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BYU/UVU Roundup: Cushing, Olson, Reuter, Aloy earn All-Big 12 baseball awards

By BYU/UVU Sports Information - | May 20, 2024

Courtesy BYU Photo

BYU pitcher Stone Cushing celebrates after the Big 12 game against Houston at Miller Ballpark in Provo on Friday, March 15, 2024.

IRVING, Texas — Four members of the BYU baseball team received postseason honors on Monday from the Big 12 Conference.

Relief pitchers Stone Cushing and Mason Olson along with catcher Collin Reuter were named Big 12 Honorable Mention, while freshman Kuhio Aloy was named to the 10-member All-Freshman Team.

Aloy finished the year ranked in the top three among freshman in the Big 12 in home runs (8) and runs batted in (39). He also tied for the overall conference lead in sacrifices flies with seven. The true freshman from Maui, Hawaii, led the Cougars in RBI and sac flies and was second in hits (53). He finished top five on the team in several other categories including runs scored (27), home runs (8), doubles (9) and total bases (88). Earlier in the season, Aloy was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week on May 6.

Reuter was named to the WCC All-Freshman Team in 2022 after hitting .244 with six home runs and 24 RBI. He missed the 2023 season due to an injury but responded with a 2024 sophomore campaign that included finishing third in the Big 12 in runners caught stealing (12) and fifth in putouts in conference play (230). The sophomore from Olive Branch, Mississippi also tied Big 12 Player of the Year Max Belyeu of Texas for the league lead with three home runs in a single game.

Reuter finished the season ranked in the top five on the BYU roster in RBI (37), home runs (10), hits (48), runs (29), on base percentage (.379), slugging percentage (.486), total bases (88) and walks (28). He is majoring in exercise and wellness.

In his first season at BYU after transferring from the College of Southern Idaho, Cushing led the Big 12 in saves (10) and games finished (25). The junior from Salem, Utah also tied for the league lead in appearances (29). On April 24, Cushing was named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Midseason Watch List and ended the season tied for ninth nationally as one of only 13 pitchers to record double-digit saves in NCAA Division I baseball. The pre-business major’s 10 saves also tie him for second all-time at BYU in saves in a single-season.

Olson, a senior from Spanish Fork, Utah, appeared in 17 games out of the bullpen and had one start for BYU prior to being injured against Oklahoma on April 18. At the time of his injury, Olson was top-4 in the Big 12 in several statistical categories including fewest earned runs (12), earned run average (3.03) and total appearances. As a junior in 2023, Olson was a WCC Commissioner’s Honor Roll honoree and is finishing his degree in business.

Pitcher Max Belyeu of Texas was named Big 12 Player of the Year. TCU’s Payton Tolle was Pitcher of the Year and Newcomer of the Year, Dominic Voegele of Kansas was Freshman of the Year and Oklahoma’s Skip Johnson was Coach of the Year.

UVU claims No. 3 seed in WAC baseball tournament

ARLINGTON, Texas – The Western Athletic Conference has announced the bracket for this week’s University Credit Union WAC Baseball Tournament set to be played at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz.

Utah Valley earned the No. 3 seed for the second consecutive year and will meet the winner of Tuesday’s single elimination game between No. 6 seed UT Arlington and No. 7 seed UT Rio Grande Valley. The Wolverines and Game 1 winner will play at 1:00 p.m. MT in the double-elimination portion of the bracket.

The Wolverines last season made a run to the WAC Championship for the third time since joining the WAC. They defeated Seattle U, Sam Houston, and UT Arlington before falling to the Bearkats in the Championship.

WAC regular-season champion Grand Canyon is the No. 1 seed and received a double-bye along with the No. 2 seed Abilene Christian. They will now play their first game in the quarterfinals on Thursday, May 23. California Baptist is the No. 4 seed, and like UVU, it received a first-round bye. The No. 5 seed, Tarleton State, will play the No. 8 seed, Sacramento State, in a single-elimination game on Tuesday, May 21.

The winner of the tournament will secure the conference’s automatic bid to the 2024 NCAA Tournament.

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