Utah Baseball Faces BYU

Published on April 17, 2017 at 06:12PM

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah baseball team plays its second game of the season at home against BYU on Tuesday, April 18, before continuing Pac-12 play this weekend at Arizona.

Tuesday’s game at Smith’s Ballpark against BYU begins at 6:00 p.m. and will be aired on the Pac-12 Networks with radio at ESPN 700. Activities will be on the concourse for Youth Night and the first 500 fans in attendance will be given stick flags. Fans wearing red will receive half price tickets.

It is the second of three games Utah and BYU will play on the diamond this season. BYU won game one of the series, 11-6, back on March 28. The final game of the series is in Provo on Tuesday, May 9.

The three-game series is worth three total points towards the Deseret First Dual rivalry series, now in its 10th season. Utah clinched the overall victory, 26-6, with wins in football, volleyball, women’s basketball, gymnastics, men’s and women’s swimming and diving and men’s and women’s tennis, with just baseball remaining.

Utah ranks third in the Pac-12 with a .286 batting average. The Utes are second in the league in runs scored (189) and RBI (170) while ranking fourth in slugging percentage (.397), hits (313), on-base percentage (.371) and triples (10, tied). On the mound, Utah is sixth in the conference with a .395 ERA, while leading the league in fewest home runs allowed (eight) and pickoffs (eight).

Dallas Carroll ranks fourth in the Pac-12 in batting average (.389) and second in slugging percentage (.619) and on-base percentage (.466). He is third in the conference in hits per game (1.58). DaShawn Keirsey, Jr., is fifth in the league in hits per game (1.48) and is currently on a 10-game hitting streak.

Jayson Rose is seventh in the conference with 49 strikeouts.

BYU is 20-13 on the season and 9-3 in the West Coast Conference. The Cougars have won six of their last seven games.

Probable Starters Utah’s Josh Lapiana (Jr./LHP) vs. BYU’s Jordan Wood (So/RHP)