Baseball Ready for First Pac-12 Series at Stanford
Game 12-14: Utah (3-8) at Stanford (10-2)
Friday, March 19-Sunday, March 21
Game Times: Friday: 7 p.m. MT, Saturday: 3 p.m. MT, Sunday: 1 p.m. MT
Stanford, Calif. | Sunken Diamond
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Utah baseball is opening up Pac-12 play at Stanford for a three-game series starting Friday, March 19.
The Utes are heading into conference play after defeating BYU two straight games. The third game of the series was canceled due to inclement weather in Provo.
The last time Utah took on Stanford was in 2019 and the Cardinal got a sweep over the Utes.
This season, Stanford has played three four-game series so far and sits at 10-2. Utah went 2-0 last weekend in those games against BYU bringing their record to 3-8.
STRONG PITCHING AGAINST COUGARS
Utah pitchers held a 2.00 ERA against BYU in the two games. The five on the mound combined to only give up four runs on 12 hits. They struck out 20 and only walked nine.
Justin Kelly and Kyle Robeniol were the starters and both went a combined 12.2 innings and only gave up two earned runs. Kelly punched out six and Robeniol had a season high eight.
Out of the bullpen, Randon Hostert pitched the final three innings on Friday and also struck out six batters while only giving up three hits and one run.
KELLY LEADS 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 4.24 ERA in 23.1 innings pitched. The past two outings he's gone 6.2 innings and struck out six in each game.
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.
ROBENIOL STRIKES OUT EIGHT
Kyle Robeniol got his second start of the season in the second game against BYU and had a very strong outing leading Utah to a victory.
The redshirt senior pitched 6.0 innings striking out eight. Him and Hostert combined to only allow one run on five hits and striking out 14.
The 7-1 win was the biggest of the season for Utah.
MCLAUGHLIN LEADS OFF
Jaylon McLaughlin, a transfer from Nevada, has made a big difference at the top of the lineup for Utah.
His batting average of .273 is second on the team and he has been on base in nine of 11 games this season including the last five.
The senior transfer is also leading the team with seven RBI.
Utah has a busy week at home with four games scheduled. The first one will be the Utes first midweek game of the season as they host Dixie State at 4 p.m. at Smith's Ballpark.
Then, that weekend, they will host Cal in their first home Pac-12 series.