jr. Katy, Texas
Third Base Jantzen Witte TCU So. Arlington, Texas
Outfielder Jaycob Brugman BYU Fr. Phoenix, Ariz.
Outfielder Jason Coats# TCU Jr. Plano, Texas
Outfielder Shaun Cooper Utah Jr. Tuscon, Ariz.
DH/Utility Brandon Bayardi UNLV So. Phoenix, Ariz.
Pitcher Kyle Winkler# TCU Jr. Sugar Land, Texas
Pitcher Tanner Peters# UNLV Jr. Simi Valley, Calif.
Pitcher Rick Anton# Utah Sr. Prescott, Ariz.
Relief Pitcher Tyler Wagner Utah So. Las Vegas, Nev.
Catcher Josh Elander TCU So. Round Rock, Texas
First Base Trent Cook UNLV Jr. Centerville, Utah
Shortstop James Brooks Utah Jr. Melbourne, Australia
Third Base Quay Grant New Mexico Jr. Burkburnett, Texas
Third Base Trey Nielsen Utah Fr. Salt Lake City, Utah
Outfielder Cody Smith SDSU Fr. San Diego, Calif.
Outfielder Chris Wilson SDSU Jr. San Diego, Calif.
Outfielder Brance Rivera# TCU Jr. Muscatine, Iowa
Outfielder Trevor Kirk UNLV Jr. Las Vegas, Nev.
DH/Utility Brandon Meredith!# SDSU Jr. Chula Vista, Calif.
Pitcher Sean Carley Air Force So. Melbourne, Fla.
Pitcher Matthew Neil BYU Sr. Mesa, Ariz.
Pitcher Cole Swanson SDSU Fr. San Diego, Calif.
Pitcher Steven Maxwell# TCU Sr. The Woodlands, Texas
Relief Pitcher Trent Appleby! TCU Sr. McKinney, Texas
Relief Pitcher Stefan Crichton TCU Fr. Katy, Texas
#2010 All-MW selection
!2009 All-MW selection
Player of the Year - C.J. Cron, Utah
Pitcher of the Year - Tanner Peters, UNLV
Freshman of the Year - Jaycob Brugman, BYU
Coach of the Year - Jim Schlossnagle, TCU