College roundup: James Brooks' bat powers Utes baseball against Washington State

Published: Saturday, April 14 2012 10:00 p.m. MDT

PULLMAN, Wash. — Despite dropping a late lead, the Utah baseball team rallied for a 4-3 victory in extra innings over Washington State on Saturday evening.

James Brooks hit the game-winning home run to lead off the 10th inning as part of a solid day that saw the senior shortstop go 3-for-5 with three RBIs. He also hit a two-RBI double in the seventh inning that gave Utah a 3-2 lead.

Utah starter Brock Duke pitched seven solid innings, allowing two runs on three hits with six strikeouts. Tyler Wagner entered in the eighth inning, allowing one run on two hits. Wagner picked up the win to go to 2-5 on the year.

Also strong at the plate for the Utes was Tyler Relf, who went 2-for-4 on the day.

BYU BASEBALL: At Seattle, the Redhawks ended BYU's four-game winning streak Saturday afternoon with a 5-2 victory.

The Redhawks (16-15) handcuffed BYU (17-13), limiting the Cougars to four hits, singles in the second, fourth and ninth innings. SU lefty Garrett Anderson and reliever Jake Chutney combined for eight shutout innings.

BYU mustered a pair of unearned runs in the ninth, but could not establish momentum throughout the game despite several jumpstarts.

In the second inning, Cougar third baseman Dillon Robinson hit a two-out single to advance Alex Wolfe, who singled earlier that frame, but the rally ended with a pop-up. Meanwhile, the Redhawks countered with two-runs in the bottom of the second off the first of two BYU errors.

When Cougar lefty Daniel Welch replaced starter Cameron Keysor in the fourth, BYU escaped a bases-loaded situation when two Redhawks flied out to end the threat.

BYU first baseman Brock Whitney minimized the damage in the fifth when he went across the diamond to third to throw out the leadoff batter for the first out.

Wes Guenther got the first out in the sixth when he threw out a Redhawk at second with the swipe tag by shortstop Austin Hall. That sparked the only one-two-three put-down of the afternoon.

When freshman reliever James Lengal took the mound with the bases loaded with one out in the seventh, he fanned the Redhawk batter, then was called for a balk leading to SU's fifth run.

The Cougars took the series with SU, winning three of four games in the road trip in Seattle and split with the Redhawks last month in Provo.

BYU continues non-league play this Tuesday when it hosts Utah in the finale of the Deseret Duel at 6 p.m.

UVU BASEBALL: At Chicago, Jordy Hart's bases-clearing double broke a 7-7 tie and helped the Wolverines to their 15th straight win in a doubleheader sweep, 13-2 and 15-8, over Chicago State. The 15 victories matches a school-record for consecutive wins.

Hart foul tipped a ball into his nose earlier in the game and, after receiving treatment, came back and singled in the same at bat before the go-ahead hit spurred a late rally. His double in the seventh drove home three runs, gave the Wolverines (22-11, 8-0 in GWC) a 10-7 lead and helped UVU sweep four games from the Cougars in Great West Conference action.

The Wolverines pounded out 24 hits in the finale after a 17-hit effort in opening game, a seven-inning contest that ended via the 10-run rule.

In the first game of the twin bill, the Wolverines got a home run in the first inning for the third straight game when Billy Burgess' three-run homer to center got things started.

UVU scored six times in the first and added three in the second to lead 9-0 after two innings. Kai Hatch's triple in the fifth brought home two more runs and extended the lead to 12-0. A Sean Moysh double in the sixth gave UVU a 13-0 lead before Chicago State added two runs in the seventh for the final 13-2 tally.

The top three hitters in the order — Rickenbach, Moysh and Burgess — each had three hits while Adam Gunn threw five scoreless innings to pick up his fifth win of the year.

The Cougars took an early lead in game two with a run in the first and stretched it to 5-1 after a four-run third. Aveeno Nasiloski's two-run double plated two in the inning.

Rickenbach homered — a two-run blast to left center — and Burgess doubled home Moysh in the fifth to get UVU within a run but William Hill answered with a solo shot to left in the bottom of the inning to make it 6-4 through five.

Rickenbach delivered again the sixth with a two-run single, tying the game at 6, but again CSU answered with a single run to regain the lead, 7-6, after six innings.

