Utah's Corey Shimada leads the nation in triples.
April 18, 2007
This Week In Utah Baseball
Utah Falls to UVSC, Hosts New Mexico This Week
The University of Utah baseball team hasn't left the State of Utah since late March. The Utes are in the area once again this week. After dropping a 10-4 decision at Utah Valley State Tuesday night, Utah hosts a three-game Mountain West Conference set against New Mexico Thursday-Saturday.
Utah enters this weekend's action with a 16-20 overall record and a 5-4 mark in Mountain West Conference play. The Utes have won seven of their last 10 and five of their last six series.
UVSC is 15-23 overall after its win over Utah.
New Mexico is currently 17-21 and 6-6 in the MWC. The Lobos swept a three-game set at Air Force last weekend. The Utes have already faced New Mexico once this season, taking two of three in Albuquerque to open conference play.
Leading Off ...
Utah ranks No. 2 in the MWC in triples with 20.
The Ute pitching staff has the fewest balks in the Mountain West Conference this season. Utah hurlers have balked just four times.
Jay Brossman and Corey Shimada had 15- and 13-game hitting streaks, respectively, end last week. Both have started new streaks that are up to six.
The Utes were the best fielding team in the MWC last season with a .970 mark. Utah is currently fielding at just a .950 clip, which is last in the league.
Utah's Eric King and SDSU's Donnie Hume are the only regular MWC pitchers who have yet to allow a home run.
Triple Your Pleasure
Utah second baseman Corey Shimada (So., Murray, Utah) ripped two triples last week. His total of nine three-baggers and average of 0.26 per game are good enough to lead the nation. Shimada has more triples than doubles. Nearly one-fifth of his 47 hits have gone for three bases. In addition to his knack for knocking triples, Shimada has been on a tear as of late. He has had at least one hit in 19 of his last 20 games, while walking at least once in 12 of those 20 contests. Over the course of the last 20 games, he has raised his batting average from .241 to .343 and is currently tops on the team in batting average.