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April Baseball Blog

Apr 15, 2017 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 9:12 pm | Updated: April 20, 2017 4:59 pm | Permalink
ESPNU TELEVISING AGAIN: It was released a couple days ago that BYU's game at Gonzaga will be televised by ESPNU/WatchESPN, Saturday, May 20, 7:30 p.m. PT. ESPNU televised the BYU-Santa Clara game last year in Provo.
 
UPCOMING GRADUATIONS: Graduating this month from BYU are: pitcher Brady Corless in family life and current graduate assistant/former shortstop Hayden Nielsen in exercise and wellness. Players hopeful of a June graduation are Keaton Cenatiempo in exercise and wellness, Tanner Chauncey in statistics and Bronson Larsen in exercise and wellness.
 
NOMINATED FOR CoSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT: Brock Hale 3.47 cumulative grade point average, majoring in pre-business; Bo Burrup 3.44 GPA, majoring in pre-communications; and Nate Favero  3.33 GPA, majoring in political science have been nominated for the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District team.
 
BASEBALL COLLECTION: Pitching coach Jeremy Thomas added five baseballs from teams representing five new conferences who had games with BYU this school year: Michigan State with the Big 10, Georgia Tech with the ACC, Kennesaw State with the Big South Conference, Georgia State with the Sun Belt Conference, and Connecticut with the American Athletic Conference. Coach Thomas now has 28 baseballs in that collection, including a couple College World Series baseballs.
 
WALK-UP MUSIC: Here are the names of walkup songs (the non-R rated segments) for several of the BYU Cougars:</p>
Ronnie Adair – Tell the World – Lecrae
Brennon Anderson – Pull the Trigger – Russ
Jackson Bishop – I’d Love to Change – Jetta
Maverik Buffo – Ladies and Gentlemen – Saliva
Bo Burrup – Seven Nation Army – White Stripes
Matt Bushman – So Fresh – Outkast
Keaton Cenatiempo – Double Double Trouble – MIA
Tanner Chauncey – Power – Kanye West
David Clawson – The Pretender – Foo Fighters
Aaron Cross – Don’t Let Me Down – Chainsmokers
Kyle Dean – Come With Now – Kongos
Matt Favero – She Cranks – Dustin Lynch
Nate Favero – Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson
Riley Gates – Right Now – Van Halen
Brock Hale – The Movement – Kid Ink
Noah Hill – Sucker for Pain – Lil Wayne
Brian Hsu – Get Stupid – Mac Dre
Casey Jacobsen – Fitzpleasure – Alt-J
Mackay Jacobsen – Levels – Aviici
Keaton Kringlen – Work – Rihanna, Bad Royale remix
Bronson Larsen - Imperial March – Star Wars
Mason Marshall – Want It All – Queen
Kendall Motes – I Can’t Stop – Flux Pavilion
Pete Nielsen – Flower – Moby
Rhett Parkinson – As Good as I Once Was – Toby Keith
Hayden Rogers – Here Comes the Hotstepper – Ini Kamoze
Daniel Schneemann – My Name Is – Eminem
Colton Shaver – King Kong – Jibs
Connor Williams – My Life Be Like – Grits
Jordan Wood – Come and Get Your Love – Redbone
 
SPRING SPROUTS: Or this could be called #mustachemafia Part II. Relief pitchers Mason Marshall and Rhett Parkinson started their mustaches a couple weeks ago and the Cougars have gone 10-2 in that period.The fad may be gaining momentum again.
 
SUMMER ASSIGNMENTS: In addition to the summer assignments mentioned in our March blog, Cam Richins will be playing for the Chico Heat in Chico, California, where Keaton Kringlen and Daniel Schneemann played last summer.
 
