All-conference player James Brooks is one of several returning starters for the Utes.
Feb. 13, 2012
Friday: Zach Adams (Jr./RHP) vs. UC Davis Dayne Quist (Sr./LHP)
Saturday: Joe Pond (Jr./RHP) vs. UC Davis Anthony Kupbens (Sr./LHP)
Sunday: Tanner Tripp (Jr./RHP)* vs. UC Davis Tom Briner (Sr./RHP)
Monday: Ben Mordini (So./RHP)* vs. UC Davis TBA
*May start Sunday or Monday
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah baseball team opens its first season in the Pac-12 with a four-game series against UC Davis, beginning on Friday, Feb. 17, at 2:00 p.m. PT.
The Utes have taken trips to St. George over the past two weeks to prepare for their first games.
"It was really good for us to go down there," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "We had a chance to get outside and get a feel for the grass and dirt in the infield, fly balls for the outfielders, and to be able to play a real game. It was really good for us as far as getting ourselves ready for UC Davis. It's still a work in progress though. It generally takes us about eight to 10 games before we really get going to our full potential. Naturally, those four days outside helped get that process accelerated.
"I'm looking for our pitchers do a good job throwing strikes, play solid defense and execute offensively. That will be a key for us. Right now I think our offense is a little bit behind, so I hope it catches up quickly."
The Utes will throw Zach Adams on the mound to start the first game.
Utah went 29-21 last season, finishing second in the Mountain West Conference. The Utes return a solid core of players from last year's team, including all-conference players Shaun Cooper (outfield), James Brooks (shortstop), Trey Nielsen (third base) and Tyler Wagner (pitcher).
UC Davis finished 18-36 last season, finishing tied for sixth in the Big West Conference. The Aggies return left-handed pitcher Anthony Kupbens, who had a 2.36 ERA last year, and David Popkins, who was a second-team all-region player.