BASEBALL: A pair of junior college players joined four high school stars in signing November national letters of intent with BYU's baseball program.
Cougars' coach Vance Law announced that Matt Milke, a right-handed pitcher, and Christian Mua, an outfielder, are transferring to BYU from Southwestern College in Chula Vista, Calif. Southwestern is the JC which produced former Cougars Marcos Villescas, Adrian Molina, Mike McKeever and Kiko Hermosillo.
Joining them are infielder Tanner Chauncey and right-handed pitcher Cameron Coombs, both from Las Vegas, Nev. The two Utah prep signees are right-handed pitchers James Lengal from Spanish Fork and Mason Marshall pitcher from South Jordan.
Tanner Chauncey, a 6-foot-1, 160-pound infielder, plays for Las Vegas High in Las Vegas, Nev. He batted over .600 and led the state in hitting. He was all-state, two-time all-region, team captain and offensive MVP and played summer ball for the Utah Marshalls.
Coach Law on Chauncey: "He is a solid shortstop who has played a lot of baseball around he country. This exposure has been great for him and he is good defensively and offensively."
Cameron Coombs is a 6-4, 210-pound right-handed pitcher/first baseman at Durango High in Las Vegas, Nev. He was 5-4 with a 3.30 ERA and was clocked at 93 mph.
Coach Law on Coombs: "He is big, strong and has yet to tap his potential. He has a chance to be a hard-throwing righthander and could be a force on our staff."
James Lengal, a 6-2, 175-pound right-handed pitcher/first baseman for Spanish Fork High School in Utah, had a 2-0 record as a pitcher and batted .409 with 31 RBIs. He was a 4-A First Team All-State and all-tournament selection.
Coach Law on Lengal: "We like him, especially on the mound. He hurt his shoulder his junior year and has rehabbed, so we are hoping he comes back to form to utilize his potential."
Mason Marshall, a 5-8, 140-pound right-handed pitcher for Bingham High in Utah, was 4-1 with a 2.30 ERA and five saves in 19 innings with 22 strikeouts and nine walks. He was a two-time all-region performer and came back from a mid-season appendectomy.
Coach Law on Marshall: "He is one of the better pitchers in Utah. He is deceptive, but very, very good. He throws in the upper 80s and low 90s and is a good strike-thrower. He has good command of his breaking balls."
Matt Milke, a 6-4, 205-pound right-handed pitcher at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, Calif., had a 7-3 record with a 3.38 ERA in 851/3 innings, 16 games and 80 strikeouts. He was an honorable mention All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference player and prepped at Mater Dei High. His father, George Milke, pitched for USC on two NCAA title teams in the College World Series, was the CWS MVP in 1974 and played in the New York Mets' organization.
Coach Law on Milke: "He is a polished pitcher who can command the slider. He is one of the better pitchers in Southern California. He has a good family baseball background."
Christian Mua, a 6-0, 195-pound outfielder for Southwestern College in Chula Vista, Calif., batted .270 and was 10 of 11 in stolen bases. The right-hander prepped at Bonita Vista High.
Coach Law on Mua: "He is a solid outfielder who has good power for his size. He has a chance to be a real contributor offensively for us."
SWIMMING/DIVING: BYU junior Brandon Watson earned Mountain West Conference Men's Diver of the Week honors.
Watson, from Riverton, Utah, posted two NCAA zone-qualifying scores on the springboard events at the Wildcat Tucson Invitational in Tucson, Ariz. The junior scored 406.30 points on the 3-meter springboard to pace the field and qualify for the postseason. He also earned NCAA zone qualification with a third-place finish of 373.55 on the 1-meter board.