SALT LAKE CITY — Despite outhitting the Bruins 14-9, the Utah baseball team fell to UCLA, 9-6, on Saturday afternoon.
Utah starter Brock Duke struggled with walks in the early innings, and the Bruins were able to take advantage to score a run in the first inning before he forced UCLA into leaving the bases loaded in the second inning.
The Utes got on the board in the third inning after hits from Tyson Gonzalez and James Brooks set up an RBI-double by Shaun Cooper. The Bruins rallied in the top of the fourth to score two runs on three hits, but Utah kept pace in the bottom of the inning with Trey Nielsen scoring after leading off the inning with a double to put the UCLA lead at 3-2.
UCLA looked to take control in the sixth inning, scoring three runs (all unearned after a Utah error) to take a 6-2 lead. Trevor Brown hit a bases-loaded two-RBI double to send two runs across in the inning. The Utes came back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning, after Nielsen and Jo Jo Sharrar got on base with two-out singles, Gavin Green drove in both runners with a single up the middle to put the score at 6-4.
The Bruins continued to increase their lead with two runs in the top of the seventh on a pair of hits. The Utes added a run in the bottom of the seventh, with Brooks leading off the inning with a home run. Morin just missed a home run in the inning with a double that hit high off the wall.
Utah added to its total in the eighth inning after an RBI single from Brooks following two batters reaching base after being hit by the pitch to put the score at 8-6. In the top of the ninth UCLA scored an unearned run following a leadoff double from Pat Valaika to put the score at 9-6.
Although Cooper led off the ninth with a single up the middle, UCLA got out of the inning with the help of a double play and a strikeout to end the game.
"I am happy with the way that we came back from last night," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "(UCLA) did a nice job with clutch hitting and keeping space between us, and we couldn't get them stopped. I was proud of our team for the way we kept coming back in the game."
Brooks and Nielsen led the Utes at the plate with three hits each. Brooks and Green each drove in two runs.
Duke threw five innings, allowing three runs on five hits with four strikeouts and four walks. Also throwing were Mitch Watrous, Kesley Kondo and Tyler Wagner.
Nick Vander Tuig pitched 52/3 innings for the Bruins, allowing four runs on nine hits with one strikeout. He was one of five pitchers for UCLA in the game. Scott Griggs came away with a save.
Utah and UCLA play Game 3 of the series on Sunday at 1 p.m. MT.
BYU BASEBALL: At Reno, Nev., a cycle by Brooks Klein amidst wind, rain delays and snow lifted Nevada to a 9-3 victory.
Klein singled in the second, doubled in the fifth, had a two-run homer in the seventh and a one-run triple in the eighth. The junior right fielder also scored after being hit by a pitch in the six-run first inning, which put BYU in a hole from which it couldn't overcome.
"It was tough conditions, but there is no excuse for walking three batters and hitting another with out an out to start the game," BYU coach Vance Law said. "It is really tough for any team to come back from that kind of demoralizing start."
Nevada (15-11) won the three-game series as BYU evened its record (11-11) after winning the first game.
The Cougars stranded 10 runners on Saturday, but had a couple of bright spots. BYU scored one run in the second inning when Jaycob Brugman got aboard with an error after Nevada benefited from a double play. Brugman ended up scoring twice on Austin Hall's two singles on the afternoon.
In the two-run eighth, prior to Brugman scoring, Brock Whitney got one of his two hits with a one-out double and crossed the plate when pinch hitter Christian Mua hit a two-out single.
BYU left a pair of runners on base in every inning except for the first when it spotted the Wolf Pack their initial six runs. There was a brief rain-delay in the fifth inning when the mound was covered and snow started falling in the ninth frame.
Nevada native Tanner Chauncey performed well for BYU in his home state, going 1-for-4 Saturday, 7-for-13 against the Wolf Pack and 9-of-18 for the week.
"This is one of the most disappointing road trips I have had in recent memory," said Law. "We are starting to swing the bats better, but this is a series we could have won."