PRO ASSIGNMENTS: Here is what we've learned of pro assignments of former Cougar baseball players for this month after the completion of spring training:
Jaycob Brugman –AAA Nashville Sounds in Tennessee
Taylor Cole –AAA Buffalo Bisons in New York
Jacob Hannemann –AAA Iowa Cubs in Des Moines
Adam Law –AA-Arkansas Travelers with Marcus Littlewood and in Little Rock
Brennon Lund –A ball in Burlington, Iowa
Kolton Mahoney –Low A Charleston Riverdogs in South Carolina
Adam Mille –Still rehabbing at the Diamondbacks Facility in Arizona
Mike Rucker –Low A South Bend Cubs in Indiana
 
BROCK HALE TIME OFF: Because of a knee strain suffered in the Oregon game the first part of this month, BYU's leading hitter Brock Hale had time to work on other statistics.While the Cougars were at the Pacific series, Hale remained behind to continue rehabbing his knee and spent added time in a mathematics lab at BYU studying for a test in in Math 118 and got a pleasing test score.
 
IMPENDING DOOM: Check out this notation of "Impending doom" in this link pointed out by the astute eye of David Richey from Ogden, whether it be the intended comment about the rainy weather at game one at Pacific earlier this month or the prediction of Maverik Buffo's 6-0 shutout thanks to Bronson Larsen's grand slam: http://byucougars.com/node/116517/#ui-tabs-1
 
FORGOT IN FEBRUARY TO MENTION: "I'm really impressed with BYU. I felt like every pitcher that they ran out there was good, their left side of the infield made some really good plays and up and down their lineup they can really hit," said Coach Danny Hall of Georgia Tech.http://www.ramblinwreck.com/sports/m-basebl/recaps/021717aac.html
 
FLASHING LEATHER: Here are two scriptures referenced on BYU players' gloves: 1) on Pete Nielsen's glove is Isaiah 12:2--Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.; and 2) on one of the gloves used by Noah Hill is James 1:12--Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Hill also has initials representing an acronym from his high school team: FBL, enscribed on the same glove and written inside his ball cap. And then there's this emblazoned in Spanish on Brennon Anderson's glove: La Leyenda (meaning "The Legend")

Bull picks up Madness WCC Player of the Week honor

Apr 04, 2017 - Posted by Kimberlie Haner at 10:26 am | Updated: April 4, 2017 10:38 am | Permalink

In addition to her West Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week nod, McKenna Bull was named the Madness WCC Softball Player of the Week for the second time this season after her strong play last week.

This is the third Madness WCC Player of the Week honor for BYU this season. Bull also picked up the award in March and Libby Sugg won back in February.

In 13.1 innings pitched this week, Bull had a 0.53 ERA and .146 opponent batting average. She also notched 19 strikeouts with just one earned run, three walks and seven hits over the week. Against No. 1/3 Oregon, she gave up no runs and just three hits while tossing eight strikeouts in the tight 1-0 loss. In the complete game win at Oregon State, Bull threw 10 strikeouts, her third game this season with double-digit strikeouts.

The Madness National Field Player of the Week was Florida State's Sydney Broderick and the Madness National Pitcher of the Week was Michigan's Megan Betsa. The complete list of the winners from each conference can be seen here.

Decathlon comes to an end at Texas Relays

Mar 30, 2017 - Posted by Taylor Brown at 10:10 pm | Permalink

After competing in two days of events, Kevin Nielsen finished No. 5 overall in the decathlon at the Texas Relays. Jackson Walker also competed but did not compete in the final events of the competition. 

Nielsen came in first place overall in the long jump with a mark of 7.42 meters and placed eighth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.00, just a tenth of a second off of his career-best time. He also came in third in the high jump and in his final event, he took fourth in the 1500-meter run. At the conclusion of the 10 events, Nielsen finished with a career-best score of 7,439. 

Korey Smith came in eighth and Max Scheible in 10th in the men's 400-meter hurdles. Brenna Porter finished 13th in the first round of the women's 400-meter hurdles. 

Junior Jake Jarvis finished second, sophomore Raul Rios in third and junior Jameson Shirley took 10th in the pole vault. In the men's javelin throw, Kraymer Eppich came in sixth and Jacob Barnes came in 10th. Junior Elyse Cuthbertson finished in 13th place in the women's javelin throw.

The Texas Relays will continue on through Saturday, April 1. For a full list of results, click here

Decathlon comes to an end at Texas Relays

Mar 30, 2017 - Posted by Taylor Brown at 9:07 pm | Updated: March 30, 2017 10:09 pm | Permalink

After competing in two days of events, Kevin Nielsen finished No. 5 overall in the decathlon at the Texas Relays. Jackson Walker also competed but did not compete in the final events of the competition. 

