Joe Pond had a solid outing against UAB last weekend, throwing seven scoreless innings.
March 5, 2012
Thursday : Utah's Joe Pond (Jr./RHP) vs. Santa Clara's Tommy Nance (Jr./RHP)
Friday: Utah's Brock Duke (Jr./RHP) vs. Lehigh TBA
Saturday: Utah TBA vs. San Jose State TBA
Sunday: Utah TBA vs. Columbia TBA
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah baseball team travels to California this weekend for the Jack Gifford Memorial tournament. The Utes will face Santa Clara, Lehigh, San Jose State and Columbia over three days, beginning on March 8.
The Utes went 1-2 over the weekend against UAB to fall to 2-9 on the year. Joe Pond pitched a gem in game one's 11-0 victory, while Utah came out on the wrong end of a pitcher's duel in an extra-inning 2-1 loss in game two. The Utes struggled on the mound and on offense in game three, falling 7-1.
"We have four games left before we start conference play," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "These are four big games for us to get better and figure it out so that we are ready for USC in two weeks. We've got to put aside yesterday's loss and move on and get better.
"We're capable of being a good team, we're just not clicking. One really good thing that we did this weekend was that we had tremendous infield defense. If we can continue to do that, that's a real plus. We have to get our pitching going and we've got to get our hitting going and be more consistent. Consistency is our goal for this weekend."
Santa Clara is 9-3 on the season. The Broncos took two of three from San Jose State last weekend.
Lehigh is 2-5 overall to start the year. The Mountain Hawks have dropped their last five games, including a sweep by Cal.
San Jose State is 3-7 overall. Although the Spartans lost two of three against Santa Clara, they scored seven runs in the ninth to win game two of the series.
Columbia is 1-3 to open the season, falling in three of four to the Citadel.