BYU continues nonconference play this Tuesday with a rematch in Salt Lake City against Utah in Spring Mobile Ballpark at 6 p.m. The Cougars return to league play when it hosts a three-game series with Loyola Marymount starting Thursday.
UVU, SUU BASEBALL: At Orem, a season-high 21 hits helped the Wolverines to a 15-2 win over the T-Birds. It was the fifth straight win for the Wolverines (12-11) and completed a three-game series sweep and a six-game season sweep of the T-Birds (6-20).
"I'm really proud of the way our guys came out and stayed focused all weekend. It's tough to sweep a team in two series," said UVU head coach Eric Madsen. "We didn't really give Southern Utah a chance to gain much momentum and I think that was the difference."
UVU scored in each of the first four innings to lead 7-0 early before pulling away late with eight runs in the seventh.
Sean Moysh had the team's first five-hit day of the season and scored three times while Billy Burgess had a 4-for-5 afternoon and also scored three runs. Austin Heaps had three hits and two RBIs and Goose Kallunki and Kai Hatch both drove in three runs.
The Wolverines scored twice in the first on RBI singles from Heaps and Hatch and added single runs in the second and third with RBI singles from Jake Rickenbach and Cole Butcher.
Kallunki gave Utah Valley the 7-0 lead in the fourth, driving in all three of his runs with one swing of the bat on a towering home run down the line in left.
In the seventh, the Wolverines sent 12 hitters to the plate and collected six hits. Heaps had an RBI double in the frame before Hatch and Exon capped the scoring with two-out, two-run singles.
Adam Gunn improved to 3-3 after throwing six innings and striking out six. He allowed two runs on seven hits before Craig Brimhall, Chris Kerns and Josh Swenson each threw a scoreless inning. Justin Neubauer dropped to 3-2 after taking the loss for Southern Utah.
This was the final meeting between the in-state rivals with Southern Utah announcing in January that it would discontinue its program following the 2012 season. Utah Valley finishes the rivalry with a 29-23 edge in 52 games all-time and with seven straight wins.
The Wolverines now turn their attention to No. 8 Arizona in what will be the first home game against a ranked foe in the program's NCAA Division I era. The game is set for next Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Following the game against the Pac-12's Wildcats, UVU will begin Great West Conference play with a four-game series against North Dakota on Thursday.
SLCC BASEBALL: At Carson City, Nev., the 18th-ranked Bruins (23-5, 14-3) fell 1-0 in a pitcher's duel to No. 7 Western Nevada.
Ruddy Acosta took the loss for Salt Lake, allowing one earned run in the sixth inning. Acosta finished the game with four strikeouts in six innings of work. The Bruins had multiple runners in scoring position but came up a hit short. Braden Anderson was 1 for 2 with a double in the game.
USU SOFTBALL: At Logan, the Aggies (10-22, 2-4 WAC) closed out their home-opening series with a win, 4-0, over Western Athletic Conference foe Nevada (12-24, 3-3). Junior starting pitcher Mandy Harmon recorded her second complete game shutout of the season, holding Nevada to only two hits in the game and fanned five in seven innings of work.
USU's offense came to the support of Harmon's effort in the bottom of the third inning as sophomore catcher Samantha Miller led off with a single to start the inning. Sophomore outfielder Christina Cummings executed a perfect sacrifice bunt to move Miller into scoring position at second base. The third-straight sophomore delivered for the Aggies, as outfielder Kassandra Uchida singled to right field, advancing Miller to third. Junior infielder Christine Thomsen came to the plate looking to convert and did not disappoint. Thomsen drove a ball between the third baseman and the shortstop, allowing Miller to safely cross home.
USU added to its lead in the bottom of the fourth as freshmen outfielder Hailey Froton hit a lead-off single and stole second, putting herself in scoring position. Froton moved up again on a wild pitch from Nevada's starting pitcher Bailey Brewer. Harmon would help her pitching effort by flying a ball deep to left field allowing Froton to race home and increased the Aggie lead, 2-0.
