Campus briefs

Published: Tuesday, March 6 2012 12:00 a.m. MST


GYMNASTICS: Just days after achieving its highest team score of the season, the BYU women's gymnastics team once again set a new season-high, scoring a 195.525 at Utah State University's Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in Logan on Monday night. The dual meet was the last home meet of the season for the Aggies, who scored a 193.675, and was the team's Senior Night.

The night started off strong on the bars for the Cougars, scoring a 48.975, a team season-high. Five gymnasts scored a 9.750 or higher, with sophomore Raquel Willman scoring a team-high 9.850. The score tied Willman's season-high.

On the vault, Willman continued to shine, scoring a 9.800. Senior team captain Natalie Eyre-Pickard also scored a 9.800 to contribute to the team score of 48.575.

The floor exercise was dominated by the teams' senior gymnasts. Mickell Merrell scored a 9.800, with Jennifer Lezeu and Krysten Koval both posting impressive scores of 9.850. The team total on the event was a 49.050, a season-high.

The Cougars finished the night of strong with a score of 49.050 on the beam, yet another season-high. Willman received a career-high 9.875 for her exceptional performance. Lezeu scored a 9.850 and Eyre-Pickard a 9.825.

Next up, BYU will face Auburn University on March 16 in Auburn, Ala.


BASEBALL: The Utah baseball team travels to California this weekend for the Jack Gifford Memorial tournament. The Utes will face Santa Clara, Lehigh, San Jose State and Columbia over three days, beginning on Thursday.

The Utes went 1-2 over the weekend against UAB to fall to 2-9 on the year. Joe Pond pitched a gem in Game 1's 11-0 victory, while Utah came out on the wrong end of a pitcher's duel in an extra-inning 2-1 loss in Game 2. The Utes struggled on the mound and on offense in Game 3, falling 7-1.

"We have four games left before we start conference play," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "These are four big games for us to get better and figure it out so that we are ready for USC in two weeks. We've got to put aside yesterday's loss and move on and get better.

"We're capable of being a good team, we're just not clicking. One really good thing that we did this weekend was that we had tremendous infield defense. If we can continue to do that, that's a real plus. We have to get our pitching going and we've got to get our hitting going and be more consistent. Consistency is our goal for this weekend."

Santa Clara is 9-3 on the season. The Broncos took two of three from San Jose State last weekend.

Lehigh is 2-5 overall to start the year. The Mountain Hawks have dropped their last five games, including a sweep by Cal.

San Jose State is 3-7 overall. Although the Spartans lost two of three against Santa Clara, they scored seven runs in the ninth to win Game 2 of the series.

Columbia is 1-3 to open the season, falling in three of four to the Citadel.

SKIING: Follow the University of Utah ski team this week in the 2012 NCAA Skiing Championships from Bozeman, Mont., as the Utes go for their 12th national title in school history. All four events will be webcasted live at ncaa.com.

Utah has won all five meets it has raced in this season, including a first-place showing at the NCAA West Region/Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Skiing Association Championships. The Utes' last national championship came in 2003.

The schedule:

Wednesday, March 7 — Webcast: www.ncaa.com/liveschedule/2012/03/07

Women's 5k freestyle 9:30 a.m.

Men's 10k freestyle 11 a.m.

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