Rivalry Continues In Tourney Opener

For the 308th time BYU plays Utah at 3 p.m. (CDT) in Tuesday's opening round of the 2009 Conoco Mountain West Conference Baseball Tournament at Ft. Worth, Texas.

The third-seeded Cougars, now 28-22 overall, have played sixth-seeded Utah, 21-28, the foe it has contested the most, in recent years at Hawai`i, California, New Mexico, Nevada and Texas. BYU has a 213-93-2 record against Utah in that span. The two teams were also paired against each other in game one of the MWC Tournament last season, with the Utes winning, 9-3.

BYU won five of the six games this season vs. Utah, losing only a 15-13 game to the Utes in Provo. Ironically, the starting pitcher for that game was junior righthander Blake Torgerson (6-3, 6.07), whom BYU Coach Vance Law has announced will start Tuesday’s game.

BYU's games in the double-elimination tournament will be broadcast live locally over KSRR (1400 AM) and on the Internet through BYU Radio.

The entire Conoco Mountain West Conference Baseball Championship will be televised live, with The Mtn.–MountainWest Sports Network and CBS College Sports Network (CBS C) providing the coverage. All tournament games will be shown live on The Mtn. In addition to The Mtn.’s production and live broadcast of the entire MWC Baseball Championship, CBS College Sports Network will simulcast all tournament action on Wednesday, May 20 and Thursday, May 21.

The winner of the Conoco MWC Baseball Championship will earn an automatic bid to the 2009 NCAA Tournament.

The NCAA Baseball Tournament Selection Show will be shown live on ESPN, Monday, May 25 at 12:30 p.m. ET.

Tuesday, May 19

3 p.m. Game 1--#3 BYU vs. #6 Utah (1400 AM KSRR Radio & The Mtn. TV)

7 p.m. Game 2--#4 San Diego State vs. #5-UNLV

Wednesday, May 20

11 a.m. Game 3--Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2

3 p.m. Game 4--#2 New Mexico vs. Highest Seed Tuesday Winner

7 p.m. Game 5--#1 TCU vs. Lowest Seed Tuesday Winner

Thursday, May 21

11 a.m. Game 6--Game 3 Winner vs. Lower Seed Game 4 or 5

3 p.m. Game 7--Game 6 Winner vs. Higher Seed Game 4 or 5

7 p.m. Game 8--Game 5 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner

Friday, May 22

3 p.m. Game 9--Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Loser

7 p.m. Game 10--Game 8 Winner vs. Game 9 Winner

Saturday, May 23

1 p.m. Game 11 (if necessary)

All times Central at Ft. Worth, Texas

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