Utah Baseball Heads South to Face UT Arlington

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University of Utah sophomore infielder Matt Richardson (4) throws to first during an NCAA Baseball game at the Smith's Ballpark in Salt Lake City on Thursday, April 11, 2019. (Photo by Kiffer Creveling | Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Mallory Arnold, Sports Writer

 

The University of Utah baseball team will travel south to Arlington, Texas, where they will face UT Arlington for a three-game series over three days starting on Friday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m.. The second game will be played Saturday at 1 p.m. and the finale on Sunday at 10 a.m.

Last weekend the Utes were in Corpus Christi, Texas playing in the Kleberg Bank College Classic. Utah went 2-1, beating Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Kansas State by a score of 2-1 for both games but losing to Missouri 2-3. This brings Utah’s season to 3-4 overall.

Some key players for the Utes in last weekend’s performance were pitcher Kyle Robeniol, who pitched 6.1 innings and only allowed four hits. Tyler Thompson tabbed three hits on 11 plate appearances.

Utah and UT Arlington haven’t faced each other since 2014, when the Utes went south to face the Mavericks. They split the two-game series, winning one 5-3 and losing the next 3-9. This is the only time the two teams have faced, and much has changed for both since then. 

UT Arlington is currently 6-2 on the season and played Texas A&M Corpus Christi in a three-game series on opening weekend. The Mavericks swept the Islanders beating them 7-0, 4-1 and 3-1. When Utah faced the team last weekend, they were able to pull out the win in 11 innings and held the Islanders to scoring only one run. This is the only team the two have in common thus far this season.

In the Pac-12 baseball standings, Utah sits at sixth. UCLA is currently 7-0 on the season and ranked first, with Arizona the predicted No. 1 in second with a 5-3 record.

Next weekend Utah will head to Minneapolis for a three-game series against Minnesota before starting Pac-12 play the following week in Arizona State.

All games this weekend will be live streamed here on UTA’s website. You can follow along with live tweets on @utahbaseball account.

 

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