TRACK & FIELD: At South Bend, Ind., one day after breaking the school record, the four members of the Utah distance medley relay fell short of qualifying for the NCAA Championships in individual events potentially marking the end to the indoor season.
"We had a terrific weekend and I am proud of the way our kids competed," Utah head coach Kyle Kepler said. "As far as results today, we didn't achieve what we wanted to, but it wasn't from a lack of effort. Our kids competed hard and gave a great effort. It is hard to come back the next day after putting everything into last night's distance medley relay. I give our team a lot of credit and am proud with the effort they showed last night and today."
Opening up the day for the Utes, was junior Lauryn McKay in the 400m. McKay set the tone early posting the second-best performance of her career with 56.55 seconds capturing 11th place. McKay's time earns her the fifth-best performance in school history.
Running in the second event for Utes was senior Lucy Yates. In the 800m, Yates clocked a time of 2:16.16 finishing 25th overall.
Junior Amanda Mergaert led the team in the mile finishing 12th place. Mergaert recorded her second best time of the year at 4:44.27. Also competing in the mile was senior Alyssa Abbott. In the final race of her collegiate career, Abbott set a career-best time of 4:49.69 securing 21st place. Abbott's performance is the second-best time in school history.
Although Mergaert did not clock an automatic qualifying time on Saturday, she currently ranks 20th in the country for her performance at the MPSF Championships. With the potential of athletes withdrawing from the event, Mergaert may still qualify in the mile for the NCAA Championships. An official announcement by the league will be made on Monday listing the qualifiers.
"Again I am extremely proud with the way we competed this weekend, especially last night in the distance medley relay," Kepler said. "All the coaches have complimented us on how well our relay ran. This is the fastest qualifying year ever in that event. Our time would have qualified in every year prior to this season. Unfortunately, we didn't make it, but I am very happy and couldn't be prouder of the effort our kids gave."
TENNIS: At Salt Lake City, the 59th-ranked Utes suffered a tough 4-3 loss at the hands of No.35 Boise State Saturday at the Eccles Tennis Center. After dropping the doubles point, sophomore Alejandro Medinilla and freshmen Slim Hamza and Rafael Davidian posted individual wins from the Nos. 6, 3, and 5 positions, respectively.
"The guys put out a great effort today," said head coach F.D. Robbins. "We played good enough in singles to win. But if we want to win these types of matches, we need to play better in doubles."
In doubles play, Medinilla and freshman Ace Matias dropped an 8-4 decision to Damian Hume and Scott Sears at the No. 2 position. Boise State then secured the doubles point when senior Benito Suriano and junior Dmytro Mamedov were then defeated, 8-6, by James Meredith and Nathan Sereke at the top spot.
Hamza and sophomore Devin Lane then suffered a hard-fought 9-8(2) loss to Andrew Bettles and Filipp Pogostkin.
With the Broncos up by one going into singles, Medinilla tied the score at one apiece when he downed Garrett Patton, 6-2, 6-4 at the No. 6 slot. Davidian then put the Utes up 2-1 with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Sears at the No. 5 position.
Suriano then dropped a 6-3, 6-3 decision to 60th-ranked Meredith at the top spot, tying the score at 2-2.
Lane then gave a solid effort at the No. 4 position, but was unable to earn the win and ultimately fell to Sereke, 6-3, 7-6(4), making the score 3-2, in favor of Boise State.
Mamedov was then defeated by 59th-ranked Hume, 6-3, 6-2, at the No. 2 spot, deciding the match in favor of Boise State at 4-2.
Hamza then topped Andrew Betttles at the third slot, 6-3, 6-2.
Utah hits the road for a trio of road matches next weekend. The team faces Denver and Sacramento State at Denver, followed by Air Force in Colorado Springs.
WOMEN'S TENNIS: At Boise, the 33rd-ranked University of Utah women's tennis team (7-3) topped Boise State (5-4) 5-2 Saturday, in Boise, Idaho. Freshman Danielle Flores earned the match-clinching point by besting Manuela Pietzuch 6-3, 6-3, at the No. 4 singles spot.
"This was a hard-fought win in a challenging environment," said head coach Mat Iandolo. "It was nice to win a doubles point."
In doubles play, the team of sophomore Sarah Pham and freshman Sammie Watson downed Sonia Klamczynska and Kaitlyn Brown 8-4, at the No. 3 position. At the No. 2 spot, Flores and freshman Natasha Smith dropped an 8-5 decision to Morgan Basil and Sandy Vo.
The duo of senior Anastasia Putilina and sophomore Callie Craig then captured the doubles point for the Utes by topping Marlena Pietzuch and Manuela Pietzuch 8-5, at the No. 1 position.
