Unbeaten Lewis-Clark State hosts BYU and three other teams in this week's Cellular Two Way Banana Belt Tournament Thursday through Saturday at Lewiston, Idaho.
BYU, 2-6, opens its four-game tourney play against Washington State, 1-8, on Thursday at Noon PST. Junior Jeff Mousser (2-0, 2.70) seeks to replicate his unbeaten 3-0 start from his freshman season as he takes the mound against WSU.
Undefeated LCSC matches its 7-0 record against BYU when the Warriors in Thursday's nightcap at 3:30 p.m. PST, with junior Paul Jacinto (0-3, 4.15) scheduled to pitch.
On Friday morning BYU plays the University of Portland, 2-5, when senior Jason Garcia (0 1, 46.29) is scheduled on the hill. Freshman lefty Ken Gravley is the probable starter for Saturday afternoon's 4 p.m. (PST) game against Gonzaga, 2-5.
"We've tightened some things up where we were a bit lackadaisical," said BYU Coach Vance Law. "We haven't been as sharp as we needed to be and our team responded well in our off week.
The LCSC game is scheduled to be a live audiocast and livestats may be available for games with Washington State and Gonzaga--check www.byucougars.com for links.
Kainoa Obrey continues to lead the BYU starters with a .375 batting average through eight games, noticeably better than his start last season through the 10 games he played before he abandoned year for a medical redshirt. He has one of the team's eight homers which are divided among six players.
The Cougars have been idle for a week since they split a doubleheader at the Rawlings/Oakland A's Tournament in Scottsdale, Arizona after Valentine's Day. Following the tournament in Idaho, BYU will next play a three-game series at TCU on March 6-8.