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BYU baseball: Tuesday's home opener vs. Utah Valley is first of 12-game home stand at Miller Park

A dozen consecutive home games begin with Tuesday’s opener at Miller Park for BYU baseball hosting Utah Valley University at 6 p.m.

The Cougars continue their best start in school history with a 10-1 record, while Utah Valley is 7-6. A four-game home stand against Niagara, 2-11, runs Thursday through Saturday.

Sophomore Maverik Buffo (2-0, 2.33) will be the starting pitcher for BYU against UVU but will only pitch one inning. Michael Rucker (2-0, 3.86) and Buffo will start the first two games against Niagara. Lefty Hayden Rogers (1-0, 4.26) will be the Cougar starter in Friday’s nightcap, but Saturday’s pitching rotation is yet to be announced.

Ace reliever Mason Marshall continues to climb the ladder, now in sole possession of second place in career saves at 12, three behind former Major Leaguer Ryan Hancock’s 15 from 1991-93.

Outfielder Brennon Lund continues to be among the national leaders, ranked No. 5 in hits (24) and No. 28 in batting average (.480). The Cougars are among the national leaders in batting average (No. 4 at .348), hits (No. 5 with 146) and home runs (No. 13 with 15).

All the games this week will be streamed live online through TheW.tv and BYU Radio – Sirius XM 143. ESPN Radio 960 AM with Brent Norton begins its live play-by-play against Niagara with the nightcap on Friday and Saturday’s single game. Robbie Bullough and former BYU pitcher Marc Oslund call the action in BYU’s first three games this week.

Ralph R. Zobell has worked for BYU Athletic Media Relations in various capacities for over 30 years. You can view his bio at byucougars.com/staff/athletics/ralph-zobell or contact him at ralph_zobell@byu.edu.