In singles play, Watson downed Brown 6-1, 6-1, at the No. 6 spot, to give Utah a 2-0 lead over Boise State.
Smith bested Basil at the No. 5 position, 6-0, 6-4, to put the Utes up 3-0 over the Broncos.
Flores then clinched the match for Utah at 4-0 from the No. 4 spot, also extending her singles run to 8-0.
Putilina, ranked No. 62, extended her singles winning-streak to 8-0 when she topped Klamczynska 7-5, 1-6, 10-8, at the No. 1 spot, to put the Utes up 5-0.
Pham then dropped a 7-5, 0-6, 10-8, decision to Mar. Pietzuch at the No. 2 spot, while Craig fell to Vo 7-6(6), 6-0, at the No. 3 spot, to make the final score 5-2 in favor of Utah.
The Utes return to action next weekend when they host 11th-ranked Stanford and seventh-ranked Cal in their inaugural Pac-12 home matches.
WOMEN'S TENNIS: At Dallas, the Cougars wrapped up their trip to Texas with a 4-3 win over No. 75 Southern Methodist University on Saturday.
"I think we ended the trip really well," said BYU coach Lauren Jones-Spencer. "We had a few tough matches but we turned it around today. The girls had a good attitude and we stayed positive and trusted our game. SMU is a good team and it's a great win for us."
The Cougars (3-7) snapped a five-match losing streak with the win over the Mustangs (1-7). The victory was BYU's first over a ranked team this season.
The Cougars jumped out early, taking the doubles point with wins on courts 1 and 2. Playing together for the first time this spring, senior Megan Price and sophomore Desiree Tran teamed up at the No. 1 doubles position to defeat Edyta Cieplucha and Heather Steinbauer, 8-2. Freshmen Meghan Sheehan-Dizon and Morgan Anderson took an 8-4 decision over Ashley Turpin and Elena Fayner on Court 2 to capture the doubles point for BYU.
In singles, SMU's No. 60 Cieplucha topped Tran at the No. 1 singles position, 6-1, 6-1. BYU answered with its own singles win on Court 5, where Paul held Perri Anderson to three games, taking the match, 6-2, 6-1.
In another back-and-forth exchange, the Mustangs took a 6-3, 6-1 decision over Waldron on Court 6 before BYU's Sheehan-Dizon defeated Turpin, 6-1, 6-3.
Playing at the No. 2 singles position, Anderson secured the match for the Cougars with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Fayner.
BYU continues its matches on the road in Boise when it takes on University of Texas, Arlington on March 9 and Boise State on March 10.
BYU – 4
No. 75 SMU – 3
1. No. 60 Edyta Cieplucha (SMU) def. Desiree Tran (BYU), 6-1, 6-1
2. Morgan Anderson (BYU) def. Elena Fayner (SMU), 6-3, 6-3
3. Heather Steinbauer (SMU) def. Megan Price (BYU), 7-5, 6-4
4. Meghan Sheehan-Dizon (BYU) def. Ashley Turpin (SMU), 6-1, 6-3
5. Aubrey Paul (BYU) def. Perri Anderson (SMU), 6-2, 6-1
6. Kris Roberts (SMU) def. Lisa Waldron (BYU), 6-3, 6-1
1. M. Price/D. Tran (BYU) def. E. Cieplucha/H. Steinbauer (SMU), 8-2
2. M. Sheehan-Dizon/M. Anderson (BYU) def. A. Turpin/E. Fayner (SMU), 8-4
3. K. Roberts/P. Anderson (SMU) def. A. Paul/L. Waldron (BYU), 9-8(3)
TRACK & FIELD: At Seattle, Utah State senior Kim Quinn set a new USU record in the 3,000m after finishing in ninth-place with a time of 9.41.93, while fellow senior Sonia Grabowska won the pole vault [4.09m (13-05.00)] at the University of Washington Final Qualifier in Seattle, Wash., Saturday.
Senior Daniel Howell also competed well as he placed fifth in the men's 3,000m with a personal-best and Western Athletic Conference season-best time of 8:05.30. With the time, Howell moved up to No. 2 in the Aggie record books.
Utah State did not have any student-athletes reach automatic qualifying marks during the 2012 season and will wait to see who will be invited to the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships at Jacksons Track in Nampa, Idaho on March 8-11. The field will be announced on Monday, March 5 by the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Track and Field Committee.
This Aggie trio each hold at least one Utah State track and field record. In addition to the 3,000m record, Quinn also holds the record in the outdoor 10,000m (35:29.82), while Grabowska holds both the indoor and outdoor records in the pole vault with marks of 4.25m (13-11.25) and 4.21m (13-09.75), respectively. Howell set a new record in the men's indoor 5,000m earlier this year with a time of 14:04.25.
