College sports roundup: Arizona Wildcats stifle Utah Ute rally

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Published: Saturday, April 7 2012 10:00 p.m. MDT

Hall smashed a two-out double down the left field corner in the fifth to close the gap to 5-3 and then scored off Brugman's single. Hall started the day at third base, batting cleanup, and then switched to second base in the seventh.

The seventh-inning rally allowed reliever David Parry, now 2-0, to earn the victory on the mound. With the momentum swing, relievers Chris Howard and Mason "the Mantis" Marshall were most effective in the eighth and ninth innings.

"Today Mason's fastball hit 90," said Law of Marshall's seventh save, his second this week. "He has kept guys off balance all year long."

"This was a must-win game," said Hall. "We have confidence in Mason. We're a resilient team, we never quit and we battle hard."

LMU (13-14, 4-2 WCC) used solo home runs by Tanner Donnels and Shon Roe in the third and fourth innings, respectively, to build its 5-0 lead.

BYU (14-12, 6-3 WCC) took two of three from the Lions and now gets a break from league play with four nonconference games at Seattle University, starting Thursday with a doubleheader.

SUU 4-5, WESTERN ILLINOIS 1-4: At Macomb, Ill., the Thunderbirds are off to a a perfect 3-0 start in league action after riding a strong outing from junior pitcher Kelsey Outram in Game 1 followed by a 4-for-4 outing at the plate for David Headley in the backend of the doubleheader to sweep the series.

In Game 1, Bo Cuthbertson started the scoring after he got on base with an infield single and then reached third as Justin Neuhart hit a ground-rule double to left center. The SUU shortstop then reached home on a wild pitch to put his team up 1-0. Another ground-rule double in the following inning, this time off the bat of Tariq Staton, would then extend the lead to 2-0 for Southern Utah.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Leathernecks used a triple from Manny Reyes and an RBI sac fly from Matt Igara to cut the SUU advantage in half with the score at 2-1. The Thunderbirds answered with two runs in the eighth, taking advantage of a pair of Western Illinois fielding errors and an RBI single hit by Ronnie Burton Jr. to go ahead by three.

After proving to be the hero with a three-run ninth inning home run in the series opener, Headley continued to swing the bat well. The Thunderbird outfielder hit a solo shot in the first inning of the second game for his second career round-tripper and then added another ground-rule RBI double two innings later. He would account for another run in the inning after coming around to score as Cuthbertson drove an RBI single through the right side to put SUU out in front 3-1.

The Leathernecks' first run of the game came on an error in the bottom of the first and they then added another run as second baseman Brent Turner grounded into an RBI in the third inning to score Reyes. The pair of runs for WIU helped to narrow Southern Utah's advantage to 3-2.

Headley and Cuthbertson were back at again in the top of the seventh as they came through with back-to-back RBI singles to help SUU stretch its lead to 5-2. WIU was able to plate a couple of runs in the bottom half of the inning, but the Thunderbirds held on for the 5-4 win.

It was an impressive day for Southern Utah pitchers as both starters picked up wins after throwing two complete games. Outram allowed just one run while spreading five hits and four strikeouts over nine innings to improve to 2-5 on the year. Joe Karlik then held the Leathernecks to four runs on six hits with three strikeouts to move his record up to 1-2. Dustin Hunter (2-2) and Nick Smith (3-3) took the losses for WIU.

SUU got big numbers from Headley who finished the day 4-of-9 with a home run for three RBIs and three runs scored. Cuthbertson was 4-for-7 at the plate with two RBIs and a run.

The two teams will wrap up their four-game series with a single game set for Sunday at 10 a.m.

UTAH VALLEY 5-13, NORTH DAKOTA 0-3: At Orem, the Wolverines (17-11) ran their win streak to 10 games with a three-hit shutout from Adam Gunn in the first game and then their first five hitters scored in the second game.

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