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

Published: Saturday, March 24 2012 10:00 p.m. MDT

As a team, BYU scored a 2-over 290 in Saturday's final round. Wichita State posted a final round of 16-under 272 to move past the Cougars in the final standings.

The Desert Shootout is the second of three tournaments in Arizona for the Cougars. BYU next takes to the course on April 6 when it competes in the ASU Thunderbird in Tempe.

Place Name Score

3 Justin Keiley -9

T4 Zac Blair -8

T6 Cole Ogden -7

T36 Jordan Hammer 2

T48 Adam Tebbs 4

Place School Score

1 Wichita State -28

2 BYU -26

3 Denver -14

T4 Kansas State -8

T4 San Diego -8

6 Tulsa -6

7 Air Force -5

8 Kansas -4

9 Boise State 1

10 Nevada 2

T11 Nebraksa 7

T11 Idaho 7

13 New Mexico State 9

14 Southern Utah 10

15 Creighton 22

SUU GOLF: At Goodyear, Ariz., Southern Utah shot 291 on Saturday but New Mexico State shot 289, enabling the Aggies to move past the Thunderbirds and into 13th place in the final round at Denver's Desert Shootout.

SUU finished 14th at 874, one shot behind NMSU and 38 shots off the pace of team champion Wichita State, which shot 272 to move past first- and second-round leader Brigham Young, which shot 290 on Saturday to finish at 838, two shots behind WSU.

Nic Booth (71-73-74) and Brad Millard (74-72-72) led the way for the Thunderbirds, finishing tied for 38th at 2-over par 218. Jeff Evans (74-72-74) and Sammy Cole (76-73-71) were another two shots back tied for 48th at 220 while Jordan Orth (77-71-76) finished 72nd at 224.

Wichita State's Rafael Becker was the individual champion after a final-round 66 allowed him to finish at 14-under par 202 and move past first- and second-round leader Alex Ching of San Diego, who shot 71 on Saturday to finish at 203.

UTAH SOFTBALL: At Seattle, freshman right-hander Mariah Ramirez threw four shutout innings in the circle, but the Utes fell to Washington, 6-1, in the second game of its inaugural Pac-12 Conference series on Saturday at Husky Softball Stadium.

Ramirez came on in relief and pitched the final four innings during her 12th appearance of the year, which proved to be her most successful outing of the season. Ramirez did not allow a run on only four hits as she faced 19 Husky hitters. The outing tied her longest of this season as she threw four innings against Howard on Mar. 10 in Fort Myers, Fla.

Offensively, the Utes ripped two doubles and scored a run in the first inning as senior first baseman Tia Palauni and junior outfielder Katelyn Elliott came through with extra-base hits in the first inning, while sophomore outfielder Chalese Fankhauser connected for a hard-fought single up the middle of the Husky defense in the top half of the fifth.

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