SAN DIEGO — The BYU baseball team (29-25) opens play at the Mountain West Conference Tournament today against New Mexico (16-39) at Tony Gwynn Stadium on the SDSU campus.
After posting a 6-4 recording with a 2.22 ERA during the regular season, Matthew Neil is slated to start against the No. 6 seeded Lobos, with opening pitch scheduled for 4 p.m.
"We haven't been hitting balls on the button the way we are capable of doing," said BYU coach Vance Law. "New Mexico is a good team that competes well. I'm guessing they will throw (Rudy) Jaramillo who was effective against us. We are looking forward to playing them."
In the other first-round game, fourth-seeded San Diego State (21-34) will play fifth-seeded UNLV (33-23) at 8 p.m.
The losers of those games will play on Wednesday at noon in the double-elimination tournament.
Later Wednesday, second-seeded Utah (28-19) — led by two-time MWC player of the year C.J. Cron — will play the highest seeded winner of the first round games at 4 p.m. TCU (40-15), the top seed, will play the lowest seeded winner.
MWC baseball tournament
All games will be on The mtn. and CBS SN
Tuesday's first-round games
(3) BYU vs. (6) New Mexico, 4 p.m.
(4) San Diego State vs. (5) seed UNLV, 8 p.m.
Wednesday's second-round games
Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, noon
(2) Utah vs. highest-seeded first-round winner, 4 p.m.
(1) TCU vs. lowest-seeded first-round winner, 8 p.m.