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BYU baseball: Cougars battle top 25 teams

By Ralph R. Zobell

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, April 7 2014 3:55 p.m. MDT

Games at No. 24 Pepperdine and No. 14 UC Santa Barbara highlight the next week of baseball for BYU, but first the Cougars play at Washington State on Tuesday.

The WSU Cougars (15-13, 6-3 in the Pac-12) have also been nationally ranked this season but are not currently in the top 25. BYU (12-21, 4-8 in WCC) plays its Tuesday contest away from the WSU campus in a special game at Pasco, Wash., at 6:30 p.m. PDT.

Desmond Poulson (4-3, 4.10) is scheduled to start in a pre-designated rotation on the mound against Washington State and will start again Saturday at first place Pepperdine (24-7, 10-2 WCC). Jeff Barker (2-5, 5.65) will start the first game of the Pepperdine series Thursday at 3 p.m. PDT. Kolton Mahoney (4-4, 4.10) will start Friday for the Cougars. Friday's and Saturday’s games are at 1 p.m. PDT. BYU’s starter at UC Santa Barbara is TBA for Monday afternoon.

“If we play to our potential for nine innings we can compete with anyone,” BYU coach Mike Littlewood said. “We need to avoid big innings on defense, throw strikes, play catch and have timely hitting.”

Currently the team’s leaders in hitting streaks are Brock Whitney at nine games, Dillon Robinson at eight games and Brennon Lund at seven games.

The BYU-WSU game will only be available on live stats, while the games in California will be broadcast live by KOVO Radio 960 AM and through its audio stream online along with BYU Radio/Sirius XM 143.

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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