Corey Shimada led the MWC in runs scored last season.
Jan. 22, 2009
Shimada, who was selected as the designated hitter of the Rivals.com team, led the league in runs scored (65) and was second in triples (7) and stolen bases (21-of-28). He finished the year 21st in the country in triples. Shimada had a .329 batting average, including a team-best nine home runs and a .582 slugging percentage.
Beltran finished second on the team with a .372 hitting percentage for the season, while hitting .389 during conference play. He led all freshman hitters in the MWC and finished fourth overall in the league. The final month of the season, Beltran batted .397 (29-for-73). He was third on the team with 73 hits.
The Utes were picked to finish fourth in the Rivals.com preseason poll. TCU was selected to win the conference, followed by San Diego State and New Mexico in second and third. Brigham Young, UNLV and Air Force rounded out the poll.
Utah had a 26-28 mark last season, finishing third in the MWC tournament. The Utes open the 2009 campaign against Loyola Marymount on Feb. 20.