Deseret Duel for Baseball: BYU-Utah

The next two Tuesdays at Spring Mobile Ballpark in Salt Lake City will play a crucial role in determining which team wins the baseball portion of the Deseret Duel.

Another baseball game between BYU (9-9) and Utah (7-15) this Tuesday night in Salt Lake City has the expected non-conference twist in the Deseret Duel.

Now BYU is a member of the West Coast Conference where it has a 4-2 record and Utah is a member of the Pac-12 Conference with a 3-3 mark.

However, in recent years both teams played non-league games between them even though they were members of the Mountain West Conference and had three-game MWC tilts with each other.  Those non-league games were an effort to add games, prep for league games against each other and provide exposure to fans in both communities.

The two teams are scheduled for a pair of games in Salt Lake City, one this Tuesday and one next Tuesday, at Spring Mobile Ballpark at 6 p.m.  And there is an April 17 matchup in Provo between the rivals.

Starting on the mound for BYU will be transfer Matt Milke (0-0, 5.14).

All the BYU-Utah games will be broadcast live locally over 960 AM and internationally on the Internet through BYU Radio.

BYU and Utah will compete for a total of three points in the three-game series in the Deseret Duel standings.  The Cougars have clinched the overall Deseret Duel title for 2011-2012 with a current score of 28-16.

BYU leads the overall baseball series with Utah, 232-108-2, including a famed 0-0 tie on May 18, 1895 in the first meeting between the two teams. BYU has a 23-10-1 record in non-conference games against Utah.

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