EUGENE, Ore. — The Utes couldn't hold on to a late lead, falling to Oregon, 5-3, on Saturday afternoon.
With the game tied at 2 after seven innings, the Utes took a 3-2 lead in the eighth. James Brooks was issued a one-out walk, followed by an infield single by Connor Eppard. After a pitching change by the Ducks, Shaun Cooper singled through the left side to give the Utes the lead.
Oregon (15-5, 3-2 Pac-12) would pull ahead in the bottom of the inning, leading off the inning with three-straight hits to score two runs. A third run would score on a sacrifice fly later in the inning, giving the Ducks a 5-3 lead.
The Utes (6-15, 3-2 Pac-12) failed to put anything together in the ninth inning.
Parker Morin went 2-for-4 to lead the Utes at the plate, driving in two of Utah's three runs.
Brock Duke pitched five innings, allowing two runs on three hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Tyler Wagner pitched the final three innings, surrendering three runs on five hits with three strikeouts. He earned the loss to fall to 1-4 on the year.
Both teams scored in the first inning. Morin had an RBI single for the Utes to drive in Eppard with two outs. The Ducks' Aaron Payne hit a one-out triple to deep right field and scored on a sacrifice fly.
Oregon took a 2-1 lead in the second inning, after Scott Heinemann hit a leadoff double and would end up scoring on a ground out.
The Utes tied the game at two in the sixth inning. Cooper was hit by the pitch with two outs, and Morin hit a double deep into the left field corner to score Cooper from first.
Oregon tried for the equalizer in the sixth by putting two on with one out, but Wagner got out of the inning.
The Utes and Ducks close out their three-game series on Sunday at 1 p.m. MT.
BYU BASEBALL: At Portland, Ore., clutch pitching and defense late in the game helped the Cougars secure a 10th-inning 7-4 victory Saturday afternoon over the University of Portland.
BYU (9-9) improves to 4-2 in the West Coast Conference battle for first place and several Cougars helped keep them there as they won the three-game series over the Pilots (14-5 overall, 1-2 WCC).
While three unearned runs in the 10th inning provided the BYU victory, the impetus started in the third inning when relief pitcher Desmond Poulson took the mound and promptly retired the Pilots in order. Poulson repeated that feat in the sixth and eighth innings. Among the seven Pilots fanned by Poulson were key strikeouts in the fifth, sixth and eighth frames.
While reliever Chris Howard got the win by virtue of throwing four pitches in two-thirds of the ninth inning and 5-foot-8 freshman Mason Marshall picked up his third save, Poulson's pitching helped keep the score knotted at four-all for the final five innings of regulation.
"Our pitchers kept us close and right in the ball game," said BYU coach Vance Law. "Our team has ground it out and they never give up, they weren't going to give in as long as our pitcher was keeping us in the game."
Three BYU defensive plays in the seventh and ninth innings extinguished Portland rallies.
The first came when right fielder Jaycob Brugman helped throw out Turner Gill at second as he tried to extend a single. Not to be outdone, two batters later teammate Stephen Wells made an over-the-shoulder catch to end the seventh with a runner on third base.
"Wells made an unbelievable play in center field," said Law. "Then Tanner Chaunceymade a heads-up play, knowing we couldn't make the double play at first base."
Freshman shortstop Chauncey touched second base for out number two off a slow roller, then faked to first before firing home to catch the Pilot runner in a ninth inning-ending pickle to complete one of three Cougar double plays.
That set up Austin Hall, who moved from short to center field, leading off the 10th by beating out a bunt single down the third base line, followed by a Wes Guenther walk. BYU then took a 6-4 lead off a wild throw by pitcher Owen Jones fielding Brock Whitney's bunt. Whitney advanced around the horn and was later ruled safe at the plate off of Brugman's sacrifice fly.
BYU's next action is Tuesday when it plays at Spring Mobile Ballpark in Salt Lake City at 6 p.m. MT against Utah in the first of three nonconference games with the Utes.
SUU BASEBALL: At Cedar City, the T-Birds came out on top of both games of their doubleheader with Chicago State on Saturday to complete a three-game series sweep of the visiting Cougars. The Thunderbirds held off a late rally in the day's first game to hold on for an 8-7 victory and then pulled away for a 9-2 win in the finale for their third straight triumph.
After giving up an early run in the front end of the doubleheader, Southern Utah came back to level the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the second frame on a ground out RBI from David Ricker. The Thunderbirds then used four runs in the fourth inning to go ahead 5-1. Tyson Weber and Bo Cuthbertson both drove in runs for SUU before Marcus Romero hit a ball to the right side where it was misplayed by the second baseman allowing two more runs to score.
