SALT LAKE CITY — Utah baseball opens its season Friday afternoon at UC Davis. The groups will even play Saturday and Sunday earlier than the Utes go to Saint Mary’s on Monday.
“It’s been an excellent, lengthy six months of coaching. So it’s time to play any individual totally different and play for actual,” stated Utah coach Invoice Kinneberg. “So we’re wanting ahead to it.”
In preparation for the season, the Utes spent two weekends within the hotter local weather of St. George — getting in six days of practices.
Sophomore Justin Kelly is scheduled to be Utah’s beginning pitcher within the season opener. The proper-hander from Copper Hills Excessive College missed all of final season after Tommy John surgical procedure.
Kelly is a part of a pitching workers that Kinneberg describes as a mixture of expertise and youth. Senior lefty Kyle Robeniol is again from an ACL damage that brought about him to overlook half of final season. Sophomore right-hander David Watson and junior Riley Pierce will doubtless spherical out the starters on the opening journey.
Sophomore right-handers Zac McCleve and Dustyn Schramm return to the bullpen. McCleve was the nearer final season and Schramm pitched a whole lot of innings.
Utah has some youthful guys as effectively — freshmen right-handers T.J. Clarkson and Sean Bolin — that will even see motion.
“The pitching is a bit of little bit of a blended bag,” stated Kinneberg, who added that the workers is wanting ahead to the season-opening sequence to sort of see everyone and see how they react to begin defining roles.
The Utes have a whole lot of place gamers again that Kinneberg famous have been mainstays within the lineup a yr in the past. Senior catcher Zack Moeller, junior first baseman Shea Kramer, junior third baseman Rykker Tom and sophomore outfielder Briley Knight main the way in which.
Senior infielder Chase Fernlund and junior shortstop Matt Richardson are additionally skilled veterans. Freshman Kayler Yates is among the many high newcomers.
“We’re far more veteran. We’re far more seasoned, I assume, on the offensive facet than we’re on the pitching facet,” Kinneberg stated. “However there’s 12 or 13 guys which are sort of vying for time and vying for a beginning spot, so it’s sort of essential within the subsequent two or three weeks that we get a have a look at everyone and so they get some expertise, and see the way it all interprets at that time.”
Utah begins the season with 16 video games at street or impartial websites. The house opener is March 17 towards Utah Valley.
The Utes have been projected to complete 10th within the Pac-12 preseason coaches ballot. They have been 16-33 total (6-24 in convention) in 2019.
2020 Utah baseball schedule
FEBRUARY: 14-16 — at UC Davis; 17 — at Saint Mary’s; 21 — at Texas A&M Corpus Christi; 22 — Missouri (at Corpus Christi); 23 — Kansas State (at Corpus Christi); 28-29 — at UT Arlington.
MARCH: 1 — at UT Arlington; 6-Eight — at Minnesota; 13-15 — at Arizona State; 17 — UTAH VALLEY; 20-22 — NEVADA; 24 — at BYU; 27-29 — UCLA; 31 — at Boise State.
APRIL: Three-5 — at California; 9-11 — at Oregon; 14 — BOISE STATE; 17-19 — OREGON STATE; 21 — at BYU; 24-26 — at Washington State.
MAY: 1-Three — WASHINGTON; 5 — at Utah Valley; Eight-10 — STANFORD; 12 — BYU; 15-17 — at USC; 21-23 — ARIZONA.