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May Baseball Blog

May 18, 2017 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 11:41 am | Updated: May 18, 2017 1:24 pm | Permalink

BIG DANCE(RS): March Madness for college basketball is known as the "Big Dance." Similarly, the field of 64 for the NCAA Road to Omaha could be termed as filling out a dance card.  BYU has its own dancers, at least three of them. Daniel Schneemann was a member of the dance choir in high school. Scheemann claims dance-off wins against teammate Keaton Kringlen in locker room competitions.

HUSH, HUSH: Last month Casey Jacobsen was on deck, trying to concentrate on his upcoming at bat at No. 19 San Diego where the Cougars had never won until taking two of three in the series at USD. Jacobsen kept hearing a fan call out "hey, 16" as he was taking his practice cuts. The exasperated fan's voice sounded familiar, so Jacobsen finally turned around when that fan said something like, "You think you're too good for us?" Jacobsen turned around to see it was one of his three cousins who had driven from nearby Mission Viejo, California.

ARMS IN THE DNA: Catcher Bronson Larsen's fiancée Kelsey has a cannon of an arm due to years of playing softball at Northridge High School in Layton, Utah. "When I go home on weekends she always wants to play catch," said Larsen. Larsen's Dad was among five fathers who demonstrated a good arm when the quintet threw the game's first pitches on Senior Day against Portland. Keaton Cenatiempo's father, who played baseball at four different colleges ( Riverside CC, Ricks College, Washington State and Briar Cliff in Iowa) also threw a strike to his son on Senior Day. "I still hold the ball the same way he taught me to throw a curve when I was younger," said Cenatiempo.

ANOTHER ENGAGEMENT: Second baseman, sometimes outfielder, Brennon Anderson recently joined teammates Bronson Larsen and Keaton Kringlen in the engaged ranks for summer weddings. After sweeping Saint Mary's last month, on the day prior to playing Oregon, Anderson finished watching the LDS General Conference Sunday afternoon session to record this video proposal to his  fiancée to whom he was first introduced by former Cougar Court Iorghttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcD-E7u6HUY

SIGNED BALL: Ben Huff from Perry, Utah texted his father from the Salt Lake Airport, telling him he was on the same flight as the BYU baseball team. Huff's father is a huge Cougar fan and asked him to get something signed by the team. Pitcher Brady Corless volunteered to give Huff a baseball which several teammates signed while waiting to board the flight.

ANOTHER SUMMER ASSIGNMENT: Freshman catcher David Clawson will be playing this summer on the six-time National Champion Santa Barbara Foresters wood-bat team in California.

REFEREES: Eight associates of Coach Mike Littlewood came in for an annual gathering during the Portland series last weekend to continue to be supportive of him. Among them was Highland High School math teacher Scott Thornley, who played football at Idaho State with BYU pitcher Bo Burrup's grandfather.  Littlewood officiated NCAA basketball for 16 years, including three NCAA Sweet 16 and two Elite 8 appearances and was scheduled to work the 2013 NCAA Final Four when BYU hired him as its baseball coach.  Thornley has worked the Final Fours and another of the eight gathered last weekend worked last month's Final Four in Phoenix.  The eight played golf last week in Provo in addition to attending the games and one of them yelled out from the stands on one occasion to the umpire crew who made a questionable call Littlewood had protested.

MORE ON FINAL FOUR:  Two of the handful of BYU home baseball games missed by BYU baseball sports information director Ralph Zobell in his 40-plus years on the job was last month's finale of the Saint Mary's series and the Oregon while he was attending the men's basketball NCAA Final Four in Phoenix where a roaming Newsweek reporter accidently found Zobell as a fan with his brothers high up in the stands instead of on press row.  You can read about the Zobell two-thirds of the way down in this Newsweek story: http://www.newsweek.com/ncaa-basketball-football-stadiums-578893 Zobell will be attending his first College World Series next month on opening day when he receives the Wilbur Snypp Award http://www.sportswriters.net/ncbwa/news/2017/snypp170209.html where former BYU baseball coaches Glen Tuckett and Gary Pullins will also be in attendance for annual meetings as members of the board for the American Baseball Coaches Association.

POSSIBLE SITES: Depending on the publication, BYU has been projected to play in one of the following cities for NCAA postseason should the Cougars win the automatic berth: Corvallis, Oregon; Fullerton, California; Lubbock, Texas; or Tucson, Arizona.
 
RANKINGS: A couple of comments from unknowing fans have "poo-pooed" BYU being ranked in some obscure or made up poll in reference to the Cougars consecutive No. 18 rankings by Collegiate Baseball magazine found at http://baseballnews.com/ The Tucson, Arizona-based publication has been around for over 40 years, long before other outlets existed. 
 
FIRST PLACINGS: The current first place finish is the 15th in school history and the second in the West Coast Conference. For a tally of the two titles won in the Mountain West Conference, the eight Western Athletic Conference titles and the three Skyline Conference titles, see BYU, game notes for the Gonzaga series on page 4 http://byucougars.com/files/byu_at_gonzaga.pdf

Fans flock to Farmington Fan Fest

May 17, 2017 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 12:18 am | Updated: May 17, 2017 4:59 pm | Permalink

The BYU Fan Fest in Farmington, Utah, on Tuesday night was a big hit—to say the least.