Austin Heaps led off the seventh with a double and came home to score the tying run when Hatch dribbled a seeing-eye single past short. Three batters later, Hart delivered his big blow to put Utah Valley ahead for good.

The Wolverines added two more in the eighth, getting back-to-back doubles from Taylor Berg and Willie Pratt to make it a 12-7 game. Hatch homered in the ninth — a two-run shot down the left-field line — before Berg had another double and later scored the 15th run.

In addition to Berg, who had a four-hit game, five other players each had three hits; Moysh, Burgess, Kallunki, Hatch and Hart while Rickenbach drove in four runs.

Albert Carpen and Ryan Malhotra had three hits apiece to lead Chicago State.

Jeremy Gendlek (6-3), in his first relief appearance of the season, got the win and has now won six straight decisions including two this week.

In the four-game series, Utah Valley batted .488, scored 81 runs and slugged .777 as a team. Moysh had 14 hits in the series, with at least three in each game, and batted .636.

UTAH SOFTBALL: At Salt Lake City, the Utes' Pac-12 Conference matchup with No. 19/15 Oregon was postponed in the top of the third frame due to rain. The game will resume today at 11 a.m. MT. The Utes trail the Ducks, 3-2, with one out in the top of the third.

When action resumes tomorrow, there will be a 1-0 count on Oregon's Christie Nieto and senior right-hander Generra Nielson, who just entered the game, will be in the circle for Utah.

BYU, USU SOFTBALL: At Provo, the Cougars (28-12, 7-3 WAC) hit two home runs in the seventh to rally past the Aggies (14-28, 2-10), 6-4.

Batting first in the bottom of the seventh, senior Delaney Willard went way over the left field fence to tie the game at 4 and give BYU its first run since the first inning.

In the Cougars' ensuing at bat, Katie Manuma drew a walk to set up Stacie Toney. Toney obliged with a walk-off bomb to center field, completing the comeback.

Freshman outfielder Hailey Froton led the way for the Aggies with two hits and one RBI.

WSU SOFTBALL: At Ogden, the Wildcats earned a two-game split during the first day of its weather-delayed series with rival Idaho State.

The Wildcats fell 10-2 in five innings in the opening game, but then rallied for a 6-5 win.

Weber State honored the team's five seniors (Lyndsey Minnich, Symbree Minniear, Erika Dixon, Kami Holley and Sarah Clark) in between the two games.

Minnich went 2-for-2 at the plate, while advancing to first base after being hit by a pitch three times during the two contests.

UVU SOFTBALL: At Seattle, the Wolverines (24-16-1, 5-5) dropped a Pacific Coast Softball Conference doubleheader to Seattle University (13-20, 6-4), 2-0 and 11-2.

In the opener, both Tiffany Mills and Jessica Ulrich pitched very well for their respective teams as they combined to allow just eight hits in the contest.

Mills faced the minimum into the fourth inning but that's when the Redhawks managed to string together their first hits of the game off of her. SU manufactured a run that inning on a bunt after back-to-back hits to open the frame to take a 1-0 advantage.

SU then scored another run the very next inning, as the leadoff batter reached base after being hit by a pitch and scored on a two-out hit from Allegra Wilde to give the Redhawks a 2-0 lead.

UVU threatened offensively in the first, third, fourth and fifth innings but couldn't score as Ulrich pitched out of each threat for Seattle.

Jessica Uresti led UVU with a triple, while Krystin Jachim, Jamie North, Amanda Perez and Deianna Russell all singled for the Wolverines in the opener as well.

Mills (12-10) was the tough-luck loser in the circle for the Wolverines as she gave up just three hits, two runs, struck out four and didn't walk a batter. Ulrich (5-8) picked up the win for SU, as she allowed no runs on five hits.

In the second game, Seattle scored four runs in the first inning to jump out to an early 4-0 lead. The Redhawks then drove home three more in the third to extend their advantage to 7-0.

UVU scored its first run of the game in the fourth inning as Amanda Robinson singled to lead off the frame and later came around to score on an RBI single from North.

After another SU run in the last of the fourth made it an 8-1 ballgame, Wolverine relief pitcher Megan Peay recorded her first collegiate hit with a solo home run in the fifth to cut the deficit to 8-2.

