CEDAR CITY — After dropping an 8-4 decision in the first game of Friday's doubleheader with Oral Roberts, Southern Utah bounced back for a 6-0 win over the Golden Eagles in their second meeting of the day behind a complete game shutout from Justin Neubauer.
The junior lefty took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before giving up his lone hit of the contest to help the Thunderbirds improve to 10-24 on the year.
"ORU has been the class of this conference for a long time", said SUU interim head coach Clayton Carson. "Anytime you can get a win against them you know you are where you want to be at."?
The Golden Eagles quickly jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the early game after third baseman Jose Trevino drove in two runs with a triple to right center and Brandon Healy added an RBI single to give ORU three runs in the top of the first.
Southern Utah then trimmed the deficit to one in the following inning when with the bases loaded Dave Ricker put SUU on the board by hitting a ball to the left side of the infield that was scooped up by the third baseman and thrown to second advancing the runner and resulting in a ground out RBI. The second baseman then turned to throw to first, in an attempt at a double play, but the ball deflected off the base runner allowing Tariq Staton to round third and add a second run to bring the score to 3-2.
Oral Roberts increased its advantage by plating another run in the third inning, but Southern Utah tallied two more scores in its half of the frame to even the score at four runs apiece. Mitchell Kauweloa recorded a ground out RBI and Bo Cuthbertson scored on an error to bring the game to a 4-4 tie.
The visitors would then pull away however, collecting four runs over the next two innings and holding SUU scoreless over the last six to set the final score at 8-4.
Senior right-hander Joe Spring (2-1) earned his second win of the season for ORU after striking out seven batters over six innings of scoreless relief. Kelsey Outram (2-6) lasted just four innings on the mound after surrendering six walks and allowing seven runs, four of which were earned.
Southern Utah built an early lead in the second matchup of the day and then cruised behind the pitching of Neubauer. SUU got on the board in the first inning when Justin Neuhart hit a ball over the Golden Eagle outfielder in left for an RBI double. The T-Birds then added three more runs in the third to extend their lead to four. Staton scored on an error and Kauweloa added a two-run RBI single in the frame to stretch the margin to 4-0. Staton and Kevin Kline each added insurance runs in the fourth and fifth innings to set the final count at 6-0.
"Justin really set the tone in that second game," explained Carson. "He got ahead in the count and was pitching for contact and let the defense play behind him. After we got the lead I knew that he could hold them down."?
Kauweloa led Southern Utah with three RBI while Staton went 4-for-7 at the plate with an RBI and two runs scored. Trevino drove in three runs and scored two more, all of which came during the first game, for Oral Roberts.
With the split the two teams are now tied atop the Summit League standings with identical marks of 4-3 in conference play. Therefore, the winner of Saturday's finale will sit alone in first place in the league ranks. The Thunderbirds and Golden Eagles will square off in Thunderbird
Park tomorrow at 1 p.m.
SALT LAKE CITY — Five different Utes registered hits, including junior shortstop Kelsi Hoopiiaina's eighth double of the year, but the University of Utah softball lost a 9-0 decision to No. 19/15 Oregon in the opener of their Pac-12 Conference series on Friday at Ute Softball Field.
Utah (23-16, 0-10 Pac-12) totaled five hits against the Ducks as Hoopiiaina, Tia Palauni, Jackie Sweet, Hannah Clements and Desaray Akins each recorded hits.
Hoopiiaina had the Utes' lone extra-base hit of the day with a double in the fifth inning. She is now tied with Holm for second place on the team in doubles with eight this season and has 24 over her career. She is second on the squad with 15 extra-base hits this year and she has 41 over Ute career.
The Utes play the middle game of their series against No. 19/15 Oregon tomorrow at 4 p.m. The play-by-play call of the action as well as live stats will be provided at utahutes.com.
UTAH VALLEY BASEBALL
CHICAGO — Utah Valley University won both ends of a Great West Conference doubleheader on Friday behind a big day at the plate, 21-4 and 16-10, over Chicago State University.Goose Kallunki tied a school record with six RBIs in the first game before Austin Heaps bookended home runs in the first and ninth innings in the nightcap, for his first career multi-homer game. UVU (20-11, 6-0 in GWC) has now won 13 games in a row.
