March 26, 2012
Utah's Ben Mordini (So./RHP) vs. BYU's Matt Milke (Jr./RHP)
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah baseball team returns home to face in-state rival BYU on Tuesday, March 27, at 6:00 p.m., at Spring Mobile Ballpark. The contest is the first of three games scheduled between the two teams this season.
The Utes (7-15, 3-3 Pac-12) are coming off a win at Oregon, taking the final game of the three-game series after a two-run home run in the top of the ninth from Parker Morin lifted Utah to a 4-3 victory.
"Winning with a comeback was the most important thing for us," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "It shows character and pride, which I really liked to see. Also important was that it got us to 3-3 in the conference, all of which were on the road."
BYU is 9-9 overall and 4-2 in the West Coast Conference. The Cougars took two out of three games against Portland last weekend.
Although Utah and BYU played regularly as members of the Mountain West Conference and the Western Athletic Conference before that, the two teams have also occasionally played non-conference weekday games throughout the years.
The contest is worth three points in the Deseret First Duel rivalry series.
"Even though it's not in conference play, the game will probably still have the same intensity," Kinneberg said. "We're a little beat up right now, but this is a chance for some of our guys to improve at the plate."
Tuesday's game also kicks off nine-straight home games for the Utes.
"We talked about this last night coming home, that we finally get to stay home for a couple of weekends," Kinneberg said. "We have to learn to play on our field and learn to win at home, so it will be a big couple of weeks for us."