Baseball Finishes Season with Series Against USC While Honoring Seniors and Kinneberg
Game 48-50: Utah (16-31, 6-21) vs. USC (23-25, 11-16)
Thursday, May 27-Saturday, May 29
6 p.m. | 6 p.m. | 11 a.m.
Lindquist Field | Ogden, Utah
Utah baseball will finish its season with a three-game series against USC starting on Thursday and finishing up on Saturday.
The Utes come into the series with a 16-31 overall record and a 6-21 record in Pac-12 play.
The Trojans are 23-25 and 11-16 in Pac-12 play. They're coming off a weekend where they won a game against Arizona State.
The Utes have a big weekend on tap as they will honor 11 seniors before Friday's game and then will honor head coach Bill Kinneberg in his last game before retiring on Saturday.
The last time Utah and USC faced off in Salt Lake City, the Utes won two of three over the Trojans.
Admission to all three games will be free for fans.
KINNEBERG TO RETIRE
Bill Kinneberg announced on Monday his decision to retire at the end of the season after 18 years at Utah and 37 overall as either a head coach or assistant.
The 2016 Pac-12 Coach of the Year after leading the Utes to the Pac-12 championship, Kinneberg has won 381 games at Utah and 625 total in his career. He has led Utah to two NCAA Tournament appearances, in 2009 and 2016. The 2009 Utes won the Mountain West tournament championship and earned Utah's first invitation to the NCAA Tournament since 1960. Competing in the Fullerton Regional, the Utes won two games, defeating Gonzaga and Georgia Southern.
UTES HONOR ELEVEN SENIORS
The Utes are honoring 11 seniors this Friday night before the game.
The 11 are Brayson Hurdsman, Brett Brocoff, Riley Pierce, Kyle Robeniol, Ian MacIver, Shea Kramer, Christopher Rowan, Jr., Vinny Zavolta, Chase Fernlund, Rykker Tom and Jaylon McLaughlin.
KELLY EARNS WIN OVER WASHINGTON
Utah's Friday night starter Justin Kelly earned the win over the Washington Huskies this past weekend.
He pitched 7.0 innings and struck out seven only allowing two earned runs against the Huskies.
The win was Kelly's first of the season. The right hander leads the team in innings pitched and strikeouts.
HAVOC ON THE BASES
When Jaylon McLaughlin gets on base, he's always a threat to get a steal. He's third in the Pac-12 with 23 stolen bases going 23-27 on the season.
The single-season record for steals at Utah is 27.
McLaughlin leads the team with 34 runs and in Utah's 16 wins, he has scored a run in 14 of them.