In 2011, Grabowska and former USU standout high jumper Clint Silcock respresented the Aggies at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Grabowska was unable to record a height in the pole vault and was named an honorable mention All-American. Grabowska also competed at the 2009 NCAA Indoor Championships where she placed 15th.
*UTAH STATE RESULTS*
3,000m - 9. Kim Quinn, 9:41.93
Pole Vault - 1. Sonia Grabowska, 4.09m (13-05.00)
3,000m - 5. Daniel Howell, 8:05.30
WOMEN'S TENNIS: At Logan, the Aggies earned a 6-1 win over Seattle University at the Logan Sports Academy and Racquet Club on Saturday.
Action got underway with doubles action with junior Jaci West and freshman McKenzie Davis continuing their hold of the No. 1 position and taking down Seattle's Katrina Schwab and Corinne Wurden (8-0). Junior Kristina Voytsekovich and senior Romina Nedakovic defeated Anna Lambert and Lindsey Newman (8-2), while senior Brianna Rowland (Harris) and freshman Kimberly Watts wrapped things up with a win over Gabriella Weissman and Sarah Lucas (8-6).
Moving over to singles action, the Aggies maintained the success with five-straight set wins. West started things off with a win over Alexandra Farrar, (6-1, 6-3), while Davis defeated Schwab (6-2, 6-1). Voytsekovich fought through some tough calls to take down Newman, (6-4, 6-3), while Nedakovic earned a quick win over Weissman (6-3, 6-4). Rowland (Harris) took down Lucas (6-3, 6-4). Senior Julie Tukuafu took the only loss for the team, falling to Wurden in a super tiebreaker, (6-1, 6-7, 2-10).
Saturday's match was the first in a five-match homestand for the Aggies. Action will continue Saturday, March 10, as the team hosts the University of Montana at 9:30 a.m. (MT).
Utah State 6, Seattle 1
1. Jaci West (USU) def. Alexandra Farrar (SU) 6-1, 6-3
2. McKenzie Davis (USU) def. Katrina Schwab (SU) 6-2, 6-1
3. Kristina Voytsekovich (USU) def. Lindsey Newman (SU) 6-4, 6-3
4. Romina Nedakovic (USU) def. Gabriella Weissman (SU) 6-3, 6-4
5. Brianna Rowland (Harris)(USU) def. Sarah Lucas (SU) 6-2, 6-2
6. Corinne Wurden (SU) def. Julie Tukuafu (USU) 6-1, 6-7, (10-2)
1. Jaci West/McKenzie Davis (USU) def. Katrina Schwab/Corinne Wurden (SU) 8-0
2. Kristina Voytsekovich/Romina Nedakovic (USU) def. Anna Lambert/Lindsey Newman (SU) 8-3
3. Kimberly Watts/Brianna Rowland (Harris) (USU) def. Gabriella Weissman/Sarah Lucas (SU) 8-6
MEN'S TENNIS: At Logan, the Aggies pulled off a 5-2 win over future Western Athletic Conference foe, Seattle, Saturday at the Logan Sports Academy and Racquet Club.
The men took advantage of the long roadtrip the Redhawks have been on, with all but one match ending in straight sets.
Starting with doubles action, junior Sven Poslusny and freshman Marcus Fritz took down Seattle's Mark Shkrebtan and Simon Meske, (8-3). In the No. 2 position were senior Nate Ballam and freshman Matt Sweet, who fought hard, but fell to Kevin Lynch and Jason Bediones (9-8, [7-1]). Sophomore Andrew Whiting and his older brother, junior Lenny Whiting, secured the doubles point for the Aggies, beating Tom Plunkett and Yusuke Kanehira, (9-7).
Switching over to singles action, Poslusny led the way from the No. 1 position, beating Shkrebtan in a quick two sets, (6-3, 6-2). Fritz followed, defeating Meske, (6-3, 6-4), while Sweet took down Lynch, (6-2, 6-2). Sophomore Frederik Peterson held on tight to Malagutti, beating him (7-5, 7-6). The fifth and sixth positions proved to be the tough spots for the Aggies, with Lenny Whiting falling to Kyle Rapp, (6-4, 6-7, 9-11). Ballam brought the match to a close with a loss to Bediones, (6-4, 6-4).
After the Aggies' last six matches have been held at home, it is time to hit the road once again. They will continue action from Las Vegas next weekend, where they will play in two matches. USU will play UNLV on Friday, March 9 at 11 a.m. (MT), then continue Saturday to play Northern Arizona, also at 11 a.m.
