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The Team

The Utes followed up their Pac-12 championship in 2016 with a winning season and an upper division league finish in 2017.

Utah had its first winning record since 2011 by going 27-24 overall while tying for fifth in the Pac-12 with a 15-15 league mark. In conference play, Utah earned series sweeps over Arizona, USC and Arizona State and had series wins over Oregon and California.

Senior third baseman Dallas Carroll was named a third-team ABCA/Rawlings All-American and a first-team All-West Region selection. He led Utah and ranked in the top five in the Pac-12 in batting average (.369), slugging percentage (.591), on-base percentage (.465), hits per game (1.43) and RBI (52).

Carroll was joined on the All-Pac-12 team by senior pitcher Jayson Rose and sophomore center fielder DaShawn Keirsey Jr. Carroll and Keirsey were also both named to the Pac-12 All-Defensive Team. Rose broke the Utah career record for strikeouts (256). He ranked fifth in the Pac-12 in wins (8-3 record), seventh in strikeouts (82) and 11th in ERA (3.35) in 2017. Keirsey hit .327 and ranked fourth in the Pac-12 in both hits per game (1.42) and triples (5).

Senior relief pitcher Dylan Drachler, senior infielder Ellis Kelly and senior first baseman Hunter Simmons were All-Pac-12 honorable mention selections. After recording nine saves during Utah's Pac-12 championship season, Drachler saved five games with a 2.77 ERA last year. Kelly hit .315 in Pac-12 play and had .987 fielding percentage in 2017. Simmons was a three-year starter at first base and ranked fifth in the team with a .307 batting average last season.

Among the returning position players for 2018, sophomore outfielder Chandler Anderson had the second-best batting average on the team (.336), junior infielder/outfielder Wade Gulden hit four home runs (including the walk-off winner to complete a series sweep of USC), and freshman outfielder Dominic Foscalina had the fourth-best batting average (.322) on the team. Freshman Oliver Dunn stared 49 games at second base and sophomore Zack Moeller made 47 starts behind the plate.

On the mound, junior LHP Josh Lapiana made 15 starts with a 3-6 record and 5.52 ERA. Junior RHP Trenton Stoltz (0-1, 1.80 ERA), sophomore LHP Joshua Tedeschi (2-0, 2.79 ERA), junior RHP Tanner Thomas (4-0, 2.91 ERA), freshman RHP Chase Bauerle (1-1, 3.06 ERA), and freshman LHP Jacob Rebar (3-5, 5.72 ERA) all showed potential to take on larger roles next season.

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Head Coach

BILL KINNEBERG

bkinneberg@huntsman.utah.edu

Bill Kinneberg is in his 16th season at the helm of the Utah baseball program and 24th as a head coach at the collegiate level. He was named the 2016 Pac-12 Coach of the Year after leading the Utes to the conference championship. Kinneberg has taken the Utes to a pair of NCAA Regional appearances, placing second in Fullerton (Calif.) in 2009 and going 1-2 in Oxford (Miss.) in 2016. Ten Utah players have been taken in the first 10 rounds of the MLB Draft under Kinneberg, including the school's first-ever first-round selection in C.J. Cron (2011, 17th overall). Kinneberg has also established school records for wins in a season at three schools: UTEP (1985), Wyoming (1990) and Utah (1996).

Kinneberg led the USA Baseball Collegiate Team to a silver medal at the 2010 FISU World University Championships in Japan. He also went 25-12 with the 2007 U.S. National Team as its pitching coach, as the team finished with a 1.93 ERA.

Prior to joining the Utah staff, Kinneberg worked for the Chicago White Sox organization as a minor league pitching coach. From 1996-2001, Kinneberg was the associate head coach at Arizona. He served an assistant baseball coach at Arizona State from 1992-94. In his last two seasons, Kinneberg helped lead the Sun Devils to back-to-back appearances in the College World Series.

Kinneberg and his wife Janet have two sons, Joe (17) and David (15).

 

Staff

Mike Crawford

Associate Head Coach
Recruiting Coordinator

mcrawford@huntsman.utah.edu

Mike Crawford is in his 10th year as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Utah, and his second season as associate head coach.

