College roundup: Cougars eliminated from NCAA tourney

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Published: Saturday, May 19 2012 10:43 p.m. MDT

For the Bruins, freshman pitcher Michael Springer threw four innings, allowing five hits and striking out two WNC batters. Freshman Dane Fuller took the loss, missing the save with 2/3 innings of work allowing three hits and the three earned runs that doomed the Bruin season. Sophomore infielder Dalton Gust went 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI and two runs scored, and sophomore right fielder Dominique Taylor went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

DIXIE STATE BASEBALL: At Keizer, Ore., Sam Friend chose a perfect time to throw a complete game.

Behind his five-hit effort, Dixie State College defeated Chico State 3-1 on Saturday to force the 2012 NCAA II West Regional to a decisive final game on Sunday at 1 p.m.

The Red Storm earned the right to a rematch with the Wildcats after defeating UC San Diego 6-4 earlier in the day.

BYU GOLF: At Palo Alto, Calif., after battling it out during the first two rounds, BYU's Zac Blair and Justin Keiley shot solid scores, but were unable to qualify for the NCAA Championships.

After finishing tied for 25th in last year's regionals, the BYU junior played great golf in his second go around, finishing sixth overall.

Blair shot two rounds of 4-under 66 and finished off his final round shooting even par, giving him an 8-under 202. After a birdie on his second hole, he would go on to birdie two more holes along with three bogeys.

The highlight of Blair's weekend was his round-two eagle on hole 16.

Keiley, only a sophomore, competed in his first NCAA Regional. A third-round 2-over 72 gave him an overall 1-over 211.

Just like Blair, Keiley found the most success during the second round of the tournament when he shot birdies back-to-back on 15 and 16.

The third round was the roughest for Keiley, who still finished in the top 30 of the tournament, just three strokes out of the top 20.

While the regional tournament concluded both golfers' collegiate year, both have qualified for the U.S. Open Sectionals on June 4.

Place Name Score

6 Zac Blair 66-66-70-202 (-8)

T27 Justin Keiley 71-68-72-211 (+1)

UVU GOLF: At Palo Alto, Calif., Mason Casper closed out the NCAA Regional tournament in a tie for 55th with a three-day total of 8-over par.

Casper, who was +4 after two rounds, was tied for 51st heading into the final day before shooting a 4-over par 74 to drop four spots.

He opened his final round with a triple bogey on the par-4 10th and then had a bogey on the par-4 12th before posting birdies on 13 and 16 to bring his score down to +2 for the round.

He closed out his first nine with a bogey on 18.

He had back-to-back bogeys on holes No. 2 and 3 before recording his last birdie of the day on the par-4 fifth before closing out the tournament with four straight pars.

For the year, Casper, who was named the 2012 America Sky Conference Player of the Year, recorded seven top-10 finishes, including a win at the Battle of the Teton where he shot a 14-under par.

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