Baseball Set for First Home Games Against BYU
Game 10-12: Utah (1-8) vs. BYU (3-8)
Thursday, March 11-Saturday, March 13
Game Times: Thursday: 3 p.m. MT, Friday: 3 p.m. MT, Saturday: 3 p.m. MT (in Provo)
Salt Lake City, Utah | Smith's Ballpark | Third Game in Provo
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Utah baseball is playing its first home game of the season after starting with nine straight on the road.
The Utes will host the BYU Cougars for the first two games of a three-game series beginning on Thursday, March 11.
After playing at Smith's Ballpark Thursday and Friday, Utah will travel to Provo to play in the third and final game of the series.
The Utes and Cougars are scheduled to play a total of five games this season with two more midweeks after this three-game series.
KELLY LEADS THE STARTERS
Redshirt sophomore Justin Kelly returned in 2020 after sitting out the 2019 season with an elbow injury. Kelly became the Friday night starter and that's the role he'll continue in this season.
His ERA ended up being the second best on the team at 2.66 and he only allowed seven earned runs in his four starts. Kelly pitched at least 6.0 innings in three of his four starts and pitched 5.1 innings in the other game.
This season, he holds a 4.86 ERA in 16.2 innings pitched. This past weekend, he pitched a season high 6.2 innings pitched. He struck out six and only allowed three earned runs against the 19th ranked Sun Devils.
In his freshman season, he appeared in 12 games out of the bullpen and held a 6.66 ERA. In 24.1 innings pitched, he had 23 strikeouts.
MCLAUGHLIN LEADS OFF
Jaylon McLaughlin was on the bases quite a bit against LMU and triggered a big seventh inning for Utah in the first game. He led the inning off with a double triggering a six-run inning for Utah.
The Utes ended up batting around that inning and he singled later in the inning for the Utes to score their sixth run of the inning.
Overall, McLaughlin had a triple and two doubles in the series. He also had three RBI.
Against Arizona State, McLaughlin went 2-4 in the first game and scoring a run and 1-3 in the third game.
He's hitting .250 on the season.
BROCOFF BACK FROM INJURY
Brett Brocoff is back from an elbow injury has pitched really well out of the bullpen so far this season.
Through three appearances, he still holds a 0.00 ERA in 4.0 innings pitched. All of his outings have come out of the bullpen. He has struck out three and only given up two hits.
Utah will begin conference play on the road against the Stanford Cardinal beginning on Friday, March 19.