The reigning national champion Arizona baseball team opens the 2013 season against Coppin State in a three-game series at Hi Corbett Field Feb. 15-17.
The Wildcats begin defense of their national title on Friday, Feb. 15, at 6 p.m. at Hi Corbett Field.
2012 National Coach of the Year Andy Lopez looks back on UA's fall practice season and looks ahead to the upcoming 2013 season.
Earned varsity letters under the guidance of coach Mark Ernster at Liberty High School in Peoria, Ariz., ... Named the 2012 Arizona Republic Big Schools Player of the Year ... Recognized on the USA Today All-USA Baseball Second Team as a senior ... A 4A Skyline All-Region selection ... Led team to a state-runner up finish after tossing a complete game shutout with 10 strikeouts in semifinal ... Set an Arizona high school record with 55 career doubles as a hitter ... Finished senior season with 104 strikeouts in 74.2 innings pitched and a 1.88 earn run average ... Also played third base and hit .454 on the season with 35 runs batted in ... Threw a perfect game against Copper Canyon in May of senior year ... Selected to play in the 2012 Heartland Baseball Classic ... Posted a 10-3 record with a 2.74 earned run average and 73 strikeouts as a junior ... Also hit .468 ... Named 4A All-State honorable mention by the Arizona Republic as a junior ... Helped school win state championship in 2010.
Graduated from Liberty High School in Peoria, Ariz., in 2012 ... Born in Phoenix, Ariz., in 1993 ... Son of Glenn and Janette Bannister ... Has one older brother, Matt ... Father played golf at Weber State University ... Hobbies include playing golf and ping pong in spare time ... Is enrolled in the Eller College of Management as a pre-business major.