MWC Punishes BYU, UNM Baseball Brawlers

Published on April 26, 2011 at 08:38AM

(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.)-After receiving assistance from both the Brigham Young University and University of New Mexico athletic departments, the Mountain West Conference has completed a thorough analysis of an incident which occurred during a baseball game between the Cougars and Lobos this past weekend at Miller Park on the BYU campus.

During the April 23 game, a fight broke out between the two teams and certain players on both sides attacked umpires.

Thus, three-game suspensions have been handed out to the following players, for BYU: first baseman Ryan Bernal, a senior first baseman from Grand Junction, Colo., Bret Lopez, a freshman infielder from Orem, Brock Luker, a junior outfielder from Chandler, Ariz., and Blake Torgerson, a senior pitcher from Westminster Calif.

Suspended Lobos players included Luke Campbell, a junior outfielder from Arvada, Colo., Quay Grant, a junior utility player from Burkburnett, Texas, Cory Maltz, a junior pitcher from Houston, Jonathan Mata, a freshman pitcher from Wilmington, Calif. and John Michael Twichell, a sophomore outfielder from Sunnyvale, Texas.

Additionally, BYU head coach Vance Law was cited for “public reprimand for remarks critical of a fellow member institution” and Cougars catcher Wes Guenther, a junior from Overland Park, Kan. was guilty of “public reprimand for unduly provocative actions towards a student-athlete from another institution.”

Each of these involved individuals is now also subject to more stringent penalties under Mountain West Conference rules concerning sportsmanship as well as applicable provisions from the National Collegiate Athletic Association should they be involved in any comparable behavior in the future.

The Mountain West Conference also thanks the BYU and UNM athletic departments, under the leadership of respective athletic directors Tom Holmoe and Paul Krebs for their cooperation in adjudicating this incident.

The MWC says there will be no further comments on the matter.