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Athletics recognized at The Golden Hashtags

May 28, 2015 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:07 pm | Permalink

The BYU University Communications team hosted the third annual BYU Social Media Awards – The Golden Hashtags, an event to recognize departments and affiliated organizations for their savvy online efforts.

The Athletic Department received the award Best of Show for the #BYU50 giveaway that was held prior to the 2014 football season. For #BYU50, BYU athletic marketing placed boxes of BYU merchandise in different states each day. Fans then raced to claim the boxes using photo clues shared on the BYU Cougars Twitter account.

The campaign was organized by David Almodova, director of athletic marketing, and his team, and Stuart Call, director of social media.

Click here for more info on the #BYU50 campaign.

Click here for more info on the Golden Hashtags.

May Baseball Blog

May 26, 2015 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 7:12 am | Updated: May 26, 2015 9:54 am | Permalink

POPPING BUTTONS: There have been several proud moments during the season. Among the top is a true button-popping celebration at home plate following Jarrett Jarvis' walk-off home run in a 4-3 victory at Saint Mary's College. All six-buttons were ripped off Jarvis' jersey No. 16 in the celebration which not only gave BYU the win, but the No. 3 seed going into the WCC Tournament. If buttons could sprout instead of being popped off, then seeds for future Cougar victories have been planted among the lost buttons at Louis Guisto Field. Log on to see the walk-off home run by Jarvis at Saint Mary's.

SEASON'S GREETINGS: Not at Christmas time, but at the end of the regular season were greetings exchanged between a couple of Cougars and some acquaintances on the UNLV baseball team. Now in different leagues, players from the two teams were staying at the same hotel prior to BYU playing at Santa Clara and UNLV playing at San Jose State. As the Cougars got off the bus at the hotel, greetings were exchanged between Cole Wilstead, Tanner Chauncey and Brennon Lund with some of the Rebels. Wilstead played previously at UNLV where he hosted Rebel Joey Armstrong on a recruiting trip and exchanged greetings this month with him, a former roommate and some other buddies on that team. Chauncey is from Las Vegas and knew several of the 17 Nevadans on the UNLV roster. Lund knew a Utahn from West Jordan on the Rebel roster. UNLV got rained out its first night in San Jose, while BYU was able to play nearby at Santa Clara that same night after a welcome, long-needed rain to drought stricken California.

BANDAGES PART ONE & TWO: Part one was the bandage removed somewhat from junior outfielder Eric Urry, who dislocated his middle finger on his throwing hand last month. Urry pinch-ran in the Santa Clara and Pacific series this month and in the WCC Tournament game against San Diego. Prior to the Santa Clara series, he was permitted to take dry swings off a hitting tee and could have hit a whiffle ball. He then took a pinch-hit at bat in the make-up game at Saint Mary's.

Part two, is a splint applied to the thumb of team manager Brett Adams who dislocated it diving for a home run shot in the pre-game batting practice by the Los Angeles Dodgers at AT&T Ballpark in San Francisco. The Giants hosted the Cougars on the field for their batting practice prior to the Cougars going to places like the right field seats above McCovey Cove. Adams eventually retrieved the ball and received treatment in an aid station at the ballpark.

POPULAR TWEET:  Our hostess who helped the BYU team get on the field at AT&T Ballpark was in charge of social media for the San Francisco Giants.  She took this photo of Kolton Mahoney and some of his teammates taking a selfie at the Giants' batting practice, posted it on San Francisco's team twitter site and we retweeted it.  That tweet is one of the most popular tweets on BYU's twitter account. You can view this popular tweet on this link.

PRO CHANGES: Marcus Littlewood, son of head coach Mike Littlewood, was promoted earlier this month from the Seattle Mariner's club in Bakersfield, California, to the Jackson Generals in Tennessee where he will play in the same AA league as former Cougars Jacob Hannemann and Adam Miller. Former Cougar Matt Carson was traded back to the Oakland A's from his AAA assignment in Oklahoma with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

SUMMER LEAGUE ASSIGNMENTS: Brennon Lund and Mason Marshall to the Battle Creek Bombers in Michigan; Riley Gates to the Duluth Huskies in Minnesota; Blake Brailsford to Newark; Maverik Buffo and Colton Shaver to the Washington D.C. Grays; Seth Huxford to the Saskatoon Yellow Jackets in Saskatchewan, Canada; Brady Corless to Orleans in the Cap Cod League; Brian Hsu to the Menlo Oaks in California; Court Iorg and Keaton Cenatiempo to the Palm Springs Power in California; Bronson Larsen and Cole Wilstead to the Bellingham Bells in Washington; and Wyatt Padgett to the Rochester Honkers in New York;

