Parity is reflected for BYU baseball this week as it returns to league play following Tuesday’s rubber match when it hosts Utah.

The Cougars, 18-16 overall and 7-8 in the West Coast Conference, are three-and-one-half games out of first place with 12 league games remaining. How BYU emerges from hosting four games this week could jump-start a bid to get one of four spots in the league tournament next month.

Utah, now 9-28, is also looking for a rebound, having won two of its last 10 games since evening the series against BYU, 4-3, earlier this month in Salt Lake City. The run differential is tied at 10 apiece in the Deseret Duel baseball standings, with a fourth game scheduled for May 8, in Salt Lake City. BYU beat Utah, 7-6, in 10 innings last month in Provo.

BYU has yet to name a starting pitcher for Tuesday’s 6 p.m. MDT game in Provo, which will be televised live locally over KBYU-TV.

The University of San Diego, 18-22 overall and 7-11 in the WCC, is looking to halt a five-game skid in league play following its Tuesday game at UC Irvine. USD and BYU start a three-game series on Thursday and Friday at 6 p.m. The games Thursday and Saturday (1 p.m.) will be televised live by BYUtv.

Ralph R. Zobell has worked for BYU Athletic Media Relations in various capacities for over 30 years. You can view his bio at or contact him at [email protected].