The Wolf Pack looked to rally late in the game and created it best chance of the day in the top of the fifth frame as they loaded the bases with only one out. Caylin Campbell came to the plate for Nevada looking to do some damage as she connected and drove the ball hard to the third base side. Utah State senior infielder Tatem Day denied any scoring opportunities as she snared Campbell's hard hit ball and tagged out Emily Seidel before she could get back to third for an unassisted doubled play to end the inning.
The Aggies further aided Harmon's efforts by adding two more runs in the bottom-half of the fifth inning. The first run of the frame came from Uchida, who drove a ball over the right field fence for a solo home run. It was the third home run from Uchida this season. Thomsen kept the scoring going as she worked her way around the base path to end up at third when Froton came to the plate and drove a ball into right field, scoring Thomsen. Froton was 2-for-2 in the game with an RBI and a run scored.
Harmon had more than enough and shutdown Nevada in the final two innings, seizing the victory for the home team. Harmon improves to 5-11 this season as well as recording her second shutout of the season and her sixth complete game. Harmon has pitched 931/3 innings, with a 4.57 ERA this season and has carried Utah State's pitching staff in the last three weeks of action.
Utah State will savor the win but will have a short turnaround as it travels to Orem, Utah to take on in-state rival Utah Valley on Tuesday. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. (MT).
WSU SOFTBALL: At Greeley, Colo., behind a school-record 17-hit performance, the Wildcats earned a 15-6 victory over Northern Colorado before dropping a 12-4 decision in the day's second contest.
Sophomore shortstop Brooke Silva went 3-for-4 at the plate, with a career-high six RBIs and two home runs, one of which was a third-inning grand slam.
Freshman Cydnee Clarke went 4-for-4 with five RBIs, with both marks reaching new career highs.
Senior right hander Sarah Clark was 3-for-3 at the plate, with three runs scored, and also reached once on a walk. Clark also earned her 10th win of the season on the mound, becoming just the third player in Weber State softball history to reach double-digit wins in a single season.
Senior centerfielder Erika Dixon and senior second baseman Symbree Minniear each recorded two hits, while senior third baseman Lyndsey Minnich hit a three-run homer in the second inning.
In all, eight different Wildcats got a hit at the plate as Weber State stormed out to a 12-1 lead in the top of the third and cruised to the win.
After falling behind 3-0 in the second contest of the day, the Wildcats rallied to make it 3-2 in the top of the third, but a disastrous bottom half of the frame saw the Bears score six runs to take a 9-2 lead.
Weber State cut it to 9-4, but Northern Colorado scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to end the game on run-rule.
Dixon and Minnich each had two hits in the game, with Minnich knocking out a solo shot in the third inning, her school single-season record 12th home run of the year. The senior from Kennewick, Wash., also scored four runs during the two games to set a new single season for runs scored with 29, passing the previous record of 26.
Clark also had an RBI double, her eighth of the season, which is the fourth most in a single-season for the Wildcats.
Weber State (12-19, 1-1 PCSC) will wrap up its four-game series with Northern Colorado (16-16, 1-1 PCSC) on Sunday with a doubleheader, beginning at noon.
SUU SOFTBALL: At Cedar City, the T-Birds (20-14, 8-4 Summit) relied on the power of Mikkel Griffin on Saturday afternoon as the junior transfer accounted for two-thirds of their runs in a 9-6 victory over UMKC with three home runs.
"Heather (Black) didn't have her best stuff today," head coach Kyle Magnusson said of the SUU starting pitcher. "She continued to work through it, but with the type of day Mikkel had we were able to get this win today."
Griffin was a perfect 4-for-4 with home runs in the first, second and sixth innings. Her first home run of the contest tied the game at 1-1 after UMKC opened with an RBI single in the first.
Madison Resley broke the 1-1 deadlock a few batters later with an RBI single, also in the first inning, scoring Kelsey Bryant from second after collecting a single and moving to second on a UMKC error.