Utah State 5, Seattle 2
1. Sven Poslusny (USU) def. Mark Shkrebtan (SU) 6-3, 6-2
2. Marcus Fritz (USU) def. Simon Meske (SU) 6-3, 6-4
3. Matt Sweet (USU) def. Kevin Lynch (SU) 6-2, 6-2
4. Frederik Peterson (USU) def. Flavio Malagutti (SU) 7-5, 7-6
5. Kyle Rapp (SU) def. Lenny Whiting (USU) 4-6, 6-7 (9-11)
6. Jason Bediones (SU) def. Nate Ballam (USU) 6-4, 6-4
1. Sven Poslusny/Marcus Fritz (USU) def. Mark Shkrebtan/Simon Meske (SU) 8-3
2. Kevin Lynch/Jason Bediones (SU) def. Nate Ballam/Matt Sweet (USU) 9-8
3. Andrew Whiting/Lenny Whiting (USU) def. Tom Plunkett/Yusuke Kanehira (SU) 9-7
SOFTBALL: At San Diego, for the second day in a row, Utah State softball (7-8) split its pair of games in the San Diego Classic I. USU rallied behind pitching and defense to defeat Cal Poly, 1-0 in its opening game on Saturday. It was the first shutout of the season for the Aggies. In the second game of the night, Utah State could not recover from Cal State Northridge's early lead and fell to the Matadors, 4-2.
Utah State shut out Cal Poly for its seventh win of the season, 1-0, in a game focused on pitching and defense. Starting pitcher, junior Mandy Harmon, tossed her best game of the season on Saturday and was locked in a duel with CP starting pitcher Chole Wurst. Harmon pitched six innings allowing four hits to the 23 batters she faced, striking out three. Harmon was able to corral the Mustangs by not yielding a run during her six frames in the circle. Junior pitcher Shelbi Tyteca came in to relieve Harmon in the bottom of the seventh and would close out the game, giving USU its first shutout of the season.
With the win, Harmon earned her second win of the season and Tyteca would be credited with her second save of the season. This was the first shutout for the Aggies since April 20, 2011 against Idaho State, when they defeated the Bengals, 3-0 in Pocatello.
USU was able to earn the lone run of the game in the top of the sixth frame by putting pressure on the defense after a lead-off walk by sophomore infielder Allison Lenzora, who advanced to second when sophomore outfielder Kassandra Uchida grounded a ball back to second base. Sophomore outfielder Christina Cummings struck out looking but was able to reach base after the catcher was unable to glove the pitch, which found its way to the backstop.
Junior infielder Christine Thomsen advance Lenzora and Cummings to second and third with a grounder down the first base line, putting the Aggies within 60 feet from scoring the first run of the game. Senior infielder Kelley Kaneshiro would force the action with a well struck grounder to the third baseman that was mishandled, allowing Lenzora to safely cross the plate and that was all Utah State needed from its offense to secure the win.
In the second game of the day, Cal State Northridge jumped out to an early lead in the top for the first innings, when Mikayla Thielges hit a two-run home run to grab the early advantage.
USU looked to respond in the bottom half of the inning when Thomsen earned a two-out walk to get on base. Kaneshiro advanced Thomsen with a single to put a runner in scoring position. Senior infielder Lindsey Marquez knocked a grounder up the middle that was booted and allowed Thomsen to round third and score. The Matadors silenced the threatening Aggies to preserve their, 2-1 lead through the opening frame.
CSUN added two more runs in the top of the fifth inning to stretch out its lead over Utah State, 4-1. USU looked to start a rally with its final at-bats for the game. Freshman utility player Jolene Koons led-off by getting hit with a pitch. Thomsen followed Koons with a single to put a runner in scoring position. Kaneshiro loaded the bases by drawing a walk from Crystal Maas with not outs. Marquez delivered with a sacrifice fly ball to center field that would score Koons from third. With runners on second and third that Aggies could not complete the late game rally and commited the final two outs of the game.
Utah State split the season action against Cal State Northridge, 1-1, as the two team met in the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in a game that USU won, 12-9.
The Aggies will conclude their play in the San Diego Classic I on Sunday as they take on Saint Joseph's at 10 a.m. (MT). Sunday's game will be the only game in the San Diego Classic I where Utah State will not play against a team from California.
BASEBALL: At Waipahu, Hawaii, After taking the first two meetings of a four-game series with Hawai'i Pacific this week, Southern Utah suffered two straight defeats, allowing the Sea Warriors to earn a series split in the four-game set. Saturday's loss drops the Thunderbirds to 2-10 to start the year while HPU improves to 12-3.
The Thunderbirds fell behind early in the contest after giving up three runs in the second inning. HPU loaded the bases in the frame with a bunt single and back-to-back walks before Wade Tamaru singled down the left field line to drive in a pair of runs. The Sea Warriors then added another run on a ground out RBI off the bat of Rylan Morihara.
