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Tuesday Night Baseball Brings BYU to Smith's Ballpark

Mar 14, 2022
2022 Utah Baseball Game Notes
Game 16
Date // Time (MT)
Utah (11-3-1 overall, 2-1 Pac-12) vs. BYU (8-5 overall, 0-0 WCC)
Tuesday, March 15 // 6 p.m. MT
Location Salt Lake City, Utah (Smith's Ballpark)
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The First Pitch: Things to Know

  • Winners in seven of its last nine games, a rivalry matchup awaits Utah baseball on Tuesday night as the Utes face off with BYU in a 6 p.m. game at Smith's Ballpark. The ballclub opened up the home confines this past weekend, taking a three-game series from Washington in both teams' Pac-12 opening weekend.
  • The Utes are looking for their fourth win over BYU in the last five games, the most recent an 11-5 victory in Provo on May 18, 2021. Utah also claimed a 7-1 triumph in the last meeting of the teams in Salt Lake City, which came on March 12, 2021. A win Tuesday would be the third straight for Utah over the Cougars when playing at Smith's Ballpark.
  • These teams will meet twice more this season—BYU will return to Smith's Ballpark for a Tuesday, April 19 game and the Utes will make the trek to Provo on Tuesday, May 17.

 

Recap in a Minute

Utah is riding its best start since the 1981 season, most recently seeing the Utes take the series rubber game from Washington on Sunday, March 13. It marked the first Pac-12 series win for the Utes since 2019, and first series dub over the Huskies since 2016. That three-game set in '16 coincided with the Utes winning their first Pac-12 Championship, as the league had not yet established a postseason tournament.

  • A tough loss was handed to Utah in the Washington series opener, a 6-3 setback in 10 innings. Matthew Sox retired 15 batters in a row at one point and struck out nine batters in seven innings, his most as a Ute—but UW took advantage of a two-out situation and plated three runs in the extra frame. Utah put two on in the bottom half to bring the tying run to the plate, but two strikeouts ended the ballgame.
  • In the middle game Utah bounced back from not only the result of the opener, but also a five-run first inning for Washington. The Utes produced a five-spot of their own in the fourth inning and added a pair in the fifth, evening the series with a 7-6 victory. Southpaw Bryson Van Sickle worked 3.1 innings out of the bullpen and allowed just one hit, striking out six en route to the win.
  • The Utes plated a pair in the first inning of Sunday's rubber game and never looked back. Davis Cop popped a two-run single early in the contest, then Carter Booth's sac fly added a key insurance run in the fourth inning. Freshman starting pitcher and Layton, Utah native Cam Day had his longest outing as a Ute (6.1 innings), fanning five and earning his first career victory.
  • Right-handed closer Blake Whiting had three saves last week and leads the Pac-12 with four on the season. Whiting closed out both wins vs. Washington and also had a two-inning save in the Fresno State game on March 8.
  • A particular strength of the Utes' pitching staff was on display as the Utah arms walked just five Washington batters in 28 innings on the weekend. It showcases continuing improvement from the start of the season, which saw 13 free passes issued in the three-game series at Loyola Marymount.