Griffin's second big fly of the game scored three in the second inning with the Thunderbirds taking a 5-1 lead. A third home run by a Southern Utah batter, this time by Haylee Hoch in the third inning increased the margin to five, 6-1. A trio of singles by Tessa Loewen, Griffin and Bryant in the fourth put the game at 7-1.
Southern Utah looked in control all game with the exception of the sixth inning when the Kangaroos cut the lead to one, 7-6, with five runs in the frame. The push chased Black from the circle after having thrown 52/3 innings where she allowed six runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks with three strikeouts, eventually earning the win.
Danielle Axe came on in relief and a line drive to third baseman Kadi Henderson ended the UMKC rally and kept the T-Birds in the lead by one. Griffin capped her monstrous day with a two-run shot over the centerfield fence in the bottom of the inning, giving Southern Utah a three-run cushion and 9-6 lead.
Axe kept UMKC hitters at bay in the seventh, allowing only a single in the frame and striking out the final Kangaroo batter for her second save of the season.
The victory gave Southern Utah the series over UMKC with the Thunderbirds continuing a streak of taking each conference series at home this season.
SUU will be back in action next week with road games at Brigham Young University on Tuesday night and a Summit League series at IUPUI on Friday and Saturday.
UVU SOFTBALL: At Orem, Tiffany Mills and Cassie Herrera's complete game pitching gems were spoiled by Portland State as the Vikings won both games in their final at bats. PSU (13-14, 3-1 PCSC) took Game 1 3-2 in eight innings and Game 2 1-0.
The first game headed for extras tied at 2-all and Portland State's Becca Bliss drove home the winning run with a one-out double to right in the last of the eighth. PSU then won the second game with a leadoff walk-off homer by Karmen Holladay in the seventh.
"You can't win when you don't score. Today came down to adjustments and making plays. Portland State did both of them and we didn't do either," UVU head coach Todd Fairbourne said. "Herrera and Mills pitched their guts out. They definitely pitched well enough for us to win."
In Game 1, Amanda Perez broke a scoreless tie and got the Wolverines (20-10-1, 1-3 PCSC) into the hit column in the top of the third inning with a solo shot over the right center field wall. The home run was the fourth on the year for Perez and put UVU ahead 1-0.
Portland State looked to respond in the bottom half of the third, putting runners on second and third with just one out. But Mills got PSU's Alicia Fine to fly out to shallow centerfield then got Crysta Conn to pop out to first to get out of the jam.
The Wolverines extended its lead in the fourth, when Krystin Jachim cranked her third home run of the year to left field. The solo blast gave UVU a 2-0 advantage on just two hits in the ballgame to that point.
Mills looked to be cruising through the bottom of the fourth after retiring the first two batters on a ground out and a strikeout. But a dropped fly ball off the bat of PSU's Carly McEachran kept the inning alive for the Vikings. The error proved to be costly as McEachran came in to score on Kayla Norrie's single up the middle in the next at bat. After Norrie advanced to third on a wild pitch, Jenna Krogh dropped a single just beyond third base to drive in the tying run. Mills struck out the next hitter to end the inning, but the damage had been done with the game now tied at 2-2.
After neither team scored in the fifth, Jamie North doubled for UVU to start the top of the sixth. But the Wolverines failed to capitalize on the scoring opportunity as the next three batters went down in order.
Mills continued her strong pitching performance late into the game, forcing a two-out groundout to strand a Viking runner on third in the fifth, going 1-2-3 in the sixth, and limiting PSU to just one base runner in the bottom of the seventh to send the game into extra innings.
The Wolverines threatened in the top of the eighth, as North reached base on an infield single and PSU's Anna Bertrand hit Uresti to put runners on first and second with two away. Bertrand then managed to get out of the jam by retiring Jachim via a ground out to end the threat.
The Vikings' Alexa Morales led off the last of the eighth with a single and after being bunted into scoring position, she came around to score the winning run on Bliss' walk-off double. The run was the only earned one that Mills gave up in the contest.
Bertrand picked up the win for PSU, while Mills (10-7) took the loss.
