Asher J. Swan , All
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah baseball team upset fourth-ranked Arizona, 7-6, on Friday evening.
With the Utes trailing 6-5 headed into the bottom of the eighth inning, a bizarre play saw Biss Larsen reach base following a strikeout, and Gavin Green come around to score the tying run after a pair of errors. Tyler Relf sent in the game-winning run with an RBI double.
Tyler Wagner entered the game on the mound in the top of the ninth, and although he allowed one hit and one walk, he finished off Seth Mejias-Brean with a ground out to end the game and give the Utes the victory, snapping a seven-game slide. Wagner picked up his first save of the season.
Utah (8-21, 4-7 Pac-12) was led at the plate by James Brooks and Parker Morin, who each went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Relf also drove in two runs.
Brock Duke pitched 5 2?3 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits with three strikeouts. Mitch Watrous, who earned the win (his second of the season) after pitching 2 1?3 innings, allowed one run on three hits with a strikeout.
LMU 3, BYU 2: Loyola Marymount used a 3-2 victory over BYU's baseball team to return to sole-possession of first place in the West Coast Conference on Friday night. LMU (13-13, 4-1) took an early lead through the first three innings and never trailed on their way to the win. BYU fell to 5-3 in WCC conference and 13-12 overall.
Jaycob Brugman and Stephen Wells both contributed an RBI in the loss.
SUU 9, W. ILLINOIS 5: At Macomb, Ill., the Thunderbirds trailed throughout most of the game before scoring all nine of their runs during the final two innings to claim the come-from-behind victory. SUU took its first lead in the top of the ninth on a three-run home run from David Headley and then added three more runs before holding off the Leathernecks.
Southern Utah third baseman Justin Neuhart finished the day 3-5 at the plate with three RBIs. David Headley also drove in three runs and scored two more while recording hits in both of his plate appearances.
Andy Harvey picked up the win for the Thunderbirds to even his record at 1-1 while Dan Russell took the loss to go to 2-2.
With the win, Southern Utah starts the Summit League season with a record of 1-0 to go along with its overall mark of 7-21.
The two teams will meet again today in a doubleheader.
UVU 20, NORTH DAKOTA 4: At Orem, Utah Valley University put together a pair of big innings on its way to a runaway win, 20-4, over North Dakota on Friday at Brent Brown Ballpark.
Goose Kallunki hit a grand slam and had five RBIs as the Wolverines (15-11) won their eighth straight game and moved to 2-0 in Great West Conference play.
Chris Kerns earned his first win as a Wolverine after throwing four scoreless innings in relief. Kerns struck out the last five hitters he faced, including the side in the seventh as the game ended in seven due to the 10-run rule.
"We stuck to the game plan and did a good job of controlling the momentum and taking advantage of the opportunities we were given," said head coach Eric Madsen. "Chris came in and pitched a shutdown inning after we scored the nine runs and after we had the seven-run inning he didn't let up at all."
The Wolverines scored in the first after a hit batter and two walks set up a sacrifice fly from Austin Heaps.
North Dakota put four on the board in the third to take a 4-1 lead. Jeff Campbell hit a three-run home run in the inning to put the Fighting Sioux in front.
The lead was short-lived as UVU scored nine runs in the third and seven more in the fourth to take control of the game.
In the third, three UND errors contributed in large part to the big inning. The first four runs that scored all came in on defensive miscues before Jake Rickenbach and Billy Burgess both doubled home two runs later in the inning.
In the fourth, Kallunki's grand slam — his third home run in the last four games — gave Utah Valley a 17-4 lead as part of the seven-run frame. Willie Pratt also had an RBI double in the inning and Burgess an RBI single.
Utah Valley finished with a rare linescore, getting 20 runs on 11 hits. The three-error third contributed, as did 11 walks and two hit batters by the Fighting Sioux pitching staff.
Sean Moysh, Burgess, Heaps and Kallunki each had two-hit days with Moysh and Burgess both scoring four runs each. Burgess and Rickenbach both drove in three runs for UVU.
The series will conclude on Saturday with a doubleheader scheduled for 1 p.m.
NO. 18 SLCC 9-8, SOUTHERN NEVADA 3-6: At Taylorsville, Braden Anderson was a perfect 4 for 4 with three triples and a double in Game 1 for the Bruins (25-5, 16-3). Steven Adam was 2 for 3 with three runs batted in and Kennedy Kinkade blasted a two run home run. Chris Conran got the win throwing two shutout innings.
AJ Carman struck out seven batters over 61/3 innings of work to get the Game 2 win while Tyson Popoff knocked a three run homerun. Dalton Gust was 1 for 3 with two RBIs.
FRESNO STATE 4, UTAH STATE 0: At Fresno, Calif., Utah State (11-23, 2-5 WAC) starting pitcher Mandy Harmon battled hard to keep her team within striking distance in Fridays matchup against Western Athletic Conference foe Fresno State. The Bulldogs' early offense was too much for USU to overcome and would fall, 4-0, in the opening game of its weekend series.
WEBER STATE 5, SEATTLE 4: At Ogden, sophomore shortstop Brooke Silva, the reigning divisional player of the week, hit an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning after the Wildcats (14-20, 3-2 PCSC) let a 4-1 lead slip away.
