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Weekly Release -Jan. 29, 2004
2004 Season Begins in California
The Cougars open up their 2004 season with a three-game series against
California in Berkley, Calif., beginning Thursday. The Cougars start the season
after finishing the 2003 season tied for second place in the Mountain West
Conference with a 30-24 overall record and 18-12 conference record. The Golden
Bears also open their season against BYU after finishing with a 28-27 overall
record last year. Cal is ranked 26th in Baseball America’s Top-50 Preseason Poll.
A Quick Look at the Cougars
Fifth year coach Vance Law returns five position starters and Paul Jacinto, the
MWC Pitcher of the Year. Players to watch include third-team Preseason All-
American Ranger Wiens, Ryan Chambers, Robi Itri and Casey Cloward.
Pitchers to watch are Jacinto, junior college transfer Patrick Wells and Justin
Probable Pitching Rotation
Jan. 29 California
Paul Jacinto (10-5, 4.14)
Berkeley, 1:30 p.m.
Jan. 30 California
Bryce Searle (2.1 IP, 0.00)
Berkeley, 1:30 p.m.
Jan. 31 California
Patrick Wells (8-2, 1.29 at CEU JC) Berkeley, Noon
BYU and Cal are tied in the series at 8-8. Tha last time the two teams met was
in 2001 at Berkeley when BYU won the first and last of the three-game series.
BYU radio coverage begins once league play starts in March. Prior to then
selected games will be available via live audiostreaming on the Internet from
host schools. Once BYU’s live radio coverage begins, the play-by-play will
come again from Brent Norton, BYU’s veteran broadcaster.
There is a possibility that two of BYU’s home games will be televised by
BYUTV. The opponents will be announced later.
Coach Law on the Season
“We have a close-knit unit and continue to add more depth. We do not have a
pitcher in our program outside of Paul Jacinto who posted a victory for us last
season because Michel Bergeron(6-3, 5.37)