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Utah College sports: Utah baseball beaten in Minnesota

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Published: Saturday, March 2 2013 10:20 p.m. MST

MINNEAPOLIS — The Utah baseball team struggled on offense in a 4-1 loss to Minnesota at the Dairy Queen Classic.

Minnesota (6-4) had nine hits compared to three for the Utes (5-4). Dallas Carroll was 2-for-3 to lead Utah at the plate.

Although the Utes' Carroll got the first hit of the game in the third inning, Minnesota got on the board first with two runs on four hits in the bottom of the third.

A leadoff triple for the Gophers in the fifth inning was the start of a two-run inning that also saw an RBI single and a sacrifice fly, giving Minnesota a 4-0 lead.

Utah got on the board in the sixth inning, after Braden Anderson reached base with a single before scoring on two errors after a failed pickoff attempt.

Tanner Banks pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs and eight hits with three strikeouts in the loss. Josh Chapman entered in relief and pitched 1 2/3 innings, allowing just one hit with one strikeout.

Ben Meyer earned the win on the mound for Minnesota, allowing one run on three hits with five strikeouts over eight innings.

"Their pitcher did a nice job tonight," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "They got a lot of quick outs and he limited us to very few opportunities.."

Utah closes out the tournament on today against Dartmouth at 10 a.m. MT.

UTAH VALLEY BASEBALL: At Sacramento, Calif., Stone Ramsey had three hits and Devin Nelson picked up his first career win as Utah Valley University evened its series at Sacramento State with a 6-4 win on Saturday at John Smith Field.

Devin Nelson, who went without a decision in 2012 and in his first two outings of 2013, pitched 61?3 innings and gave up two earned runs (four total) on seven hits and struck out four.

Jeff Barto threw the final 22?3 innings and retired the final seven hitters he faced to earn his first save of the season. Nelson and Barto combined to strike out six without allowing a walk.

Ramsey's three-hit day included an RBI single in the eighth inning. Mark Krueger and Willie Pratt each had two hits and an RBI for the Wolverines (5-6).

SLCC BASEBALL: At Carson City, Nev., the Bruins (12-6, 6-2 SWAC) have won three straight games following a doubleheader sweep of Western Nevada College (14-10, 2-6 SWAC) on Saturday. The Bruins won the day's first game 4-0 and closed the weekend out with a 6-3 victory over the Wildcats in the afternoon contest.

In the first game, sophomore catcher Bo Fisher was 3-for-4 at the plate with a double, a home run and three RBIs. Sophomore pitcher Rhett Nelson earned the win in the second game in six innings of work. Sophomore outfielder Bryan Heward was 1-for-3 with a triple, a pair of RBIs, two walks and two runs scored.

BYU SOFTBALL: At San Diego, an 11-hit outing against New Mexico helped lift BYU to a 6-1 victory in its first game of the day, but three homeruns and four errors ended the Cougars action at the San Diego Classic with a 12-3 loss to Long Beach State on Saturday in San Diego.

Tori Almond pitched a four-inning two-hitter en route to her fourth win of the season and Hannah Howell earned her first save of the season after coming in to start the fifth inning and holding the Lobos to no hits. JC Clayton, Marissa Bravo and Carly Duckworth each contributed with two hits apiece and combined for four of the six Cougar RBI.

Although BYU (7-13) was able to hold the 49ers' (11-6) first three batters to no hits, four Cougar errors and three 49er home runs made up the difference and allowed Long Beach State to score 12 runs on seven hits in the second game of the day.

Mylee Davis each had two hits in the game and Manuma's home run in the top of the third scored the only BYU runs in the game. Manuma also pitched 2.2 innings in the game, but the loss was given to Howell who left the game trailing 4-3. Clayton also had a hit in the game to extend her hitting streak to 19 games on the season.

SOUTHERN UTAH SOFTBALL: At Stockton, Calif., Southern Utah (2-12) dropped its final two games at the Libby Matson Tournament on Saturday, allowing the University of Nevada (9-9) to rally late for a 6-5 win and then falling to San Jose State (14-8) by a score of 1-0 in an ensuing consolation game. Thunderbird third baseman Kadi Henderson blasted a grand slam to put SUU up 4-2 against Nevada, but it wouldn't be enough as the Wolf Pack came back to retake the lead with three runs in the sixth inning and then held on for the win.

WEBER STATE SOFTBALL: At Las Vegas, the Wildcats' hitting struggles continued on Saturday afternoon during the second day of the Eller Media Stadium Classic. WSU garnered just four combined hits losses to Cal State Northridge (8-0) and New Mexico State (4-0). Freshman second baseman Brooke Ford notched two of the Wildcats four hits, getting one in each of the two games.

SLCC SOFTBALL: At Henderson, Nev., the No. 1-ranked SLCC Softball team (21-4, 15-1 SWAC) split a pair of Scenic West Athletic Conference road games with the College of Southern Nevada (13-12, 6-7 SWAC) on Saturday. The Bruins lost game one 3-0 and rebounded to earn an 8-0 win over the Coyotes in the afternoon game.

Sophomore pitcher MaCauley Flint struck out seven Coyote batters and allowed five hits in the game one loss. Sophomore infielder Maddy Woodard was 3-for-4 at the plate and sophomore catcher Susan Duke was 2-for-3 with a double. The Bruins rallied to earn an 8-0 win in game two, with freshman — and Henderson native — pitcher Alex Petrolia picking up the victory with four hits allowed. Woodard was 3-for-4 with a grand slam home run and five RBIs. Freshman infielder Lauryn Kirschner was 2-for-3 with a solo home run and sophomore outfielder Malia Campos was 2-for-4 in the winning effort.

Next up for Head Coach Mary Kay Amicone and the Bruins is a home-opening SWAC doubleheader with in-state opponent Snow College on Friday, Mar. 15 at Bruin Field. First pitch for game one is set for 1 p.m.

BYU RUGBY: At Provo, the BYU Cougars ran roughshod against Utah State winning by the score of 91-3.

The Cougars dotted down 15 times led by prop David Williams, fullback Will Taylor, centers Chris Wernli and Lelann Latu and freshman flanker Jon Layne who each scored a pair of tries.

UTAH-BYU WOMEN'S TENNIS: At Provo, Utah topped BYU 5-2 in the Deseret First Duel on Saturday at the BYU Indoor Tennis Courts.

"We fought hard, but I think we beat ourselves today," BYU head coach Lauren Jones-Spencer said. "I think the emotions are a little higher in these rivalry matches. Whether one team is ranked or not, it could always go either way."

UTAH STATE WOMEN'S TENNIS: At Tucson Ariz., Utah State women's tennis fell at Arizona, 7-0, Saturday. With the loss USU is now 2-4 on the season.

BYU MEN'S TENNIS: At Corpus Christi, Texas, on the second day of competition at the HEB Tournament of Champions, the No. 30 BYU men's tennis team finished sixth as they fell to South Alabama 4-1 on Saturday. The lone point for BYU (11-4) came as sophomore Keaton Cullimore topped Juan Trogila 6-2, 6-3 on Court 4 in singles play.

LAS VEGAS -- The Utah Valley University women's track team had a pair of first-place finishes at the UNLV Track Classic, the Wolverines' season-opening outdoor meet of the season.

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