Utah Valley University begins a stretch of five straight games at Brent Brown Ballpark with in-state rival Utah on Tuesday at 6 p.m. MT. The game can be heard live on 960 AM the Zone.
UVU is starting right-handed senior Devin Nelson while Bret Helton, a sophomore right-hander, gets the mound for the Utes. The Wolverines (15-22) lost two of three at WAC leader Sacramento State, winning the finale in a 6-0 shut out behind sophomore Danny Beddes who earlier on Monday was named the WAC Pitcher of the Week.
In blanking the league’s top hitting team, Beddes allowed just four hits overall and none in the final five innings. Jordy Hart had a three-hit day for Utah Valley, which took an early lead behind five runs in the third inning.
Utah (12-23), which defeated UVU, 7-3, on March 18 in Salt Lake City, dropped two of three at home to defending national champion UCLA. Utah leads the all-time series against Utah Valley, 25-18, and has won four straight overall.
In the earlier game between the teams, Nelson made the midweek start for UVU and lasted into the sixth inning before the Utes tied it in the sixth with two runs, added three in the seventh and another in the eighth to win late. Nelson did not factor into the decision in that contest, with all three runs that scored against him coming in unearned.
The Wolverines get back into WAC play this weekend when old Great West rival Northern Colorado comes to Orem for a three-game series beginning Friday at 6 p.m. UVU also hosts BYU next Tuesday, April 29, before traveling to New Mexico State.
Clint Burgi is the assistant athletic director for sports information at Utah Valley University. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.