April was a rough month for the BYU baseball team.
The Cougars — picked to win the West Coast Conference by the league’s coaches back in February — produced just a 5-7 record last month and are mired in the middle of the standings. Tuesday’s 1-0 loss at Cal to begin May means BYU has lost six of its past seven games.
With just nine WCC games left to play, the Cougars (8-10 WCC, 19-20 overall) chances of making a fourth straight league tournament are slim.
“It’s coming down to must win every game, which is tough,” BYU coach Mike Littlewood said. “I think at this point maybe it’s that time of the season where we get some guys in who haven’t played, let them go and see what foundation they have for next year. Not that anyone given up on this season. We could still do it. But we need to find out who can play on this team.”
Pitching was a strength for the Cougars in the loss to Cal, led by 5 2/3 scoreless innings from starter Alex Perron. The Bears finally won it with a walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth inning. BYU managed just six hits and one extra base hit, a double from Brennon Anderson in the third inning.
The Cougars open a three-game series against Saint Mary’s in Moraga, California, on Thursday. The Gaels (10-8, 26-18) took three of four at home against Utah Valley last week and on Tuesday handled UC Davis 7-2.
BYU has had recent success against Saint Mary’s, winning the past five games and posting a 12-6 mark against the Gaels since joining the WCC for the 2012 season.
Including the Cal game the Cougars will play their next nine games on the road before returning home for a season-ending series against Pacific at Miller Park beginning May 17.