BYU baseball: Cougars play trio of Texas teams in Kleberg Bank Classic

By Ralph R. Zobell

For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 18 2014 3:30 p.m. MST

BYU baseball coach Mike Littlewood gets ready to throw a pitch during practice at the Larry H. Miller Field in Provo on Thursday, April 18, 2013.

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No. 19 TCU highlights the four-team field in this week’s Kleberg Bank Classic at Corpus Christi where BYU baseball will play three teams from Texas.

BYU (0-4) is seeking its first victory of the season in the AA pro stadium Whataburger Field. The Cougars will first play a doubleheader against host Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Thursday before meeting No. 19 TCU on Friday. The Cougars close the tournament Saturday against Texas San Antonio. The three Texas teams had games Tuesday night.

“We are excited to get back on the field and put the Kansas series behind us,” BYU coach Mike Littlewood said. “We will use it as a building block to getting better. We understand our areas of weakness and we’ll fix them.

“I was happy with the play of (Brennon) Lund who had six hits. He seemed like his at-bats got better and better. It is pleasing for us to have him in the leadoff spot.“

The freshman center fielder leads the team with a current four-game hitting streak.

“I was happy with our hitters, “ Littlewood said. “It’s tough when we don’t get leadoff guys on in early innings. Kansas made us earn everything we got.

“Our starting pitching was great. I told them it’s their game to win or lose. We expect them to go a complete game. We want them to go deep in the games.”

Senior co-captain Desmond Poulson (0-0, 3.60 ERA) will start BYU’s opening game against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, followed by freshman Hayden Rogers in the nightcap. Sophomore Kolton Mahoney (0-1, 1.29) will be BYU’s starter against TCU. Junior Jeff Barker (0-1, 5.14) will start against UTSA. The Cougars’ starter on Monday at Texas Tech is TBA.

Ralph R. Zobell has worked for BYU Athletic Media Relations in various capacities for over 30 years. You can view his bio at http://byucougars.com/staff/athletics/ralph-zobell or contact him at ralph_zobell@byu.edu.

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