Joni Cook and the Utes will take on three preseason top-25 in the season's opening weekend.
Feb. 7, 2011
The University of Utah softball team begins its 2011 schedule with five games over four days at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. The Utes will face Ole Miss at 3:30 p.m., on Thursday then Western Michigan (9 a.m.) and No. 2/1 Arizona (4:30 p.m.) on Friday. Utah will play host No. 13/10 Arizona State Saturday at 7p.m., then conclude the event against No. 23/22 Oklahoma State Sunday at 11:15 a.m.
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Fresh Faces: Utah will welcome nine newcomers this season, including six freshmen and three transfer student-athletes.
Last Time at the Kajikawa Classic: The Utes went 2-2-1 at the season-opening Kajikawa Classic in 2007. Day one saw Utah spot both No. 8 Stanford and Northridge 5-0 leads. A pair of wild pitches allowed Utah to score two runs on Stanford but it wasn't enough as the Cardinal edged Utah, 5-2. Utah rallied from a 5-0 deficit versus Northridge, tying it just as the game was called because of darkness. Eight errors and nine unearned runs allowed Texas A&M to run away with a 10-3 win in the first game of the second day. A grand slam and 16 K's powered Utah to a 10-6 win over Nevada in the nightcap. A pinch-hit, solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning tied the game at 4-4 and an RBI single in the 10th plated the game-winning run as Utah upended No. 17 Texas.