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Utah Baseball Stays In-State for BYU

Konnor Armijo has caught three runners stealing this year.

Konnor Armijo has caught three runners stealing this year.

March 3, 2014

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SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah baseball team plays its first game in the state this week, traveling to Provo to play BYU on Tuesday, March 4.

The Utes and Cougars play four times this season, with two games in Provo and two games in Salt Lake. The four games account for three total points in the Deseret First Duel rivalry series between Utah and BYU. The Utes have already clinched the overall sports title this season with a 38-6 lead with just softball and baseball remaining.

"We have played some very close and intense games over the years, and I don't expect anything less tomorrow night," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "We need to get back to playing good baseball. I look forward to the challenge tomorrow night."

Utah (5-5) went 1-2 last weekend against Loyola Marymount, working around rain in the Los Angeles area to get three games in. The Utes rallied from behind to win game one before struggling on offense in the final two games.

The Utes are tied for the Pac-12 lead with four saves, and are first in the Pac-12 in runners picked off (five). Utah is third in the Pac-12 in stolen bases (13).

The Utes have not announced their pitcher, while BYU will throw senior righty Desmond Poulson.

BYU started the season 1-8 but are coming off a three-game sweep of Seattle, raising their record to 4-8 this year.

Utah continues this weekend at the UT Arlington Invitational, facing UT Arlington, Abilene Christian and Missouri State from March 7-10.

"We play five games this week, so we have a lot of opportunities to continue getting better as we get closer to Pac-12 play against Oregon State next week," Kinneberg said. "This is a big week to get our pitching in line and continue to get as many at-bats as we can."



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