College notebook: Ex-SUU pitcher Joseph Karlik signs with Royals

Published: Wednesday, July 11 2012 10:26 p.m. MDT

Former Southern Utah University pitcher Joseph Karlik has signed with the Kansas City Royals and is set to play the season with club's minor league affiliate in the Arizona League.

Karlik joined the Thunderbird baseball team last fall after previously pitching at Azusa Pacific. This spring he quickly became a member of the starting rotation where he racked up 57 innings on the mound and gave up the fewest total runs of any SUU starter (44).

Karlik has already made one appearance on the mound for the Arizona Royals, recording one scoreless inning of relief. He becomes the second Thunderbird pitcher to receive a minor league deal in the past two years following Keli'i Zablan who signed with the Seattle Mariners prior to the 2011 season.

VAN BROCKLIN PICKED FOR SHOWCASE: Snow College guard Connor Van Brocklin has been chosen to participate in the Mullen's Top 100 Junior College Showcase in St. Louis from July 13-15. Van Brocklin is a 6-foot-5 guard from Fruit Heights who prepped at Davis High School. In his freshman season at Snow he averaged 12 points and four rebounds per game for the 23-9 Badgers. Van Brocklin was offered a scholarship at Idaho State University but chose instead to return to Snow College for his sophomore year.

"This is a great opportunity for Connor," Snow College head coach Michael Ostlund said. "It will be great for Connor to play against some tough competition and also gain the exposure to several hundred college coaches."

BYU'S HAMSON REFLECTS ON A2 EXPERIENCE: Women's volleyball player Jennifer Hamson participated in the U.S. National A2 Team tournament June 30-July 4, playing with and against some of the top collegiate volleyball athletes in the country.

"This was an amazing experience," Hamson said. "I had so much fun playing great volleyball with great girls. I was grateful for the opportunities to participate in some USA volleyball. It was fun to meet new people and gain some new friends. We also had the opportunity to do some service while we were there. One group held a volleyball clinic at a near by rec center and the group I was in visited the Ronald Mcdonald House. It was great to talk to the people there and to be inspired by their stories and challenges. Overall it was an amazing experience."

WEBER STATE'S HOOP ATTENDANCE UP: For the fourth straight season Weber State saw an increase in attendance at men's basketball games. Weber State finished the season averaging 6,493 fans per game. That marked WSU's highest attendance average since 2003. WSU averaged nearly 2,500 fans more than the next closest Big Sky school. The Wildcats also finished with a higher attendance average than six Pac-12 schools.

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