by Mike Miller
Baseball enters the final week of the regular season looking to remain in a strong position ahead of the WCC Tournament, while softball had its season ended by the NCAA selection committee. Track & Field is gearing up for nationals, with several runners expected to be in the hunt for championships. Here is everything you need to know for the rest of the spring sports season. We will continue to bring you all the updated news as it happens.
A win over Dixie State followed by a sweep of Pacific (including a 12-inning thriller) extended BYU’s win streak to nine games. The Cougars will need all the momentum they can get, as they are not going to receive an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament. Thus, their only path forward is through a WCC Championship at next week’s tournament, where the top six conference teams compete. BYU has ensured a trip to Stockton, California, but still have seeding to play for. The team is currently in fourth.
While Tuesday night’s game against Utah does not matter for conference implications, the Cougars fell to the Utes 12-7.
Utah took a lead in the third inning with three runs. BYU responded in the fifth inning with two runs after Utah scored another run bringing the score to 4-2. The Cougars took their first and only lead in the sixth inning scoring three more runs.
Their lead didn’t last long as the Utes scored four runs in the seventh inning, three runs in the eighth inning and one in the ninth.
What’s Next: BYU then remains home this weekend for a three-game series against current fifth-place WCC team LMU. Fireworks are on the program Friday night.
Postseason: The WCC Tournament will be held from May 25 to 28. Should BYU secure the automatic bid, the team will learn their opponents and destination on May 30 at 10:00 AM MT on ESPN2. The NCAA Tournament then starts on June 3.
Despite finishing the season with a 17-game win streak and 42-10 record, BYU was not given an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Cougars showed they were playing to the end, sweeping Saint Mary’s with a combined 31-1 score over three games. The WCC relies on regular season results for its conference championship, which BYU earned a share of after tying LMU. However, LMU won the teams’ series this season, so the Lions earned the conference’s auto-bid.
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Postseason: NCAA Preliminaries will be held in Arkansas on Wednesday and Friday next week. Fans can watch on SEC Network+. Qualifiers will then move on to the national championships held in Oregon on June 8 and 10, broadcast on ESPNU and ESPN2 respectively.
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