Seattle U's Bubba Morrow then ended the game in the bottom of the fifth with a three-run homer to give the Redhawks the 11-2 victory.

Cassie Herrera started in the circle for the Wolverines and took the loss to drop to 7-5 on the year as she gave up seven runs in 2 2/3 innings. SU's Mandie Sugita (4-5) picked up the win as she allowed just two runs on six hits in five innings of work.

North led UVU from the plate by going 2-for-2 with an RBI, while the Redhawks had three hitters record two hits apiece. Morrow, Brianna Guerrero and Karina Smyth all finished 2-for-3 for SU in the second game.

Utah Valley and Seattle U will wrap-up the series with two more games on Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. MT.

SUU SOFTBALL: At Fort Wayne, Ind., the Thunderbirds (25-19, 11-7 Summit League) found themselves in an early hole and were unable to overcome a four-run first inning by IPFW, falling to the Mastodons 5-3 in the series finale.

IPFW used four hits and a Thunderbird error in the first inning to build a quick 4-0 advantage before Southern Utah chipped into the margin in the top of the second. Kadi Henderson ripped a two-run home run over the left field fence, scoring Terysa Dyer from first and marking her fourth big fly of the week.

Danielle Axe allowed five runs (three earned) on nine hits and one walk in 31/3 innings with four strikeouts.

DIXIE STATE SOFTBALL: At Belmont, Calif., the Red Storm swept Notre Dame de Namur 3-2 in both games of a PacWest doubleheader today.

The Red Storm (25-10, 15-5 PWC) played for the first time in 11 days and used two strong pitching performances to lead them to victory.

In Game 1, senior Lauren Folta pitched a complete game where she allowed six hits and two runs while striking out seven Argonaut (18-23, 6-12 PWC) batters to improve to 12-3 on the season.

In Game 2, sophomore Mattie Snow also pitched a complete game in which she allowed three hits and two runs while matching Folta’s seven strikeouts. She is now 9-4 on the season.

UTAH WOMEN'S TENNIS: At Tucson, Ariz., the 44th-ranked Utes (10-10, 2-7 Pac-12) dropped a 7-0 decision to 29th-ranked Arizona (14-8, 4-5 Pac-12).

In doubles play, the duo of senior Anastasia Putilina and sophomore Callie Craig upset the 35th-ranked team of Natasha Marks and Lacey Smyth 8-6 at the No. 1 position. At the No. 2 spot, freshmen Danielle Flores and Natasha Smith fell to Sarah Landsman and Hailey Johnson 9-8(1). The sophomore duo of Sarah Pham and Lucia Kovarcikova then dropped an 8-6 decision to Kim Stubbe and Susan Mc Rann at the No. 3 position, giving Arizona the doubles point.

In singles play, Flores fell to Landsman 6-0, 6-0, at the No. 4 spot, while Pham dropped a 6-1, 6-3, decision to 82nd-ranked Marks at the No. 2 position. Smith then fell to Laura Oldham at the No. 6 spot 6-0, 6-4, giving the Wildcats the win at 4-0.

At the No. 5 position, Kovarcikova dropped a 6-2, 3-6, 10-8, decision to Mc Rann, while Craig fell to Stubbe 6-2, 6-2, at the No. 3 position. Putilina, ranked No. 47, then dropped a 7-6, 6-3, decision to 66th-ranked Smyth at the No. 1 spot.

USU MEN'S TENNIS: At Logan, plagued by minor injuries and illnesses, the Aggies (4-11, 0-3) fell 7-0 to Western Athletic Conference foe Hawai'i (6-11, 3-1).

Things got off to rough start with the team getting swept in doubles play. Junior Sven Poslusny and freshman Marcus Fritz were taken down by Hawai'i's Jonathan Brooklyn and Dmytro Kovalyov, (8-5), while sophomore Andrew Whiting and his brother, junior Lenny Whiting fell to Charlie Rice and Chas Okamoto, (8-6). Senior Nate Ballam and freshman Matt Sweet wrapped up doubles action, falling to Nils Schuhmann and Danilo Casanova, (8-6).

