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BYU, Utah Utes baseball: Cougars open MWC tourney; Utes start Wednesday

Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, May 24 2011 12:29 a.m. MDT

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

San Diego

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.

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