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September Baseball Blog

Sep 05, 2017 - Posted by Ralph R. Zobell at 1:39 pm | Permalink

NEW FIELD: Head coach Mike Littlewood posted several tweets throughout the summer on BYU’s new baseball field.  Here is what he shared with BYU’s Daily Universe about the field:  "It seems like just yesterday that I approached Brian Santiago about the prospects of putting in a new playing surface. From that short conversation almost four years ago, along with a generous gift from former BYU baseball player Dave Decker, and of course with the support of our administration, we see the fruits of everyone's efforts.  This is not just a first-class stadium in this area, this is a first-class stadium worldwide and should be a game changer as far as the baseball team being able to play and practice outside during the winter months."

HONORING COACH TUCKETT:  Former BYU baseball coach Glen Tuckett (1959-1976) will be honored with an early birthday party (his actual birthdate is in December when he turns 90) thrown by his former players, all of whom are invited to attend on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m., in the Blue Zone of LaVell Edwards Stadium.  It will be a casual reception with remarks by former Major Leaguer Dane Iorg and former Cougar catcher Pal Eldredge as the emcee.

ANNUAL BASEBALL GOLF OUTING:  The annual BYU baseball golf outing is on Sept. at 15 at the TalonsCove Golf Course—the slots are full for that tournament.  Following the golf tourney, there will be an open house that everyone can walk through from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. at Miller Park.  Following the open house. The 2017-18 Cougars will hold a baseball scrimmage on Sept. 16 at 10 a.m.

ADD ANOTHER MARRIED PLAYER:  Outfielder Keaton Kringlen got married last month to McKenna Santiago, former BYU volleyball player.  The other married players on the team include: Brennon Anderson, Brock HaleKendall Motes, Rhett Parkinson, Hayden Rogers and Jordan Wood.

MISSION CALLS:  Virginians Pete Nielsen and Matt Favero have received their mission calls after being on the team last season.  Nielsen’s call is to Birmingham, Alabama and Favero’s call is to Eugene, Oregon.

MAJOR LEAGUE SON:  The fall roster has been posted and it includes freshman infielder Colton Kent, son of former San Francisco Giant Jeff Kent. Kent played 17 years of professional baseball (1992-2008), including six with the Giants from 1997-2002. Kent won the National League Most Valuable Player award in 2000. He was a five-time All-Star and also played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians, New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays.

ANOTHER PRO CONNECTION: Freshman pitcher Walker Sigman is also on the new BYU roster.  Sigman’s brother Jackson pitched for the University of West Virginia and signed with the Kansas City Royals organization this past summer.

BYU vs. No. 12/13 LSU viewing options

Sep 02, 2017 - Posted by Kristen Kerr at 10:17 am | Updated: September 2, 2017 10:18 am | Permalink

BYU football continues its 2017 campaign tonight in the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff against the No. 12/13 LSU Tigers at 8:30 p.m. CT/7:30 p.m. MT at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, home of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints.

The game will be televised nationally on ESPN. It is also via the WatchESPN app.

Additionally, live television coverage on BYUtv will begin at 7:30 p.m. CT/6:30 p.m. MT with the one-hour pregame show, Countdown to Kickoff. Live postgame coverage on BYUtv will follow the game.

Radio coverage of the game can also be heard on the BYU Sports Network with the Voice of the Cougars, Greg Wrubell. The pregame show starts at 6:30 p.m. CT/5:30 p.m. MT on BYU Radio – Sirius XM 143 and KSL 1160 AM/102.7 FM. It can also be found online at BYUcougars.com. 

Visit the game day page for live stats and additional information on the matchup against LSU.

Getting to Know: Matt Bushman and Jonah Trinnaman

Aug 23, 2017 - Posted by Kristen Kerr at 1:04 pm | Updated: August 23, 2017 2:28 pm | Permalink

Matt Bushman
Freshman tight end

What do you like to do in the offseason when you're not playing football?
I like to go fishing with friends. I’ve been fishing ever since I was a little kid.

Hidden talent?
I can juggle.

What is the most embarrassing song on your iPod?
I like Taylor Swift, I know that might be a little embarrassing for a football player, but I like her music.

If you could play any Olympic sport, what would it be?
The skiers that just go off the jumps super high and they just fly.

Favorite thing about BYU?
Just the atmosphere. We’re all friends, we all just get along. It’s a great place to be, lots of great things to do here in Utah.


