Bret Helton gets the start on the mound for the Utes against Utah Valley.
April 21, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah baseball team travels to Orem for a midweek game against in-state rival Utah Valley on Tuesday, April 22, at 6:00 p.m. MT.
The contest is the second this season against the Wolverines. Utah won the first game of the series in Salt Lake City, 7-3, on March 18. The Utes were down 3-1 early in the game and tied the game at 3-3 with a two-run sixth inning. Utah scored three runs in the seventh to take the lead and added an insurance run in the eighth.
"This is going to be an interesting week for us, because we have five games, and we're going to be taxing our pitching staff a little," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "It's important for us to play well in these non-conference games and get back on track. This is a huge week for us."
Kinneberg will be going for his 500th career win. He enters Tuesday's game with a 499-504 career record over 19 seasons, which includes 11 seasons at Utah. He also served as head coach at UTEP and Wyoming.
The Utes went 1-2 last weekend against defending national champions UCLA, dropping game one, 3-1, after the Bruins hit a two-run home run in the top of the ninth. Utah rallied from a 5-1 deficit to win game two, 8-6, behind a season-high 16 hits. The Utes dropped game three, 7-3.
Utah is 12-23 overall and 3-15 in the Pac-12.
Utah Valley is 15-22 on the year and 8-7 in the Western Athletic Conference. The Wolverines have dropped four of their last six games.
Utah's Bret Helton faces off with Utah Valley's Devin Nelson on the mound.
Utah hosts its second of three-straight home weekend series with Nevada coming to town for a four-game non-conference series from April 25-27. The Utes and Wolfpack play a doubleheader on Saturday as part of the weekend.