Crawford has had 12 pitchers drafted during his time at Utah, including seven in the first 10 rounds. Tyler Wagner was a fourth-round pick by Milwaukee in 2012 and made his major league debut in 2015. The Utes had three pitchers drafted in 2017: Riley Ottesen (5th round), Jayson Rose (8th round) and Andre Jackson (12th round). Rose was a two-time All-Pac-12 player at Utah. In 2017, Ute opponents were held to a .264 batting average and 247 runs scored, both low marks since Utah joined the Pac-12. Utah led the league with 14 pickoffs. Utah set a team record with 421 strikeouts in 2009.

Crawford previously spent two seasons as associate head coach at Yavapai College. From 2002-05, Crawford was the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Cochise College. Crawford played at the University of Arizona from 1999-2000. He was a starting pitcher at Yavapai College in 1997-98 and was named the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC) Pitcher of the Year in 1998. Crawford has a son, Kolby (12).

Jay Brossman

Assistant Coach

jbrossman@huntsman.utah.edu

Former four-time all-conference Ute infielder Jay Brossman is in his seventh season on the baseball staff and his second as a full-time assistant with the Utes, serving as hitting coach and running the offense.

Utah's .287 batting average in 2017 was its highest since the Utes joined the Pac-12 in 2012. Utah ranked fourth in the league in batting average, third in on-base percentage and fourth in runs scored and RBI last season. Dallas Carroll ranked in the top five in in the Pac-12 in several major hitting categories and earned All-America honors from the ABCA. Carroll and DaShawn Keirsey Jr., both earned All-Pac-12 honors.

Brossman worked two seasons (2015-16) as the volunteer assistant coach for the Utes. He also served two years as the director of operations and one year as a student assistant coach. During his Ute playing career from 2004-07, he hit .359 and set school records for hits, doubles and total bases.

Brossman was selected in the 36th round of the 2007 MLB Draft and spent five years in the Los Angeles Angels minor league system. He was a Pioneer League All-Star in 2007. Jay and his wife Jenny have two sons, Colten and Caleb.

B.K. Santy

Volunteer Assistant Coach

bsanty@huntsman.utah.edu

B.K. Santy is in his first season as a volunteer assistant coach at Utah. He serves as first base coach and works with the offense and the catchers.

Santy spent the previous two seasons at California, serving as first base coach and working with the catchers. In 2016, Cal catcher Brett Cumberland earned All-America honors and was the Pac-12 Player of the Year before being selected in the second-round lottery of the MLB Draft.

Santy was the catching coach at Palomar College in 2015, where catcher Francis Christy developed into a seventh-round pick in the 2015 MLB Draft. Santy was also a graduate assistant at San Diego in the fall of 2015.

He played two seasons at Washington, hitting .285 with 32 RBI, 12 doubles and three home runs. Following his senior season, Santy was selected in the 30th round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins and spent three years in the minor leagues.

A San Diego, Calif., native, Santy holds a bachelor's in history from Washington and a master's in education from East Central University.

A New Home

Utah Athletics has announced plans to build a $7.5 million baseball stadium, providing a state-of-the-art on-campus home for Ute baseball. The project would transform Ute Field, the current baseball practice facility on Guardsman Way, into a 2,000-seat stadium with an artificial turf surface.

Current Team Facilities

Utah baseball makes use of excellent facilities on and off campus, including the state-of-the-art Sorenson High Performance Center and picturesque Smith's Ballpark in downtown Salt Lake City.

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Smith's Ballpark

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Sorenson High Performance Center

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Spence Eccles Field House

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Tradition

The Utes were the 2016 Pac-12 Conference champions, winning the title in one of the nation's top-rated baseball leagues that boasts a record 28 NCAA championships. The Utes head into the 2018 season coming off back-to-back Pac-12 upper division finishes after tying for fifth in 2017.

Utah has advanced to NCAA Regionals twice in the last nine years. The Utes made their first NCAA appearance since 1960 in 2009 after winning the MWC Tournament. The Utes went 2-2 to finish as the runner-up in the Fullerton Regional. Utah went 1-2 in the Oxford Regional in 2016, getting a 10-inning win over No. 7-ranked Ole Miss in the tournament opener.


In his first stint as Utah's head coach, Bill Kinneberg led Utah a then school-record 30 wins in 1996. The team he assembled before leaving to become the associate head coach at Arizona won 36 games and captured the WAC North Division title in 1997. In Utah's final year in the Mountain West Conference, Kinneberg led Utah to 29 wins and a runner-up finish in the league.

