The Utah baseball team was picked last in the Pac-12 pre-season poll, and they’ve had a rough stretch to open the season with a 6-20 record overall. Utah may have cracked the code a little bit over the last week or so, as they now sit 3-3 in Pac-12 play, including a series win over formly No. 1 ranked OSU.
Utah concluded the series with a 11-8 win over the Beavers, who are now 21-4, and only had 2 loses on the season before the series started. Per UtahUtes.com:
Utah (6-20, 3-3 Pac-12) scored runs in six different innings en-route to the win. Erick Migueles went 3-for-4 at the plate with two home runs and three RBI. DaShawn Keirsey, Jr., was 3-for-6 on the day with a home run, two runs scored and two RBI. Christopher Rowan, Jr., was 3-for-4 and scored two runs. Oliver Dunn also drove in three runs. Utah had 18 total hits on the day.
Utah’s 11 runs and 18 hits are the most that Oregon State (21-4, 6-3 Pac-12) has allowed this season. The Utes snapped the Beavers streak of 14 Pac-12 series wins, dating back to 2016.
The last time the Utes were picked last in the league, they ended up winning the thing, which shocked everyone. Now with a win over USC and a couple of wins over Oregon State, they are off to a nice start in league play. The still have a long way to go, but Bill Kinnebery, Utah’s coach, is a very good coach and he’ll hopefully have them competitive going foward.
Utah looks to carry the momentum into a game against BYU on Tuesday at Smith’s Ballpark. Utah lost to BYU down in Provo a couple of weeks ago, 7-6, but ended up rallying with 4 runs in the 9th to force extra innings where they lost in the 10th.