In singles competition, Poslusny led the team from the No. 1 position, but was taken down by Brooklyn through a super tie-breaker, (7-5, 3-6, 10-7), while Fritz fell to Kovalyov, (6-0, 6-1). With Sweet out with a wrist injury, Whiting moved up to the No. 3 position. He fell to Schuhmann, (6-0, 6-1), while freshman Curran Wearmouth was defeated by Jared Spiker, (6-2, 6-3). Playing in just his second match of the spring season, sophomore Brandon Nielsen wrapped up the match, falling to Casanova, (6-0, 6-3).

SUU WOMEN'S TENNIS: At Indianapolis, Southern Utah split a pair of matches, but the win was a big one as the Thunderbirds posted a 4-3 win over South Dakota State in the regular-season finale to claim the fourth spot in The Summit League tournament.

SUU lost a 4-0 decision to league-leading Oral Roberts in a morning match. After the Golden Eagles won the doubles point the coaches agreed to play only until the match was decided, which wound up being a sound strategy for the Thunderbirds, who had the critical match with South Dakota State slated for the afternoon.

Oral Roberts 4, Southern Utah 0


1. Iryna Khatsko (ORU) def. Ksusha Johnson (SUU) 6-1, 6-3

2. Alex Ivanova (SUU) led Lina Semenova (ORU) 3-1

3. Olia Tatarchenko (SUU) led Haley Martin (ORU) 6-4, 4-3

4. Kristin Gray (ORU) and Lisa Pleskan (SUU) DNP

5. Marizanne Bouwer (ORU) def. Afton Staheli (SUU) 6-3, 6-2

6. Tori Dollar (ORU) won by default


1. Martin/Semenova (ORU) led Ivanova/Tatarchenko (SUU) 4-3

2. Khatsko/Gray (ORU) def. Johnson/Pleskan (SUU) 8-1

3. Bouwer/Dollar (ORU) won by default

Southern Utah 4, South Dakota State University 3


1. Ksusha Johnson (SUU) def. Bryna Nasenbeny (SDSUW) 6-4, 6-2

2. Alex Ivanova (SUU) def. Jenny Blackburne (SDSUW) 6-1, 2-6, 6-4

3. Olia Tatarchenko (SUU) def. Brooke Henry (SDSUW) 6-0, 6-3

4. Megan McDougall (SDSUW) def. Lisa Pleskan (SUU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2

5. Natalia Medina (SDSUW) def. Afton Staheli (SUU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3

6. Anna Botzet (SDSUW) def. No player (SUU), by default


1. Alex Ivanova/Olia Tatarchenko (SUU) def. Brooke Henry/Jenny Blackburne (SDSUW) 8-6

2. Lisa Pleskan/Ksusha Johnson (SUU) def. Megan McDougall/Bryna Nasenbeny (SDSUW) 8-5

3. Bethany Goeden/Natalia Medina (SDSUW) won by default

BYU TRACK: At Los Angeles, the Cougar men came away from the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner Kersee Invitational with four first-place finishes.

In the short distances, James Ghormley took second in the 100 meters, running 11.07, and Jason Hinds finished first in the 200 meters, with a time of 21.74, with Fanfan Charles coming in second, in 21.91.

Kevin Nielsen took first in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing in 54.70, and Steven Hart finished second in the 400 meters with a time of 49.42.

Junior James Tracy won the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9:12.89 and freshman Jeffrey Bastian came in second with a time of 9:15.55.

Shaquille Walker competed well in the 800 meters, coming in fifth at 1:49.84 and Ryan Waite secured the victory in the 1,500 meters, finishing in 3:48.09.

In the field events, Kyle Mills and Colby Barber both secured third-place finishes in the triple jump and shot put invitationals, scoring 14.56 meters and 16.86 meters, respectively.

BYU had three athletes tie for second place in the high jump, with Dakoda John, Adam Hine and Chase Dalton all jumping 2.00 meters.

For the women, freshman Lexi Eaton continued her improvement in the high jump, setting a personal best with a leap of 1.81 meters (5-111/4) to place first among collegiate competitors at the meet. The mark currently ties Eaton for ninth in the NCAA. This is also the third consecutive meet in which Eaton has set a new personal best.

Diana Blauer set an outdoor season best with a jump of 1.76 meters (5-91/4).

Senior Christen Guenther placed first among collegians in the pole vault with a jump of 3.97 meters (13-001/4). Rachel Fisher, Diane McAllister-Perry and Nicole Naatjes all tied for fourth among collegians with vaults of 3.82 meters (12-61/4).