The Cougars came back with four runs during the fifth and sixth innings to tie the score at five runs apiece. Then after an RBI double from Cuthbertson put the Thunderbirds back out in front in the bottom of the sixth, Chicago State scored two more in the seventh to go up 7-6. The visitors wouldn't hold the lead for long however as Chaisson Low drove a ball through the right side to score Mitchell Kauweloa from third and tie the game at 7.
The score remained at seven all when SUU came to bat in the bottom of the ninth. The leadoff batter Low reached on an error to start the inning and was then replaced by pinch runner Ronnie Burton Jr. Burton then moved into scoring position on a ground out from Taggart Lunceford. After a pop fly registered the second out of the inning Brad Royer stepped the to the plate for Southern Utah. The Thunderbird outfielder hit a ball to deep center where the Cougar fielder chased it back and made a diving attempt at a catch, but the ball bounced off his glove and into the grass allowing SUU to plate the winning run and claim the 8-7 walk-off victory.
The second game of the day wasn't quite as close as the Thunderbirds opened the first inning with an RBI single from Marcus Romero and a two-run RBI triple off the bat of Justin Neuhart who later scored on a wild pitch to make the score 4-0 in favor of SUU.
Southern Utah held onto the 4-0 advantage over the first five innings as starting pitcher Chase Rezac worked through the Chicago State order. In total the junior right hander faced 33 batters over eight innings and allowed just one earned run it the sixth while striking out a career-high nine batters and surrendering just one walk.
The Thunderbirds added another run in the seventh and then tacked on four more in the eighth as both Kevin Kline and Jordan Zymola drove in a pair of runs for the home team. The Cougars were then able to get one back in the last inning to set the final score 9-2.
Southern Utah spread out the scoring in the games as nine different Thunderbirds drove in at least one run. Senior outfielder Marcus Romero had three hits on the day to lead the team with three RBI. SUU shortstop Bo Cuthbertson was 3-for-7 at the plate to up his average to a team-high .338 for the season.
Junior pitcher Kelsey Outram pitched just under three shutout innings of relief in the first game to pick up his first win of the year and improve to 1-4 on the year while Rezac won the second to go to 2-3.
UVU BASEBALL: At Orem, Austin Heaps hit a grand slam and tied a school record with six RBIs as Utah Valley University topped Sacramento State, 13-8, to win its second straight and take two of three from the Hornets.
For the second straight day a seven-run inning helped propel the Wolverines (9-11) to a win. Leading 3-2 after a two-run fifth pushed them in front, UVU would plate seven runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 10-2 advantage.
"To win a series against that club is outstanding. Sac State is a very good team," said UVU head coach Eric Madsen.
Kai Hatch led off the sixth with a home run to left center, on the first pitch he saw, in an inning where the shortstop would both homer and triple. Hatch went 3-for-4 and finished a double shy of the cycle. He walked in his final plate appearance.
Alex Exon and Willie Pratt followed Hatch in the sixth with consecutive singles before a sac-fly by Jordy Hart plated Exon. Jake Rickenbach then singled home Pratt, Sean Moysh added another base hit and Billy Burgess was hit by a pitch before Heaps' grand slam to right center made it an eight-run lead for UVU. Hatch's triple came with two down and nobody on.
Sacramento State responded by scoring six times in the seventh with Rhys Hoskins' bases-loaded, two-out double driving in three in the inning. Clay Cederquist drove home Hoskins with a double to cap the scoring for the Hornets (12-13) and make it 10-8 game.
The Wolverines answered that with three more of their own; Heaps drove in his fifth and sixth runs with a bases-loaded single up the middle and Burgess scored on a wild pitch to tag R.J. Davis with the first runs allowed by the hard-throwing right-hander on the season.
"I think being able to regain momentum was the difference in the game, especially against their guy. I was really pleased to see our guys respond like that," Madsen said.
Adam Gunn improved to 2-3 with the win on the mound. Gunn, after allowing two first-inning runs, kept Sacramento State off the board in his final four innings of work. He struck out five and surrendered five hits in five innings. Craig Brimhall and Josh Swenson threw the final 21/3 scoreless innings to finish off the series. It was the fourth straight UVU win that Swenson has finished on the mound. Brennan Leitao took his first loss and dropped to 2-1 after giving up nine runs (eight earned) on 12 hits in 51/3 innings.
Six different players had multi-hit days for Utah Valley on a 15-hit afternoon. Rickenbach and Hatch both had three hits while Moysh, Heaps, Exon and Pratt had two hits each. Hart was without a hit but drove in two runs and scored twice.
For the Hornets, who were playing their 10th game in nine days, Hoskins and Cederquist were two of five players with two hits apiece.
