The BYU starting rotation had a pretty outstanding showing last week.
Jordan Wood, Easton Walker and Justin Sterner combined to throw 19 innings in three games against Portland, allowing just 10 hits and two earned runs to go along with 16 strikeouts.
BYU ended up winning all three games with the Pilots, outscoring the visitors 24-3. No. 1 starter Wood is 2-0 this season while striking out 29 and posting a 1.63 ERA. Walker, who was making his first start, hasn’t allowed an earned run in 25.2 innings of work this season. Sterner is 4-2 with an ERA of 2.45.
In addition, the Cougars bullpen was just as stellar against the Pilots. Five different relievers combined for eight innings, giving up just one earned run and striking out 11 batters. BYU’s pitching staff has a team ERA of 3.12.
The offense is starting to come around as well. In Monday’s 7-3 win against Oregon, the Cougars pushed across five runs in the eighth inning to overcome a 3-2 deficit.
BYU is tied for third place in the West Coast Conference at 4-2 heading into an important home series against league-leading Saint Mary’s (3-0). The Gaels opened WCC play two weeks ago by sweeping Pacific. Junior outfielder Ryan Novis is hitting .385 while teammate Joe Vranesh is hitting .371 with a slugging percentage of .674.
Saint Mary’s is one of the top fielding teams in the country, sporting a .983 fielding percentage.
All three games this weekend will be played at Miller Field in Provo, beginning with Thursday’s contest at 6 p.m.