Chase Rezac gets the start on the mound for the Utes.
May 13, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah baseball team continues its series against BYU on Tuesday, May 14, at 6:00 p.m. MT in Provo.
Utah will start Chase Rezac on the mound, while BYU will throw Mark Anderson.
Tuesday's game marks the third time this season that the Utes and Cougars have met. A fourth game was scheduled but cancelled due to inclement weather. The series winner will receive three points in the Deseret First Duel rivalry series between the two schools. Utah holds a 25-22 lead with the final three points up for grabs in Tuesday's game. Although BYU can still tie the Utes in points, Utah holds the overall tiebreaker with a win in football.
"Both teams will be getting after it," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said.
Utah and BYU have each won one game of the series so far. Utah won the first game on March 26, 5-4 in 10 innings. Utah led 1-0 most of the game after scoring a run in the fifth inning before BYU rallied in the top of the ninth to score four runs and take a 4-1 lead. The Utes came back to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth, 4-4, before TJ Bennett hit a walk-off single in the 10th inning to score Dallas Carroll for the game-winning run. In game two on April 23, BYU jumped out to an early lead en route to a 9-3 win. The Cougars scored two runs in the first inning and four runs in the second inning in the loss.
Utah went 1-2 last weekend against Washington, winning Friday's game in extra innings.
"It was good to win on Friday," Kinneberg said. "We battled through adversity to come back and win, but I didn't think we fed off of that the rest of the weekend. I was disappointed in that."
BYU is 26-19 overall and 12-9 in the West Coast Conference. The Cougars won two of three against San Francisco over the weekend.
The Utes are entering the final stretch of their season. Utah closes out the year with a pair of home series. The Utes play a three-game non-conference series against Kansas beginning on Saturday, May 18, followed by a three-game series against top-10 ranked Oregon starting on Friday, May 24.