The Wolverines continue their 11-game home stand next week by hosting Southern Utah in a three-game series starting Thursday. UVU swept three games from the T-Birds earlier in the season in Cedar City.
BYU GOLF: At Goodyear, Ariz., after two solid rounds of golf, the BYU men's team faltered, taking second place at the Desert Shootout on Saturday.
Sophomore Justin Keiley (9-under 207), junior Zac Blair (8-under 208) and freshman Cole Ogden (7-under 209), placed third, tied for fourth and tied for sixth, respectively, in the individual competition to lead the Cougars.
"We didn't play very well today," BYU coach Bruce Brockbank said. "We started off really sloppy and made a lot of mistakes."
BYU finished the 54-hole tournament with a 26-under-par 838 total, two shots behind champion Wichita State. Denver placed third, 14 shots off the pace at 850 with Kansas State and San Diego tied for fourth at 856.
Keiley's third place finish is his highest this season, though he struggled in the final round, shooting a 3-over-par 75.
Blair shot a final round 3-under-par 69 on the final 18 holes played Saturday, while Ogden carded the second best score for the Cougars with a 2-under-par 70.
"Having guys ranked third, fourth and sixth always means you're going to be in the hunt but we just didn't get it done," Brockbank said. "I'm proud of how the guys battled. They didn't give up, but bogies killed us in the end."
Other Cougar scores included Jordan Hammer at 218 (69-73-76) and Adam Tebbs at 220 (75-69-76).
As a team, BYU scored a 2-over 290 in Saturday's final round. Wichita State posted a final round of 16-under 272 to move past the Cougars in the final standings.
The Desert Shootout is the second of three tournaments in Arizona for the Cougars. BYU next takes to the course on April 6 when it competes in the ASU Thunderbird in Tempe.
Place Name Score
3 Justin Keiley -9
T4 Zac Blair -8
T6 Cole Ogden -7
T36 Jordan Hammer 2
T48 Adam Tebbs 4
Place School Score
1 Wichita State -28
2 BYU -26
3 Denver -14
T4 Kansas State -8
T4 San Diego -8
6 Tulsa -6
7 Air Force -5
8 Kansas -4
9 Boise State 1
10 Nevada 2
T11 Nebraksa 7
T11 Idaho 7
13 New Mexico State 9
14 Southern Utah 10
15 Creighton 22
SUU GOLF: At Goodyear, Ariz., Southern Utah shot 291 on Saturday but New Mexico State shot 289, enabling the Aggies to move past the Thunderbirds and into 13th place in the final round at Denver's Desert Shootout.
SUU finished 14th at 874, one shot behind NMSU and 38 shots off the pace of team champion Wichita State, which shot 272 to move past first- and second-round leader Brigham Young, which shot 290 on Saturday to finish at 838, two shots behind WSU.
Nic Booth (71-73-74) and Brad Millard (74-72-72) led the way for the Thunderbirds, finishing tied for 38th at 2-over par 218. Jeff Evans (74-72-74) and Sammy Cole (76-73-71) were another two shots back tied for 48th at 220 while Jordan Orth (77-71-76) finished 72nd at 224.
Wichita State's Rafael Becker was the individual champion after a final-round 66 allowed him to finish at 14-under par 202 and move past first- and second-round leader Alex Ching of San Diego, who shot 71 on Saturday to finish at 203.
UTAH SOFTBALL: At Seattle, freshman right-hander Mariah Ramirez threw four shutout innings in the circle, but the Utes fell to Washington, 6-1, in the second game of its inaugural Pac-12 Conference series on Saturday at Husky Softball Stadium.
Ramirez came on in relief and pitched the final four innings during her 12th appearance of the year, which proved to be her most successful outing of the season. Ramirez did not allow a run on only four hits as she faced 19 Husky hitters. The outing tied her longest of this season as she threw four innings against Howard on Mar. 10 in Fort Myers, Fla.
Offensively, the Utes ripped two doubles and scored a run in the first inning as senior first baseman Tia Palauni and junior outfielder Katelyn Elliott came through with extra-base hits in the first inning, while sophomore outfielder Chalese Fankhauser connected for a hard-fought single up the middle of the Husky defense in the top half of the fifth.
The Utes got off to a fast start as Palauni hit a double to left field with one out in the first inning then was knocked in for the first run of the game when Elliott roped a two-out double in the top of the first frame. Palauni is third on the squad with three doubles, while Elliott now has three doubles this year and six extra-base hits to go along with 11 runs batted in.
This was the 10th time the Utes had scored in the first inning of a ballgame game this season and the Utes are 8-2 in those contests.
Utah concludes its three-game series at third-ranked Washington Sunday at 1 p.m. MT.
