At this point in most recent WAC baseball campaigns, BYU has had a tournament berth locked up and Utah has been out of the race.
This year, with a week and a half left in the season, both teams are in the running for a trip to the postseason event in Hawaii. BYU coach Gary Pullins is a little worried about his team's situation; Utah coach Rick Sofield is happy his improving team is still in contention."There are six teams in the WAC playoff hunt and our games with San Diego State could have helped us," Pullins said. Instead, those games were snowed out last week, causing BYU (9-6 WAC, 24-11 overall) to drop into fourth place behind Wyoming, which beat Colorado State four times to move into third.
Now the Cougars - who are a half game behind Wyoming and a game behind San Diego State - play Wyoming four times this week, then get Colorado State for four games next week.
Fifth-place Utah (8-8, 19-26) has a tougher schedule, with doubleheaders at CSU Friday and Saturday, then a trip to Hawaii to play the first-place Rainbows four times next week.
The Utes will watch the BYU-Wyoming series closely, hoping that one team or the other pulls off a sweep, giving Utah a chance to gain ground.
Still, whether his team makes the playoffs or not, Sofield likes what he's seen. "This program's come a long way," he said. "People don't realize that we were oh-and-11 to start the year. Now it's the last series of the year and the playoffs aren't decided, and that's where we wanted to be."