Utah Baseball Hits Road for Nevada, Washington

Published on March 13, 2017 at 07:14PM

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah baseball team hits the road this week to play its first midweek game of the season against Nevada on Wednesday, March 15, and continues on to Washington to open Pac-12 play on March 17.

First pitch at Nevada is at 1:00 p.m. PT on Wednesday. Video, audio and live stats will be available.

The Washington series begins on Friday, March 17, at 7:00 p.m. PT, continuing on Saturday, March 18, at 2:00 p.m. PT. The series concludes on Sunday, March 19, at 2:00 p.m. PT. Friday and Sunday’s games will be televised on the Pac-12 Network with a video stream available on Saturday.

Utah is ranked 21st in the latest RPI. The Utes are receiving votes in the latest National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll.

Utah is second in the conference with a .307 batting average and a .428 slugging percentage. The Utes are also second in the league in runs scored (92, tied), RBI (82, tied) and on-base percentage (.402). Utah is third in the Pac-12 in doubles (30) and hits (141).

The Utes have allowed just two home runs, which is second-fewest in the league. Utah’s 44 runs allowed is the third-fewest in the league. The Utes are tied for second in the conference with four pickoffs.

Dallas Carroll leads the Pac-12 and is tied for 11th in the NCAA in batting average (.462) and is tied for 14th in the country in hits per game (1.85). Carroll is the third-toughest player in the league to strike out (one strikeout every 17.3 at-bats).

Nevada is 4-11 on the season and 2-4 in the MW. The Wolfpack went 1-2 against MW foes Fresno State and San Diego State.

The last time Utah and Washington faced each other, it was for the Pac-12 Championship with the Utes winning two of the three games. The Huskies are 9-6 and ranked 25th in the latest Baseball America poll. Washington recently went 2-2 against Indiana State and 3-1 vs. Sacramento State.

Probable Starters: Utah’s Josh Lapiana (Jr./LHP) vs. Nevada’s Cole Henderson (Fr./RHP)