When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. MST
Where: Smith’s Ballpark, Salt Lake City, Uta.
Three games remain for the Arizona State Sun Devils (23-29, 8-19 Pac-12) and each of them will take place at 10:30 a.m. due to the neighboring triple-A Salt Lake Bees hosting a series of its own at Smith’s Ballpark.
While highs of 90s will be the norm in Tempe, Ariz., the host Utah Utes (24-24, 12-15 Pac-12) will display temperatures in the 60s and 70s this weekend.
With a sweep, the Utes could possibly to sneak into the NCAA Tournament. This means the Sun Devils will play the spoilers role coming in this series.
The Utes’s team ERA of 4.16 falls in the middle of the Pac-12, but their .286 team batting average is the fourth best and definitely the most of Arizona State’s worries. Owning four players with above .300 averages, Utah is led by Dallas Carroll (.365), Dasha Keirsey Jr. (.335), Anderson Chandler (.320) and Hunter Simmons (.311).
Utah’s offense also posts the second highest run total in the Pac-12 with 291 this season.
On the mound for the Utes in game one will be ace right-hander Jayson Rose. While Rose allowed six runs in 4 1⁄3 innings against UCLA last week, he has proved shutout performances against No. 10 Stanford, USC and Washington State and posts a 7-3 record with a 3.66 ERA.
Arizona State’s Friday starter will most likely be senior right-hander Eder Erives. Though the El Paso, Tex. native posts a 1-4 record, his 3.93 ERA lists third on the Sun Devils.