DROUGHT IN DRY CREEK: BYU's baseball team took a day off on the Sunday when it was in transit in California to attend church services in Campbell, California, after completing the three-game series at Santa Clara prior to winning the make-up game the next day at Saint Mary's College. The Cougars attended the Dry Creek Ward Conference where they learned more about the drought in California. Ironically, it had rained in nearby San Jose a couple days earlier and there was a steady rain back home in Utah. In a game the end of last month at Utah Valley University there was an out-pouring of water when the sprinklers accidently turned on for 10 minutes in the seventh inning of BYU's 5-2 victory.

OLDEST FAN: No word on how old this gentleman was, but Coach Mike Littlewood stopped en route to a post-game interview in the press box at Santa Clara to chat with a man using a walker. The man said he was the oldest Cougar fan in San Jose, so Littlewood had Cougar equipment manager Steve Bushman present the elderly fan with an official BYU baseball cap. The oldest BYU fan in Stockton was 86-year-old Dee Bird (BYU class `55 bachelors & '59 masters) who watched BYU play Pepperdine in the WCC Tournament.To see Dee Bird on our Twitter account, go to this link.

VIDEO CLIPS: In case you missed them, here's links to the play at Santa Clara which robbed Bronson Larsen of a sure double and Coach Mike Littlewood being "miked" up at the WCC Tournament.

Bravo, Bull and Broderick earn NFCA All-Pacific Region

May 14, 2015 - Posted by McKay Perry at 11:51 am | Updated: May 18, 2015 10:55 am | Permalink

BYU softball’s Gordy Bravo, McKenna Bull and Sydney Broderick were all named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Pacific Region Third Team Thursday.

Bravo played a major role in centerfield and hitting in the leadoff spot. She recorded a .444 batting average with 76 hits and 51 runs scored. She notched nine doubles, two triples, four home runs and 101 total bases while driving in 30 runs, leading the Cougars in on-base percentage (.510) and ranking second in slugging (.591).

The ace pitcher Bull recorded one of the most productive seasons in BYU history. She posted a 34-9 record with a 2.31 ERA while appearing in 46 games with 29 complete games including eight shutouts. Opponents had a .227 average against her as she tallied 256 strikeouts during the regular season. Ranking in the top five in the nation, Bull set the school mark for most victories in a single season by breaking former Cougar pitcher Paige Affleck’s 2010 mark of 32.

The catcher Broderick contributed behind the plate in Bull’s productive season. She hit .358 with 12 doubles, three triples, seven home runs and a team-leading 44 RBI. She also posted a .599 slugging percentage and caught nine runners stealing.

View the full list of All-Region honorees on the NFCA website.

BYU conducts Southern California FanFest

May 13, 2015 - Posted by at 2:30 pm | Updated: May 13, 2015 2:38 pm | Permalink

BYU Athletics visited Southern California on Tuesday, conducting a FanFest event for Cougar Fans in the Golden Gate state. 

Football head coach Bronco Mendenhall and men's basketball head coach Dave Rose took part in the event along with several players on the football and men's basketball teams and members of the BYU administration and cheer squad. Of course, Cosmo was on hand as well. 

The event took place in Irvine, California, and was enjoyed by a large gathering of fans. Among the many festivities featured at the event were autograph signings, photo opportunities and fun activities for kids. Check out the photos below and this full photo gallery on Facebook to see more.  

Quinn Lawlor drafted by CFL's Montreal Alouettes

May 13, 2015 - Posted by Kenny Cox at 1:30 pm | Updated: May 13, 2015 1:40 pm | Permalink

Former BYU offensive lineman Quinn Lawlor was drafted in the sixth round, 48th overall, by the Montreal Alouettes in the 2015 Canadian Football League Draft.

The 6-foot-4, 306-pounder will reunite with former Cougar wideout Cody Hoffman in Montreal. Hoffman signed a two-year deal with the Alouettes earlier this year.

Lawlor played in seven games for BYU during his career. He prepped at Orem High School and was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Alongside Hoffman, Lawlor joins BYU alums John Beck and Austin Collie in the CFL. Beck and Collie are with the BC Lions.

Last weekend of WCC play, NCAA Selection Sunday on horizon

May 07, 2015 - Posted by McKay Perry at 9:17 pm | Updated: May 7, 2015 9:31 pm | Permalink

After catching a morning flight to LAX, BYU softball arrived in Southern California ahead of its games against Loyola Marymount University in its final West Coast Conference series.

