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Utah Utes baseball: Utes' QB makes his college baseball debut

Published: Wednesday, March 30 2011 9:43 p.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah quarterback Tyler Shreve is pulling double duty. On Tuesday, he made his college baseball debut.

The accomplished pitcher, who was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 10th round last year, worked the final two-thirds of the ninth inning in the Utes' 15-3 win over Utah Valley at Spring Mobile Ballpark.

Inheriting a runner on base with one out, Shreve walked the first batter he faced and hit the second one to load the bases. The 6-foot-3, 213-pound freshman then shut the door by forcing the next two batters to ground out.

"It felt good," Shreve said. "I struggled through the first two batters, kind of feeling it out, but after that I just settled down and I started throwing really well."

Switching gears from football to baseball, though, is a challenge.

"It's totally different. But I've been doing it for a while," Shreve said. "So I've kind of gotten a little adapted to it."

Playing both sports at Utah won't be easy. He's doing so under an arrangement that restricts him from missing anything associated with football — practices, meetings, weightlifting sessions, etc.

"We are willing to let him work into the baseball situation as his time allows," said football coach Kyle Whittingham.

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