SOFTBALL: Utah Valley took an early 3-0 lead over BYU on Tuesday night at Gail Miller Field, but the Cougars (25-15) countered with seven unanswered runs to defeat the Wolverines (12-22) 7-3.
"I really felt like the girls were in the game for the whole time and I was happy with both pitchers' efforts," UVU head coach Todd Fairbourne said. "We just need to learn how to play seven full innings at the game's highest level. They (BYU) are a good team and overall I'm happy with how we played against them tonight."
The Wolverines wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, as they scored two runs in the top of the first. UVU loaded the bases with just one out as Samantha Telarroja, Amanda Robinson and Amanda Perez all reached base. Deianna Russell then stepped up and gave the Wolverines a 1-0 lead with an RBI groundout. Maggie Christianson then plated the second run with a single to third that scored Robinson.
After UVU's starting pitcher, Kyli Flanary, retired the Cougars in order in the bottom of the first, the Wolverines pushed across another run in the second to extend their lead to 3-0. Telarroja started it with a two-out triple to left and Mandy Tapia brought her home with an RBI single that deflected off of a diving Krista Hicks' glove at shortstop.
With UVU still on top by three runs, BYU answered in the bottom of the second as Carly Duckworth delivered a two-out, two-run homer to cut the gap to 3-2.
The Cougars then scored another run in the third to tie the game at 3-all.
With the game tied, both teams went to the bullpen in the fourth. Josi Summers came on for the Wolverines and the Cougars managed to score three runs off of her, as BYU took its first lead of the game at 6-3.
The score remained 6-3 until the sixth when BYU added to its lead, as Madisen Robb delivered a pinch-hit solo home run to put the Cougars on top 7-3.
BYU's Tori Almond came on in relief and shut down the Wolverines' offense, as she pitched four innings of no-hit ball. Almond was credited with the win, while Summers took the loss, as she gave up four runs in three innings of work.
The Wolverines and Cougars will play each other again on May 3, when BYU comes to visit Wolverine Field.
Telarroja had a nice game replacing injured Meghan Yocom in the leadoff spot as the shortstop went 1-for-2 with a triple and two runs scored. Tapia, Robinson, Perez and Christianson each finished with a hit apiece for the Wolverines.
UVU will now return home to the newly renovated Wolverine Field for the first time of the 2011 season when PCSC-rival Northern Colorado comes to town for a four-game series on Friday and Saturday. If the field is not ready, the games will be moved to Spanish Fork High School's field.
BASEBALL: The Cougars passed their final exam Tuesday when Dane Nielsen's walk-off single scored Austin Hall to give BYU the 7-6 victory in the 11th inning over Utah.
"Utah always plays us tough," BYU head coach Vance Law said. "Rarely is there a game that is really lopsided in this series. I was really happy that our guys continued to fight through that."
Dillon Robinson led the Cougars with three RBIs and a home run. Seven different pitchers took the mound for BYU in the victory. Desmond Poulson started on the hill and recorded six strikeouts.
In inning one, the Utes found success early s their first two batters reached base but a high fly ball by Utah's C.J Cron led to an impressive double play by the Cougars that gave the Utes their first two outs but also their first run.
Poulson struck the next Ute batter out swinging. Andrew Law doubled to give the Cougars their first base runner, and he scored when Ryan Bernal singled to right-center field to tie it at 1-1.
In the bottom of the fourth, Alex Wolfe and Hall singled to give the Cougars two base runners with no outs. After two outs, a throwing error by the Utes' second baseman loaded the bases for the Cougars. However, on the following play, Andrew Law struck out swinging and ended the inning for BYU.
An RBI double by Cron gave Utah a 2-1 advantage in the top of the fifth, as the hit brought Michael Beltran home. Chase Frampton doubled down the left line prior to Jaycob Brugman's two-run homer and gave BYU a 3-2 lead heading into the sixth inning.
The Cougars made a pitching change in the top of the sixth inning, as Mark Anderson took the mound. Utah tied the game, 3-3, off a throwing error by BYU catcher Wolfe. An impressive play in the field by the Cougars gave Utah its second out of the inning but Michael Beltran's single gave BYU brought Mark Moorman home and gave the Utes a 4-3 lead. With bases loaded for the Cougars and two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Wes Guenther took the plate but grounded out to end the inning.
