Dalton Carroll will make his fifth start of the season against Utah Valley.
March 17, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah baseball team plays its first of two games against in-state competitor Utah Valley on Tuesday, March 18, at 6:00 p.m. MT at Smith's Ballpark.
Utah continues its baseball card promotion, with the first 500 fans in attendance receiving a Zach Adams and Hunter Rodriguez baseball card. Youth football star and internet sensation Sam Gordon will be throwing out the first pitch. MUSS t-shirts will continue to be handed out to students while supplies last.
Utah will be looking to pick up its first home win of the year. The Utes dropped their Pac-12 opener last weekend to fourth-ranked Oregon State, struggling on offense over the three games. Utah got several strong performances from its relief pitching over the weekend, with Zach Adams, Nick Green, Josh Chapman and Dylan Drachler all putting in solid innings on the mound.
"Utah Valley will be a good barometer for us," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "I talked about that in our postgame meeting. We have to flush this weekend and get a good taste in our mouth. We're on the road the next two weekends against ranked teams again, so Tuesday is really important for us."
Dalton Carroll will get the start on the mound for the Utes while UVU will go with Devin Nelson.
The Utes are tied for the league lead in saves (6), second in the league in pickoffs (6) and batters struck out looking (45), and are fourth in stolen bases (16).
Utah Valley is 5-14 on the season and recently dropped two of three to North Dakota in its WAC opener. The Wolverines do have a win over a Pac-12 team this year, splitting a pair of games at Arizona earlier this season and taking both games into extra innings.
Utah continues in Pac-12 play this weekend, traveling to 12th-ranked Oregon for a three-game series beginning on Friday, March 21, at 6:00 p.m. PT.