BYU baseball: No. 13 Arizona State hosts BYU in tourney tune-up

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  • Cougar in Texas Houston, TX
    May 22, 2013 10:01 a.m.


    The fact remains ASU used its season-long starting batting line-up against BYU the entire game - no pinch hitters or subs according to the box. You got 6 hits against BYU's mid-week starter. Our pitchers, other than in the ninth inning, were comparable in appearances to ASU's pitchers last night.

    Just admit BYU played well and ASU had a bad game. 8 walks? 2 errors? Gave up 5 stolen bases? 0 for 2 in stolen bases against the inferior BYU battery? Struck out 11 times?

    Nobody is saying BYU's baseball legacy is anywhere near what ASU's is. The Sun Devils have an all-time top 10 program while BYU's is barely a footnote. However, it speaks well of someone to give credit where it is due and BYU played a good game last night with both teams making similar use of their respective rosters.

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    May 22, 2013 9:32 a.m.

    I was in attendance all weekend ling and you missed my point.

    If ASU were to trot-out TW/RK, their Games 1/2 starters each weekend, particularly after having pitched a full-season against vastly superior competition [i.e., see respective SOS rankings], they would've destroyed a relatively weak byu team, by comarison to their conf comp. My point is, these mid-week games are virtual unknowns on the mound, have regular substitutions in the field as the games wear-on and could go either way, across-the-board.

    This is 100% irrefutable and known to any legitimate fan of College Baseball, not merely casual observers, which most byu baseball "fans" are.

    BTW, did you bother to look-up the ua/NMSU games from last season which I referenced to illustrate my CB 101 lesson to you people right here?

  • Cougar in Texas Houston, TX
    May 22, 2013 9:05 a.m.


    ASU's batting line-up against BYU was the exact same one they used in their previous game against Arizona. They also used McCeery as the first reliever in both games. Are you saying that a game that could have secured the "Territorial Cup" for ASU was just as meanningless as the game against BYU?

    Keep in mind that BYU also used its mid-week pitching staff, other than the ninth inning when they brought in their most recent closer (who did a fine job against ASU's regular starting line-up).

  • AZUTE1 Mesa, AZ
    May 21, 2013 11:22 p.m.

    I was in attendance tonight. YAAAAWN. If you comprehended College Baseball, you'd know how these mid-week games work. Schools save their top pitchers for the weekend and oftentimes kids play who are otherwise buried deep down into the dugout during their important weekend-games.

    Case in point, review last season's results for eventual NC ua and their mid-week games at home against NMSU. They got absolutely obliterated by NMSU, yet won The CWS w/their best pitchers/starters playing the entirety of each game.

    However, hollow, meaningless victories such as this one are precisely what fuels the utter self-delusion running rampant in utah county, year-round. I'd be shocked not seeing you all giddy about it. Schedule ASU for a weekend-series and byu gets utterly humiliated.

  • BlueCoug Orem, UT
    May 21, 2013 11:06 p.m.

    Congrats Cougars on another win over a ranked team!

    BYU is now 5-4 versus ranked opponents, including road wins at LSU and ASU, 20-6 in their last 26 games, and enter the WCC tournament on a 7-game winning streak.

    Good luck in the tournament.

    Go Cougars!

  • TheSportsAuthority Arlington, VA
    May 21, 2013 10:23 p.m.

    BYU upsets #13 ASU 8-3!

    Next up, the WCC tourney.

    Go Cougs!

  • skywalker Palo Alto, CA
    May 21, 2013 8:59 p.m.

    BYU leading #13 Arizona St 7-0, bottom of the 5th inning!

    Go Cougs!