The Cougars shook the rust off at Smith Field on the beautiful LMU campus with some fielding and hitting work before the clouds gave way to rain.

Game one against the Lions will be streamed live Friday at noon PDT on The W.tv.

Things to watch for:

Team Records

  • At 38-10, BYU has a chance to reach 40 wins for the ninth time in school history and for the first time since the 2012.
  • The Cougars are hitting .338 as a team which is barely second to the average posted during the 2010 campaign.

Individual Marks

  • Pitcher McKenna Bull last Tuesday set the single-season record for victories (33) in the shutout win over UVU. She has eight shutouts on the season, tied with Summer Tobias (2008) for most in a single season.
  • Gordy Bravo is hitting a personal-best .464 from the plate. The top single-season batting average in BYU history was recorded by Oli Keohohou in 2001 with a .458 clip.
  • Lacey Hofstedt could tie her single-season stolen base record. The senior has 23 on the season, closing in on the program record she set in 2013 with 25 bases stolen.

NCAA Tournament Selection Sunday

After its seventh conference championship in a row, BYU softball will learn of its regional postseason destination on the NCAA Softball Selection Special Presented by Capital One Sunday at 10 p.m. EDT on ESPNU.

 

 

 


 

Cutshall begins third season for NWSL's Sky Blue FC

Apr 20, 2015 - Posted by knielsen at 12:58 pm | Updated: April 21, 2015 11:38 am | Permalink

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – In the third year of the National Women’s Soccer League and in her third year as a professional soccer player, former Cougar Lindsi Cutshall is moving into an important position on the backline for Sky Blue FC.

Cutshall has made the transition from the college game to the professional ranks over the past two seasons, going from playing in seven games and starting one to playing in 14 games and starting 11 while scoring three goals on five shots, including two game-winners. So far this year she has started both games as Sky Blue has a win and a draw.

She will be counted on even more this season as fellow defender Christie Rampone and teammate Kelly O’Hara will be leaving for the early and middle part of the season to prepare and play in the Women’s World Cup this summer. Sky Blue FC may be without up to six players who will be on their national team rosters this summer.

While that isn’t uncommon across the league, the threat of losing Sky Blue’s momentum dating back to last season could be a concern.

“We’ve come a long ways,” Cutshall said. “I think we’re definitely progressing in the right direction.”

Sky Blue FC finished the 2014 season on a four-match win streak and are currently on a six-match unbeaten streak dating back to last year. Sky Blue missed the playoffs by one point behind Chicago and Washington.

With her time in the league, Cutshall is now helping along teammates in getting accustomed to the professional game. Sky Blue defender Kristin Grubka, member of Florida State’s national champions last season, credits Cutshall with helping her in getting up to pace and handling the change in moving from college.

Cutshall and Sky Blue FC hope to return to the playoffs, which they qualified for during the 2013 season going 10-6-6. Their next game is Sunday, April 26 at 6 p.m. EDT against the Washington Spirit. Every NWSL game will be streamed on YouTube this season and nationally-televised matches will be announced at a later date.

Sky Blue FC vs. Houston Highlights

Sky Blue FC vs. FC Kansas City Highlights

Sky Blue FC 2015 Preview

April Baseball Blog

Apr 16, 2015 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 9:52 pm | Updated: April 17, 2015 12:22 pm | Permalink

FIRESIDE IN SAN DIEGO: Last month before upsetting No. 29 San Diego State the night before, BYU baseball held a fireside where coach Mike Littlewood, catchers Jarrett Jarvis and Grant Hodges and first baseman Cole Wilstead all spoke on the theme overcoming adversity.

Wilstead pointed out the story of the apostle Peter losing sight of his goal when he had been walking on the water, then started sinking. Jarvis spoke about his wife's bout with illness, and Hodges spoke on "why me?" as he told of having to come home early from a mission to Utah because of migraine headaches. Among the questions asked by youth in attendance was how BYU players felt about not playing on Sunday.

GRADUATION THIS MONTH: Jeff Barker (economics) and Dillon Robinson (finance) from this season's team are scheduled to graduate this month and Brandon Kinser (geography) is scheduled to graduate in August.  From last year's team, Kelton Caldwell (geography) and Brock Whitney (exercise science) are scheduled to graduate this month and Bret Lopez graduated last December (exercise science).

PRO ASSIGNMENTS: Adam Law, outfielder for the single A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (BYU) and coach Mike Littlewood's son Marcus Littlewood, catcher, Bakersfield Blaze are in the same league in California where the BYU mentor watched them play following the Cougars' games at LMU and Cal State Northridge.