Southern Utah came back in the next frame with five runs on five hits to take a 5-3 lead. SUU catcher Taggart Lunceford led off the inning with a double and later scored on an RBI single from Tariq Staton. Then, with runners on second and third Marcus Romero hit ball sharply to the left side where it was misplayed by the shortstop allowing two runs to score. In the next at bat Mitchell Kauweloa hit a single up the middle to drive in Romero. He would then come around to score the fifth run of inning as Taylor Shaw hit an RBI double into left field.
Hawai'i Pacific trailed by two until the bottom of the fifth when it plated three runs to reclaim the lead at 6-5. The Sea Warriors tallied four hits in the inning including three consecutive doubles from Blake Amaral, Keanu Kapana and Kale Sumner.
The sixth inning saw the Thunderbirds score a pair of runs on a solo shot by Justin Neuhart and an RBI single from Romero to reclaim a one-run advantage, but the home team came back with four runs it its half of the frame to go up 10-7.
The Sea Warriors added another run in the bottom of the eighth while shutting out SUU over the final three innings to claim the 11-7 victory.
Tariq Staton and Chaisson Low both posted three hits on the day for Southern Utah who tied HPU with 14 base-knocks in the game. Low also accounted for two runs for the T-Birds while Romero led the team with 2 RBIs.
Edward Travato (2-1) picked up the win for the Sea Warriors after striking out six and allowing just two runs in five innings of relief. Chase Rezac (1-1) took the loss for SUU after getting knocked around for seven runs on eight hits in a little less than two innings.
The Thunderbirds will make a stop at UNLV this Tuesday on their way back from the islands for a single game with the Rebels scheduled to begin 7 p.m. (MST).
In the front end of its doubleheader, Chase Rezac homered twice and Marcus Romero collected a grand slam on the way to an 11-5 win. The Thunderbirds were silenced in the second game, however, as HPU came back with a 4-0 to split the day's games.
Both teams got on the board early in the first game, as the Thunderbirds put up three runs in the top of the first but then allowed HPU to score two in the bottom half of the inning. Tariq Staton singled through the left side to give SUU a leadoff runner and eventually came around to score the opening run on an RBI single off the bat of Mitchell Kauweloa. In the next at bat Rezac crushed a home run over the left field wall to put Southern Utah up 3-0. The Sea Warriors got two runs back in their half of the frame after Keanu Kapana hit an RBI single and later came around to score on an error by the shortstop to bring the score to 3-2.
The Thunderbirds added another run to their advantage in the third inning when Staton scored from third on a wild pitch and then pushed the lead to 5-2 in the following in on a ground out RBI from Chaisson Low.
SUU would blow the game open in the sixth, tallying five runs on five hits. Bryson Kenolio collected the first run of the inning for Southern Utah as he came around to score on another RBI single from Low. Then with the bases loaded Romero blasted a pitch over the left field wall for a grand slam that put the Thunderbirds ahead 10-2.
Rezac added a solo shot in the top of the seventh for his second home run of the day and the Sea Warriors tallied three runs in the bottom of the ninth to set the final margin at 11-5 in favor of SUU.
Thunderbird southpaw Justin Neubauer allowed just two runs over five innings to pick up the win and improve his record to 1-1 on the year, while the Sea Warriors' John Albert was knocked around for 10 runs on 11 hits on his way to his first loss of the season.
After scoring 11 runs on 14 hits in the opener, Southern Utah was held to just five singles in the back end of the double header by HPU starter Michael Murray. The junior lefty recorded seven strikeouts over seven innings while tossing a complete game shutout for the Sea Warriors to improve to 3-0 on the year. Senior right-hander Joseph Karlik gave up four runs over four and two-thirds to take his first loss of the season for SUU.
Staton tallied three runs to lead the Thunderbirds on the day while Romero's grand slam helped him post a team-high four RBI. Rezac scored two runs with three RBI after homering twice. Kenolio also had an impressive outing, going 3-for-5 five at the plate with a double while also scoring two runs.
Hawai'i Pacific picked up its first run of the second game on after Derek Nakasato hit a sacrifice fly to center field allowing Lanan Rice-Kashima to score from third. Rylan Morihara added an RBI single in the fourth and the home team then added two more runs in the fifth frame on Thunderbird errors to set the final score at 4-0.
Southern Utah now holds a record of 2-7 after the split while Hawai'i Pacific improves to 11-3.
SOFTBALL: At San Jose, Calif., Southern Utah split results on the diamond on Saturday afternoon, posting a 6-1 victory over Santa Clara, but falling 6-4 to San Jose State in the second game of the day. The results leave the Thunderbirds with an overall record of 9-8 on the year.