"It was good to get two wins. We need to figure out a way be more thorough throughout a full game but we did what we needed to do," said head coach Eric Madsen.
Kallunki got things started with a grand slam in the opener and an inning later doubled home two more runs to pick up all six RBIs in the first two innings. The grand slam is Kallunki's second in the last week and gave him home runs in three straight games and in five of his last seven.
The Wolverines built an 8-2 lead after three before putting six on the board in the fourth to take a 14-2 advantage. In the fourth, six different players drove in one run each as UVU sent 10 hitters to the plate.
Sean Moysh led off the sixth with a home run on the first pitch of the inning, starting another big run-scoring frame. Alex Exon also had a three-run blast in the inning as Utah Valley put five more runs on the board.
The Wolverines capped their scoring with two in the ninth on a two-run double by Willie Pratt.
Utah Valley finished with 21 hits in the game, four each from Moysh and Kai Hatch. Kallunki and Heaps had three hits each with Exon, Pratt and Moysh all driving in three runs. Moysh also scored four runs for the Wolverines.
Preston Olson moved to 4-0 after pitching five innings and striking out six.. Craig Brimhall threw two scoreless innings in relief in the scheduled seven-inning contest.
In game two, Heaps hit a two-run blast to right to get the Wolverines on the board early before the Cougars answered with two in the bottom of the inning. Albert Carpen tripled to lead off the inning for Chicago State as part of a five-hit game.
UVU answered with two in the second, getting an RBI singles from Jordy Hart and Moysh.
An eight-run fourth helped the Wolverines extend the lead to 12-2. Jake Rickenbach drove in a pair of runs with a double and also scored two runs in the frame. Over the course of the doubleheader, UVU combined to score 14 runs in the fourth inning.
Chicago State tried to work its way back into the contest, getting within four, 12-8, with a two-run single by Carpen in the seventh inning. The Wolverines gave themselves a cushion though, scoring three times in the eighth – two on a base hit by Pratt – before Heaps' ninth-inning home run to straightaway center.
Ryan Chadwick picked up the win for the Wolverines in the second game while Kole Mickolio and Jeff Barto each had scoreless relief appearances.
Moysh had his second straight four-hit game to combine for eight over the course of the twin bill. Heaps also had four hits and three RBIs with Pratt also driving in three runs.
Albert Carpen finished a home run shy of the cycle and hit a long fly ball to center in his final at-bat, but Hart made the catch with his back at the wall in the ninth.
The teams will play another doubleheader on Saturday beginning at noon CT.
TACOMA, Wash.—Sophomore Desmond Poulson fired the salvos on Military Night to lead BYU baseball to a 4-1 victory over Seattle University at the AAA Raniers' Cheney Stadium.
The Redhawks (15-15) dressed in camouflage tops, but were blanked by Poulson who was set to account for the first BYU shutout since beating New Mexico 1-0 last season. Seattle got its unearned run in the ninth inning off BYU ace reliever Mason Marshall.
BYU (17-12) winning its fourth in a row, settled into an early comfort zone with a 1-0 lead in the second, which increased to 3-0 in the third and 4-0 in the sixth. Poulson tossed a one-hitter through the first four innings, then surrendered his second hit in the fifth.
"Desmond was outstanding tonight," BYU coach Vance Law said. "He dominated the game. Once we got the lead, Desmond took it from there. His breaking ball was working for strikes. He and Wes (Guenther) kept their batters off balance."
Poulson recovered from two struggles when he struck out the final batter in the third, stranding two aboard via walks. And in the seventh, two Redhawks advanced to second and third, but Poulson induced a pop-up, which he caught with a basket catch to end the inning.
Poulson, now 1-2, left the game with two outs in the eighth as lefty Chris Howard fanned the Seattle batter with one on to end that frame.
Offensively, Cougar shortstop Austin Hall stroked a pair of doubles, the first of which came in the second off the left-fieldwall, scoring Jaycob Brugman. Hall scored in the sixth on consecutive BYU doubles.
In that sixth inning, Hall doubled down the left-field line, then scored on Kelton Caldwell's double to deep left field.
