The BYU baseball team won three of four games it played in California last week.
After a quick practice day the Cougars are on the road back to the Golden State for a key West Coast Conference series at Loyola Marymount.
BYU (29-11 overall, 13-5 WCC) swept Pacific in Stockton last week, the high point was a grand slam pinch hit home run for freshman Zack Peterson in the top of the tenth inning.
It was Peterson’s first career hit.
“He was so relaxed in his at-bat,” BYU coach Mike Littlewood said. “He hit it about 400 feet. It was a definite no-doubter. The guys love Petie. He has all the tools. He has good arm strength, he runs well and his work ethic is off the charts. He never takes a play off. He brings really good energy. I think he’s going to be a key guy for us in the future.”
The Cougars stayed in the Bay Area and played at Cal on Monday, falling 3-2.
“That was a great college baseball game,” Littlewood said. “When you play good teams on the road it comes down to the smallest, minute detail. We had some things we didn’t do and when you’re playing a good team that adds up to a loss.”
BYU has won five of the past seven games, all on the road, and has outscored its opponents 41-15 in those seven games.
“We have a really good combination going right now,” Littlewood said. “There’s only been one game, maybe two, this year where we didn’t have a legit chance to win it with the right play. It’s due to our pitching staff, which really keeps us in every single game.”
The Cougars sit atop the WCC standings but LMU, Gonzaga and San Francisco are right on their heels. The Lions lost two of three at Pepperdine last week, getting shut out in the first two contests. But LMU rebounded to win Game 3 and on Tuesday snuck by Long Beach State 6-5.
The Lions have a deep pitching staff with a team ERA of 3.56 and boast one of the top hitters in the league in first baseball Trevin Esquerro. Through the first 44 games Esquerro is hitting .317 with 14 home runs and 15 doubles with 48 runs batted in.