Cougar fans in Davis County turned out by the thousands Tuesday night at the Legacy Events Center to meet and interact with BYU coaches and athletes and enjoy the various Fan Fest festivities. The flow of fans was constant throughout as BYU coaches and athletes stayed late into the evening meeting with fans for more than four hours to accommodate everyone who attended.

 

BYU teams represented at the Fan Fest included football, men's basketball, women's basketball, women's volleyball and gymnastics. Among those participating, football head coach Kalani Sitake, offensive coordinator Ty Detmer and defensive coordinator Ilaisa Tuiaki were on hand along with dozens of players and other coaches. Cosmo, the Cougarettes and the Cheer squad were also busy meeting and greeting fans throughout the event.  

This is the fifth-straight season BYU has traveled to its fans to conduct Fan Fest events, which gives Cougar Nation the opportunity to interact and take photos with Cougar coaches and student-athletes while also enjoying games and festivities such as face painting, inflatables, team posters and other BYU prizes. 

BYU's first Fan Fest this year was in Las Vegas on April 22, while fans in Texas also turned out in large numbers for the Houston Fan Fest. BYU will conduct its final 2017 Fan Fest in Corona, California on Saturday, June 3, at Santana Regional Park from 12-3 PDT. 

Fans flock to Farmington Fan Fest

May 16, 2017 - Posted by Brett Pyne at 9:51 pm | Updated: May 17, 2017 4:59 pm | Permalink

The BYU Fan Fest in Farmington, Utah, on Tuesday night was a big hit—to say the least.

Cougar fans in Davis County turned out by the thousands Tuesday night at the Legacy Events Center to meet and interact with BYU coaches and athletes and enjoy the various Fan Fest festivities. The flow of fans was constant throughout as BYU coaches and athletes stayed late into the evening meeting with fans for more than four hours to accommodate everyone who attended.

 

BYU teams represented at the Fan Fest included football, men's basketball, women's basketball, women's volleyball and gymnastics. Among those participating, football head coach Kalani Sitake, offensive coordinator Ty Detmer and defensive coordinator Ilaisa Tuiaki were on hand along with dozens of players and other coaches. Cosmo, the Cougarettes and the Cheer squad were also busy meeting and greeting fans throughout the event.  

This is the fifth-straight season BYU has traveled to its fans to conduct Fan Fest events, which gives Cougar Nation the opportunity to interact and take photos with Cougar coaches and student-athletes while also enjoying games and festivities such as face painting, inflatables, team posters and other BYU prizes. 

BYU's first Fan Fest this year was in Las Vegas on April 22, while fans in Texas also turned out in large numbers for the Houston Fan Fest. BYU will conduct its final 2017 Fan Fest in Corona, California on Saturday, June 3, at Santana Regional Park from 12-3 PDT. 

BYU wraps up day one at Last Chance Meet in Provo

May 12, 2017 - Posted by Sydney Jorgensen at 5:57 pm | Updated: May 12, 2017 6:21 pm | Permalink

After a successful day of competition at the Last Chance Meet, several athletes improved their individual times and marks to earn regional qualifying marks.

Clark Brown ran a personal best in the 100m with a time of 10.31 while Derek Sorensen added a personal record of his own with a time of 10.52.

Korey Smith is now ranked No. 5 all-time in the 400m hurdles with a time of 50.54. Scott Mecham followed closely behind with a mark of 50.58. On the women’s side, Brenna Porter ran a personal best 57.65 in the 400m hurdles.

In the men’s 200m, Clark Brown, Derek Sorensen and Ramarco Thompson ran personal best times of 20.85, 21.07 and 21.11, respectively.

Junior Madelyn Brooks led the Cougars in the 800m and recorded a time of 2:09.20 while Heidi Fuhriman and Sidney Reilly took a close second and third. In the men’s heat, senior Chase Horrocks ran a personal best 1:50.48, just a mere one hundredth of a second improvement from his last time.

Jackson Walker currently leads the Cougars in the men’s decathlon with 3744 points while Lindsay Yetter sits in first place in the women’s heptathlon with 3178 points. Yetter also ran a PR of 14.04 in the 100m hurdles.

True freshman Jacob Barnes threw 66.16 in the javelin, a personal best by six meters and a regional qualifying mark.

In the long jump, Chloe Hadley hit a personal best mark of 5.76m (18’10.75’’) and Blake Steeves recorded a personal best 7.49m (24’7”).

The Last Chance Meet will continue through Saturday, May 13. For a full list of results, click here

Bull, Breland recognized in softball publications

May 09, 2017 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 1:05 pm | Updated: May 9, 2017 1:07 pm | Permalink

McKenna Bull and Briielle Breland were both recognized for their strong play last week in player of the week nods in a few publications.