Utah would score two more runs in the top of the seventh to extend its lead to three runs at 6-3. Things began to get exciting in the bottom of the seventh when, with a full count and two men on base, freshman Robinson homered to tie the score at 6-all.
In the bottom of 11th inning, Hall hit a double that was dangerously close to a home run but bounced off the back fence. However, it was Hall who would later come home to seal the win for the Cougars.
BYU improves to 19-14, while Utah is now 16-14. The Cougars next host New Mexico on Thursday to start a three-game series.
SOFTBALL: Solid relief pitching and timely extra-base hitting fueled seven unanswered runs to give the BYU Cougars a 7-3 victory over Utah Valley University at Gail Miller Field in Provo on Tuesday.
"I was disappointed with how we came out today," said BYU head coach Gordon Eakin. "We'll come back tomorrow to practice and hopefully be more ready for the games this weekend."
With the win, BYU is now 25-15 on the year and a perfect 5-0 at home, while UVU falls to 12-22 overall and 6-14 on the road. BYU's Tori Almond pitched the final four innings to improve her record to 7-3 on the year, while UVU's Josi Summers (9-11) took the loss in relief.
BYU right fielder Delaney Willard and catcher Jessica Fitu both went 2-for-3 at the plate, while left fielder Carly Duckworth and pinch-hitter Madisen Robb each hit home runs for the Cougars. Willard and second baseman Kristin Delahoussaye also sparked the BYU offense with triples, while second baseman Stacie Graham added a double to the attack.
While the Cougars got rolling later in the game, Utah Valley wasted no time getting on the scoreboard at its outset, jumping to a 2-0 lead with three hits in top of the first. Making only her second start of the year, BYU pitcher Hannah Howell limited the damage by striking out UVU's Korryn Coates to end the inning with two Wolverines still on base.
UVU added another run in its next at-bat thanks to a two-out triple by shortstop Samantha Telarroja. Trailing 3-0, the Cougars responded in the bottom of the inning with two runs on three hits to reduce the deficit to one run.. Duckworth knocked in all three runs on her fifth home run of the season, blasting a pitch over the left-field wall to also bring home Fitu and Willard, both having reached on singles.
After Howell retired the Wolverines in order in the top of the third, BYU evened the score at 3-3 when Jessica Dugas slapped a line drive into left center to send Delahoussaye home from third. Delahoussaye put herself in scoring position with her team-leading fourth triple of the season.
Almond became the pitcher of record after entering the game in the fourth and took full advantage, allowing only 13 UVU batters over the final four innings with three 1-2-3 frames to her credit. Meanwhile, the BYU bats got going, as the Cougars scored three times in the fourth and once more in the sixth for the 7-3 victory.
In the fourth, Willard drove a two-run triple to right field, scoring Fitu and third baseman Caschjen Atagi, and then crossed the plate herself on a Duckworth grounder to short. Entering the game as a pinch hitter in the sixth, Robb delivered the final run for the Cougars on a two-out solo homer, her second round-tripper of the season.
The Cougars will play three more games at home this week when they host New Mexico on Thursday and Colorado State on Friday and Saturday. BYUtv will televise the games Thursday and Friday, with both games starting at 6 p.m. Saturday's game begins at 1 p.m.
MEN'S TENNIS: The BYU men's tennis team suffered a 7-0 loss to No. 8 Stanford Tuesday at Palo Alto, Calif., the team's first loss since February.
"I think we learned some things as to how we need to get better individually," BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. "I think a little dose of humility will be good for us. But we have nothing to hang our heads about. We got beat by a very good team today playing very good tennis. We'll bounce back and regroup and be ready to take on Utah Saturday."
The loss broke the Cougars' 14-match winning streak that began with a sweep of Nevada on Feb. 18. BYU now holds an 18-5 overall record and is still undefeated in conference play.
Georgy Batrakov and Thomas Shubert fell 8-5 to No. 3 Bradley Klahn and Ryan Thatcher at the No. 1 position, followed by Spencer Smith and Roman Warias falling 8-3 to Jamin Ball and Alex Clayton. Evan Urbina and Patrick Kawka fought long and hard on Court 2, but lost in the tiebreaker to Matt Kandath and Denis Lin 8-7 (5).
