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College roundup: SLCC softball receives nation's top ranking

Published: Monday, Aug. 3 2015 7:56 a.m. MDT

The Salt Lake Community College Softball team jumped one spot to the No. 1 ranking in the NJCAA.

The Bruins (45-6) are riding a 22-game win streak in conference play with a record of 36-4.

On May 10-11 the Bruins will host the Region 18 Tournament at Bruin Field. The winner of the double-elimination tournament will head to the NJCAA National Tournament in St. George on May 17-19.

Last season, SLCC was the NJCAA National Champion Runner-up to Yavapai College.

UTAH SWEEPS WEBER STATE: At Ogden, junior outfielder Katelyn Elliott came through with a team-high four hits and three RBI as the University of Utah softball team beat Weber State twice on Wednesday, 10-1 (in five innings) and 8-1, during a non-conference doubleheader at Wildcat Field.

Utah (25-21) got off to a quick start and scored in the first inning during both games of the doubleheader. The Utes have crossed the plate in the first frame 16 times this season and sport an 11-5 record in those contests. Utah has been the first to score in 23 games in 2012 and owns an 18-5 mark in those games.

The Utes tagged eight extra-base hits on the day, including five doubles and three triples in the two games for a .558 team slugging percentage.

Elliott went 4-for-6 with three RBI, two runs scored and a 1.333 slugging percentage between the two games after hitting three extra-base hits against the Wildcats with two triples and a double. The Spanish Fork, Utah native now has 12 extra-base hits this season and has driven in 20 runs this year.

Shortstop Kelsi Hoopiiaina was 3-for-5 with three RBI in both games against Weber State, including a three-run triple in the fourth inning of the first game. Hoopiiaina also scored three runs and was a perfect 2-for-2 on stolen base attempts. The Riverton, Utah native is now a flawless 15-for-15 on steal attempts this season.

With two RBI, senior third baseman Whitney Holm also had two hits with two RBI and she has now driven in 37 runs this season and now has 128 RBI over her career. She is just three shy of tying for fourth place in school history.

Senior Generra Nielson started both games in the circle for the Utes and picked up the win in both decisions to improve her record to 19-14 this season. She allowed only two earned runs in 7.2 innings, while giving up six hits and striking out 16, compared to just one walk.

Utah resumes Pac-12 Conference competition with a three-game set against No.. 23 Oregon State at Ute Field, starting Friday at 4 p.m. MT.

USU BOUNCES BACK TO BEAT IDAHO STATE: Utah State softball answered back against border-foe Idaho State on Wednesday by allowing ISU to earn only one hit as USU went on to take the game, 2-0. The Bengals defeated the Aggies in Tuesday's match-up, 1-0, to start a two-day home-and-home series that concluded in Logan on Wednesday.

Utah State turned to senior pitcher Dani Chaplin to contain the Bengals in the series finale. USU improves to 16-32 on the season and will look to move up the Western Athletic Conference standing this weekend in a three-game series with New Mexico State in Las Cruces, N.M.

Chaplin found her zone early as she struck out four batters in her first two innings of work, opposing Chaplin in the circle for Idaho State was Amanda Fitzsimmons, who led her squad past USU the day before.

Women's soccer

UTAH SOCCER ANNOUNCES 2012 SCHEDULE:

The team announced its 2012 schedule Wednesday which includes eight home games to be played at Ute Field. The regular season will kick off on Aug. 17 with a neutral-site match against Utah State at Rio Tinto Stadium.

The Utes will host non-conference home games against Southern Utah (Aug. 23), rival BYU (Aug. 25) and Big 12 power Texas (Sept. 8). Utah's non-conference road slate includes matches at Colorado College (Aug. 30) and Weber State (Sept. 1) as well as an appearance at the Boise State Tournament, where the Utes will take on Portland State (Sept. 14) and the host Broncos (Sept. 16).

Utah begins its Pac-12 Conference schedule at Oregon State on Sept. 21, then returns to Salt Lake City for five consecutive home games at Ute Field. During that stretch, the Utes will host Washington State (Sept. 28), Washington (Sept. 30), defending national champion Stanford (Oct. 5), California (Oct. 7) and Oregon (Oct. 12).

The Utes will complete their regular-season schedule with five consecutive road games as they travel to USC (Oct. 19), UCLA (Oct. 21), Arizona State (Oct. 26), Arizona (Oct. 28) and Colorado (Nov. 2). The NCAA Tournament begins on Nov. 16, where the Utes hope to make their first appearance since 2006.

Women's tennis

BYU TOPS SAN FRANCISCO: At San Diego, with a 4-1 win over No. 7 seed San Francisco on Wednesday, the No. 6 seeded BYU women's tennis team advanced to the second round of the West Coast Conference Tennis Championships.

"The girls came out and played well today in the first round," BYU coach Lauren Jones-Spencer said. "We're looking forward to carrying our momentum into tomorrow."

