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 final game of the series, Ariel Zimmerman took a no-hitter into the fourth inning finishing the game with 11 strikeouts. Offensively, Webster knocked a two-run home run, Campos was 2 for 3 with a double and Starlee Hutchings was 2 for 2 with a solo home run.


NO. 43 UTAH 6, NO. 44 WASHINGTON 1: At Seattle, senior Anastasia Putilina, ranked No. 77, captured the match-clinching point for the Utes (9-9, 1-6 Pac-12) by upsetting 20th-ranked Denise Dy 6-2, 6-7(2), 6-2, at the No. 1 singles spot.

"This was a great win," said head coach Mat Iandolo. "It couldn't have been more fitting than for Anastasia to earn the clinching point by upsetting No. 20 Denise Dy. Today's win was an incredible bounce back from yesterday's performance. Washington is a great team, especially with Denise in the lineup."

In doubles play, sophomore Sarah Pham and freshman Sammie Watson dropped an 8-2 decision to Julija Lukac and Natali Coronel at the No. 3 position. At the No. 1 spot, Putilina and sophomore Callie Craig defeated Denise Dy and Samantha Smith 8-6.

The freshmen duo of Danielle Flores and Natasha Smith then topped Riko Shimizu and Andjela Nemcevic 9-7 at the No. 2 position, capturing the doubles point for Utah.

In singles play, Smith won her match at the No. 6 spot 6-2, 2-1 ret. after Shimizu was forced to retire in the second set due to injury.

At the No. 4 position, Kovarcikova dropped a 7-6(2), 6-1, decision to Lukac, making the score 2-1 in favor of the Utes.

Flores downed Coronel 6-4, 6-1, at the No. 5 spot, putting the Utes up 3-1 over the Huskies.

Putilina then clinched the match for Utah at 4-1 from the No. 1 position.

Pham added the Utes' fifth point by defeating Nemcevic 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, at the No. 2 spot.

At the No. 3 position, Craig won her match 4-6, 6-5 (S. Smith retired in the second set).

NO. 45 BYU 6, PORTLAND 1: At Provo, the Cougars (13-7, 3-2 WCC) recorded their second doubles sweep of the weekend. All three BYU doubles teams took a 5-2 lead over their respective opponents. Playing at the No. 3 doubles position, freshman Keaton Cullimore and senior Michael Eraso were the first to close out their match, recording an 8-3 win over Daniel Coelho and Justin Guay. Senior Georgy Batrakov and sophomore Patrick Kawka topped their opponents 8-4 to secure the doubles point for the Cougars. Freshman Francis Sargeant and senior Spencer Smith completed the sweep, taking a 7-5 win.

"We had a great showing in doubles and played with real intensity today," BYU coach Brad Pearce said. "We want to do that, come out and sweep doubles. We came out strong in singles too and executed our play. This was the first match the team has played outside at home and the guys adjusted really well to it."

The Cougars carried their momentum into singles, winning five of the six first sets over the Pilots (11-5, 1-2 WCC). Smith set off a chain reaction after posting the first BYU singles win, 6-4, 6-1. Kawka quickly followed with his own win (6-4, 6-1) to put the Cougars up 3-0.

Cullimore secured BYU's third conference win minutes later, coming away with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Alex Ferrero. Eraso pushed the match score to 5-0 after holding his opponent to winning only three games in his straight set win (6-1, 6-2).

The final two matches came down to tiebreakers. Sargeant held on to take a 2-6, 6-4, 10-7 decision while Fillmore fell 2-6, 6-4, 13-11 at the No. 6 singles position to give Portland its lone point of the day.

"It would have been nice to see 7-0 but Travis Fillmore put up a good battle," Pearce said. "It'll be good to have a little break for the guys to finish finals before we finish the regular season at home," Pearce said.

The women's team also beat Portland, 5-2.

Doubles competition:

1. M. Price/M. Sheehan-Dizon (BYU) def. A. Tucker/E. Mahairas (UP), 8-3

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