Almond's very next pitch resulted in a groundout and the Cougars were out of the inning. Almond added two more strikeouts in the top of the seventh, including the final out of the game, to give BYU the victory.
The Cougars will await the winner between Hawaii and Fresno State or Nevada on Saturday at 2 p.m. MT. Because the tournament is double elimination, BYU will have two chances if needed to win the tournament.
SUU SOFTBALL: At Kansas City, Mo., the T-Birds struggled to generate any offense as UMKC was able to put 10 runs on the board to eliminate the Thunderbirds (29-25) from the Summit League tournament.
Southern Utah only mustered two hits in the game, recording a single in the first and fifth with both runners advancing to second on subsequent walks. However, without any other supporting hits, runs were hard to come by in the game for the T-Birds.
UMKC, playing as host of the conference tournament, made the most of four runs in the first, two in the third and four in the fourth to finish off the Thunderbirds in five innings, 10-0.
SUU had entered the tournament as the top hitting team in the conference with a team average of .308, but were only able to generate four hits during its two days in Kansas City.
Despite the results in the tournament, Southern Utah will enter the 2013 season with a great deal of excitement, losing only two players from its current roster and entering the Big Sky Conference.
REGION 18 SOFTBALL: At Taylorsville, top-seeded Salt Lake defeated Southern Idaho 8-0 behind Savannah Webster's four RBIs and MaCauley Flint's 10 strikeouts, while Snow College marched through the loser's bracket with two run-rule victories, 9-0 victories over North Idaho and Southern Nevada.
Southern Nevada held on to defeat Western Nevada 12-10 in the first game of the day. Snow moves on to face Southern Idaho at 11 a.m., winner advancing to the championship game at 1:30 p.m. against the Bruins.
BYU GOLF: At Eire, Colo., with birdies on three of the final four holes of the day, BYU senior Maggie Yuan skyrocketed up the leaderboard to 19th after round two of the NCAA regionals.
USU TRACK: At Moscow, Idaho, Utah State womens track and field team captured their first-ever Western Athletic Conference outdoor championship and first outdoor conference title since winning the Big West crown in 1999.
Utah States men finished in second-place with 200.5 points, which ends a three year title streak, while Idahos men won the crown with 219.5 points.
Winning individual WAC titles for Utah State were seniors Daniel Howell (5,000 meters) and Lindsey Spencer (hammer throw), along with sophomore AJ Boully winning his second-straight WAC outdoor 400-meter hurdles title and freshman Jodi Williams taking top honors in the high jump. Spencer extended
her school record in the hammer throw for the second time this season, throwing for a mark of 203-04, which ranks her 13th in the nation this season. Spencer was also named the womens Outstanding Field Performer for the championships. Williams used a personal-best height of 1.73 meters to win the high jump for the first time this season, tying for the 10th-best mark in school history.
SUU TRACK: At Fargo, N.D., the Thunderbirds picked up two more individual titles at the Summit League Outdoor Track & Field Championships with the team scores putting the men in second and women in third.
Southern Utahs first title came in the mens shot put as Chris Johnson threw the second-highest mark in school history, 56-01.25. The mark was close to three feet greater than his season best as the sophomore bettered his season-best mark on all but two of his attempts.
Wade Nielson narrowly missed out on a gold medal in the mens decathlon as the senior was overtaken by North Dakota States Weston Leutz over the final five events, finishing second with a career-best 7,126 points.
Kyle Kopp missed out on a medal stand finish by a matter of inches in the mens long jump, collecting five points for the T-Birds with his fourth-place finish in the event after bounding 23-07.5.
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