BYU SOFTBALL: At Provo, a Delaney Willard home run in the bottom of the seventh gave the Cougars (19-8, 3-0) their third win over New Mexico State (18-16, 0-3) this weekend to complete the sweep in their first Western Athletic Conference games of the year at Gail Miller Field.
The Cougars easily defeated the Aggies, 9-1, in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader. Game 2 was not won as easily but with the score tied three-all, Willard's homer gave BYU the 6-3 victory.
"These wins were huge," said BYU head coach Gordon Eakin following the win. "You always want to protect your home field and it's hard to beat any good team twice so I'm really pleased with the effort of our team in every area. Pitching was great this weekend, defense was superb with the exception of the fifth inning yesterday and we had timely hitting. We played a complete weekend against a real quality opponent so I'm really proud."
JC Clayton led the Cougars with three RBI in Game 1 while Stacie Toney led the team in runs with three. In Game 2, Willard came up huge for BYU with two home runs and five RBIs. Hannah Howell and Tori Almond were the winning pitchers.
After an inning and a half with no score, a sacrifice foul by Carly Duckworth brought Willard in for the score to give BYU their first run of the game. The next hitter up for the Cougars, Jenna Goar, hit a sacrifice fly ball that was caught in right field but brought Stacie Toney home with a sliding run.
BYU found its groove in the fourth inning as the Cougars recorded six runs in the inning. In the bottom of the fourth with bases loaded and one out, pinch hitter Katie Manuma stepped up to the plate and hit a line drive to left field that gave both Toney and Willard runs. Later in the fourth, Jessica Dugas singled to the shortstop and recorded an RBI as Duckworth scored. Still, it was Clayton whose triple brought Cougar faithful to their feet as three BYU players scored on the play and the Cougars took an 8-0 lead.
In the top of the fifth, the Aggies were able to round the bases for the first time to extend the game with the score 8-1. However, BYU was able to secure the victory off an error that gave the Cougars the 9-1 victory.
Staci Rodriguez belted a two-run homer over the fence to give NMSU its first lead of the weekend, 2-0. BYU made several impressive plays in the field to stop the Aggie run. The homers didn't stop there for NMSU as Brittany Clifton hit a ball out of the park in the fourth to give the Aggies a 3-0 lead.
Willard answered with a two-run slam of her own in the bottom of the fourth to bring the Cougars within one. A Clayton single caused Messerschmidt to score and tied the game at 3-all in the bottom of the fifth.
Sophomore Ashlee Brawley made several key plays in the middle innings at the third base position, including a running throw to first on a short hit for an out. Brawley also connected for her first career hit at Miller Field earlier in the game.
Unfortunately for NMSU, Willard, who currently holds the nation's second-best batting average, stepped up to bat with two on and one out in the bottom of the seventh. Her deep shot to center field brought in three runs and ensure the three-game sweep.
"I was just trying to get a good pitch and hit it hard into the outfield," Willard said of her big hit. "Because we really only needed one run but it went over, which was nice."
Dugas and Clayton each went 3 for 4 in the game with Clayton adding two runs scored.
The Cougars will stay home as they next face University of Missouri, Kansas City in a doubleheader on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Gail Miller Field. Both games will be televised live on BYUtv.
USU SOFTBALL: At Ruston, La., Utah State dropped two games to Western Athletic Conference foe Louisiana Tech on Saturday in an afternoon doubleheader.
After taking the first game of the series, USU falls to, 1-2 in conference games this season. Louisiana Tech won the first game of the doubleheader 10-1 in five innings and captured the night cap 5-1.
With the losses, Utah State falls to 9-19 overall and 1-2 in league action. Louisiana Tech improves 15-17 overall and 2-1 in conference play.
In the first game, the Lady Techsters seized an early lead by scoring three runs in the bottom of the opening frame. Louisiana Tech could not be slowed as it added three more runs in the second and put the game out of reach in the fourth by adding four more runs to push the advantage to, 10-0.
The Aggies looked to rally late in the game but could not stem the tide of the offensive outburst by the Lady Techsters. Scoring the lone run for Utah State was junior infielder Christine Thomsen who drew a two-out walk to get on base and worked her way over to third. Senior infielder Lindsey Marquez knocked a single that allowed Thomsen to score to cut the lead to 10-1.
The game was called after the top of the fifth inning due to the eight-run rule, giving Louisiana Tech its first conference win of the season. Taking the loss was senior pitcher Dani Chaplin, who falls to 1-2 on the season.
In the second game of the day, Utah State looked to rebound behind junior starting pitcher Mandy Harmon, who effectively worked around La. Tech in the series opener on Friday night. Harmon would once again keep USU in the game, surrendering two early runs but limited the Lady Techsters offense over the next three innings by not allowing another run to score.
