Parker Morin leads the Utes in batting average.
April 4, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah baseball team continues its home stretch against Arizona, with a three-game series beginning on Thursday, April 5 at 6:00 p.m. at Spring Mobile Ballpark.
The Utes (7-20, 3-6 Pac-12) have struggled in recent games, but have been competitive in losses to BYU and UCLA. Utah is coming off a tough loss to the Cougars, falling 9-6 after entering the ninth inning with a 6-4 lead.
Arizona (21-7, 7-2 Pac-12) is ranked fourth in the latest Baseball America poll. The team is on a five-game winning streak after sweeping Sanford and winning two out of three against Oregon State. The Wildcats play a midweek game against Utah Valley on Wednesday before taking on the Utes on Thursday.
The Utah coaching staff has several Arizona ties. Head coach Bill Kinneberg is a 1980 graduate of Arizona after playing two years with the Wildcats. He made an appearance in the 1979 College World Series. He was also associate head coach of the program from 1996-2001. Assistant coach Mike Crawford pitched at Arizona from 1999-2000. He graduated with a communication degree in 2001.
Utah's Joe Pond faces Arizona's Kurt Heyer on Thursday evening in the first game of the series.