College sports roundup: Arizona Wildcats stifle Utah Ute rally

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

In the third inning, the Aggies were able to get runners on first and second on two hits. Junior infielder Christine Thomsen sent a ball to deep center field that looked like trouble, but Fresno State centerfielder Brenna Moss made an impressive run-saving catch to end the inning.

The Bulldogs went to work once again offensively, scoring two runs in the bottom of the third, stretching their lead over Utah State to 3-0. Harmon prevented more damage by striking out Kaitlin Griffin to end the inning with the bases loaded for Fresno State.

The home team added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, pushing its lead out even further, 5-0. Harmon proved her toughness in the fifth, taking a line drive off her thigh, which sent her to the ground. Harmon refused to be taken out of the game and rallied back to strike out the next batter to end the inning.

Kaneshiro provided the first offense of the series for USU, as she followed a Thomsen walk with a hard hit ball to center field that ended up over the fence for her fifth home run of the season. Those were the first runs scored by the Aggies in their series with Fresno State. Utah State cut into the Bulldog lead, but still trailed, 5-2, entering the bottom of the sixth inning.

The Aggies could not cut into the lead and fell to Fresno State, 5-2. Utah State managed to earn six hits in the second game of the day and committed no errors. Harmon (5-13) was given the loss, while Moses was credited with her 17th win of the year.

USU will look to rebound at home on Tuesday as it takes on in-state rival, Utah Valley. Last week, the Aggies rallied late to take the first meeting of those two teams, 3-1, in nine innings.

WEBER STATE 10-8, SEATTLE 6-2: At Ogden, the Wildcats (16-21, 5-3 PCSC) earned their first-ever conference series win as Sarah Clark earned her 13th win and hit 4-for-6 with five RBIs.

IUPUI 3, SUU 1: At Indianapolis, the Thunderbirds (22-16, 10-5 Summit League) left eight runners on base to miss out on a series sweep.

SUU opened the first with a runner on third as Mikkel Griffin drew a one-out walk and then advanced two bases on a pair of passed balls. However, the junior was stranded at third as the inning ended with a strikeout and pop up to first.

The Thunderbirds broke through in the top of the second when Madison Resley led off the frame with a walk and later advanced to third on a double by Haylee Hoch. Kylee Schmitke came on to pinch run for Resley and later scored on an IUPUI error, giving the T-Birds a 1-0 lead.

Southern Utah's offense struggled over the next two innings, going down in order in the third and fourth. The Jaguars used the lull from the T-Bird bats to build their first lead of the game, 2-1, with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third. SUU committed two errors in the stanza, leading to both runs on sloppy fielding on a bunt and a dropped pop up to third.

The Thunderbirds looked primed to tie the game in the top of the fifth with runners on the corners and only one out, but back-to-back strikeouts derailed the rally and kept the Jaguars in front by a run. IUPUI then doubled its lead with a run in the bottom of the inning on an RBI double to stretch the advantage to 3-1.

Southern Utah recorded a pair of hits in the sixth, putting a runner on second, but were unable to capitalize and left another runner on first in the seventh, falling 3-1.

SUU starter Heather Black was given the loss after throwing six innings where she allowed three runs (one earned) on six hits and no walks with five strikeouts. IUPUI's Nikki Thomas picked up the victory in seven innings where she allowed the one run on five hits and three walks with eight strikeouts.

Southern Utah will remain on the road next week with games at UNLV and IPFW. The Thunderbirds will face the Rebels in Las Vegas in a doubleheader on Wednesday before making the trip to Fort Wayne for a three-game conference series with the Mastodons.

UVU 10-11, NORTHERN COLORADO 6-1: At Orem, the Wolverines (24-12-1, 5-3 PCSC) notched 26 hits and scored 21 runs in the doubleheader to complete a sweep.

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