College roundup: Late rally lifts Oregon Ducks baseball over Utah Utes

Published: Saturday, March 24 2012 10:33 p.m. MDT

The Cougars started singles off strong, jumping ahead of the Dons, 3-1, with wins on courts 4, 3 and 1. Paul held her Court 4 opponent to winning one game, coming away with a 6-0, 6-1 win. Sheehan-Dizon defeated Hadzi Tanovic, 6-1, 6-3, on Court 3 before Tran topped Wartenburger, 6-3, 6-3, on Court 1.

San Francisco answered with a 6-3, 6-4 win on Court 5 over Waldron. The win was not enough, as BYU's Anderson recorded a three-set victory over Akerbrant, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, to earn the Cougars their fourth point, securing the BYU win.

"We're excited to play two more matches at home before hitting the road again," said Jones-Spencer. "The girls like playing at home on familiar courts and with home fans."

BYU continues WCC play at home next week, challenging Santa Clara Tuesday at 11 a.m. MDT before hosting Saint Mary's Friday at noon. Admission is free and both matches will be played at the BYU Outdoor Tennis Courts.

BYU 4, USF 3

Singles:

1. Desiree Tran (BYU) def. Julia Wartenburger (USF) 6-3, 6-3

2. Morgan Anderson (BYU) def. Melinda Akerbrant (USF) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3

3. Meghan Sheehan-Dizon (BYU) def. Milica Hadzi Tanovic (USF) 6-1, 6-2

4. Aubrey Paul (BYU) def. Yurie Hashiguchi (USF) 6-0, 6-1

5. Alana McMahon (USF) def. Lisa Waldron (BYU) 6-3, 6-4

6. Blair Reed (USF) def. Andie Young (BYU) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4

Doubles:

1. Tran/Sheehan-Dizon (BYU) def. Wartenburger/Reed (USF) 8-3

2. Hashiguchi/Hadzi Tanovic (USF) def. Anderson/Waldron (BYU) 8-7(3)

3. McMahon/Akerbrant (USF) def. Paul/Young (BYU) 8-5

SLCC BASEBALL: At Taylorsville, the 15th-ranked Bruins (21-4, 12-2) completed the series sweep over Eastern Utah, 12-2 and 5-0. The Bruins are currently riding a five game win streak.

The Bruins used a 10-run first inning in Game 1. Dominique Taylor was 2 for 4 with a double and three RBI. Braden Anderson was 2 for 3 with a double and Kennedy Kinkade went 1 for 2 with three runs batted in.

Mike Springer and Dane Fuller combined for the Game 2 shutout. Offensively, Tyson Popoff was 3 for 3 with a double and a triple to lead Salt Lake. Steven Adam was 3 for 4 with a double and Palmer Page was 2 for 2.

DIXIE STATE SOFTBALL: At St. George, junior Johnna Brown had five hits and seven RBIs to lead Dixie State (14-7, 7-5 PacWest) to a sweep of first place Hawaii Pacific (17-9, 11-5) in a doubleheader at Karl Brooks Field. The 9-1 and 6-4 wins lead the Red Storm to a four game sweep of the Sea Warriors.

Brown led the Red Storm offense with two hits and five RBI in the first game of the doubleheader. Her 3-RBI triple in the second inning gave the Red Storm a 5-1 lead and her 2-RBI double in the third inning gave DSC a 9-1 advantage.

The Red Storm managed 10 hits in the game with Brown and Sheila Gelter with two each.

Lauren Folta allowed just one hit while striking out two and one unearned run to improve to 7-2 on the season.

In Game 2, Dixie State ran their win streak to seven games with a 6-4 win over the Sea Warriors.

Mattie Snow started the second game for DSC but was relieved by Michelle Duncan in the fourth. Duncan finished the final four innings allowing five hits, two walks, and one earned run and struck six batters to improve to 2-1 on the season.

Duncan's lone miscue came in the fifth inning when Breanne Patton led the inning off with a solo home run to left center. She managed to work out of jams in the fourth and seventh frames to hold HPU at serve.

Despite pounding out 10 hits in the game, the Red Storm capitalized on five Sea Warrior miscues to complete the four game sweep. It marks the first time in school history the Red Storm have swept the season series from the Hawaii Pacific.

Marla Reiter and Brown each had three hits in the win for the Red Storm.

DSC next hosts Hawaii Hilo with doubleheaders both Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. Both games are slated to begin at 3 p.m. at Karl Brooks Field.

SLCC SOFTBALL: At Taylorsville, the fourth-ranked Bruins (33-6, 24-4) completed a four-game sweep of North Idaho, 5-1 and 9-1.

The Bruins took Game 1 behind nine strikeouts from freshman MaCauley Flint. Flint allowed three hits and one earned run. At the plate Savanah Webster was 2 for 2 with a double, Meagan Neilson went 1 for 2 with an RBI and Starlee Hutchings was 1 for 3 with an RBI.

The Bruins used a seven-run fourth inning to take the 9-1 five-inning run rule in the final game. Neilson knocked in a team high four runs going 2 for 3 with a double. Webster was 2 for 2 with two runs batted in and Hutchings added a double. Ariel Zimmerman got the win, throwing four innings with one hit and seven strikeouts while Kylee Colvin completed the game throwing a shutdown fifth inning.

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