Bertrand also pitched the second game for Portland State and her and Herrera both pitched brilliantly. The two held their respective opponents scoreless until the seventh inning, when the Vikings managed to score the lone run of the contest.
Portland State had only mustered one hit off of Herrera into the fifth inning. In the fifth, the Vikings threatened with back-to-back singles by Fine and McEachran but Herrera got out of the jam by retiring the next two batters.
Herrera then allowed a leadoff hit in the sixth but the freshman mowed down the next three Viking hitters to keep the game tied at zero going to the seventh inning.
Bertrand then retired the Wolverine offense in order in the top of the seventh to set up the game winner that was hit by PSU's Holladay to start the bottom of the frame.
PSU's ace Bertrand allowed just two hits and improved to 11-7 with the win, while Herrera gave up just five hits and one run but suffered the loss (6-2).
The Wolverines will continue their 12-game homestand at Wolverine Field next week with six more contests. UVU will host in-state rival Utah State Tuesday at 4 p.m., No. 16 Hawai'i Wednesday at 5 p.m. and Northern Colorado for a four-game PCSC series next weekend.
DIXIE STATE SOFTBALL: At Turlock, Calif., the Red Storm (21-9) defeated Chaminade University 11-2 in five innings and dropped their opener to Cal State San Bernardino 3-2 to complete pool play of the Mizuno Tournament of Champions.
The Red Storm finished 3-2 in their pool.
In the first game this morning, the Coyotes capitalized on a DSC miscue in the bottom of the seventh inning to steal the game from the Red Storm.
Starting pitcher Mattie Snow allowed two runs, just one earned while striking out four batters before Michelle Duncan took over in the seventh. The miscue handed Duncan her second loss of the season.
In the top of the seventh, Dixie State scored when Kelsey Mendenhall came in to score on a Kyle Bufton RBI double to left field.
Marla Reiter's RBI infield single scored the first run for the Red Storm in the fourth frame.
Despite pounding out nine hits in the game, DSC stranded 12 base runners and the Coyotes prevailed.
After a two-hour rain delay, the second game finally began. Dixie State scored five runs in the first and three in the second and three more in the top of the fifth to take the mercy rule shortened five-inning game.
Red Storm hurler Lauren Folta (11-3) earned the win, allowing two earned runs while striking out six.
Courtney Sherwin hit a three-run home run and finished with two hits. Marla Reiter, Mendenhall, Johnna Brown and Bufton all had two hits in the 15-hit Red Storm attack. Mendenhall also added two RBIs.
The final day of the tournament is Sunday and is seeded based on results from two days of pool play and is a tournament format.
SLCC SOFTBALL: At Taylorsville, the No. 4 Bruins (37-6, 28-4 SWAC) completed the four game sweep over Western Nevada, winning 8-0 and 10-2.
Maddy Woodard led Salt Lake offensively, going 2 for 3 with three runs batted in followed by Savannah Webster with two doubles going 2 for 3. Starlee Hutchings was 1 for 2 with a double.
In the final game of the series, Tanisha Anderson was 3 for 4 with three runs driven home and a triple. Webster knocked a solo home run and off the bench Whitney Holt was 1 for 1 with two RBIs.
The Bruins head to Twin Falls for a conference showdown with Southern Idaho. Salt Lake holds a 21/2 game lead over Southern Idaho for first place in the conference.
UTAH TRACK & FIELD: At Orem, Utah's Kaitlin Urmston set a new school record in the javelin at the Utah Valley Invitational. Urmston recorded a mark of 150-11/2 feet on her second to last throw putting her name on top of the Utah record book.
In the shot put, Candus Aiello set a new personal-best throw of 46-11.0 feet earning her first place overall. Alanna Nulph claimed second place, recording a mark of 46-11/2 feet and junior Nikkie Rudder finished third overall with a throw of 45-111/4 feet.
