OREM — Sacramento State used a big third inning on its way to spoiling Utah Valley University's home opener on Thursday night at Brent Brown Ballpark, taking the first of a three-game series, 13-3.
The Hornets (12-11) scored three in the second and exploded for eight runs in the third to take an early 11-2 lead. An error in each of the run-scoring frames prolonged the innings and Sacramento State took advantage, scoring six unearned runs.
The Wolverines (7-11) answered the three runs in the second with two of their own. Goose Kallunki doubled off the wall in left to score Austin Heaps and then scored on Kai Hatch's single.
In the third, the Hornets sent 11 hitters to the plate and got home runs from Derrick Chung and Rhys Hoskins. Hoskins' homer — a three-run shot — came as part of a three hit, three RBI day.
Kallunki had the second of two RBIs on the day in the sixth, with a sac-fly to score Jake Rickenbach for UVU's final run of the night. Heaps had two hits to lead Utah Valley.
Justin Higley went 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs while Will Soto and Clay Cederquist joined Hoskins with three-hit days. Sacramento State finished with 19 hits.
Tanner Mendoca threw 8 innings and allowed three runs on five hits to get the win while Blake Krahenbuhl was tagged with the loss.
The second game of the series is set for a 6 p.m. MT first pitch Friday night.
UTAH GOLF: At Lakeside, Calif., the Utes completed the first day of the Barona Collegiate Cup Thursday at the Barona Creek Golf Club in 15th place. The team tallied a first-round mark of 371, while two Utes lead in individual standings, tying for 27th.
Sophomore Daniel Engle and freshman Brandon Kida round up identical scores of 70, while freshmen Gentry Hicks and Myles Sullivan, as well as sophomore Ben Bankhead, posted identical scores of 77 to tie for 89th.
BYU GOLF: At Goodyear, Ariz., the Cougars roared to a first-place standing after a season best 14-under 274 first round at the Desert Shootout on Thursday.
"Everybody got off to a great start," said BYU assistant coach Todd Miller. "We jumped right out at the gate."
Four Cougars are in the top 30 with junior Zac Blair leading the way in second. Blair birdied eight times, tied for the most of any player on the day, and sits just two strokes out of first place.
Sophomore Justin Keiley is right behind Blair, tied for fourth after a first round 5-under 67. Most of his success came on par-5 holes, where Keiley shot 4-under on the day.
Rounding out the next two spots for BYU were sophomore Jordan Hammer and freshman Cole Ogden. Hammer is tied for 11th while Ogden is tied for 27th. This is the first time all season that the Cougars have had four players shoot so well in a tournament.
"Our problem has been slow starts," Miller said. "It's tough to try and grind it back to par. Hopefully we can keep this going for the next two rounds."
The second round will be played Friday and the tournament will conclude on Saturday.
Place Name Score
T2 Zac Blair -6
T4 Justin Keiley -5
T11 Jordan Hammer -3
T27 Cole Ogden E
T53 Adam Tebbs 3
SUU GOLF: At Goodyear, Ariz., Nic Booth was in 16th place and Southern Utah was 14th after the first round of Denver's Desert Shootout, which is being played at the par 72, 7,015-yard Palm Valley Golf Course.
Booth was in a group of 11 players who shot 1-under par 71 in the first round to sit seven shots off the pace of San Diego's Alex Ching, who fired a 64. SUU's Jeff Evans and Brad Millard were another three shots back, at 2-over 74 and tied for 48th place, while Sammy Cole was 68th at 76 and Jordan Orth was 82nd at 77. SUU's Jake Holt, playing as an individual, was tied with Orth at 77.
As a team SUU shot 295, 21 shots off the pace of first-round leader BYU but just seven shots behind Denver, Nebraska and Kansas, who were tied in seventh at 288. Boise State was 10th at 289, Kansas State was at 290, New Mexico State was at 293 and Idaho was a shot up on SUU at 294. SUU held a one-shot lead on Creighton, which finished the first round at 296.
BYU RUGBY: At Fort Collins, the Cougars tallied a total of 15 tries against the Rams of Colorado State and converted on 11 of the tries to run away for a final score of 97-7 on Thursday night.
The BYU scoring spree saw 11 different players dot down on the night. The Cougars were led in scoring by flanker Hynie Leaatoa who wore the unfamiliar No. 8 jersey for absent team captain Ryan Roundy.
Leaaetoa scored a total of three tries while wing Will Taylor and prop Ray Forrester each tallied a pair of tries for the Cougars.
The Rams' lone try came in the waning moments of the game as the CSU prop bullied his way past the BYU defense to score.
Despite the one-way traffic of the game, BYU match-day captain Dylan Lubbe said the Cougars' defense was stout throughout the game.
"We pride ourselves on our defense," Lubbe said, "We did a good job keeping everything in front of us and making our one-on-one tackles. The guys did a good job defensively, which led to some good opportunities in attack."
The big win against CSU was the second highest scoring victory for BYU behind the Cougars' 101-0 win over Missouri back in February. But the 66-point first half was the most of any game all year.
With the win, BYU head coach David Smyth said his team started well and is improving.
"We came out fast which was nice to see," Smyth said, "We were able to rotate a lot of guys through tonight which was also good. The continuity we saw from 1st XV to reserves was good. So the hard work in practice is starting to show."
BYU next moves on to Laramie, Wyo. for a Saturday matchup against the University of Wyoming Cowboys. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
UTAH STATE SOFTBALL: At Ruston, La., the Aggies open their Western Athletic Conference schedule on Friday against Louisiana Tech. This will be the start of the seventh season for USU in the WAC.
The Aggies will look to build off last season's success, as the squad recorded more wins last season in conference action than ever before (8).
USU (8-17, 0-0 WAC) enters Friday's contest looking to rebound from a nine-game losing streak. Leading the way for the Aggies will be senior infielder Kelley Kaneshiro and junior infielder Christine Thomsen. Both players are batting over .400 this season and combine for 20 RBIs.
Friday's matchup will be the 23rd meeting between these two teams with the Lady Techsters leading the all-time series history against Utah State, 7-15. Last season the Aggies went 1-2 against La. Tech in a three-game series in Logan. In its win, Utah State erupted to score 11 runs and scored the final of those runs in the bottom of the eighth, in an extra innings thriller.
First pitch from the circle is set to be delivered at 5 p.m. (MT).