SUU took control of game one in the bottom of the fourth, tallying five runs on four hits and two SCU errors. The inning began with a double by Tessa Loewen followed by a single off the bat of Mikkel Griffin. Back-to-back fielding errors by the Broncos loaded the bases and Terysa Dyer delivered with a two-run double to left field. A walk loaded the bases for the second time in the inning and Megan Gurski capitalized by recording a two-run single to cap the Thunderbird scoring in the frame.
An RBI single by Katie Olinger in the bottom of the sixth inning gave the T-Birds a 6-0 lead, but the run was matched by Santa Clara in the top of the seventh on a ground ball with the bases loaded. However, that was all the Broncos would score in the game as a final ground ball wrapped up the game, 6-1, for SUU.
Heather Black earned her third result of the weekend, picking up the win in 6.0 innings where she held the Broncos scoreless on four hits with one walk and three strikeouts. Gurski closed out the game in the circle, throwing the final inning and allowing the one earned run on three hits and one strikeout.
Southern Utah entered the second game of the day against San Jose State having swept the Spartans in a pair of games yesterday. However, SJSU jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after picking up three consecutive hits to begin the game. SUU starter Danielle Axe then settled down and retired 12 consecutive Spartan batters before being replaced in the fifth inning.
Meanwhile, Southern Utah began to chip away at the lead with two runs in the top of the third inning. Loewen and Griffin tallied a pair of clutch, two-out hits and the duo was driven home by Kelsey Bryant on a two-run double a batter later to cut the score to 3-2.
The margin grew to two as SJSU scored a run in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single that followed a lead-off triple. Southern Utah answered and squared the game at 4-4 with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth on a Dyer two-run home run to right. However, those runs were answered with a pair of runs by San Jose in the home half of the inning as the Spartans made the most of three Thunderbird errors in the frame.
Black, accounting for her four result of the weekend, suffered the loss in the circle after throwing the final inning of relief and allowing the two runs (both unearned) without any hits on two walks and one strikeout.
Southern Utah will wrap up its weekend with a single game against Santa Clara on Sunday morning at 11 a.m.
WOMEN'S GOLF: At Sedona, Ariz., Kacy Buckner shot 78 6-over par for a share of 15th place and Southern Utah finished at 325 Saturday to sit 11th in the 20-team field heading into Sunday's final round at Northern Arizona's Red Rocks Invitational.
SUU was 20 shots off the lead of Eastern Michigan, but just three shots out of sixth place as six teams finished between 322 and 325, with a sixth another shot back at 326. Wyoming and Utah Valley both shot 322, with Western Michigan at 323 and Montana State and Northern Colorado both at 324, one shot up on SUU. Oakland University was another shot back at 326.
Monica Jung and Kaohi Loo were tied for second among T-Birds, in 46th at 82, with Jamie (Coking) Millard another shot back in 54th and Rose Pelletier 73rd at 86. SUU's Shantelle Spackman, competing as an independent, was 84th after firing a round of 87.
Seattle's Caitlin Murray was the individual leader after the first round after shooting par 72 at Oak Creek Country Club.
The tournament concludes with one round Sunday morning.
TRACK & FIELD: At Las Vegas, the Thunderbirds opened the outdoor season in Las Vegas, Nev., as a portion of the team competed in the UNLV Invitational.
Kayla Kovar and Chris Johnson led the Thunderbirds with first-place finishes in the men's and women's shot put. Kovar recorded a toss of 49-8.25 while Johnson threw to a mark of 53-1.75. Rylee Mulitalo placed next in the shot put, finishing third with a 43-5.25 toss.
Freshman Hunter Naisbitt led the pack in the discus throw, finishing first with a mark of 143-10 while Phillipe Renaud finished second in the hammer throw with 158-08. Kovar led the women in the discus with a second-place toss of 154-03 while Janelle Beukers placed third in the hammer throw with 155-0.
Competition in the javelin also began for the T-Birds at UNLV, and Cody Olsen improved his third-place SUU record with a second-place throw of 215-05. Whitney Fairbanks and Sarah Swalberg led on the women's side, finishing third and fourth with respective marks of 122-04 and 121-10.
Many of the distance team members took a break from competition this weekend to recover from the indoor conference championship that took place last weekend. Dallas Eborn led the men's team in Las Vegas with a third-place finish in the 800-meter run, recording a personal best of 1:54.63. He was followed closely by Devan Antczak in fourth-place with 1:55.58, also a personal record.
Erik Peterson led the T-Birds in the 400-meter dash with a third-place time of 50.58 while many of the sprinters also rested this weekend.
