College roundup: Utes produce hits, just not enough runs, against Bruins

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Published: Saturday, March 31 2012 11:00 p.m. MDT

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.

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