BYU baseball to play No. 2 LSU for first time

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The BYU baseball team will travel south to face opponents Louisiana State University and Southeastern Louisiana University in a series of four games this week. It will be the first time LSU and BYU have ever played each other.

BYU outfielder Jaycob Brugman makes a catch during last season’s game against Loyola Marymount at Miller Park. (Photo by Universe Photographer

LSU ranks second in NCAA Division I baseball and will host the Cougars in the Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge, a facility with the capacity to hold more than 10,000 fans.

“The whole team is excited to be playing in this venue and atmosphere,” BYU coach Mike Littlewood said. “We have told them to enjoy the experience, but that it’s still just baseball and not to be overwhelmed.”

Pitcher Desmond Poulson is expected to start for the Cougars on Thursday against LSU. He was named West Coast Conference pitcher of the week by the College Sports Madness website for his nine-inning, 10-strikeout, 119-pitch shutout against Northern Colorado University last week.

Thursday’s game will be at 6:30 p.m. CST.  BYU will play Southeastern Louisiana on Friday and Saturday at 1 p.m. The Cougars will close the weekend games on Saturday with a rematch against LSU at 6 p.m.

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