Bull was named one of the Fastpitch News National Players of the Week. She has extended her scoreless innings pitched streak to 52 innings after four games played last week, leading BYU to its fourth-straight West Coast Conference championship. She totaled 17 strikeouts with just one walk in 15.1 innings pitched. She was also named the WCC Pitcher of the Week on Monday.

Outfielder Briielle Breland was named the College Sports Madness WCC Player of the Week. She had four hits and five RBI last week. Against her former school Grand Canyon, she went 2 for 3 with a home run and three RBI. In the opening game at Santa Clara, she went 2 for 3 again with two runs and two RBI.

Cougar Fans in Houston enjoy BYU Fan Fest

May 06, 2017 - Posted by at 7:15 pm | Updated: May 7, 2017 6:29 pm | Permalink

A large turnout of Cougar fans in Houston met and mingled with BYU coaches and athletes on Saturday during the second of four Fan Fest events conducted this spring from Utah to Nevada to Texas to California.

The Houston Fan Fest took place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. CDT at the Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park located at 6464 Creekside Forest Drive in Spring, Texas. More than 2,500 fans were estimated to have attended during the three-hour BYU event. Check out the links below to see a short highlight video and full photo gallery of the Houston Fan Fest. 

Fan Fest Highlights (video)
Fan Fest Photo Gallery

Among those participating, football head coach Kalani Sitake and offensive coordinator Ty Detmer were on hand along with Cosmo and other Cougar coaches and players, including brothers Fred Warner and Troy Warner as well as Texas natives Tejan Koroma, Akile Davis, Trey Dye and Tanner Jacobson.

BYU football will return to Houston this fall to face the LSU Tigers of the Southeastern Conference on Sept. 2 in the 2017 AdvoCare Texas Kickoff at NRG Stadium, home of the Houston Texans. Tickets can be purchased at BYUtickets.com.

This is the fifth-straight season BYU has traveled to its fans to conduct Fan Fest events, which gives Cougar Nation the opportunity to interact and take photos with Cougar coaches and student-athletes while also enjoying games and festivities such as face painting, inflatables, team posters and other BYU prizes. 

BYU's first Fan Fest this year was in Las Vegas on April 22. BYU will also conduct upcoming Fan Fest events in Farmington, Utah (Tuesday, May 16) and Corona, California (Saturday, June 3). 

Upcoming Fan Fest Events

Farmington, Utah — Tuesday, May 16 
Legacy Events Center
151 S 1100 West, Farmington, Utah 84025

6 - 8:30 p.m. MDT

Corona, California — Saturday, June 3 
Santana Regional Park 
598 Santana Way, Corona, California 92881

12 - 3 p.m. PDT

BYU prepares for national championship match against Ohio State

May 05, 2017 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 9:16 am | Updated: May 5, 2017 7:00 pm | Permalink

BYU men's volleyball spent the day preparing for its national championship match against Ohio State. In the morning, the Cougars headed to St. John Arena for a 90 minute practice. Following that, Joseph Grosh, Kiril Meretev, Wil Stanley and head coach Shawn Olmstead joined the media for a press conference. The team watched film on the Buckeyes in the evening before heading out for a late dinner to finish off the day. BYU faces Ohio State Saturday, May 6, at 7 p.m. EDT for a chance to win the NCAA title for the first time since the 2004 season.

BYU ready for Final Four matchup with Long Beach State

May 03, 2017 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 10:54 am | Updated: May 3, 2017 8:12 pm | Permalink

BYU men's volleyball began the day with a press conference and practice, in preparation for its Final Four match against No. 2 seed Long Beach State. Jake Langlois, Ben Patch, Erik Sikes and head coach Shawn Olmstead fielded questions from the media before the team took to the court for a 90 minute practice. After lunch, the Cougars had a film session on the 49ers. Following that, BYU headed to the Ivory Room for the AVCA Banquet, where Langlois was honored as an AVCA First-Team All-American. The Cougars face Long Beach State Thursday, May 4, at 6 p.m. EDT. The match will be streamed live on NCAA.com.

Cougars prepare for play-in match against Barton

May 01, 2017 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 11:11 am | Updated: May 2, 2017 6:47 am | Permalink

The BYU men's volleyball team began preparations for its NCAA tournament play-in match against Barton Monday. After breakfast, the squad headed to the campus of The Ohio State University for weight lifting. The players then entered St. John Arena for the first time for a 90 minute practice. The team rounded out the day with a film session on its opponent. The Cougars face Barton Tuesday, May 2, at 6 p.m. EDT in Columbus, Ohio.

Cougars prepare for battle with No. 3 seed Hawai'i

Apr 19, 2017 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 6:21 pm | Updated: April 19, 2017 11:21 pm | Permalink

The BYU men's volleyball team took to the court at Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, California, for the first time Wednesday, practicing in the evening for two hours. Prior to practice, the Cougars began the day with a study hall, finishing homework and preparing for upcoming finals. Following lunch, several players and coaches participated in media interviews before the team headed to practice at Long Beach State's gym. After a post-practice meal, the Cougars studied film on Hawai'i. BYU faces the Rainbow Warriors Thursday, April 20, at 5 p.m. PDT, in the semifinals of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament. The match will be streamed live by FloSports.