Can you believe it’s already opening day for college baseball? The 2014 BYU Baseball team starts their season today against Kansas down in Peoria, Arizona.
The Cougar Baseball squad is looking to replace five players who were drafted in the MLB Draft a year ago. A lot of talent departed from a squad that went 32-21, and tied for second in the WCC in skipper Mike Littlewood’s first season.
BYU was picked to finish sixth in the WCC for the 2014 season. They did receive one first place vote.
Some of the top talent to watch on this team include pre-season 1st Team All-WCC selections, Hayden Nielsen (SS) and Brock Whitney (1B). BYU’s top pitcher in their rotation is senior Desmond Poulson (RHP). Poulson was an Honorable Mention in the WCC last season and really stood out in the WCC Tournament a season ago.
Cougars haven’t went to the College World Series since 2002, which was the last season BYU won a conference title. With so many new faces, and losing many great players from last year, it’s tough to expect this BYU Baseball team to be in title contention in year two of the Littlewood era. But last years team had low expectations as well and pulled off some big wins. The recruiting has been getting better for BYU since moving to the West Coast Conference. The quality of baseball played in this league is far better than what we saw in the MWC. But there’s still a long way to go for the rebuilding process Littlewood has taken on, but he is the man to rebuild this.
If BYU can win 30+ games again this year, it would be a tremendous success and would position BYU to make a run with all their depth and youth for a conference title in 2015.
Key dates for 2014 season:
- Home Opener: March 4th vs. Utah
- #3 TCU on February 21st
- WCC Play starts on February 13th
- WCC Tournament: May 22-24th
- College World Series: June 14-25th