Silva finished the day 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBI, while senior third baseman Lyndsey Minnich went 3-for-3 with a solo shot home run, her 14th of the season, in the third inning.
Weber State took a 2-0 lead in the first inning when freshman catcher Janel Cunningham hit a deep two-run shot over the centerfield fence.
The Wildcats made it 3-1 on Minnich's solo shot and then went ahead 4-1 in the fifth inning after Silva hit an RBI double to right field that scored Minnich.
Seattle (3-2 PCSC, 10-18 overall) rallied when Bubba Morrow hit a three RBI double down the left field line to knot the game at 4-4 with just one out. Weber State got the next two batters out to set the stage for Silva's seventh-inning heroics.
Second baseman Symbree Minniear walked, Minnich was hit by a pitch and Cunningham singled to load the bases with no outs, with Silvia dropping a game-winning hit between centerfield and second base.
The start of Friday's game was delayed by 90 minutes due to a snowstorm that hit the Ogden area early Friday morning. The second game of the day was suspended due to darkness at the end of the first inning, and will be completed on Saturday at 10 a.m.
Games 3 and 4 of the series are set for 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. at Wildcat Softball Field.
Saturday's game is also Weber State's annual Swing for Life game in support of breast cancer awareness, and fans are encouraged to wear pink to the games.
SUU 3-3, IUPUI 1-1: At Indianapolis, Southern Utah University softball swept the IUPUI Jaguars on Friday afternoon, taking both games 3-1 and 3-1. The victories move the Thunderbirds to 10-4 in Summit League play and 22-16 overall.
SUU missed out on some opportunities in Game 1, leaving the bases loaded in the first and third innings before finally breaking through in the top of the sixth. Senior Haylee Hoch knocked a one-out single towards the third base side of the infield and then was driven home on a two-run home run off the bat of Kadi Henderson to give the Thunderbirds the 2-0 lead. A third run crossed the plate when a Tessa Loewen double in the frame drove home Kylee Schmitke.
Southern Utah starter Heather Black had IUPUI batters on their heels the entire contest with the Jaguars only having runners in scoring position in the third and seventh innings. The Jags scored their only run of the contest in the seventh, loading the bases and eventually scoring the run on a fielder's choice. A final strikeout and ground ball ended the contest.
IUPUI was the first to threaten in Game 2, as back-to-back hits led to a play at the plate where Nikki Thomas was thrown out by Kelsey Bryant when the junior cut off the throw from center and made the throw home.
Southern Utah then put the first lights on the scoreboard in the very next frame as Mikkel Griffin led off the fourth with a double. She came around to score a batter later as Bryant knocked an RBI single to center field. Bryant moved to third on a ground ball and then crossed home plate on an RBI single by Madison Resley.
An RBI double in the fifth capped Southern Utah's scoring during the game as Loewen recorded the two bagger to score Megan Gurski from third after the freshman led off the frame with a single.
IUPUI's lone run of the game came in the bottom of the sixth as a pair of singles put runners on the corners for the Jaguars and an RBI ground ball scored the run. Black came on in relief in Game 2, earning the save after recording the final three outs in the seventh inning.
Ashley Ostler picked up the victory for the Thunderbirds in the circle, throwing 51/3 innings where she allowed the one run on four hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Danielle Axe also saw action in the game, throwing two outs of relief in the sixth, giving up one hit and one walk during the inning.
The two teams will meet again in the series finale tomorrow morning at 10 a.m.
UVU 2-7, NORTHERN COLORADO 1-5: At Orem, Tiffany Mills pitched a two-hitter in the first game and Amanda Robinson hit two home runs in the second game to help Utah Valley (22-12-1, 3-3 PCSC) sweep a Pacific Coast Softball Conference doubleheader over Northern Colorado on Friday at Wolverine Field.
In Game 1, the Wolverines struck first as Amanda Perez started a two-out second inning rally with a single. Kylee Brinkerhoff then followed it up with a walk and Stephanie Likos delivered the RBI-hit with a single up the middle that Perez came around from second to score on.
UVU posted an insurance run, and that was all the offense that Mills would need, as she was dominant from the circle. The UVU junior took a no-hitter into the fifth inning.
In Game 2, Robinson gave UVU all of the runs it would need as she went 2-for-3 with two round-trippers and seven RBIs. The Wolverine slugger put Utah Valley on top early with a first inning three-run homer to the opposite field and she later gave the Wolverines the lead late with a fifth inning go-ahead grand slam to left.
NO. 3 SLCC 13-4, NO. 13 SOUTHERN IDAHO 3-1: At Twin Falls, Idaho, the Bruins (39-6, 30-4) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in game one behind Tanisha Anderson's second grand slam of the season. In the third inning, Maddy Woodard connected on the Bruins' second grand slam and Meagan Nielson added a solo home run. Malia Campos finished the game 3 for 3 with a triple and Anderson was 2 for 3 with four runs batted in.
Ariel Zimmerman led Salt Lake in Game 2, allowing one run with seven strikeouts in seven innings of work. Trina Gomez was 1 for 2 with a triple and Savannah Webster was 1 for 3 with two RBIs.
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