Cody Scaggari hit .400 last weekend against Arizona State (4-for-10).
April 29, 2013
Utah's Mitch Watrous (So./RHP) vs. UCLA's Adam Plutko (Jr./RHP)
Utah's Dalton Carroll (Fr./RHP) vs. UCLA's Nick Vander Tuig (Jr./RHP)
Utah's Tanner Banks (Jr./LHP) vs. UCLA's Grant Watson (So./LHP)
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah baseball team hits the road for the next two weekends, beginning with a three-game series at UCLA beginning on Friday, May 3, at 6:00 p.m. PT. The series continues on Saturday, May 4 at 2:00 p.m. PT and Sunday, May 5, at 1:00 p.m. PT.
Utah does not have a midweek game this week due to finals.
Utah (16-23, 5-16 Pac-12) has dropped its last six games. The Utes have been competitive in many of those games, holding a lead in several games and pushing two games into extra innings.
"There are two ways to look at it," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "We're in ball games because we're playing pretty well. We're playing against very good players and teams. We're a hit or a pitch away from winning some of these games, and it's a frustrating deal for players and coaches. We haven't gotten that big hit or made that big pitch the last two weeks, and that has been frustrating. But we're learning from it and getting better from it. The one thing I love about this club is that they keep fighting and they keep coming back, so we'll continue to do that and hopefully good things will happen."
Kinneberg has been pleased with the improvement throughout the season from the younger players on the team. In some games Utah has had five or six freshman on the field at one time.
"You can see improvement in these guys," Kinneberg said. "It's been tough with Dallas Carroll and Kody Davis out, both freshmen who are our two leading hitters. They are missing valuable playing time and valuable at-bats. Wyler Smith has come around the last few weeks and has shown promise. Cody Scaggari got back in the lineup and that has been big for us. Dalton Carroll continues to pitch well and get valuable experience. AJ Young has struggled the last few weeks, but he is catching better and better. All of those things add up to what we have going for this year, but it's still frustrating that we're not winning some of these games."
UCLA is ranked as high as ninth nationally in the latest Baseball America poll. The Bruins are 27-13 on the year and 11-7 in the Pac-12. UCLA recently won two of three against Washington State over the weekend. The Bruins play UC Irvine on Tuesday before hosting the Utes.