Sophomore outfielder Kassandra Uchida and Thomsen looked to rally the Aggies offense. Uchida proved to be a hard out to get as she went, 3-for-4 on the day but was not able to score a run for the visiting team. Much like the game earlier in the day, Thomsen delivered the offensive power for USU as she connected and drove the pitch over the right field fence for the first run of the game for Utah State. The solo blast by Thomsen was her third of the season, which is tied with senior infielder Kelley Kaneshiro for the most on the team.
USU was able to out hit the Lady Techsters in the game, as the Aggies hit safely seven times in the game, but were unable to convert the hits in the runs by stranding nine runners on base. Mandy Harmon was charged with the loss and now has a 4-9 record but also touts the lowest ERA of all the USU pitchers with a 4.74 ERA.
Utah State will next appear on the diamond in Salt Lake City when it take on in-state foe Utah on Wednesday.
WEBER STATE SOFTBALL: At Boise, the Wildcats earned a two-game split during the second day of action at the SpringHill Suites Invitational.
Both games turned into pitcher's duels, with Weber State rallying for a 2-1 over the University of Texas-San Antonio in the first game of the day, before falling 2-1 to host Boise State in the second game at Mountain Cove Field.
Senior right hander Sarah Clark earned her eighth win of the season on the mound in the first game of the day, rallying from giving up a solo home run to the game's leadoff batter, to hold the Roadrunners scoreless the rest of the way as she scattered six hits and had four strikeouts.
Clark also brought in the game-winning score on an RBI double in the sixth inning, one of two extra-base hits she had in the game.
Freshman Kortney Law tied the game up in the fifth as she scored on an error by the UTSA catcher.
In the second game of the day, freshman right hander Morgan Allaband kept a shutout until the sixth inning, when Boise State hit back-to-back solo home runs to take a 2-0 lead. Allaband gave up just three hits during the game until the Broncos' late fireworks.
Weber State freshman catcher Janel Cunningham hit a long distance solo shot of her own to make it 2-1 in the seventh, but the Broncos were able get the final two outs to close out the game.
The Wildcats (10-15) will wrap up their third day at the SpringHill Suites Invitational on Sunday, taking on New Mexico at noon and then facing a rematch with the Broncos at 2 p.m.
SUU SOFTBALL: At Macomb, Ill., the T-Birds scored three runs in the top of the sixth to tie the game and then used seven runs in the top of the ninth to capture an 11-6 victory against Western Illinois on Saturday. The win prevented a series sweep against the Leathernecks and moved the T-Birds to 16-13 overall and 6-3 in Summit League play.
Western Illinois put the first lights on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first, but the run was answered by Southern Utah in the top of the second. Haylee Hoch and Kadi Henderson hit back-to-back doubles in the frame to tie the game at 1-1 with Henderson recording the RBI.
The Leathernecks broke the tie with a run in the bottom of the third and extended the lead to three (4-1) with two runs in the bottom of the fifth. However, Southern Utah answered and opened the top of the sixth with a double off the bat of Mikkel Griffin and the junior used it to manufacture the first of three runs in the frame. Griffin came around to score on a wild pitch with Hoch tallying an RBI single and Mallory Wilkinson drawing a bases loaded walk for the other runs in the inning.
Neither team was able to generate runs in the seventh, forcing extra innings with the game extending into the ninth. Southern Utah quickly loaded the bases in the frame as Wilkinson was hit in the lead-off spot with Tessa Loewen and Griffin following with a walk and single. Kelsey Bryant then came to the plate and brought home the first and second of seven runs for the T-Birds on a two-run single. Terysa Dyer followed with an RBI single and she was followed by a walk drawn by Madison Resley to load the bases for the second time.
A grand slam off the bat of Haylee Hoch cleared the bases and capped Southern Utah's scoring during the afternoon, giving the T-Birds an 11-4 advantage. Western Illinois finished the game with a pair of runs in the home half of the inning for the eventual final score of 11-6.
Heather Black bounced back in the circle for Southern Utah after suffering a pair of losses yesterday to earn the victory on Saturday, throwing 8 innings where she allowed six runs (one earned) on seven hits and one walk with five strikeouts.
SUU will be back in action next week with five games scheduled at Kathryn Berg Field with the T-Birds set to face UNLV in a doubleheader on Wednesday followed by a three-game series with UMKC on Friday and Saturday.
UVU SOFTBALL: At Farmers Branch, Texas, behind solid pitching performances, the Wolverines moved to 3-1 in the Great West Conference cluster Saturday with 7-2 and 5-3 victories over the University of North Dakota.
"I'm very happy with the girls' play today in every aspect of the game," UVU softball coach Todd Fairborn said. "They got hits when we needed them. We made pitches when we had to and we were solid defensively all day long."
