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Baseball Returns Home for Series with Arizona State

Apr 22, 2021

Game 31-33: Utah (9-21, 4-11) vs. Arizona State (20-12, 8-7)
Friday, April 23-Sunday, April 25
6 p.m. | 4 p.m. | 1 p.m.
Salt Lake City, Utah | Smith's Ballpark
Utah returns home to Smith's Ballpark and will take on the Arizona State Sun Devils.
The Utes and Sun Devils have already played each other this season in a non-conference series in Phoenix where ASU won all three games.
Utah is coming off a midweek game against Utah Valley where they won 14-1. They come into the weekend with a 4-11 record in the Pac-12.
Utah's baseball program will relocate nine home games of the 2021 season to Lindquist Field in Ogden, beginning with the May 8-10 series against Northern Colorado. After this weekend's home series against Arizona State, Friday-Sunday, the only Utah baseball game to be played at Smith's Ballpark will be the May 12 matchup with Utah Valley.
The move became necessary because of the primary tenancy of the Salt Lake Bees at Smith's Ballpark, and the difficulty in scheduling games at optimal times on the same day due to new COVID-19 protocols introduced for Minor League Baseball organizations. The customary turnaround time between a Utah baseball game and a Salt Lake Bees game has increased to allow for proper cleaning and sanitizing of facilities, making it more difficult to play two games in one day after the Bees begin their 2021 home season on May 6.
The Utes' first game at Lindquist Field will be Saturday, May 8, against Northern Colorado. In addition to the Northern Colorado series, Utah will have two more series in Ogden against Oregon (May 14-16) and USC (May 27-29).
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 .358. His OPS also leads the team at .930.
Batting in the nine hole, the junior leads the team in the 12 conference games with a .393 average and six RBI.
Against Dixie State, the short stop went 3-3 with two walks. He scored two runs and had three RBI. After being out of the lineup with an injury, he came back in style going 3-4 against Utah Valley with a home run.
Jayden Kiernan has been steady at the plate all season and is second on the team hitting .325.
The catcher has started in every game at either catcher or first and has 10 RBI and four doubles.
He has hits in 26 of the 30 games this season.
Utah will head to Tucson, Arizona to take on the Arizona Wildcats in a three-game series beginning Friday, April 30 at 7 p.m.