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BYU baseball: Cougars host four games this week

By Ralph R. Zobell

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, March 31 2014 5:31 p.m. MDT

Royal blue uniforms will be worn for the fourth time this season as BYU’s baseball team readies to host rival Utah Valley University on Tuesday.

BYU (10-19, 2-7 in the West Coast Conference) hosts UVU (9-18, 3-3 in the Western Athletic Conference) on Tuesday at 6 p.m. MDT, with junior transfer Michael Springer (0-2, 8.24) scheduled to start on the mound for the Cougars against Devin Nelson (1-4, 4.36) for the Wolverines. The BYU-UVU game will be streamed live on TheW.tv.

“We approach this just like a league game,” BYU coach Mike Littlewood said. “It will be nice to be back home where we can focus and be upbeat. We hope to put nine solid innings together but need to do it one inning at a time. We need to do the little things and pay attention to detail.”

Momentum gained in the Utah Valley game will help the Cougars as they prepare to host the University of the Pacific in a three-game league series on Thursday. One of the unknowns in that series is when BYU sophomore Kolton Mahoney will throw. Mahoney has pitched/started either the second or third contests of three-game series but could make an appearance or start in the opener of this series.

BYUtv will televise Thursday’s game live at 6 p.m., the same starting time for Friday’s game with the Tigers at Larry H. Miller Field. Saturday’s finale with Pacific will be played at noon in Orem at UVU’s Brent Brown Ballpark. Pacific leads the series, 6-3, and is making its first trip to Provo.

The Cougars wore the traditional royal blue uniforms in previous games this season at home against Utah and San Diego and at AT&T Park against San Francisco.

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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