Utah's Greatest

Four Utes have earned All-America honors since 1997.

First baseman C.J. Cron was named first-team All-American in 2010 and 2011, making the Baseball America, NCBWA, ABCA, Perfect Game, ESPN, and Louisville Slugger teams the second year.

Shortstop Ryan Khoury was an All-American in 2006, making the ABCA first-team, NCBWA second-team, and the Collegiate Baseball third team.

Chris Shelton was a third-team NCBWA and a second-team Collegiate Baseball All-American in 2001.

Senior third baseman Dallas Carroll was named a third-team ABCA/Rawlings All-American and a first-team All-West Region selection in 2017.

Some of the best pitchers in school history have come through the program in recent years. Jayson Rose, a two-time All-Pac-12 pick who was drafted in 2017, holds both the career (256) and single-season (106) strikeout records. Tyler Wagner, a 2012 MLB draft pick, owns both the single-season (12) and career (17) saves marks, as well as the single-season record for lowest ERA (2.04). Two-time honorable mention All-Pac-12 pick Mitch Watrous tied the record for strikeouts in a game (12) in 2012. Dalton Carroll, a 2016 MLB draft pick, holds the career record for innings pitched (316 2/3).

Ryan Khoury

Utah has garnered seven All-Pac-12 team selections the last two years. Dallas Carroll, center fielder DaShawn Keirsey Jr., and pitcher Jayson Rose earned All-Pac-12 honors in 2017. It was the second consecutive year on the squad for all three. A record four Utes made the All-Pac-12 team in 2016.

DaShawn Keirsey Jr. was named the 2016 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America team.

Eight Utah players were named to the Pac-12 All-Academic team in 2017, led by second-team selections Chandler Anderson and Ellis Kelly.

Ute Pros

Utah has had 10 players taken in the first 10 rounds of the MLB Draft since 2008.

For the first time in the program's history, three Ute players were taken in the first 10 rounds of the MLB Draft in 2017. Four were selected overall, which ties the school's high mark. Utah's 2017 selections were Riley Ottesen (5th round, Dodgers), Jayson Rose (8th round, Brewers), Dallas Carroll (9th round, Brewers) and Andre Jackson (12th round, Dodgers).

In addition to Ottesen, Rose and Carroll in 2017, Mitch Watrous (eighth round, 2014), Nick Green (10th round, 2014) and Bret Helton (ninth round, 2015) have been top 10 round selections over the past four years.

C.J. Cron, who was Utah's first-ever first-round draft pick in 2011, made his Major League debut in 2014 with the Los Angeles Angels as a 1B/DH and is in his fourth season with the big league club. He set career-best marks with a .278 batting average, 16 home runs and 69 RBI in 2016.

Pitcher Stephen Fife, a third-round draft pick by the Red Sox in 2008, spent time in the majors with the Los Angeles Dodgers over three seasons (2012-14) before suffering an injury.

Pitcher Tyler Wagner, taken by Milwaukee in the fourth round of the 2012 draft, made his major league debut with the Brewers in May 2015. He earned his MLB first win with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2016. He is currently with the Texas Rangers' organization in AAA.

Tyler Wagner
Tyler Wagner

Catcher Parker Morin advanced to AAA with the Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals) in 2016 and has been with Omaha for the majority of the 2017 season.

Pitcher Trey Nielsen has advanced to AAA Memphis in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. The Salt Lake City native was drafted in 2013 and was on Italy's roster for the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

C.J. Cron
C.J. Cron

A Night With…

Since 2004, Utah has ushered in the season by bringing in baseball celebrities for a special banquet to support the program. The guest list includes: Terry Francona (2005, '08, ‘17), Cal Ripken Jr. (2006), Brooks Robinson (2007), Harmon Killebrew (2009), Bruce Hurst (2010), Dave Winfield (2011), Ozzie Smith (2012), Tommy Lasorda (2013), John Farrell (2014), Jim Palmer (2015) and Ned Yost (2016).

Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg (right) welcomed manager Terry Francona (left) of the 2016 American League Champion Cleveland Indians to the 2017 Utah Baseball Banquet.