Feb. 26, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah baseball team heads East this weekend to participate in the Dairy Queen Classic, hosted by Minnesota.
The Utes will face Northern Illinois on Friday, March 1, at 12:15 p.m. CT, followed by Minnesota on Saturday, March 2 at 6:35 pm CT. Utah closes out the tournament with Dartmouth on Sunday, March 3 at 11:00 a.m. CT. All three games will be played in the Metrodome.
"This will be a great opportunity to play in a major league ballpark and in the dome," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "I've been to the tournament once before, and it's a nice deal. We have practice Thursday night, so our outfielders are going to have to make an adjustment with the ceiling. But it's a fabulous place to play and good competition. Minnesota is always very good nationally and so it'll be another test for us."
Utah is 4-3 on the season, and won three out of four against UC Davis last weekend.
"We swung the bats pretty well last weekend," Kinneberg said. "It was a good conditions for hitting with the wind and the hardness of the field. I felt we made huge strides from the week before by putting good at-bats together, so I was very pleased with our approach at the plate. Our tenacity was really good this weekend. All four games were hard-fought, competitive ball games, and to win on the road is tough. It was a mark of our toughness that we were able to win a couple of those games late and hold them off, so I was very pleased with those two things."
Northern Illinois has started the season 1-7. The Huskies dropped three of four to Nevada last weekend.
Minnesota is 4-3 this season and won three of four against Western Michigan last weekend after opening the year 1-2 against UCLA. The Gophers play North Dakota State this week before hosting the Dairy Queen Classic.
Dartmouth opens its season this weekend. The Big Green went 24-18 last year and earned a trip to the Ivy Championship Series.