"Austin swung the bat well again tonight and Kelton (Caldwell) got a big hit. We were patient until their pitcher elevated his off-speed pitches. I'm encouraged by our approaches at the plate. The last two weeks we've been swinging better."
The teams conclude the four-game series at Seattle's home field, Bannerwood Park, on Saturday at noon PDT.
PROVO —The BYU softball team scored in every inning and out-slugged Utah State 15-6 in game one before winning by a 2-0 score in game two of a doubleheader at Gail Miller Field on Friday in Western Athletic Conference action.
In game one, senior Delaney Willardwent 2 for 3 and drove in four runs while senior Stacie Toney and freshman Megan Arnold beach picked up a home run, two hits and three RBI apiece. BYU (27-12, 6-3 WAC) drew a season-high 12 walks, one shy of tying a program record.
Starting pitcher Hannah Howell bpitched all six innings for the Cougars to earn her 13th win of the season while allowing two earned runs and striking out three.
Down 2-1 in the bottom of the second, BYU cashed in on some clutch hitting with two outs. Junior JC Clayton picked up a 2-out walk to load the bases for the Cougars. Willard cleared them with a long double off the left field wall, just missing a grand slam, but giving BYU a 4-2 lead.
Arnold stretched the lead with a two-run homer in the bottom if the third inning. BYU added one more, making it 8-2 with a sacrifice fly from Willard to score senior Jessica Dugas.
Utah State capitalized on some productive outs, scoring two runs in the top half of the fourth. With runners on second and third the Aggies used two ground outs to bring in both runs, trimming the Cougars' lead to 8-4.
Continuing to score every inning, BYU added three more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Toney singled to center and scored on a double by Arnold. Junior Bailie Hicken bcame in to run for Arnold and scored on a double to right by pinch hitter Krista Hicks. Hicks later scored on a bases-loaded walk.
Refusing to go quietly, Utah State scored two more on a two-run blast in the top of the fifth, cutting the lead back to 11-6, but BYU answered with another run in the bottom half.
After sophomore Katie Manuma drove in Willard, Toney ended the game early with a two-run blast in the bottom of the sixth inning, her fifth home run of the season, to give BYU the victory.
Cougar pitcher Tori Almond pitched a complete game shutout in the second game, striking out six to give the Cougars the 2-0 win.
Clayton went 2 for 3 with a run as BYU eked out two scores in the bottom of the third. With the bases loaded, Manuma hit a grounder and was out at first but got the RBI. After Toney walked to again load the bases, Arnold hit another grounder that was enough to score Clayton.
BYU will play Utah State in the third and final game of the weekend on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. MT. The game will be televised live on BYUtv. Check for changes and updates on game times in the case of inclement weather.
Henderson, NV — The 2nd ranked SLCC Bruin Softball team outscored Southern Nevada 24-0 in two five inning mercy rule wins. Salt Lake moves to 43-6 overall and 34-4 in conference play with the two wins over Southern Nevada.
In game one the Bruins mashed back-to-back-to-back home runs to open up the scoring. Brooke Budge started the home run rally followed by Malia Campos and Lauren Miller. Later Maddy Woodard added a two run home run to bring Salt Lake's total homeruns to four in the game. Meagan Neilson was 2 for 2 with two RBI.
In game two the Bruins continued the home run trend hitting five more over the fence. Woodard connected on two home runs to go 3 for 3 with four runs driven home while Starlee Hutching added two more home runs to the tally with three RBI's. Rachel Mike added the fifth with a solo shot. In the two game Salt Lake hit a total nine home runs.
Rangley, Colo. — The 7th ranked SLCC Baseball tea m completed the four game sweep over Colorado Northwestern winning 8-2 and 10-4. With the wins Salt Lake moves to 31-5 overall and 22-3 in conference play.
Rhett Parkinson and Bronson Anderson combined for the win with seven strikeouts in the game. Palmer Page was 2 for 3, Nathan Fishel went 2 for 3 and Dalton Gust was 2 for 4 in the win.
In the final game of the series Tanner Banks got the win in relief and Chris Conran went three innings with three strikeouts. Steven Adam was 2 for 4, Dominique Taylor was 2 for 5 with a double, Kennedy Kinkade was 2 for 4 and Dalton Gust went 2 for 4.