BYU baseball will host the Utah Utes on Tuesday in the rubber match of this year’s baseball Deseret Duel.
“It’s all about bragging rights,” BYU head coach Mike Littlewood said. “It’s a huge game for us – just like anytime we play Utah.”
Mark Anderson (4-1, 4.46) is scheduled to start for the Cougars. The teams have split the first two games, with the Cougars taking the last game in Provo 9-3 and Utah winning the first in a 5-4 nail biter in extra innings. The teams were scheduled to play May 7, but the game was cancelled because of the weather and will not be made up.
The Cougars (26-19, 12-9 WCC) are coming off a crucial series victory over San Francisco over the weekend, including two come-from-behind victories in dramatic fashion to keep their postseason hopes alive.
BYU is fourth place in the WCC conference standings and is tied in the loss column with San Francisco and San Diego, who hold second and third places, respectively. The Cougars are clinging to a one-game lead over Saint Mary’s, who they host in a three-game series this weekend.
Utah (17-28, 6-21 PAC 12) is in last place in the Pac-12 conference standings. The Utes have dropped 11 of their last 12 games.
The game will begin at 6 p.m. MST and will be broadcast live on KOVO Radio 960 AM.