Survival in the league race and the final outcome in the Deseret First Duel are at stake for BYU baseball this week.
On Tuesday at 6 p.m., the Cougars play at Utah in Salt Lake City in the fourth contest this season against the Utes.
Utah, now 12-32, has a 2-1 advantage over BYU this year and lead in the tie-breaking run differential, 18-14. That means BYU needs to win by five runs over the Utes to secure a ninth Deseret Duel trophy.
Left-hand junior Kenny Saenz (1-2, 6.95) will be the Cougars’ starting pitcher against Utah.
BYU, now 19-23 overall and 8-13 in the West Coast Conference, is still in the hunt for a berth in the WCC Tournament. The Cougars need to sweep this week at San Francisco, starting the three-game series with the Dons on Thursday afternoon.