Match the rest of the assignments for former Cougars playing in the pro ranks:

 
Jaycob Brugman, outfielder   AA Mobile Baybears
Matt Carson, outfielder
  A Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Taylor Cole, pitcher   Kansas City Royals
Jeremy Guthrie, pitcher   AA New Hampshire Fisher Cats
Jacob Hannemann, outfielder   AAA Oklahoma City Dodgers
Adam Miller, pitcher   AA Midland RockHounds

Answer: Reverse the order of the columns

PROSPECTIVE FOOTBALL TEAM: The Cougar baseball team could field a partial football team with players who had the following positions for their high school teams:
Punters: Paxton Larson and Keaton Cenatiempo
Tight End: Cole Wilstead
Linebacker: Colton Shaver and Dallen Reber
Quarterback: Wyatt Padgett.

Speaking of Shaver, here's a link to an interesting story about him losing a rib in high school due to a blood clot.

MISSION CALLS: James Barker and Paxton Larson are processing mission papers, but have not yet received their calls. The two freshmen are the only Cougars residing in Helaman Halls dormitories.

SPOTLIGHT TRAINER ALEX DAVIS: The Cougar trainer has an extensive playing career as a prep baseball player at Pleasant Grove High School in Utah. An anonymous source says: Alex was the starting shortstop for Utah Hall of Fame coach Jon Hoover. He was also the starting shortstop for the Utah State University baseball club. While at USU he played against Coach Littlewood and his staff when they were at Dixie State. While he was getting his graduate degree at Weber State he was an athletic trainer intern for the Salt Lake Bees and worked on future major league players such as Mark Trumbo, Hank Conger and Peter Bourjos.

TUCKETT TRAVELS: Former BYU athletic director/baseball coach Glen Tuckett continued his travels earlier this month when he attended the funeral of contemporary baseball coach “Bobo” Brayton, 89, of Washington State in Pullman. Tuckett’s record vs. Brayton was 6-5.

Collinsworth named to 2015 All-American #NoLoveTeam

Apr 08, 2015 - Posted by Kyle Chilton at 4:33 pm | Permalink

ESPN's Sean Farnham gave love to five guys that he believes don't get enough love by naming a 2015 #NoLoveTeam. Headlining the list is BYU guard Kyle Collinsworth. See what Farnham had to say below:

Returning from a torn ACL suffered in March 2014 in the WCC championship game, Collinsworth came back to tie an NCAA career record in just one season with six -- yes, six -- triple-doubles (tied with Drexel's Michael Anderson and a guy named Shaquille O'Neal). He shot 47 percent from the field while averaging 13.8 PPG, 8.7 RPG and 6.0 APG. This aggressive 6-foot-6 guard did an outstanding job pushing it in the open floor and attacking to score, getting fouled (average of 5.5 free throw attempts per game), or assisting any one of the open shooters that BYU had this past season. This season he gets the #NoLoveTeam All-America nod; next season, he should be on the preseason lists of the top players in the country.

Also included on the list are Duke's Grayson Allen, Boise State's Derrick Marks, Vanderbilt's Damian Jones and Gonzaga's Przemek Karnowski. Visit ESPN.com for the complete story.

Traveling to Northern California and ICYMI

Apr 02, 2015 - Posted by McKay Perry at 9:13 pm | Updated: April 2, 2015 10:33 pm | Permalink

Traveling to Northern California

BYU softball departed Miller Park Thursday en route to Moraga, California, to face Saint Mary's in its first 2015 West Coast Conference series this weekend.

Prior to landing in Oakland, the Cougars flew on a plane that happened to be co-piloted by a former BYU football player.

The plane took off on time, avoiding the 5 p.m. no-fly zone before the President of the United States was set to land in Utah.

Before calling it a night, the team got some batting practice in ahead of tomorrow's game against the Gaels.

ICYMI

The WCC's network, TheW.tv, released a video about the Cougars on the eve of conference play. Watch it here.

Wednesday night the BYU Athletic Department held its annual Y Awards to honor and show appreciation for the athletes. Sydney Broderick was nominated for Female Rookie of the Year and Lacey Hofstedt was up for the Cougar Club Memorial Award.

Later in the evening's program, Hofstedt garnered the "Play of the Year" award for her inside-the-park grand slam against No. 2 Oregon in March 2014, helping to defeat the highest-ranked team to ever come to Provo 6-5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the spirit of April Fools Day, players took the liberty of redecorating head coach Gordon Eakin’s office.

 

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