Nielsen came in first place overall in the long jump with a mark of 7.42 meters and placed eighth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.00, just a tenth of a second off of his career-best time. He also came in third in the high jump and in his final event, he took fourth in the 1500-meter run. At the conclusion of the 10 events, Nielsen finished with a career-best score of 7,439. 

Korey Smith came in eighth and Max Scheible in 10th in the men's 400-meter hurdles. Brenna Porter finished 13th in the first round of the women's 400-meter hurdles. 

Junior Jake Jarvis finished second, sophomore Raul Rios in third and junior Jameson Shirley took 10th in the pole vault. In the men's javelin throw, Kraymer Eppich came in sixth and Jacob Barnes came in 10th. Junior Elyse Cuthbertson finished in 13th place in the women's javelin throw.

The Texas Relays will continue on through Saturday, April 1. For a full list of results, click here

Getting to Know: Marielle Mitchell and Helody Cyrenne

Mar 29, 2017 - Posted by Kristen Kerr at 2:34 pm | Updated: March 29, 2017 3:20 pm | Permalink

Marielle Mitchell, redshirt freshman

What is your favorite movie?
“The Proposal.”

What are two things you must have on road trips?
Fruit snacks and movies.

If you could have a walk-up song, what would it be?
“Who Gon Stop Me” by Kanye West and Jay Z

What are you secretly good at?
Cooking.

What is your favorite place you’ve traveled to?
Spain.

What is your favorite saying?
“Dreams don’t come true—they are made true.”


Helody Cyrenne, redshirt

What is your favorite movie?
“Stick It.”

Who is your celebrity lookalike?
Ellen Pompeo.

If you could have a walk-up song, what would it be?
“Closer” by The Chainsmokers

What is your favorite place you have visited?
Japan.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
A nutritionist.

What is your favorite saying?
"My goal is not to be better than anyone else, but to be better than I used to be.” - Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

Getting to Know: Kyleigh Greenlief and Emily Cannon

Mar 27, 2017 - Posted by Kristen Kerr at 1:35 pm | Updated: March 27, 2017 1:58 pm | Permalink

Kyleigh Greenlief, redshirt junior

What is your favorite movie?
“The Help.”

What is your favorite place you’ve traveled to?
Alaska.

If you could have a walk-up song, what would it be?
“Party Up” by DMX.

Who is your celebrity lookalike?
Willow Shields.

What are you secretly good at?
Painting.

What is your favorite saying?
“You are enough.”


Emily Cannon, redshirt freshman

What is your favorite movie?
“The Princess Bride.”

What is your favorite place you’ve traveled to?
Rome.

What are two things you must have on a road trip?
A new playlist and travel snacks.

What are you secretly good at?
Cracking an egg with one hand.

What is your favorite/the most interesting class you’ve taken at BYU?
Foundations of Global Leadership from Greg Warnick.

What is your favorite saying?
“You will never influence the world by trying to be like it.”

March Baseball Blog

Mar 20, 2017 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 1:10 pm | Permalink

FACEBOOK FOLLOWERS:  Thanks to Tuckett Slade, director of BYU baseball operations, the Cougars have the ability to stream on Facebook Live when no other live video is available.  Consequently, Facebook audiences for BYU’s games at Georgia State, and at Stockton and Bakersfield, California have tuned in to watch from far away places.  Among those locales are New Zealand; Magrath, Alberta, Canada; Florida; Iowa; Cleveland and Las Vegas; Great Falls, Virginia; Whitehall, Arkansas; Tucson, Arizona; Barstow and Canyon Country, California; Beaver and Tooele, Utah; and Nederland, Texas.  That true Cougar fan in Texas was Michael Zimmerman, who had his TV tuned to BYUtv to watch the women’s basketball game against Washington State in the WNIT while viewing Facebook for BYU baseball’s 7-6 win over UConn.

