MEN'S GOLF: The Red Storm took made their first visit this year to the venerable Wigwam Golf Resort, host site of the 2012 NCAA West Central Regional, and finished 8th in the two-day, 54-hole event at Litchfield Park, Ariz.
DSC shot a collective 4-over-par 868 on the par-72, 6,852-yard Red Course. Top-ranked Cal State Stanislaus won the event at 24-under par. Western Washington was second (849), followed by Colorado-Colorado Springs (851), Abilene Christian (853) and the Grand Canyon (B) squad (857).
Freshman Hayden Christensen paced the Red Storm, finishing in a tie for 22nd at 1-under 215. He finished with a final round 70.
"Hayden started to find his grove and played a solid tournament. I'm very proud of him," said head coach Reed McArthur.
Senior Kyle Chappell (Richfield, Utah/Richfield High School) was one shot behind Christensen at 216. He shot 73 on the final day and finished 2-over for the tourney..
Freshman David Cunningham (73-72-73) finished tied for 32nd with a 218, senior Nick Drost (Salt Lake City/Brighton High School) carded a 219 (74-72-73) and junior Matthew Brearton finished with a 229.
The Red Storm play next week at the Cal Baptist Invitational at Primm Golf Course in Primm, Nevada.
BASEBALL: In the course of competing for a conference championship, teams engage in the task of winning every series placed in front of them. In Dixie State College's case on Tuesday, that would include splitting with Hawaii Pacific after taking the opening two games on Monday.
That's exactly what the Red Storm did. The Sea Warriors busted out for 15 hits in a 7-5 victory before the Storm rode the arm of the reigning Pacific West Conference Pitcher of the Week in the 6-2 nightcap victory. Dixie State took three of four games from HPU over the two-day set.
DSC completed a season-long home stand with 13 wins to sit at 21-9 on the year and 17-7 in the PacWest. HPU departs from Utah's Dixie at 18-8, 10-6 PWC.
Stefan Cantwell felt the offensive fury from the Warriors. The freshman scattered two runs on four hits in the HPU second inning and was tagged with three of the four runs posted by the visitors in the third.
The Storm went to work after spotting HPU a 6-0 lead by chipping away in innings four through seven. Jayden Darrington had an RBI sacrifice fly in the fourth and Colton Yack brought home a run with a groundball in the fifth.
Darrington added a pair of runs with a home run, his first at Dixie State, in the sixth. Tyson Littlewood brought the Storm within two runs lining a sharp double to left field in the seventh.
Opportunities presented themselves in theeighth and ninth innings, but HPU's Edward Trovato closed out the rally attempts. He caught Cedric Johnson and Garrett Nash on called third strikes to leave two runners in scoring position in the penultimate frame. In the subsequent frame, Trovato loaded the bags with two outs. He rebounded to end the game by striking out Darrington swinging.
A trio of Sea Warriors had three hits – Blake Amaral, Derek Nakasato and Troy Ajer. The Warriors outhit DSC 15 to 11.
The series finale allowed Jason Holmes – the current PWC Pitcher of the Week – another opportunity to shine. He responded with quality. Holmes allowed one run on five hits while striking out four batters over six innings.
Offensively, the Red Storm provided all of the firepower in the first three innings. In the first, Yack and Joe Andrade lined back-to-back doubles. Jordan Hanley followed later with a sacrifice fly, plating Andrade.
Small ball took center stage in the second. Yuto Kata singled to shortstop and Nash reached on a bunt single. After both advanced 90 feet on a balk, Yack bunted toward first. The throw toward first sailed well above the head of the defender allowing both lead runners to score and Yack to advance to third. Andrade added an exclamation with a liner into center for the Storm's third run of the frame.
Daniel Zapata pitched himself into a jam in the final frame. He allowed his first earned run of the year, but overcame a shaky start to induce a double play and fly ball to close the ballgame.
Nash and Yack led the way with two hits each. DSC had nine hits in the series finale.
Dixie State will have 15 days off before continuing conference play. Next on the schedule is a doubleheader with HPUfrom Hans L'Orange Park in Waipahu, Hawaii on April 12 at 7 p.m. Mountain.
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