In Game 1, Tiffany Mills scattered seven hits and allowed three runs, struck out four and walked just one in earning the victory.
The Fighting Sioux scored single runs in the second and third to lead 2-1 heading into the fourth inning. The Wolverines exploded for two runs in each of the next three innings to pull away.
Maddy Schulz and Kylee Brinkerhoff had RBIs in the fourth and Amanda Robinson belted a two-run homer in the fifth to put the game out of reach.
The Wolverines added two more in the sixth on a North Dakota error and a double by Robinson.
Marie Williams, Robinson, Jamie North, and Schulz added two hits each for the Wolverines.
In Game 2, Cassie Herrera and Megan Peay combined to allow just two runs as the Wolverines moved to 16-6 overall.
Herrera, who threw a complete game in the Wolverines' win over Nebraska-Omaha Friday, allowed two runs in 41/3 innings, while Peay allowed just one hit in 22/3 innings.
The Wolverines scored single runs in the first and second innings before breaking the game open in the fourth.
Schulz, who singled to open the frame, later stole home for the first run of the frame, before Robinson and Amanda Perez added RBI singles.
Perez finished the game 3-for-4 with three RBIs and Robinson went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
The Wolverines close out the weekend Sunday with a doubleheader with Houston Baptist beginning at 9 a.m. MT.
USU TRACK & FIELD: At Irvine, Calif., Utah State senior thrower Spela Hus won the shot put with a toss of 14.63 meters (48-00.00) to lead USU to a solid finish at UC Irvine's Spring Break Collegiate Invitational.
Overall, the Aggies placed 23 student-athletes in the top-five of their respective events. Taking second-place for USU were juniors Bailee Whitworth in the 100 meters (12.07) and Aubrie Haymore in the 400 meters (55.76), along with freshman Nic Bowens in the 200 meters (21.54). Bowens also finished third in the 100 (10.69).
Senior Lindsey Spencer also tabbed second-place honors in the discus with a mark of 51.39 meters (168-07) to go along with a third-place finish in the shot put [13.94 meters (45-09.00)]. Freshman Devin Wright continued to throw well in the javelin as he took home his second-straight silver prize with a mark of 56.93 meters (186-09).
"Today was one of those days where we are looking for improvement and really, at this time of year that is what we are looking for," said Utah State veteran head coach Gregg Gensel. "What we saw today was everyone being consistent or improving and that is what we want."
Other top-five finishers for the USU women included seniors Sonia Grabowska who vaulted 3.86 meters (12-08.00) in the pole vault to place third. Freshmen Mariah Thompson and Rachel Orr each cleared 1.65 meters (5-05.00) to tie for fourth-place, while fellow freshman Aubriann Bosen placed fifth in the javelin with a throw of 35.91 meters (117-10). Senior Julia Stewart also took home a fifth-place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 11.24 meters (36-10.50).
Freshmen McKenzie Johnson and Shaleen Richardson joined Whitworth and Haymore to cross the finish line in the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 48.69, which was good enough for fourth-place.
Other top-five finishers for the Utah State men included seniors Daniel Howell and Aaron Clements who finished fourth and fifth in the 1,500 meters with times of 3:54.51 and 3:54.87, respectively. Sophomore AJ Boully collected a fifth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles (53.11) while the men's 4x100-meter relay time clocked in at 41.31 to also take fifth-place. The relay team consisted of Bowens along with senior Xavier Martin and juniors Silas Pimentel and Will Henry. Junior Jordan McMurray also placed fourth in the javelin [50.82 meters (166-09)].
USU will continue the 2012 outdoor season at New Mexico's Tailwind Invitational in Albuquerque on April 6-7. The Aggies will host their lone home meet of the season, the Mark Faldmo Invitational on April 21 at the Ralph Maughan Track Stadium.