Batrakov continued to press hard in singles play, ending up the only Cougar to win a set, but lost in the tiebreaking set to Thacher 6-4, 4-6, (10-3). Urbina and Spencer were defeated in singles by Klahn and Clayton, respectively. Wins on Courts 4, 5 and 6 completed Stanford's sweep.
"Stanford has beaten some of the top teams in the country this year," Pearce said. "Their coach said this was one of the better matches they've played this year. The bright side of this is they were aware of the type of season we've been having and they prepared for that."
The Cardinal advances to a 17-5 record, 4-1 in the Pac-10.
BYU finishes conference play with a home match against rival Utah on Saturday at 1 p.m., the teams' final meeting as Mountain West Conference foes. Admission is free and fans may park in Y Lot parking lots northwest and south of the BYU Outdoor Tennis Courts. All fans wearing blue will receive a ticket for a free JDawgs hot dog.
In the case of bad weather, the match will be moved to the Indoor Tennis Courts.
BASEBALL: A walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th inning lifted BYU to a 7-6 win over the Utah baseball team on Tuesday evening in a non-conference contest.
With the game tied at 6-6 after Utah scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning and BYU countered with a three-run homer off the bat of Dillon Robinson in the bottom of the inning, both teams struggled with stranded runners in the late innings.
BYU looked for the win in the bottom of the ninth after loading the bases with no outs, but reliever Tyler Andersen struck out Robinson, forced Dane Nielsen into an infield pop-up and Stephen Wells into a ground out at second to get out of the jam and force extra innings.
The Utes couldn't get anything going in extra innings, after BYU brought in Matthew Neil to pitch the 10th and 11th frames. He struck out four, and several hard-hit balls were sent right to fielders.
Andersen, who was making just his fourth appearance of the season, got out of the 10th inning with a strikeout but BYU pulled out the win in the next inning. Austin Hall hit a one-out double to center field (that looked like a home run in the lighting) before Nielsen singled in the game-winning run for the Cougars.
"It's hard to lose a game like that when there were so many things that happened during the ball game that changed the complexion of the game, whether it's good plays or bad plays," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "Both teams pitched great, pitched poorly, made great defensive plays, had great offense and no offense. I think you saw it all tonight. I was really proud of our effort on a Tuesday night. Too bad we didn't come away with a win with the good play that we had.
"Tyler Andersen showed great poise and made big pitches in unbelievably tough situations. I'm extremely proud of him. He was kinda the guy that was left for the end of the game and he gave it his all."
Michael Beltran led Utah at the plate with a 3-for-6 night. Trey Nielsen was 3-for-5 with two doubles. Shaun Cooper also had two hits.
Both teams struggled with stranded runners. Utah left 12 on base, while the Cougars stranded 14.
Utah plays a non-conference series against Tulane this weekend, beginning on Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m. MDT.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Farrington (Hawaii) High School guard Brydgette Tatupu-Leopoldo and forward Kristen-Marie Liana have signed to play women's basketball at Dixie State College, Red Storm head coach Angie Kristensen announced Tuesday.
The duo led Farrington to the Oahu Interscholastic Association Red Conference Championship and a fifth-place finish in Hawaii state championship.
Tatupu-Leopoldo, a 5-foot-7 guard, is the 2011 OIA East Division Player of the Year. She led the Governors and the conference in scoring with 17.6 points per game. For three years, she was a First-Team All-State selection and a member of the Fabulous 15 in the state of Hawaii.
"Brydgette's stats speak for themselves," Kristensen said. "She has had a successful high school career both on and off the court. I feel she has tremendous upside and will definitely make her mark on our program. We look for her to have an immediate presence. We are very fortunate she chose Dixie State."
Liana is a 5-10 forward who averaged a double-double in her senior season — 16 points and 11 rebounds. Her athletic accolades include First-Team OIC Red Division, a two-time Hawaii First-Team selection and a spot on the Fabulous 15.
Kristensen said: "Kirsten has had a wonderful high school career. She a very strong power forward, as that is a position we needed to fill this upcoming year. She comes from a winning program and knows how to win — that's something you can't teach."
Dixie State College posted its best record in program history in 2010-11. A 24-4 mark earned the Red Storm a second-place finish in the Pacific West Conference and a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the first time. DSC finished No. 17 in the last USA Today/ESPN Division II Coaches Poll.