Feb. 17, 2014
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TUCSON, Ariz. – Utah Valley University baseball continues its season-opening eight-game road trip with a two-game midweek series at Pac-12 Arizona on Tuesday and Wednesday. First pitch for Tuesday is 6 p.m. MT with Wednesday’s start at 1 p.m. MT. The Wolverines (1-2) will play their first 16 games of 2014 on the road.
Senior right-hander Ryan Evans is scheduled to make his first career start for UVU on the mound on Tuesday, after 17 relief appearances in 2013.
The Wolverines opened the season at Loyola Marymount, dropping two of three over the weekend. Utah Valley won the middle game, 5-3, scoring twice in the ninth inning to pick up the win. The Lions won 2-1 in the season-opener on Friday night and 9-2 in the finale on Sunday, plating five runs in the fourth inning to take a 6-2 lead.
Utah Valley had three players hit home runs in the series; Beau Kallas homered on Friday night and Kade Andrus and Sean Moysh each hit one on Saturday. All three were solo shots. Mark Krueger was 5-for-11 in the series, batting .455 with a pair of doubles to lead the team at the plate.
Arizona (2-1), the 2012 College World Series champions, took two of three from Kent State at home over the weekend. The Wildcats opened with an impressive 13-1 victory before falling 14-5 on Saturday. In the series finale, Arizona got a strong start from Cody Hamlin to win 7-1 and clinch the series. The Wildcats, picked to finish fifth in the Pac-12, hit .346 during the weekend as a team with Cody Ramer going 6-for-12 with 3 RBIs during the series.
It's the fifth straight season the Wolverines and Wildcats have met. Arizona holds a 16-2 advantage all-time between the teams. Both UVU wins have come in the last two seasons and over the last four meetings.
Utah Valley will head back to Southern California this weekend for a three-game series at Pepperdine beginning Friday. The Waves are one of four West Coast Conference schools on this season’s schedule and one of six teams on the 2014 schedule that the Wolverines will meet for the first time.