MEN'S BASKETBALL: Tai Wesley continues to collect postseason honors as he was one of 10 players named to the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-District VIII team Thursday.
Wesley was the only player from the Western Athletic Conference named all-district by the USBWA.
Along with being named all-district by the USBWA, Wesley was also named all-district first-team by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) along with being named the WAC's Player of the Year.
Joining Wesley on the USBWA All-District VIII team was Devon Beitzel (Northern Colorado), Alec Burks (Colorado), Will Clyburn (Utah), Jackson Emery (BYU), Jimmer Fredette (BYU), Dairese Gary (New Mexico), Cory Higgins (Colorado), Andy Ogide (Colorado State) and Brian Qvale (Montana).
District VIII is made up of teams from the states of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. There are nine regions from coast to coast and a player and coach of the year were selected from each.
SOFTBALL: The SLCC Bruin softball pitching staff shutout the Snow Badgers in a double header sweep 8-0 and 9-0. The Bruins are 24-6 overall and 16-2 in SWAC play.
Ariel Zimmerman allowed three hits while striking out seven batters in six innings of work. Savanah Webster was 3 for 3 in game one with two home runs and three RBI. Kylee Bufton was 2 for 3 with a solo home run and two RBI and Madi White was 2 for 2 with an RBI.
In game two seven extra base hit led by Krystin Jachim, Madi White and Brooke Budge. Jachim went 3 for 4 at the plate with four RBI including a three run home run. White and Budge both knocked solo home runs.
The Bruins look to complete the sweep with a double header starting at noon.
BASEBALL: At Eugene, Ore., twice BYU knocked on the door Friday, then couldn't open it as Oregon claimed a 4-2 baseball victory.
BYU tied the game, one-all, in the eighth when Dane Nielsen led off with a base on balls. Stephen Wells advanced Nielsen to second on a sac-bunt. Nielsen then scored from second on Alex Wolfe's two-out single.
Ryan Bernal then singled, to extend his hitting streak to 10 games, followed by Austin Hall's walk to load the bases, but Oregon dodged its first bullet.
"We made a critical error that opened the gates after we got rid of their starting pitcher," said BYU coach Vance Law. "I'm still proud of our guys. We are getting good starting pitching ourselves."
The Ducks responded in the bottom of the eighth with three runs, to go up 4-1, chasing Cougar starter Taylor Cole from the mound.
Then BYU rallied again in the ninth when Nielsen singled with two outs. He advanced to third on Wells' double and scored on a wild pitch, making the score 4-2. Wells advanced to third and Andrew Law drew a walk before Oregon locked up its second win in as many nights.
BYU, now 8-6, prepares for a third game on Saturday afternoon with Oregon, now 7-7.
SOFTBALL: At Lakewood, Calif., after losing by a single run last week to Long Beach State, the BYU softball team came back on Friday to defeat the host 49ers 2-0 after dropping a 5-3 decision to Sacramento State earlier in the day at the Long Beach Invitational.
Freshman pitcher Tori Almond pitched into the seventh inning to earn the win, getting seven strikeouts and scattering five hits and four walks to go to 2-2 on the year.
Senior Jessica Fitu went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI while sophomore Alexandra Hudson had the Cougars' other RBI on a double.
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