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Star-studded ’83 baseball team will visit BYU during 3-game series

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PROVO — Second place is up for grabs this weekend as the BYU baseball team hosts New Mexico for a three-game series beginning tonight.

The Cougars (17-16, 9-6), the Lobos (26-15, 9-6) and San Diego State are locked in a three-way tie for second in the Mountain West Conference standings heading into this weekend's action.

One of the highlight of the weekend will come during Saturday's game (starting at 1 p.m.), when BYU honors the 1983 team.

That year's squad produced six Major League players — first baseman Wally Joyner, outfielder Cory Snyder, pitcher Scott Nielsen, pitcher Rick Aguilera, third baseman Gary Cooper and pitcher Colby Ward.

Beginning at 12:30 p.m., members of that team, including Joyner and Snyder, will be available on the concourse of Miller Park for autographs and photos. The first 500 fans will receive a souvenir photo of the '83 team.

At the end of the '83 regular season, the Cougars were ranked No. 1 in the nation. They finished 54-11 overall. BYU was eliminated in the NCAA Regionals at Tempe, Ariz., falling to Arizona State and Fresno State. The Cougars ended the season ranked No. 6 by Baseball America and No. 17 by Collegiate Baseball.

BYU reached several milestones in 1983. The Cougars posted a 23-1 record in Western Athletic Conference games while Nielsen tossed a five-hit shutout victory over Utah which enabled him to break an NCAA record for consecutive wins with 24. He wound up extending that to 26 straight victories before losing in the NCAA Tournament.

Also, BYU coach Gary Pullins earned his 300th victory in a 17-6 victory over Utah in 1983. The Cougars' scheduled starters for this weekend's games are Jeff Mousser tonight at 7 p.m., Paul Jacinto on Friday night at 7 and Ken Gravley goes on Saturday at 1.

BYU nosed above the .500 mark overall with a three-game sweep of Air Force last weekend. It's the first time the Cougars have had a winning record overall in 2003 since starting the season 1-0.


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