Jonah Trinnaman
Senior wide receiver

Favorite food?
I love eating salmon and steak, but if it’s something that my parents make its tater-tot casserole. It’s freaking good. At least once a month we’ll have tater-tot casserole. I’m a big fan of my dad’s tater-tot casserole. 

Hidden talent?
I used to be really good at sound effects when I was younger. I was really good at instruments, like a trumpet. I got really good at the trumpet. 

Guilty pleasure?
I love 80's music. I’m big into 80's music, I’m talking like Wham! 80’s pop type music. My mom used to listen to it all the time, so I listened to it all the time growing up.

Do you have any pregame rituals?
I put dollar bills in my socks. I’ve been doing it since high school and at Snow College. I just put a dollar bill in each sock. 

Dream job?
Obviously, I would love to play in the NFL, but if that doesn’t work out, it would be a pediatrician. I wouldn’t want to go to school for it, but it would be my dream job. I’m not super great at the whole medical side, but just being able to work with and hang out with kids. They’re always so fun and easy to talk to, a lot easier than adults.

Isom Named to Top Drawer Soccer Preseason Best XI

Aug 14, 2017 - Posted by Tatiana Monsen at 12:38 pm | Permalink

Senior defender Taylor Isom has been named to the Top Drawer Soccer Women's Division I Preseason Best XI First Team for the 2017 season. 

A captain, Isom leads one of the best defenses in the nation. In 2016 Isom was named as the West Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year and has already been named to the 2017 MAC Hermann Trophy watch list. 

Mentioned along with Isom are Stanford's Andi Sullivan, South Carolina's Savannah McCaskill, Rutgers Casey Murphy and Georgetown's Rachel Corboz. 

For the article, visit TopDrawerSoccer.com.

Freshman Quick Kicks: Josie Guinn, Savanna Empey and Emma Bailey

Aug 01, 2017 - Posted by Jack Urquhart at 2:33 pm | Updated: August 1, 2017 2:45 pm | Permalink

PROVO, Utah – Josie GuinnSavanna Empey and Emma Bailey are part of the influx of freshmen that will write the next chapter for BYU women's soccer.

All three were drawn to the program's tradition of excellence.

"The program is amazing," said Guinn, a native of Murrieta, California. "Even before I came to camp as a freshman, it's been a dream."

Guinn's parents attended BYU, as did her brother Gavin, who played basketball for the Cougars, and her older sister.

Empey also has connections to BYU athletics. Her father, Mike, is on the football coaching staff. She has a brother who will join the football team as a lineman and a sister committed to the soccer team for 2020.

A goalkeeper, Empey is excited to work with new assistant coach Brent Anderson, who was a keeper on Utah State's club team before becoming a coach.

"I'm pumped about that," she said. "Brent has been awesome to get to know and work with so far."

Bailey doesn't have a family tradition of attending BYU, as she'll be the first Cougar from her family. She tore her ACL twice in high school and is grateful BYU has stuck with her as she's recovered.

"They were so supportive the first time it happened," she said. "I wasn't worried about them dropping me the second time because I knew them, and they had supported me before."

The trio joins the team with high expectations.

"We hope to win the national championship," Guinn said. "It's a really big goal, but I think our team is capable of winning it."

Empey agreed.

"We've only been here a month or two, but the program is great and eveyone works so hard," she said. "So how do you expect anything less than that?"

Freshman Quick Kicks: Josie Manwill, Ellie Smith and Makaylie Moore

Jul 21, 2017 - Posted by Tatiana Monsen at 8:29 am | Updated: July 21, 2017 9:34 am | Permalink

PROVO, Utah – Joining the BYU women’s soccer family this fall are Josie Manwill, Ellie Smith and Makaylie Moore.

Manwill, a Layton, Utah native, is a recently returned missionary after serving for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kobe, Japan. Before her mission, she played a spring season with the Cougars.

“I want to really improve just coming off a mission,” she said. “I really want to push myself to be at a point where I’m better than I was before my mission.”

As a goalkeeper, Manwill played for La Roca FC and Northridge High School. She was a four-year Utah ODP player and a four-time Utah State Cup champion. She has known from a young age that BYU was the school she wanted to play for as she desired to play for a competitive team that did not play on Sunday.

Smith, a midfielder from Alpine, Utah, joins her sister Cassidy Smith as a member of the team. “I’ve wanted to come to BYU since I came to Cubs Camp,” she said. “I’ve always loved the coaching staff and the girls and my sister is here so I wanted to come with her.”

She was a member of Celtic and attended Lone Peak High School where she was named to the Deseret News 5A All-State second team and the Daily Herald All-Valley honorable mention in 2014.