100m - 2. Bailee Whitworth, 12.07
100m Hurdles - 16. Bri Campbell, 15.55; McKenzie Johnson, DQ
200m - 23. Krista Whittle, 26.36; 31. McKenzie Johnson, 27.10
400m - 2. Aubrie Haymore, 55.76; 19. Krista Whittle, 59.78; 20. Jessie Nielsen, 59.84
400m Hurdles - 6. Camille Fehlberg, 1:01.08; 11. Laycee Elliott, 1:05.27
800m - 6. Kylie Hirschi, 2:11.53; 10. Jessie Chugg, 2:15.49
1,500m - 8. Hannah Williams, 4:35.34; 10. Kim Quinn, 4:39.61; 14. Stephanie Burt, 4:43.30; 16. Brittany Bushman, 4:43.85
4x100m - 4. Utah State, 48.69 (Bailee Whitworth, Aubrie Haymore, McKenzie Johnson, Shaleen Richardson)
High Jump - T-4. Mariah Thompson, 1.65m (5-05.00); T-4. Rachel Orr, 1.65m (5-05.00); 6. Jodi Williams, J1.65m (5-05.00)
Long Jump - 11. Bri Campbell, 5.10m (16-08.75); T-13. McKenzie Johnson, 4.97m (16-03.75)
Triple Jump - 5. Julia Stewart, 11.24m (36-10.50)
Pole Vault - 3. Sonia Grabowska, 3.86m (12-08.00); 6. Rachelle St. Jeor, 3.56m (11-08.00); Amber Thompson, NH
Shot Put - 1. Spela Hus, 14.63m (48-00.00); 3. Lindsey Spencer, 13.94m (45-09.00); 7. Keeley Eldredge, 12.73m (41-09.25); 8. Melanie Heslop, 12.43m (40-09.50)
Discus - 2. Lindsey Spencer, 51.39m (168-07); 9. Keeley Eldredge, 38.87m (127-06); 10. Spela Hus, 38.81m (127-04); 12. Melanie Heslop 34.62m (113-07)
Javelin - 5. Aubriann Bosen, 35.91m (117-10)
100m - 3. Nic Bowens, 10.69; 10. Will Henry, 10.93; 14. Silas Pimentel, 11.11; 15. Xavier Martin, 11.12
110m Hurdles - 6. AJ Boully, 14.75; 12. Jordan McMurray, 15.88; Jon Goble, FS
200m - 2. Nic Bowens, 21.54; 9. Will Henry, 22.39
400m - 6. Landon Watts, 49.12; 13. James Allred, 50.49
400m Hurdles - 5. AJ Boully, 53.11
800m - 7. Tyler Killpack, 1:52.60; 10. Chio Lopez, 1:55.77
1,500m - 4. Daniel Howell, 3:54.51; 5. Aaron Clements, 3:54.87; 14. Eric Shellhorn, 3:59.84; 25. Nick Bolinder, 4:09.75
4x100m - 5. Utah State, 41.31 (Xavier Martin, Nic Bowens, Silas Pimentel, Will Henry)
Triple Jump - 6. Travis Johnson, 13.90m (45-07.25); 8. Reagan Ward, 13.59m (44-07.00); Kenny Hamlett, Foul
Pole Vault - T-12. Dallas Singley, 4.40m (14-05.25); T-12. Jason Allred, 4.40m (14-05.25)
Shot Put - 8. Joe Canavan, 16.15m (53-00.00); 16. Jon Goble, 11.90m (39-00.50)
Discus - 6. Bryce Hall, 48.39m (158-09); 22. Jordan McMurray, 30.12m (98-10)
Javelin - 2. Devin Wright, 56.93m (186-09); 4. Jordan McMurray, 50.82m (166-09); 6. Jon Goble, 50.09m (164-04)
BYU WOMEN'S TENNIS: At Provo, the Cougars posted their first West Coast Conference win, topping the University of San Francisco, 4-3.
"Doubles didn't go very well for us," said BYU coach Lauren Jones-Spencer. "It was hard to play today without our senior and captain (Megan Price). We had to have new doubles teams today because of it. We had opportunities where we were up 7-4 but stopped playing aggressive and gave those matches away. I told them to play their game going into singles and they did that. They played really well and tough, they didn't give up."
With Price out taking the MCAT, freshman Meghan Sheehan-Dizon teamed up with sophomore Desiree Tran for the first time this spring to form the No. 1 doubles team for BYU (5-10, 1-1 WCC). The Cougars took a quick 4-1 lead before the Dons (2-8, 0-2 WCC) brought the match within one (4-3). Sheehan-Dizon and Tran held on to take the last four games to earn an 8-3 win over Julia Wartenburger and Blair Reed.
On Court 3, juniors Aubrey Paul and Andie Young fell behind early and went on to drop an 8-5 decision to Alana McMahon and Melinda Akerbrant.
Despite taking a 7-4 lead, freshmen Morgan Anderson and Lisa Waldron lost three straight sets to San Francisco on Court 2 to allow the Dons to tie the match, 7-7. Yurie Hashiguchi and Milica Hadzi Tanovic went on to win the tiebreaker, earning San Francisco the doubles point.
The Cougars started singles off strong, jumping ahead of the Dons, 3-1, with wins on courts 4, 3 and 1. Paul held her Court 4 opponent to winning one game, coming away with a 6-0, 6-1 win. Sheehan-Dizon defeated Hadzi Tanovic, 6-1, 6-3, on Court 3 before Tran topped Wartenburger, 6-3, 6-3, on Court 1.
