Bill Kinneberg has led the Utes to their highest seed in the MWC Tournament in five years.
May 21, 2007
This Week In Utah Baseball
No. 3 Seeded Utes Face UNLV in First Round of MWC Tourney
The University of Utah baseball team finished the regular season with a 12-12 league record and tied for third place in the Mountain West Conference standings. By virtue of tie-breakers, the Utes will have the No. 3 seed in the this week's MWC Tournament.
The third-place finish and No. 3 seed are the highest for Utah in five years. The Utes finished second in the MWC back in 2002. It is only the eighth time in the last 19 years that Utah has finished that high in its conference/division. The Utes currently have an overall record of 24-29.
Utah's first-round opponent in this week's Mountain West Conference Tournament will be No. 6 seed UNLV. The Rebels are 22-34 overall and finished 10-14 in MWC action. Utah split the season series with UNLV, 3-3. The Utes won the most recent series against the Rebels in Vegas, while taking one of three in Salt Lake City in March.
Leading Off ...
The No. 3 seed for Utah this weekend is the highest for the Utes since Bill Kinneberg returned to the bench in 2005.
Utah has won at least one game in every MWC Tournament ever played.
The Utes have won their first-round contest at the MWC Tournament for the past three seasons.
Utah is 0-3 all-time vs. UNLV in conference tournament games.
Utah has outscored its opponents 69-41 in the first inning.
The Utes were the best fielding team in the MWC last season with a .970 mark. Utah is currently fielding at just a .955 clip.
Brossman Breaking Records
Utah first baseman Jay Brossman (Sr., Pullman, Wash.) became the all-time hits leader in Ute baseball history May 4. Brossman now has a total of 306 hits, surpassing Ryan Khoury's mark of 291 (2003-06). This season, Brossman has also surpassed the career record for RBIs and now has 181. He also holds the Ute career records for doubles, with 69 and total bases, with 481. The following is a look at the other career records he's chasing (current total/record): Batting average (.362/.368), at-bats (846/876) and runs (180/200).