“[The seniors] all have a really good vibe of doing their very best and leaving it all here at BYU, and so that really helps the incoming freshman and everyone to just feel motivated,” Smith said of this year’s outlook. “So that’s a high expectation of just not letting them down and not letting the school down.”

Moore comes to Provo from Auburn, Washington. She played for Eastside and Thomas Jefferson High School. She was a four-time club state champion and in 2013 she was the UYSA national champion. BYU is the school everyone in her family has attended so she is grateful she has the opportunity to play for the Cougars.

“I liked the spiritual environment that it brought and not playing on Sundays was a really big deal,” she said. “It was also at a super competitive level and I wanted to play on a really good cohesive team.”

The midfielder is recently coming off an injury and hopes to improve this season and help the team in whatever her role may be.

Post-Team USA thoughts from Robins-Hardy

Jul 20, 2017 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 4:00 pm | Permalink

The following are thoughts from BYU women's volleyball senior setter Alohi Robins-Hardy regarding her time representing Team USA with the U.S. Collegiate Women's National Team in Europe from July 6-16.

Representing USA on an international level was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I was able to meet a few girls from different colleges around the U.S. and I was able to represent BYU in a team full of those different girls. I loved being able to connect with the other girls and being able to get so close with them in such a short amount of time. We had lots of fun out in Europe - cliff jumping, alpine sliding and sight seeing. Another cool thing about this trip was experiencing different coaches from other colleges and seeing their type of coaching style. Being overseas is a totally different experience but it's definitely one of the best experiences ever. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to represent not only USA but also BYU in European countries. I loved every second of it and wish I could do it again.

Robins-Hardy and Team USA defeat Mountain West Conference All-Star Team to win title

Jul 14, 2017 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 12:16 pm | Updated: July 14, 2017 1:41 pm | Permalink

BYU women's volleyball senior setter Alohi Robins-Hardy and the U.S. Collegiate National Team defeated the Mountain West Conference All-Star Team in three sets (25-15, 25-15, 25-13) to claim the title of the 13th Annual European Global Challenge Friday in Pula, Croatia.

Robins-Hardy contributed seven assists, two aces and a dig in the win. The squad as a whole hit at a .390 clip compared to just .012 for the Mountain West Conference.

The U.S. Collegiate National Team ended play in the European Global Challenge with a perfect 6-0 record.

Robins-Hardy and Team USA advance to finals of European Global Challenge

Jul 13, 2017 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 6:53 am | Updated: July 13, 2017 1:19 pm | Permalink

BYU women's volleyball senior setter Alohi Robins-Hardy helped the U.S. Collegiate National Team defeat Italian team Falconara in four sets (15-25, 25-17, 25-15, 27-25) in the quarterfinals and Bring It Promotions (BIP) Midwest in four sets (25-19, 25-15, 19-25, 25-20) in the semifinals of the European Global Challenge Thursday in Pula, Croatia.

Robins-Hardy collected two kills and a block in the first match against Falconara.

The wins set up a championship match with the Mountain West Conference team.

The title match will take place Friday, July 14, at 11 a.m. MT and will conclude Robins-Hardy and Team USA's play in the 13th European Global Challenge.

Robins-Hardy helps Team USA win all three pool play matches

Jul 11, 2017 - Posted by Royce Hinton at 10:09 am | Updated: July 12, 2017 11:11 am | Permalink

BYU women's volleyball senior setter Alohi Robins-Hardy helped the U.S. Collegiate National Team defeat Israel (U23) in three sets (25-17, 29-27, 25-6) and The Czech Republic (U23) in three sets (25-17, 25-18, 25-18) Tuesday as part of the European Global Challenge in Pula, Croatia.

The squad outblocked Israel 15-2 and had a 7-1 service ace advantage in the win.

In the second match against The Czech Republic, Robins-Hardy started - contributing 29 assists, three aces, two kills and two blocks in the win. She helped the team convert 46 percent of its attacks while hitting at a .247 clip. The team again outblocked its opponent by a 12-3 differential and had a 9-4 margin of victory in aces.

On Wednesday, Robins-Hardy helped her squad defeat Bring It Promotions (BIP) Midwest 2-1 (25-22, 25-14, 18-25). The team again had a .247 hitting percentage in the win.

Robins-Hardy will next compete Thursday, July 13, in the championship pool bracket. The quarterfinals take place at 2:30 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. MT with the semifinals taking place later on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. MT on simultaneous courts. The championship match is slated for Friday, July 14, at 11 a.m. MT.

 

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