The Utes swept the top three spots in the 400-meter hurdles as Alyssa Johnson clocked a first-place time of 1:01.21. Junior Stephanie Jolley finished right on Johnson's heels with a time of 1:01.22. Rosalie Griffin rounded out the top three finishers with a time of 1:02.55. Finishing fifth overall with a time of 1:04.45 was Kayla McMurray. Senior Elise McVicar (1:04.77) and Lisa Palomaki (1:05.61) earned sixth and eighth place, respectively.
Junior Angela Kaplar won the 100-meter hurdles event title for the second consecutive year. Kaplar clocked a season-best time of 13.98 finishing first overall. Brianna LeRoy crossed the line third with a time of 14.60 for the Utes.
The Utes finished third and sixth in the 4x400-meter relay as the Utah A' team finished in 3:47.56. The Utah B' squad finished in 4:00.60.
For Utah Valley University, Aleina Eisenhauer-Winger won the 1500 meters (4:33.56) and the 5,000 meters (17:52.89) and Zandea Nelson won the 400 meters (54.48) and the 200 meters (24.64).
Ivie Gonsalves won the 3,000-meter steeplechase (11:34.57), Cliff Nielson won the 5,000 meters (15.01.99) and Mark Jones won the men's javelin (183-5).
The Wolverines also had several second-place finishes: Trevor Sharp (1,500 meters, 4:01.91), Shelise Walker (800 meters, 2:15.82), Stephanie Christensen (5,000 meters, 18:16.77) and Ali Shields (triple jump, 35-063/4).
SUU TRACK & FIELD: At Cedar City, SUU thrower Kayla Kovar set new personal records with first-place finishes in all three of her events and improved all of her previous school records against Northern Arizona. Kovar's shot put mark of 50-2.75 ranks second in Southern Utah's records, while her discus throw of 162-02 ranks third. Kovar also threw the hammer to a distance of 187-09, which ranks fourth in the school's top 10.
Cody Olsen had a first-place javelin finish with a mark of 191-06. Chris Johnson led the men in the shot put with a mark of 154-0, ranking 10th in Southern Utah's records.
The Thunderbirds also dominated in the distance races as sister and brother Danielle West-Jewkes and Austin West led the team in their respective mile races. West-Jewkes led the field in the women's race, finishing in 5:06.65, while West's second-place time of 4:20.29 ranks fourth in the school records.
The T-Birds swept the 800-meter runs, with Dallas Eborn leading the men with 1:56.59 and Kaylee Coates leading the women with 2:17.07. Diana Medina-Mitchell finished first in the women's 3,200-meter run, recording a time of 11:03.38, while Clinton Rhoton finished in a close second on the men's side with 9:44.69.
Preston Myers led the sprinters with a first-place time of 22.66 in the 200-meter dash, while the men's 4x100-meter relay team also earned a first-place finish over NAU.
The women were led by Jasmine Paicely-Mullins, who recorded a 13.74 time and first-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles. The women's 4x100-meter relay team recorded a top 10 SUU time of 46.48 with a second-place finish, while NAU's team set a new record of 45.55 for Eccles Coliseum.
Kyle Kopp and Stephen Wilson broke in to the school's jumps records, as Kopp recorded 23-111/2 in the long jump and Wilson recorded a 45-113/4 in the triple jump. Both times rank sixth in SUU history. Cheyenne Thatcher led the women in a tie for first-place, clearing a height of 5-3 in the high jump.
Southern Utah's next home meet will take place on Apr. 26, against in-state rival Utah Valley University. Meanwhile, the team will next travel to California to compete in the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto and the San Francisco State Distance Carnival in San Francisco.
UTAH GOLF: At Stanford, Calif., the Utes remained in 17th after finishing the second round of the U.S. Intercollegiate. The Utes compiled a two-round total of 617 (304-313). Sophomore Daniel Engle is tied for 68th with a mark of 153 (75-78).
Freshman Myles Sullivan posted a score of 80 for an overall mark of 154 (74-80) to tie for 74th. Next to finish on the Ute roster was sophomore Ben Bankhead, who is tied for 81st with a mark of 157 (83-74). Freshman Brandon Kida placed 88th with a score of 160 (79-81). Gentry Hicks tallied two-round mark of 164 (76-88) to place 90th.
