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College baseball and softball: 2 Utes combine to shut out Aztecs

Deseret News

Published: Friday, May 6 2011 11:19 p.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — Pitchers Rick Anton and Tyler Wagner combined for Utah's first shutout of the season as the baseball team defeated San Diego State, 3-0, on Friday afternoon.

It was Wagner's 10th save of the season, setting a new school record for saves in a season. He had three strikeouts over the final two innings. It is also his 12th career save, which ties the school career record.

"It was an outstanding effort by both Rick and Wagner," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "They put nine zeros up in a close ball game where any mistake can really hurt you. Both of them came through with flying colors. It was a well-pitched game by both sides. That's as good of a performance that we've had against us in a game in awhile."

Shaun Cooper led Utah at the plate with a 2-for-4 performance with two RBI and two runs scored.

BYU 13, SEATTLE 3: At Provo, pitching and season-best home runs led the Cougars at Larry H. Miller Field.

"I was really happy with the way our guys played," BYU head coach Vance Law said. "There were three key at-bats that really exemplified the way I want our guys to play. With the emphasis we put on strikeouts, we've been trying to take some of the pressure off our pitchers."

Pitcher Taylor Cole threw nine strikeouts for BYU (23-21). Usually the lead-off starter, Cole was switched to Day 2 starter for the Seattle series.

First baseman Ryan Bernal had four RBI to lead the Cougars and designated hitter Alex Wolfe had three RBI.

UTAH VALLEY 5, TEXAS-PAN AMERICAN 2: At Edinburg, Texas, Jeremy Gendlek tossed seven strong innings as Utah Valley took the opener of a four-game series.

Gendlek allowed only a single unearned run — in the first — and while he saw his streak of shutout innings end at 24, he still hasn't allowed an earned run in 31 innings during Great West play. He moved to 5-3 overall and 4-0 in conference.

Softball

BYU 8, NEW MEXICO 3: At Albuquerque, senior Caschjen Atagi and junior Delaney Willard each hit RBI-doubles and senior Jessica Fitu added a two-run single to pace the Cougars (35-15), who are on a 11-game winning streak.

COLORADO STATE 15, UTAH 14: At Fort Collins, Colo., the Utes tagged a season-high five home runs in the loss.

Utah (28-20, 6-3 MWC) was down 12-10 heading into the seventh inning when Cheyella Myers managed to hit an RBI ground ball to score Whitney Holm. Sophomore shortstop Kelsi Hoopiiaina then scored on an errant throw by CSU to tie the game before catcher Brooke Olson hit a two-run home run to put the Utes ahead 14-12. Unfortunately, Colorado State was able to score three runs in the bottom of the seventh to claim the win.

In the two meetings between Utah and Colorado State this season, there have been 48 combined run scored with Utah holding a 29-19 advantage. The Utes scored 15 runs in their last meeting against the Rams, a 15-4 victory on April 21 at Salt Lake Community College.

Five different Utes registered multiple-hit games, including a 3-for-3 outing by senior designated player Brittany Parker. She also posted a home run to go along with a team-high-tying three RBI and two runs scored.

IDAHO STATE 5-7, UTAH VALLEY 4-3: At Orem, errors proved costly for Utah Valley Friday afternoon at Wolverine Field as the Wolverines (18-27) dropped both games of a doubleheader. With the losses UVU will now need Weber State to beat first-place Portland State at least three times for the Wolverines to have a chance at winning the PCSC Mountain Division.

"I was disappointed in our performance. Now it's going to take a minor miracle for us to win the Mountain Division," UVU head coach Todd Fairbourne said. "A lot of credit is due to Coach Wright of Idaho State. She knew which kids of ours could hurt them and did a good job of not allowing that to happen by pitching around them. She coached and Kandis Clesson pitched two very good games."

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