Jamie Smith and Sylvia Bedford returned from a redshirt season to lead the women in the 1,500-meter run. Smith finished second with a personal-best time of 4:40.24 while Bedford followed in third with 4:40.73, also a personal best.
SUU pole vaulter Zane Hunzeker finished second at UNLV, clearing a height of 14-11 while Chelsea Morley-Atkinson led the women with a first-place height of 10-6. Lesli Kinkade followed in second with a mark of 10-6. Kyle Kopp led the team in the long jump, finishing second with a mark of 22-7.
The team will take a two-week break from outdoor competition before traveling to San Diego, Calif., for the Aztec Invitational on Mar. 16-17.
Cameron Levins will wrap up the indoor season next weekend as he represents SUU at the NCAA National Championship on Mar. 9-10 in Boise, Idaho. Levins will compete in the mile, 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters.
SOFTBALL: At Fort Collins, Colo., for the second straight day, the Wildcats earned a split at the Colorado State Classic.
The Wildcats knocked off St. Mary's, Calif., 8-0 in a five-inning, run-rule win, before falling 8-0 to Northern Iowa in six innings in the second contest of the day.
In the day's opening win over the Gaels, which avenged an 11-2 loss during Friday's action, the Wildcats scored in all five innings as senior Sarah Clark improved to 5-4 on the season, earning a complete-game shutout with four strikeouts as she faced just three batters over the minimum.
Weber State recorded 11 hits, with four players recording multiple hits. Clark, along with fellow seniors Symbree Minniear and Lyndsey Minnich each went 2-for-3, and each recorded two RBIs in the contest.
Minnich's two RBIs upped her total this season to 28, which is a new single-season record for the Wildcats, dating back to the program's original inaugural season in 1975.
Senior Erika Dixon was 2-of-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Minniear was one of three Wildcats, joining sisters Cydnee Clarke and London Clarke, to hit a double in the contest.
The Wildcats scored one run in each of the first two innings, and then added two runs in the third, fourth and fifth to build up the eight-run lead, and then closed things out with a play at the plate.
In the second game, the Wildcats' bats struggled to get going, earning just two hits in the contest.
The Panthers, who avenged a 12-10 loss to the Wildcats in Friday's play, led 1-0 through the first three innings before scoring seven over the fourth, fifth and sixth to close out the game an inning early.
Clark and senior Kami Holley each recorded a hit in the game.
Weber State (6-11) will close out its three-day stay in Fort Collins when it takes on tournament host Colorado State at 11:15 a.m. on Sunday. The Rams are 1-1 in tournament action, but have had two games suspended late due to darkness.
WOMEN'S GOLF: At Sedona, Ariz., with two players in the top 20, the Wolverines are tied for sixth place after the opening round of the Red Rocks Invitational at Oakcreek Golf Club Saturday.
Jordyn Dougal fired an opening round 77 (+5) and is tied for 10th place, while Lynn-Marie Nagel (78) is tied for 15 and Celeste Gish is tied for (79) is tied for 26th.
"Jordyn had four birdies and played very mature golf," UVU golf coach Sue Nyhus said.
The Wolverines are in tied with Wyoming and are three shots back of fifth-Northern Arizona, and eight shots back of fourth-place Grand Canyon.
"We had three solid scores and that's the kind of golf I can see them playing and that's good," Nyhus said. "We've got to on getting more consistent in the No. 4 and No. 5 spots."
Eastern Michigan (+17) leads the tournament by four shots over Seattle, while Xavier is in third at +24.
Also for UVU, Brooke Bliss is tied for 88th and Hannah Herman is tied for 103rd. The tournament concludes Sunday with the final 18 holes.
BASEBALL: At Fullerton, Calif., the Wolverines were on the short end of a 2-0 pitcher's duel at 20th-ranked Cal State Fullerton on Saturday night at Goodwin Field.
Adam Gunn threw 61/3 innings and allowed just one run on five hits but four Titan pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout. Gunn suffered the tough-luck loss while CSF starter Kenny Mathews got the win.
"It was a great baseball game," said head coach Eric Madsen. "Our guys pitched it great, their guys pitched it great. We just need to capitalize on opportunities we have but it was a good baseball game."
The run off of Gunn scored in the first inning when leadoff man Michael Lorenzen tripled and then scored on a sac-fly by Richy Pedroza. Jordy Hart's throw from center nearly got Lorenzen at the plate but the runner was ruled safe and the Titans took a quick 1-0 lead.
The Wolverines were held without a hit until the fifth, when freshman Cole Butcher doubled with two down. Butcher had two of UVU's five hits on the day.
It was still 1-0 in the sixth when Gunn escaped a jam, retiring all three outs on the base paths. With first and second and no outs, Gunn turned a sacrifice situation into a fielder's choice when he fielded a bunt and retired the lead runner at third.
