Tanner Banks had nine strikeouts against Sacramento State on Utah's opening weekend.
Feb. 18, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah baseball team travels to Arizona this weekend to compete in the Pac-12/Big 10 Tournament Challenge. The Utes open the tournament against Michigan State at 4:00 p.m. MT on Friday, Feb. 21, and face 2013 College World Series participant Indiana on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 4:00 p.m. MT. Both games will be held in Surprise, Ariz., at Surprise Stadium. The Utes close out the tournament against Nebraska at 12:00 p.m. MT at Goodyear Stadium in Goodyear, Ariz.
"We are looking forward to being a part of this tournament," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "We have an opportunity to play three great teams at a great facility."
Utah went 2-2 during its opening weekend against Sacramento State. All four games were decided by one run.
"I think it's going to be like this most of the year - close ball games with pitching keeping us in it," Kinneberg said. "We don't have a real explosive offense yet. We got a feel for the game a little bit this weekend. We played a solid team in Sacramento State. We got some guys some playing time because of the absence of Braden Anderson, TJ Bennett and now Dallas Carroll, so that's a positive. But our pitching was really good for four games, and that's a real positive sign for us."
Indiana went 1-3 during its opening weekend against Texas Tech and is currently ranked 10th in the Baseball America poll. Michigan State is 2-1, competing last weekend against Wright State after a change of plans due to weather. Nebraska hosted the Husker Classic, going 2-2 over four games, including a 15-7 loss to Oregon State.