Utah Baseball Travels to UCLA

Published on May 17, 2017 at 05:11PM

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah baseball team plays its final road series of the regular season this weekend with a three-game series against UCLA, beginning on Friday, May 19, at 6:00 p.m. PT.

The series continues on Saturday, May 20, at 6:00 p.m. PT and Sunday, May 21, at 1:00 p.m. PT. Audio is available via UCLABruins.com. A video stream is not available.

Utah (24-21) is coming off a series sweep of USC, its second series sweep of the season. The Utes also swept Arizona earlier this year (the Wildcats are currently ranked 18th in the latest D1Baseball poll). Utah has won its last four games.

The Utes are tied for fourth in the Pac-12 with Arizona and Washington, all with 12-12 records, with two weeks remaining in the regular season. UCLA stands third with a 14-10 league record. All four teams trail Oregon State, which has already clinched the Pac-12 title (24-3) and Stanford (15-9).

Utah ranks second in the Pac-12 with a .291 batting average. The Utes are also second in the league in runs scored (282), RBI (253) and on-base percentage (.380) while ranking third in hits (463) and fourth in slugging percentage (.403).

On the mound, Utah is sixth in the conference with a 3.98 ERA. Utah leads the league in pickoffs (12) and fewest home runs allowed (16).

Dallas Carroll and DaShawn Keirsey, Jr., are two of the best hitters in the league. Carroll is second in the league in on-base percentage (.461), fourth in batting average (.369) and hits per game (1.47). Keirsey is third in the league in hits per game (1.52) and is tied for third in overall hits (67). He is second in the conference with five triples.

Jayson Rose is sixth in the Pac-12 with 75 strikeouts, and is tied for fourth in the league with seven victories (7-2). He is holding opponents to a .236 batting average, which ranks ninth in the conference.

Chandler Anderson is the reigning Pac-12 Player of the Week after hitting .538 (7-of-13) in a 3-0 week for Utah against BYU and USC. He hit his first career home run in a 3-for-5 performance against BYU, and in game two against USC scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the eighth inning.

UCLA (25-23) recently dropped two of three to Washington State, and also lost a midweek contest against 14th-ranked Cal State Fullerton.

Probable Starters Friday: Utah’s Jayson Rose (Jr./RHP) vs. UCLA’s Griffin Canning (Jr./RHP) Saturday: Utah’s Riley Ottesen (So./RHP) vs. UCLA’s Jake Bird (Jr./RHP) Sunday: Utah’s Josh Lapiana (Jr./LHP) vs. UCLA’s Jon Olsen (So./RHP)