Campus briefs: Recent Utah college results in baseball, softball, track and golf

Published: Saturday, April 28 2012 11:51 p.m. MDT

Rhett Parkinson got the Game 1 win, going three innings with five strikeouts. Tyson Popoff was 2 for 3 with a double and a home run. Kennedy Kinkade went 2 for 3 with a double and Bryan Heward was 3 for 3.

Four pitchers combined for the Game 2 win with Mike Springer getting the win. Dominique Taylor was 3 for 5 with a double and Nathan Fishel drove home a run with a triple.

The Bruins return home on May 4 to host Western Nevada in a four-game series that will determine the SWAC Champion.

UTAH SOFTBALL: At Salt Lake City, senior first baseman Tia Palauni went 2-for-3 with three runs driven in to help the Utes earn their first-ever Pac-12 Conference victory by an 8-6 count over No. 23 Oregon State.

Utah (26-22, 1-16 Pac-12) hitters went for four extra-base hits on the day against Oregon State, while the Utes held the Beavers to just a pair of doubles.

Palauni registered a single in the second and a three-run homer in the fourth. Palauni has six round-trippers this season and 23 over her career. Palauni stands third on the team with 14 extra-base hits this year and has 46 during her career. With three runs driven in today, Palauni pushed her season total to 21 and she now has 83 career RBIs.

Freshman outfielder Kate Dickman was 2-for-3 as well with a pair of RBIs. In her first at-bat of the day, Dickman tagged her first career home run in the first inning, a two-run shot over the center-field fence. The Mission Viejo, Calif., native has driven in 19 runs this season.

Senior third baseman Whitney Holm posted a team-high three hits in four plate appearances to go with a run driven in. Holm cracked an RBI double to center in the first, led off the third with a base hit, before hitting her first triple of the season (and first since 2010) down the right-field line in the fourth. With a double and triple on the day, Holm has a team-high 19 extra-base hits in 2012 and 73 for her career.

In the circle, freshman Mariah Ramirez (3-4) pitched five innings of quality relief for the Utes to pick up the win. She allowed two earned runs on seven hits, while striking out one and walking one. Senior Generra Nielson got the start for the Utes.

The 'rubber game' of the Utes' series with the Beavers starts Sunday at noon.

BYU SOFTBALL: At Provo, the seniors stepped it up on Senior Day to bring in nine of the thirteen runs scored en route to a sweep of San Jose State, 3-2 and 10-2.

Seniors honored included Jessica Dugas, Krista Hicks, Tiffany Messerschmidt, Stacie Toney and Delaney Willard.

"It was very important that we held our home field and played a team that I'm really impressed with," said BYU coach Gordon Eakin. "Our seniors have all been to every regional while they've been here. With the way we played this weekend in being 35-13, I think we're headed to their fourth regional."

BYU (35-13, 12-4 WAC) combined for 18 hits with tough defense, holding the Spartans to four runs and seven hits while turning three double plays on the day. With the sweep, the Cougars are in the hunt for their fourth-straight conference championship and first in the Western Athletic Conference with one weekend of WAC play left in the regular season.

Top contributors for the first game included Toney, who gained two RBIs, Messerschmidt, who had two runs and Tori Almond, who threw eight strikeouts.

San Jose State got a quick two runs in the first inning thanks to an early home run to start off the game. The Cougars retaliated with Dugas, Messerschmidt and JC Clayton earning base hits.

With the bases loaded, Toney doubled to send home Dugas and Messerschmidt and BYU went into the second inning tied, 2-2.

Toney gained a double to left field in the bottom of the fourth, but the Cougars were unable to take advantage of the hit and the teams continued on to the fifth inning still tied.

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