A dozen consecutive home games begin with Tuesday’s opener at Miller Park for BYU baseball hosting Utah Valley University at 6 p.m.
The Cougars continue their best start in school history with a 10-1 record, while Utah Valley is 7-6. A four-game home stand against Niagara, 2-11, runs Thursday through Saturday.
Sophomore Maverik Buffo (2-0, 2.33) will be the starting pitcher for BYU against UVU, but will only pitch one inning. Michael Rucker (2-0, 3.86) and Buffo will start the first two games against Niagara. Lefty Hayden Rogers (1-0, 4.26) will be the Cougar starter in Friday’s nightcap, but Saturday’s pitching rotation is yet to be announced.
Ace reliever Mason Marshall continues to climb the ladder, now in sole possession of second place in career saves at 12, three behind former Major Leaguer Ryan Hancock’s 15 from 1991-93.
Outfielder Eric Urry has been named Madness West Coast Baseball Player of the Week for his exceptional performance during the past week’s action. Urry raised his batting average from .233 to .295. Here is the link for Urry’s game-two catch at Kansas that made ESPN SportsCenter Top 10 plays.
Outfielder Brennon Lund continues to be among the national leaders, ranked No. 5 in hits (24) and No. 28 in batting average (.480). The Cougars are among the national leaders in batting average (No. 4 at .348), hits (No. 5 with 146) and home runs (No. 13 with 15).
All the games this week will be streamed live online through TheW.tv, BYU Radio – Sirius XM 143. ESPN Radio 960 AM with Brent Norton begins its live play-by-play against Niagara with the nightcap on Friday and Saturday’s single game. Robbie Bullough and former BYU pitcher Marc Oslund call the action in BYU’s first three games this week.