BASEBALL: Washington opens the Cougars' home season this Thursday at 3 p.m., at Larry H. Miller Field to start a three-game series.

The Huskies bring a 6-5 record against BYU's 4-7 record.

"It is nice to finally play at home in comfortable surroundings," said BYU coach Vance Law. "We like our own ballpark and fan support.

"I'm encouraged about our team, but might tweak our lineup in a few spots. We began the season with a little apprehension, got better the second week and competed well in four of our five games last week."

Law is 6-4 in home openers and says his son Andrew could be ready to return by the weekend from a hamstring injury.

MEN'S GOLF: The Cougars got off to a great start Monday at the Fresno State Golf Classic, sitting in fourth place with almost two rounds in the books in Fresno, Calif. The Cougars were +11 on the day before second-round action was suspended due to darkness.

"We played really well in the first round and then had a few hiccups towards the end, but we're in good shape overall," said BYU head coach Bruce Brockbank. "Conditions were tough, but we hung in there pretty well. We just need to come out tomorrow, be a little more consistent and put together a solid round."

Just one shot out of third place, the Cougars went +6 through the first 18 holes and were +5 in the second round when play was stopped.

BYU's golfers will return Tuesday morning to complete their final holes before finishing the tournament with third-round action.

The Cougars' two seniors led the way for BYU as Brady Johnson and Robbie Fillmore finished the day tied for third and sixth places, respectively, in the field. Johnson was two strokes under par overall in the tournament when play was stopped after going -1 in the first round and -1 through 16 holes of the second round. Johnson was +3 in the first round of the par-71 course but stormed back in round two with six birdies in 14 holes to go 4-under.

Freshman Alton Anderson posted the top Cougar score of round one at -3 with five birdies before going +7 through 14 holes of the second round to go +4 on the day. Junior Esteban Calisto was just one shot over par through 16 second-round holes after going +4 in round one, giving him an overall score of +5.

With five scores counting for BYU in the Classic format, sophomore Jordan Rodgers also contributed to the Cougar total with a score of 8- over through 35 holes on the day. Freshman Zac Blair was right behind at +9 through 14 round-two holes.

WOMEN'S GOLF: The Cougars posted a solid first round at the UNLV Spring Rebel Invitational in Las Vegas, tying for ninth place at +10 overall with a score of 298, just five shots out of fifth place.

"We had a really good first round today," said BYU head coach Robbie Bosco. "We started off playing really well and made a lot of birdies with very few mistakes. I feel pretty good about the position we're in right now. It got pretty windy and cold out there towards the end so hopefully tomorrow we can come out, handle the conditions and have a good round."

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Sophomore Maggie Yuan led the way for BYU as she went 1-under-par on the day with four birdies to tie for 10th place overall. Starting on the ninth hole, Yuan went as low as -3 on the scoreboard before finishing the round -2 on the back nine holes and +1 on the front nine.

Junior Jade Bollinger also found herself towards the top of the pack as the tied for 20th place at +1 in the first round. The Cougar leader for most of the day, Bollinger struggled on her final nine holes but finished the round with a birdie on the par-5 ninth hole to give her momentum heading into Tuesday's second round.

Cougar freshmen Kelsey Vines and Amanda Keith both went +5 on the day to tie for 54th place. Each golfer also notched three birdies in her respective round and went +3 on the front nine holes and +2 on the back nine. Junior Sara Romero went 10-over-par in the first round.

Second-round action will begin Tuesday with Romero scheduled to tee off at 8:30 a.m. MST.