PROVO, Utah – Arizona State’s baseball game at BYU scheduled for 10 a.m. MT Monday has been rescheduled for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday due to rain in the Provo, Utah area expected to last the entirety of the day.
The matchup marks the first meeting between the Sun Devils and Cougars since May 21, 2013, and just the sixth game all-time between the programs, a series ASU leads 3-2.
Monday’s rain-out likely prevents ASU’s coaching staff from having to deal with pitching availability issues as Monday’s scheduled game would have been the Sun Devils’ sixth in the last seven days and just one day after they used six pitchers, four of whom threw at least 15 pitches.
Freshman right-handed pitchers Cam Dennie, Christian Bodlovich and Brock Peery; freshman lefty Graham Osman; sophomore righty Will Levine; and junior righty Brady Corrigan all appeared in ASU’s series finale at Utah on Sunday and long man, freshman righty Jared Glenn, tossed three innings on Saturday.
With no scheduled day off between ASU’s weekend series and its midweek game against BYU, the busy weekend for Sun Devil relievers would likely have made a Monday game quite challenging.
Seven ASU relievers have appeared in at least 42 percent of the team’s games so far this season and there is still a third of the campaign to go. The high bullpen usage rate has been in effect since the Sun Devils lost all three of their top starters to UCL injuries in the first three weeks of the season.
The unexpected day off will allow some of those bullpen arms to get a quick rest as ASU prepares to embark on its final month of the regular season. The Sun Devils are 22-13 on the year and 10-8 in Pac-12 play.