The Cougars (8-14) started the match strong, grabbing the doubles point over the Dons (6-13). The No. 1 doubles duo of senior Megan Price and freshmanMeghan Sheehan-Dizon posted a quick 8-1 win before freshman Morgan Anderson and sophomoreDesiree Tran defeated their Court 2 opponent, 8-4. Junior Aubrey Paul and freshman Lisa Waldron completed the doubles sweep, taking an 8-5 decision at No. 3 doubles.

The Cougars carried their momentum into singles with first set wins on five of the six courts. Paul extended BYU's lead to 2-0 after a straight set victory on Court 2 (6-4, 6-1) before Alana McMahon defeated Waldron on Court 6 to earn San Francisco its lone win of the match.

Playing at the No. 3 singles position, Sheehan-Dizon answered for the Cougars, picking up a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Melinda Akerbrant. After battling through three sets on Court 4, team captain Price pulled through to secure BYU's first round win.

The final two matches were not finished due to the Cougars' insurmountable 4-1 lead.

BYU advances to the second round where it faces No. 3 seed San Diego Thursday at 1:30 p.m. MDT. The Toreros (10-9) came away with a 5-2 win over the Cougars earlier this season.

The winner of the Tennis Championships will be crowned Saturday and will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Follow tournament updates at WCC Tennis Tournament Central.

USU HEADS TO WAC TOURNAMENT: To conclude the season, the Utah State is ready to hit the courts for the Western Athletic Conference Tennis Tournament at Las Cruces, N.M.

The sixth-seeded USU women will play No. 3 seed Idaho on April 26 at 9 a.m. (MT). The Aggies are currently 10-9 on the season and 2-2 in WAC play. The Vandals are 18-7 overall on the season, with a 3-1 conference record. This will be the first time the two teams have competed against each other this season.

Men's tennis

BYU BLOWS PAST GONZAGA: At San Diego, playing in its first ever West Coast Conference Tennis Championships, the No. 4 seed BYU men's tennis team routed No. 9 seed Gonzaga 4-0 on Wednesday to advance to the second round.

"We did a great job getting out on the doubles point," BYU coach Brad Pearce said. "Our guys played well in singles also. Getting off the courts with a win today is what we were looking for. Now we're looking forward to playing LMU tomorrow."

The Cougars (15-8) took all three doubles matches over the Zags (8-13). The No. 86 nationally ranked doubles team of Georgy Batrakov and Patrick Kawkaposted an 8-4 victory over their Court 1 opponent before freshman Keaton Cullimore and senior Michael Eraso finished on Court 3 with the same score. Playing on Court 2, junior Spencer Smith and freshman Francis Sargeant held their opponents to winning only one game in their 8-1 win.

BYU carried its solid play into singles, where the Cougars quickly grabbed the first three matches to secure the win. No. 61 Batrakov took a 6-2, 6-1 decision over Alvaro Nazal on Court 1 while No. 118 Kawka topped Olivier Jami 6-3, 6-1. At No. 4 singles, Cullimore followed suit with a straight set victory (6-3, 6-2) over Zhia Hwa Chong.

With the Cougars already advancing, the remaining three matches were not finished.

BYU next faces No. 5 seed LMU Thursday at 10:30 a.m. MDT at the Barnes Tennis Center in the second round. LMU (11-13) edged out No. 8 seed San Francisco in its first round matchup. The Cougars recorded a 6-1 win over the Lions earlier this season.

The winner of the Tennis Championships will be crowned Saturday and will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Follow tournament updates at WCC Tennis Tournament Central.

UTAH DEFEATS OREGON AT PAC-12 CHAMPIONSHIPS: At Ojai, Calif., the seventh-seeded University of Utah men's tennis team topped No. 70 and sixth-seeded Oregon, 4-0, during round one of the Pac-12 Championships Wednesday at Libbey Park. The Utes secured the doubles point and went on to sweep in singles play. Freshman Rafael Davidian managed to clinch the match for Utah in singles with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Oregon's Daniel Sardu from the No. 4 position.

Women's golf:

UVU's NAGEL TOPS AT TOURNEY: At Highland, Utah Valley University freshman Lynn-Marie Nagel birdied two of the last three holes Wednesday to hold of Houston Baptist's Kelsey Lou-Hing to win top medalist honors at the Great West Conference Women's Golf Championships at the Alpine Country Club.

"She had a powerful performance on the back nine," UVU women's golf coach Sue Nyhus said of Nagel, who was four-under par on the final nine. "She made some crucial downhill fighting putts."

Lou-Hing made birdie on the final hole to pull within a shot, but Nagel converted a two-putt par to win UVU's first women's individual conference or tournament championship.

Nagel opened the tournament Monday with a school and Great West Conference record 69 and followed it up with rounds of 76 and 77. She finished with 6-over par 222.

As a team, the Wolverines (925) finished second to Houston Baptist (904), while Chicago State (932) was third, followed by Texas-Pan American (964) and North Dakota (983).

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