In her first outdoor meet of the season, senior Lacey Bleazard was the first college competitor to cross the line in the 800 meters. Bleazard finished in 2:07.78, just ahead of senior Sarah Edwards, who finished in 2:08.06.

In the invitational sections of the sprinting events, Fatima Makakala had a 13.93 finish in the 100-meter hurdles. Aubrey Hale finished in 12.20 in the 100 meters.

The open 100 meters was a strong event for BYU, as Cougars swept the top three spots. Makakala finished first in 12.39 and was followed by Kassie Jensen in second place in 12.53 and Chelsea Spencer in third with a time of 13.02.

BYU also finished 1-2 in the open 400 meter hurdles, with Diane Stewart leading the way in 1:00.22 and Angela Shields coming in just behind in 1:01.77. Freshman Kaisa Rosenberg also won an open event with her 2:11.70 performance in the open 800 meters.

Katherine Swanson and Candace Eddy represented the Cougars in the long distance events at the meet. Swanson placed second in the 5,000 meters in 17:26.58 while Eddy nabbed third in the 1,500 meters in 4:27.20.

In the throws, the top performance came from freshman Brianna French, who tossed the discus 46.61 meters (152-11) to finish third overall.

USU TRACK: At Sacramento, Calif., the Aggies won both team titles along with seven event titles as part of 36 top-five finishes at Sacramento State's Mondo Mid-Major Challenge.

The Aggie women totaled 148 points, topping Western Athletic Conference foe Fresno State's 123 points. The USU men amassed 158.5 points, edging out host Sacramento State with 153 points.

Winning events for USU were seniors Sonia Grabowska in the pole vault and Lindsey Spencer in the discus, along with junior Silas Pimentel (200 meters), sophomore AJ Boully (400-meter hurdles) and freshman Nic Bowens (100 meters). Spencer extended her current Aggie record in the discus with a mark of 54.48 meters (178-09).

The women's 4x400-meter relay team and the men's 4x100-meter relay team also earned top honors. The women's relay team consisted of seniors Camille Fehlberg and Katelyn Heiner as well as juniors Aubrie Haymore and Bailee Whitworth. The men's relay team consisted of Bowens, Boully and Pimentel along with junior Will Henry.

Spencer's school-record mark also leads the Western Athletic Conference and is the ninth-best toss in the nation this season. She also moved up to No. 5 in school history for the shot put with a throw of 14.93 meters (48-113/4).

Sophomore Sam Nielson threw the javelin 43.00 meters (141-01) to place third, with a mark that ranks third-best all-time in Utah State history, while Bowens tied Anthony Stewart with the 10th-best time in school history in the 100 meters (10.49).

WSU TRACK: At the Utah Spring Track and Field Classic, the Wildcats qualified three runners in the 400 meters for the 2012 Big Sky Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships as Audrey Smith (56.95), Ashley Kealamakia (57.07) and Katherine Wishmeyer (57.22) each ran career best times to qualify.

On the men's side, coach Dan Walker got three more athletes qualified for the Big Sky Conference meet, giving him a total of 15.Dustin Durfee had a career-best 48.19 in the open 400 meters.

Chris Struckman won the high jump with a season-best leap of 6-06.75.

Elisa Isakson jumped a new personal best of 11-073/4 in the pole vault, the third best jump in WSU school history.

WESTMINSTER LACROSSE: At Durango, Colo., the third-ranked Griffins opened the season-ending road trip with a 15-7 win over Fort Lewis on Friday night.

The Griffins are now 12-2 on the season and 2-0 in RMLC games. They have clinched at least a share of the division title for a sixth straight season. Fort Lewis dropped to 8-3 and 2-1 with the loss.

Matt Hearn led the Griffin attack with five goals. Collin Madsen added three goals and one assists while Gian Sexsmith went for two goals and three assists. Marshall Serzen won 20-of-25 faceoffs and Chris Burckle made 14 saves to earn the win.

"This was a good effort, but we still need some work on playing defense with our feet and hands before our stick," head coach Mason Goodhand commented. "As expected the Skyhawks have some solid players and they played with a lot of energy all four quarters."

Westminster's game against Colorado Mines on Saturday has been canceled due to weather. The Griffins will complete the trip on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. with a game against Western State.

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