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

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

Weber State freshman catcher Janel Cunningham hit a long distance solo shot of her own to make it 2-1 in the seventh, but the Broncos were able get the final two outs to close out the game.

The Wildcats (10-15) will wrap up their third day at the SpringHill Suites Invitational on Sunday, taking on New Mexico at noon and then facing a rematch with the Broncos at 2 p.m.

SUU SOFTBALL: At Macomb, Ill., the T-Birds scored three runs in the top of the sixth to tie the game and then used seven runs in the top of the ninth to capture an 11-6 victory against Western Illinois on Saturday. The win prevented a series sweep against the Leathernecks and moved the T-Birds to 16-13 overall and 6-3 in Summit League play.

Western Illinois put the first lights on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first, but the run was answered by Southern Utah in the top of the second. Haylee Hoch and Kadi Henderson hit back-to-back doubles in the frame to tie the game at 1-1 with Henderson recording the RBI.

The Leathernecks broke the tie with a run in the bottom of the third and extended the lead to three (4-1) with two runs in the bottom of the fifth. However, Southern Utah answered and opened the top of the sixth with a double off the bat of Mikkel Griffin and the junior used it to manufacture the first of three runs in the frame. Griffin came around to score on a wild pitch with Hoch tallying an RBI single and Mallory Wilkinson drawing a bases loaded walk for the other runs in the inning.

Neither team was able to generate runs in the seventh, forcing extra innings with the game extending into the ninth. Southern Utah quickly loaded the bases in the frame as Wilkinson was hit in the lead-off spot with Tessa Loewen and Griffin following with a walk and single. Kelsey Bryant then came to the plate and brought home the first and second of seven runs for the T-Birds on a two-run single. Terysa Dyer followed with an RBI single and she was followed by a walk drawn by Madison Resley to load the bases for the second time.

A grand slam off the bat of Haylee Hoch cleared the bases and capped Southern Utah's scoring during the afternoon, giving the T-Birds an 11-4 advantage. Western Illinois finished the game with a pair of runs in the home half of the inning for the eventual final score of 11-6.

Heather Black bounced back in the circle for Southern Utah after suffering a pair of losses yesterday to earn the victory on Saturday, throwing 8 innings where she allowed six runs (one earned) on seven hits and one walk with five strikeouts.

SUU will be back in action next week with five games scheduled at Kathryn Berg Field with the T-Birds set to face UNLV in a doubleheader on Wednesday followed by a three-game series with UMKC on Friday and Saturday.

UVU SOFTBALL: At Farmers Branch, Texas, behind solid pitching performances, the Wolverines moved to 3-1 in the Great West Conference cluster Saturday with 7-2 and 5-3 victories over the University of North Dakota.

"I'm very happy with the girls' play today in every aspect of the game," UVU softball coach Todd Fairborn said. "They got hits when we needed them. We made pitches when we had to and we were solid defensively all day long."

In Game 1, Tiffany Mills scattered seven hits and allowed three runs, struck out four and walked just one in earning the victory.

The Fighting Sioux scored single runs in the second and third to lead 2-1 heading into the fourth inning. The Wolverines exploded for two runs in each of the next three innings to pull away.

Maddy Schulz and Kylee Brinkerhoff had RBIs in the fourth and Amanda Robinson belted a two-run homer in the fifth to put the game out of reach.

The Wolverines added two more in the sixth on a North Dakota error and a double by Robinson.

Marie Williams, Robinson, Jamie North, and Schulz added two hits each for the Wolverines.

In Game 2, Cassie Herrera and Megan Peay combined to allow just two runs as the Wolverines moved to 16-6 overall.

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