BYU and Utah, a pair of baseball teams at opposite ends of the standings, continue WAC play when they meet Wednesday at Cougar Field.
The Cougars, 34-12, won 15 games in a row before splitting a pair of weekend doubleheaders with Wyoming. BYU has claimed 17 of 19 games and compiled a 12-5 WAC record - good enough for second place in the league, 11/2 games out of the lead.Utah, 13-25 and 6-11, is 7 1/2 games out of first place and mired in sixth place. The Utes had lost five straight and nine of 10 games before sweeping a Sunday doubleheader with CSU. Curiously, Sunday's star in a 6-0 win over CSU was pitcher Tim Carambelas, who had previously appeared for only one inning all season. He ended up tossing a four-hit, seven-inning shutout. As a reward, Coach Rick Sofield inserted Carambelas into the starting rotation.
Another oddity was that the Utes suspended eight players - including no fewer than six starters - for curfew violation, yet the Utes won both Sunday games.
Utah will start Craig Sudbury, 5-5, 6.72, against the Cougars while BYU will go with John DeSilva, 10-2 and 4.30. Starting time is 2 p.m.
The Cougars are being led by catcher Brad Eagar, who has hit a home run in each of the last nine games - after going 28 games without a homer. BYU split four games at Wyoming last weekend, winning the final game on Saturday. "We've got a winning streak of one," said BYU Coach Gary Pullins.
Despite their second-place status, Pullins was not excited about the Cougars' performance. "Last weekend was a ho-hum one for us. We only played 75 percent of what we were capable," he said. "Wyoming did play well, but we are 10 times better than what we showed."