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Baseball Hosts Washington State at Smith's Ballpark

Apr 8, 2021

Game 23-25: Utah (7-15, 3-6) at Washington State (14-10, 2-7)
Friday, April 9-Sunday, April 11
6 p.m. | 4 p.m. | 1 p.m.
Salt Lake City, Utah | Smith's Ballpark
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FIRST PITCH
Utah baseball is back at Smith's Ballpark this weekend hosting the Washington State Cougars.
 
Both teams won their midweek games before playing the three-game series this weekend. Utah is 7-15 with a 3-6 record in Pac-12 play. Washington State is 14-10 and 2-7 in conference play.
 
They have each taken one game in Pac-12 series against Stanford and Oregon State.
 
The last time the two teams played, the Utes won two out of three games back in the 2019 season.
 
UTAH TO ALLOW LIMITED NUMBER OF SPECTATORS
Utah Athletics is now able to permit a limited number of spectators to attend home athletics competitions at outdoor venues, in accordance with Pac-12 policy and local and University public health and safety protocols.
 
A limited number of family and friends of student-athletes and coaches have been able to attend Utah Athletics events for the past two months, and that scope will now expand to allow the public to attend events up to a limited capacity at outdoor venues based on each facility's design.
 
ROWAN BRINGS THE POWER
Christopher Rowan, Jr. leads the team with four home runs and two of them came in the second midweek game against Dixie State.
 
Hitting as the DH, he knocked two home runs and had four RBI. With his three runs scored, he had a hand in seven of the team's 16 runs against the Trailblazers.
 
His other two home runs have come as a pinch hitter.
 
Rowan is also tied for the team lead with 12 RBI. He is hitting .273 on the season.
 
RICHARDSON SPARKS OFFENSE
Matt Richardson has been on fire since the beginning of Pac-12 play.
 
Since Pac-12 play has started, Richardson has been constantly on base and has raised his season average to a team-leading .344. His OPS also leads the team at .851.
 
Batting in the nine hole, the junior leads the team in the nine conference games with a .423 average and six RBI.
 
Against Dixie State, the short stop went 3-3 with two walks. He scored two runs and had three RBI.
 
UP NEXT
The Utes will travel to Provo for a midweek game against BYU on Tuesday, April 13 at 6 p.m.