BYU TENNIS: At San Diego, the No. 44 Cougars dropped a 4-3 decision to reigning 2011 WCC champion No. 19 San Diego in their last road match of the season.
The Cougars (10-7, 1-2 WCC) started the match strong, grabbing the doubles point over the Toreros (12-5, 3-0 WCC). BYU senior Georgy Batrakov and sophomore Patrick Kawkatopped Patrick Pohlmann and Clarke Spinosa, 8-5, before San Diego evened the score by edging out junior Spencer Smith and freshman Francis Sargeant, 8-6.
With the doubles point up for grabs, BYU freshman Keaton Cullimore and senior Michael Eraso battled back and forth with Ciaran Fitzgerald and Victor Pugliese before coming away with an 8-6 win.
The Toreros won the first two singles matches to take a 2-1 lead. No. 112 Thibaut Visy defeated BYU's Cullimore 6-0, 6-2 before Eraso fell 6-2, 6-4.
BYU and San Diego exchanged the next two wins. Smith put up a straight set victory over his opponent (6-2, 6-2) to tie the match score, 2-2, before the Toreros recorded their own win. Playing at the No. 2 singles position, No. 81 Pohlmann beat Kawka 6-4, 6-3.
In a three-set showdown, No. 68 Nikola Bubnic and No. 45 Batrakov split sets before Bubnic came away with the win, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, to earn the fourth point for San Diego and the match win.
Next week, BYU hosts conference opponents Gonzaga and Portland on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
No. 19 San Diego 4, No. 44 BYU 3
1. #68 Nikola Bubnic (USD) def. #45 Georgy Batrakov (BYU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
2. #81 Patrick Pohlmann (USD) def. Patrick Kawka (BYU) 6-4, 6-3
3. Spencer Smith (BYU) def. Clarke Spinosa (USD) 6-2, 6-2
4. #112 Thibaut Visy (USD) def. Keaton Cullimore (BYU) 6-0, 6-2
5. Victor Pugliese (USD) def. Michael Eraso (BYU) 6-2, 6-4
6. Francis Sargeant (BYU) def. Ciaran Fitzgerald (USD) 6-2, 7-6(4)
1. Georgy Batrakov/Patrick Kawka (BYU) def. Patrick Pohlmann/Clarke Spinosa (USD) 8-5
2. Nikola Bubnic/Thibaut Visy (USD) def. Spencer Smith/Francis Sargeant (BYU) 8-6
3. Keaton Cullimore/Michael Eraso (BYU) def. Ciaran Fitzgerald/Victor Pugliese (USD) 8-6
WSU TENNIS: At Ogden, the Wildcats took four of six singles matches, five of which went three sets, to finish off a 5-2 win over Montana State.
"This win is a testament to, and a product of, how hard our guys have worked this season," said WSU head coach Jared Burnham. "We had a lot of long, hard-fought matches today, and we were able to push through and come out on top today. I'm really proud of our attitude and our fight today."
Simon Unger and Oliver Good got things going for the Wildcats in doubles play, cruising to an 8-2 win over Alberto Fuentes and Lander Jewett. The No. 2 and 3 teams followed with wins for the Wildcats, taking a pair of tight matches. Peter Ramstromer Pello and Caio Poitena pulled out an 8-6 win over Niklas Brandes and Markus Schleuter at No. 2, while Dave Hintze and Ryan Garner got past Javier Martin-Morillas and Prithiv Sivasubramaniam 8-7 at No. 3.
In singles, matches continued to be tight, with all but one going the distance. Ramstromer Pello was the lone Wildcat to finish in straight-sets, defeating Fuentes 6-2, 7-6 to give WSU a 2-0 lead.
Weber State's top player, Simon Unger, split a pair of sets with Brandes (6-4, 4-6), before the senior blitzed his Bobcat opponent 6-1 in the deciding set to give the Wildcats a 3-0 edge.
A 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 win by Martin-Morillas over Garner in the No. 6 match put Montana State on the board, and gave the Bobcats hope with the last three singles matches in the balance of a third set.