CALLING ON COLUMBIA:  The parents of Keaton Cenatiempo were in Georgia for the Cougars’ games in the Atlanta Challenge.  During the Sunday break, Keaton drove with his parents to Columbia, South Carolina, where his father served years ago as a missionary.

MORE VISITORS:  While in Stockton, California for the games against San Jose State and Northern Colorado, Cougars Keaton Kringlen and Daniel Scheemann had a special visitor.  Their coach from Chico, California, where they played summer ball drove down to watch them play. When the Cougars had their first outdoor preseason practice of the year at St. George, several of Kringlen’s friends and family drove down from Cedar City.

FOOTBALL-BASEBALL CONNECTION:  Fans may remember Jacob Hannemann, now on the 40-man roster for the Chicago Cubs as is Jaycob Brugman with the Oakland A’s.  Hannemann was a defensive back, like his brother Micah, for BYU football.  Jacob Hannemann donated his Rawlings glove to the Cougars and it is now in use by another BYU gridder who doubles with the baseball team—Matt Bushman.  Bushman’s glove had yet to arrive, so he has been using Hannemann’s mitt on the diamond and does morning workouts with BYU football as a tight end.

ENGAGED COUGARS: Catcher Bronson Larsen is engaged with plans to be married this summer.  Last month outfielder Keaton Kringlen got engaged to former BYU volleyball player Makenna Santiago, daughter of former Cougar cager Mark, with plans also to be married this summer.

SUMMER ASSIGNMENTS: Some summer ball assignments are known for Cougars: Kyle Dean to the Wareham Gatemen, the same club Colton Shaver played for last summer in the Cape Cod League and Daniel Schneemann and redshirt pitcher Kenny Saenz for the St. Cloud Rox Baseball Club in Minnesota.

PULLINS BACK IN ACTION:  Former BYU coach Gary Pullins, who moved from Port Orford, Oregon to Chappell Hill, Texas near Austin, made a brief stop in Provo en route to Idaho Falls for a family gathering.  While in Provo, Pullins was micside as a color analyst with Brent Norton.  Pullins is scheduled to be with Norton again the first part of May in Santa Clara, California, when he joins his former BYU baseball coach Glen Tuckett and Dr. Tom Fife, a former Cougar teammate, when the threesome convenes in a yearly gathering.

Getting to Know: Briana Pearson

Mar 17, 2017 - Posted by Kristen Kerr at 12:04 pm | Updated: March 17, 2017 12:09 pm | Permalink

Briana Pearson, freshman

What is your favorite app?
Instragram.

What is your favorite place you’ve traveled to?
Hawaii.

What are you secretly good at?
Memorizing song lyrics (rapping).

What did you want to be when you grew up?
A lawyer.

What are two things you must have on road trips?
My best friends and the aux.

Mavericks defeat Cougars 105-89 in first round of NIT

Mar 15, 2017 - Posted by Andrew Cook at 11:13 pm | Permalink

UT Arlington opened the second half with two scores to extend the lead to 12 and BYU trailed 67-56. TJ Haws sank a 3-pointer at the 18:02 mark for the Cougars' first score of the half to cut the lead down to nine. The Mavericks went on a 7-1 run before Eric Mika sank a pair of free throws and the Mavericks held a 76-65 lead at the 13:32 mark. On the following UTA possesion, Nick Emery came up with a steal and knocked down a three in transition, cutting UTA's lead to eight and bringing fans to their feet.

The Mavericks pushed the lead back out to 13 after a 7-2 run and led 83-70 with 11:08 remaining. After another basket by UTA, Emery knocked down a 3-pointer and hit a free-throw to complete a four-point play and BYU trailed 85-74 at the 8:44 mark. A pair of free throws from Yoeli Childs cut the lead to nine but the Mavericks answered with two baskets to pull ahead 89-76. The Mavericks then went on a 13-3 run and hit the century mark to take a 102-79 lead. 

With 2:26 left in the contest, Colby Leifson knocked down a 3-point basket. On the next posession, Leifson converted the first of two free throws before knocking down another long ball and the Cougars trailed 102-86. After the Mavericks responded with a deep ball of their own, Leifson made another 3-point shot for his tenth point in the final two and a half minutes and the Cougars fell 105-89.