San Francisco answered with a 6-3, 6-4 win on Court 5 over Waldron. The win was not enough, as BYU's Anderson recorded a three-set victory over Akerbrant, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, to earn the Cougars their fourth point, securing the BYU win.
"We're excited to play two more matches at home before hitting the road again," said Jones-Spencer. "The girls like playing at home on familiar courts and with home fans."
BYU continues WCC play at home next week, challenging Santa Clara Tuesday at 11 a.m. MDT before hosting Saint Mary's Friday at noon. Admission is free and both matches will be played at the BYU Outdoor Tennis Courts.
BYU 4, USF 3
1. Desiree Tran (BYU) def. Julia Wartenburger (USF) 6-3, 6-3
2. Morgan Anderson (BYU) def. Melinda Akerbrant (USF) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
3. Meghan Sheehan-Dizon (BYU) def. Milica Hadzi Tanovic (USF) 6-1, 6-2
4. Aubrey Paul (BYU) def. Yurie Hashiguchi (USF) 6-0, 6-1
5. Alana McMahon (USF) def. Lisa Waldron (BYU) 6-3, 6-4
6. Blair Reed (USF) def. Andie Young (BYU) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
1. Tran/Sheehan-Dizon (BYU) def. Wartenburger/Reed (USF) 8-3
2. Hashiguchi/Hadzi Tanovic (USF) def. Anderson/Waldron (BYU) 8-7(3)
3. McMahon/Akerbrant (USF) def. Paul/Young (BYU) 8-5
SLCC BASEBALL: At Taylorsville, the 15th-ranked Bruins (21-4, 12-2) completed the series sweep over Eastern Utah, 12-2 and 5-0. The Bruins are currently riding a five game win streak.
The Bruins used a 10-run first inning in Game 1. Dominique Taylor was 2 for 4 with a double and three RBI. Braden Anderson was 2 for 3 with a double and Kennedy Kinkade went 1 for 2 with three runs batted in.
Mike Springer and Dane Fuller combined for the Game 2 shutout. Offensively, Tyson Popoff was 3 for 3 with a double and a triple to lead Salt Lake. Steven Adam was 3 for 4 with a double and Palmer Page was 2 for 2.
DIXIE STATE SOFTBALL: At St. George, junior Johnna Brown had five hits and seven RBIs to lead Dixie State (14-7, 7-5 PacWest) to a sweep of first place Hawaii Pacific (17-9, 11-5) in a doubleheader at Karl Brooks Field. The 9-1 and 6-4 wins lead the Red Storm to a four game sweep of the Sea Warriors.
Brown led the Red Storm offense with two hits and five RBI in the first game of the doubleheader. Her 3-RBI triple in the second inning gave the Red Storm a 5-1 lead and her 2-RBI double in the third inning gave DSC a 9-1 advantage.
The Red Storm managed 10 hits in the game with Brown and Sheila Gelter with two each.
Lauren Folta allowed just one hit while striking out two and one unearned run to improve to 7-2 on the season.
In Game 2, Dixie State ran their win streak to seven games with a 6-4 win over the Sea Warriors.
Mattie Snow started the second game for DSC but was relieved by Michelle Duncan in the fourth. Duncan finished the final four innings allowing five hits, two walks, and one earned run and struck six batters to improve to 2-1 on the season.
Duncan's lone miscue came in the fifth inning when Breanne Patton led the inning off with a solo home run to left center. She managed to work out of jams in the fourth and seventh frames to hold HPU at serve.
Despite pounding out 10 hits in the game, the Red Storm capitalized on five Sea Warrior miscues to complete the four game sweep. It marks the first time in school history the Red Storm have swept the season series from the Hawaii Pacific.
Marla Reiter and Brown each had three hits in the win for the Red Storm.
DSC next hosts Hawaii Hilo with doubleheaders both Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. Both games are slated to begin at 3 p.m. at Karl Brooks Field.
SLCC SOFTBALL: At Taylorsville, the fourth-ranked Bruins (33-6, 24-4) completed a four-game sweep of North Idaho, 5-1 and 9-1.
The Bruins took Game 1 behind nine strikeouts from freshman MaCauley Flint. Flint allowed three hits and one earned run. At the plate Savanah Webster was 2 for 2 with a double, Meagan Neilson went 1 for 2 with an RBI and Starlee Hutchings was 1 for 3 with an RBI.
The Bruins used a seven-run fourth inning to take the 9-1 five-inning run rule in the final game. Neilson knocked in a team high four runs going 2 for 3 with a double. Webster was 2 for 2 with two runs batted in and Hutchings added a double. Ariel Zimmerman got the win, throwing four innings with one hit and seven strikeouts while Kylee Colvin completed the game throwing a shutdown fifth inning.
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