Hintze ended the hopes of the visiting team, clinching the match with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 win at No. 4 over Jewett, minutes before MSU's Schleuter earned a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 win over Good at No. 2.
Poitena put the final point up for WSU after gutting out a 6-7, 7-5, 7-5 come-from-behind win over Sivasubramaniam at No. 5.
Weber State moved to .500 on the season at 8-8 overall, and improved to an impressive 4-1 record in Big Sky play. The Wildcats will host the University of Montana in another important conference match Sunday at 11 a.m.
Weber State 5, Montana State 2
1. UNGER, Simon (WSU) def. BRANDES, Niklas (MSU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
2. SCHLEUTER, Markus (MSU) def. GOOD, Oliver (WSU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-4
3. RAMSTROMER PELLO, P. (WSU) def. FUENTES, Alberto (MSU) 6-2, 7-6
4. HINTZE, Dave (WSU) def. JEWETT, Lander (MSU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
5. POITENA, Caio (WSU) def. SIVASUBRAMANIAM, P. (MSU) 6-7, 7-5, 7-5
6. MARTIN-MORILLAS, J. (MSU) def. GARNER, Ryan (WSU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
1. UNGER, Simon/GOOD, Oliver (WSU) def. FUENTES, Alberto/JEWETT, Lander (MSU) 8-2
2. RAMSTROMER PELLO, P./POITENA, Caio (WSU) def. BRANDES, Niklas/SCHLEUTER, Markus (MSU) 8-6
3. HINTZE, Dave/GARNER, Ryan (WSU) def. MARTIN-MORILLAS, J./SIVASUBRAMANIAM, P. (MSU) 8-7
WESTMINSTER LACROSSE: At Salt Lake City, the third-ranked Griffins (10-2) suffered a 12-8 loss to No. 1 St. Thomas (Minn.) in the 2012 Griffin Invitational.
Westminster suffered its first home loss of the season as St. Thomas snapped the Griffins' six-game winning streak.
It appeared early that St. Thomas (7-0) was going to run away with the game as it raced out to a 3-0 lead with 6:16 to play in the first quarter. The Griffins responded however, scoring the next five goals of the contest to take a 5-3 lead with 4:34 to play in the half. The experience of St. Thomas showed in the final moments of the half as the Tommies scored twice in the final 1:21 to even the game at 5-5 at the break.
Jake Arthur scored less than two minutes into the second half to put Westminster ahead, 6-5. St. Thomas responded with four straight goals to close out the quarter and take control of the contest. After Kevin Gee got the Griffins within 9-7 at the 11:53 mark of the fourth quarter, St. Thomas responded with the next two goals to lead 11-7 with 10:53 to play. After Gian Sexsmith scored for the Griffins with 10:02 to play, neither team scored until just 20 seconds left when Nikolas Colpitts sealed the win with a goal for the Tommies.
Both teams recorded 38 shots in the game with Westminster putting 21 on cage while St. Thomas had 30 on target. St. Thomas won the ground ball battle 34-33 while the Griffins won 16-of-25 faceoffs. The Griffins went 21-of-28 in clear attempts and scored once on three extra-man opportunities.
Arthur, Sexsmith and Kyle Poster each finished with two goals to lead the Griffins. Arthur and Sexsmith added an assist each for three points. Marshall Serzen won 16 faceoffs and tied with Arthur and Jeff Peters for the team lead with four ground balls. Chris Burckle made a career-high 18 saves protecting the Westminster cage.1 comment on this story
Will Hersman and David Burke scored three goals apiece to lead St. Thomas. Kevin Gause picked up a team-high six ground balls while Joe Palermo won 8-of-21 faceoff attempts. Ryan Zellinger earned the win while making 13 saves in the Tommies' net.
The final day of the Griffin Invitational will begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday with a game between St. Thomas and Concordia. The Griffins play Northern Colorado in the finale at noon. The game will be the final home game for the Westminster senior class and they will be recognized prior to the opening faceoff.