BYU's baseball team will try to avoid another disaster in the Islands as it begins WAC tournament play Thursday in Honolulu against San Diego State.
In February, the Cougars opened their season with a four-game series against Hawaii in Honolulu. The Rainbows swept the series, outscoring the Cougs 37-15.This time around, the Cougs are resolved to make a better showing.
"We are committed to play a better brand of baseball than we did three months ago," said BYU Coach Gary Pullins. "We are playing well and are a bit embarrassed by our performance at Hawaii in February. We have had a tremendous turnaround."
Since that opening debacle, the Cougs have won 34 of 43 games, giving them a season record of 34-13, 16-7 in WAC play. Along the way, however, they missed out on playing second-place San Diego State when a scheduled four-game series against the Aztecs in Provo was rained out.
"Because we are the only team in the WAC that has not played San Diego State, we have to experiment by playing," Pullins said. "This should help us concentrate and play better."
BYU's probable starter in the first game of the double-elimination tournament is lefty Lance Clark (6-2, 3.93).
Thursday's game starts at 7:30 p.m. MDT and will be broadcast on KFMY-960 AM. If the Cougs win, they will play 7:30 p.m. Friday against the winner of the Hawaii-Wyoming game; if they lose, at 4 p.m. Friday.