Bill Kinneberg's Utes host the MWC's first-place team this weekend.
May 1, 2007
This Week In Utah Baseball
Utah To Host League-Leading TCU This Weekend
The University of Utah baseball team will wrap up the home portion of its schedule this weekend. The Utes host the league-leading TCU Horned Frogs in a three-game series beginning Friday evening at Franklin Covey Field.
Utah is coming off a series victory over UNLV in Las Vegas. The Utes defeated the Rebels 4-2 and 10-6 Friday and Saturday. But Utah's opportunity for a sweep was thwarted by UNLV on Sunday in an 8-3 decision. The Utes are now 21-22 overall and 9-6 in Mountain West Conference play.
TCU comes into the weekend after hosting Baylor in a non-conference game Tuesday night. The Horned Frogs were 34-10 overall, 15-2 in the MWC and ranked No. 23 by Baseball America.
TCU had won six in a row coming into Tuesday's game, including a sweep of San Diego State last weekend.
Leading Off ...
Utah ranks No. 6 in the nation in triples with 20.
The Ute pitching staff has the fewest balks in the Mountain West Conference this season. Utah hurlers have balked just six times.
Utah has outscored its opponents 54-30 in the first inning. But the Utes are being outscored 45-27 in the fourth frame.
The Utes were the best fielding team in the MWC last season with a .970 mark. Utah is currently fielding at just a .951 clip, which is last in the league.
The Utes rank second in the league in on-base percentage, reaching at a .399 clip. Only New Mexico is better, with a .421 mark.
Brossman Could Break Hits Record This Week
Utah first baseman Jay Brossman (Sr., Pullman, Wash.) already holds two Utah career records. But he could potentially own seven of Utah's 12 career hitting records by the time his Ute career comes to an end later this season. Brossman is already the all-time Ute leader in doubles with 63 (61, Matt Ciaramella, 2002-04) and total bases with 453 (447, Ryan Khoury, 2003-06). The following is a look at the other career records he's chasing (current total/record): Batting average (.362/.368), at-bats (802/876), runs (172/200), hits (290/291), RBIs (169/174).