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Former BYU Baseball player Arik Mack dead in car accident

Tragedy has struck a former Cougar athlete.

Tragedy hit the BYU Baseball family yesterday as former left-handed pitcher Arik Mack was killed in a car accident.

The accident occurred on US Highway 6 in Spanish Fork Canyon when Mack collided with a coal truck.

Arik Mack was recruited out of Maple Mountain High School, where he led the Golden Eagles to the 4A state championship game. Mack tossed a no-hitter during the state championship tournament against Salem Hills. Mack was also honored twice as the 4A pitcher of the year. He is second all-time in career strikeouts for Utah high school baseball.

He committed to BYU after Head Coach Mike Littlewood was appointed. On his reason for choosing BYU, Mack said, "I wanted to be a Cougar really bad; I've always loved BYU."

Mack made one appearance for the Cougars on Feb. 21, 2014 against #19 TCU. Arik Mack was a legacy player as his father, Jeff, also was a pitcher for BYU in the 1970s.

Arik Mack was 19 years old and was currently playing at Salt Lake Community College. Vanquish The Foe extends our condolences to Mack's family and friends.