No. 25 BYU Looks to Maintain WCC Lead
PROVO, Utah - No. 25 BYU baseball will play a three-game series at LMU this weekend as the race for the West Coast Conference regular season title and a berth in the WCC Tournament heats up.
First pitch for games one and two are set for 6 p.m. PT and game three at 1 p.m. PT. All three games will air live on TheW.tv, BYU Radio and ESPN 960.
The Cougars (29-11, 13-5) have nine games left in WCC play and are neck-and-neck with Gonzaga (24-17, 15-6) and LMU (26-18, 13-8) for the conference lead.
Senior Jordan Wood (4-1, 4.34 ERA), sophomore Easton Walker (6-0, 0.93) and sophomore Justin Sterner (8-3, 2.30) will make up the starting rotation this weekend. BYU's pitching staff continues to have one of the best seasons in program history, including ranking 15th in ERA nationally.
BYU’s 3.34 ERA, .245 opposing batting average, 3.90 runs allowed per game, 2.93 walks allowed per game and 7.88 strikeouts per game are all currently the best marks in program history since 1969.
Players on the mound are also getting good help in the field - BYU's average of just under one double play a game is 27th in the nation and the Cougars have a sterling fielding percentage of .975.
Brock Hale (.415) and Mitch McIntyre (.406) are each batting above .400 in the Cougars' last 10 games, helping BYU to a .283 batting average as a team.
BYU entered the week ranked 25th in the nation by Baseball America and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, the Cougars second week ranked this season.