Gunn then picked off Ivory Thomas at second base before Sean Moysh and Alex Exon combined for the third out. Keegan Dale flared a base hit to left with Casey Watkins at second, Moysh played the ball on one hop and fired a strike to Exon, who caught it and tagged out Watkins to end the inning.
Cal State Fullerton got a big insurance run in the seventh; Lorenzen reached on an error, stole second and then scored on a two-out double by Pedroza. Lorenzen accounted for both runs on the day and Pedroza both RBIs.
Lorenzen then pitched the ninth to earn his fourth save. Kai Hatch had a one-out single and went all the way to third on an error but was stranded there to end the game and give the Titans their second straight win in the series and sixth straight win overall.
The series concludes on Sunday at 2 p.m. MT. The game can be heard live on 960 AM the Zone.
WOMEN'S TENNIS: At St. George, the Red Storm (5-7) had several chances to pick up points, but fell 8-1 to Colorado Mesa. In No. 3 singles, Allison Evans dropped the opening set 6-3 but rebounded to win with ease 6-1 over Kaylee Davis forcing the tiebreaker set. Davis prevailed in a close game 10-7 to secure the point for her team.
DSC did pick up a win at No. 5 singles with Kristen Nichols defeating Skyler Nelson 7-6, 6-1 to give the Red Storm their lone point of the match.
Coach Eric Pelton said, "Krissy Nichols was a real bright spot today, she came throught for us a picked up a good win."
DSC dropped all three of the double matches.
DSC drops to 5-7 on the season and and hit the road for five mathes over the spring break week in the San Francisco Bay Area.
SOFTBALL: At St. George, the Red Storm lost a doubleheader today to Cal Baptist 9-1 and 3-1 at Karl Brooks Field.
The Red Storm drop to 6-5 overall and 1-3 in PacWest play, while the Lancers improve to 16-3 overall and 4-2 in PacWest play.
In the first game, Dixie State starter Lauren Folta was tagged for six hits and six earned runs in just 22/3 innings of work. She allowed a grandslam to Lancer shortstop April Vasquez in the six run third inning.
The Lancers added two more in the top of the fifth inning to run rule the Red Storm 9-1. Freshman Marla Reiter broke up the no hitter and the shutout of Emma Holden when she homered to center in the bottom of the fifth inning.
In the second game, the Red Storm struck first in the fourth inning. Courtney Hine and Kelsey Mendenhall both singled and Anna Cue drew a walk to load the bases. Courtney Sherwin then singled to left field to give DSC a 1-0 lead. The Red Storm would leave the bases loaded in the inning.
Cal Baptist battled right back picking up two runs in the fourth and adding another in the fifth to take the 3-1 win victory.
Mattie Snow took the loss, dropping to 3-2 on the season. She pitched six innings, striking out five allowing six hits and three earned runs.
Dixie State hits the road for another PacWest battle at Academy of Art on March 10 and 11.
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BASEBALL: At Henderson, Nev., SLCC (12-3, 3-1 SWAC) split a pair of games against the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) (14-6, 1-3 SWAC) on Saturday. The Bruins took 3 of 4 games from the Coyotes over the weekend, outscoring CSN 29-7 in two days of Scenic West Athletic Conference (SWAC) baseball.
Salt Lake trailed 3-1 in game one after five innings, but rallied to tie the game after scoring a run in the sixth and seventh frames. Despite the Salt Lake comeback effort, CSN brought the game-winning run across the plate in the bottom of the seventh with a walk-off single. Sophomore Tyson Popoff knocked in an RBI single in the first inning, sophomore Braden Anderson went 2-for-4 at the plate, and freshman Palmer Page was 2-for-3 with the bat in a losing effort.
In game two of the doubleheader, the Bruins got the bats going late, winning 9-2. SLCC trailed 2-1 after four, but the Bruin lumber heated up in the fifth inning with 5 runs driven in. Salt Lake added two more runs in the sixth and one in the seventh to erase all doubt and claim the victory. Freshman pitching was key for the Bruins, with Michael Springer pitching well in four innings of work, and Chris Conran chipping in a solid inning of relief by getting three key outs, allowing no runs and fanning one Coyote batter. Sophomore Kennedy Kinkade went 2-for-4 at the plate, and freshman Bryan Heward went 2-for-4 as well with a key RBI triple in the fifth frame to get the Salt Lake run machine going.
The Bruins will be back in action next weekend for the team's first home games of the 2012 campaign. SLCC will play doubleheaders against Colorado Northwestern Community College (0-7) on Friday and Saturday, March 9th and 10th at Cate Field in West Jordan.