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.