HOUSTON — The Utah Valley University baseball team pushed its winning streak to 27 games with a doubleheader sweep over Houston Baptist University Saturday at Husky Field. Despite battling 90-plus degree heat all day long, the Wolverines (34-11, 19-0 GWC) took Game 1, 7-5, and Game 2, 14-8.
"Our guys did a great job of staying focused and continuing to do what they do," said UVU head coach Eric Madsen. "We swung the bat pretty well and it was nice to see us get two more wins."
The Wolverines jumped out to an early 6-0 lead in the first game after two runs in the second, two in the third and two more in the fourth. HBU (18-26, 10-9 GWC) battled back and made it a 6-5 contest, however, late in the game as it scored two in the last of the fourth, two more in the fifth and a single run in the sixth.
Taylor Mangum came on for UVU when the Huskies were threatening for more in the sixth and pitched lights out, as he drew an inning-ending double play groundball from Kolby Arnst in the sixth. Then in the seventh he pitched around an error and drew a game-ending double-play ball from Asai Adame to help the Wolverines hold on to the seven-inning contest.
Mangum got credit for his second save of the year as he did not allow a hit in 12/3 innings, while the starter Preston Olson (6-0) picked up the win as he went the first 42/3 innings of the shortened seven-inning contest. HBU's Ryan Lower suffered the loss to fall to 1-3.
Offensively Kai Hatch and Austin Heaps both went 2 for 4 to lead the Wolverines. Hatch also drove home three runs and Heaps plated two more.
In the second game of the afternoon, Utah Valley jumped all over Houston Baptist's starter Ross Kennell as it scored five in the first and four more in the second, sending nine batters to the plate in each of the first two innings to take a quick 9-0 lead.
The Wolverines then extended their lead to 11-2 with two more runs in the third, but the Huskies answered with three in the third and two more in the fourth to make it an 11-7 contest.
After allowing two unearned runs in the fourth, UVU reliever Craig Brimhall settled down and pitched a scoreless fifth and sixth.
Sean Moysh added some insurance for the Wolverines with a two-run home run to right in the seventh and Hatch also drove home another run in the frame to extend UVU's lead to 14-7.
Josh Swenson then came on and pitched the final three innings for the Wolverines and gave up just one run while striking out two as UVU spoiled HBU's Senior Day with the doubleheader sweep.
Utah Valley slugged out 22 hits in the second game and eight of the nine Wolverine batters in the lineup recorded multiple hits.
Hatch and Heaps led the way for the Wolverines again as they each had four hits. Jake Rickenbach and Goose Kallunki also added three hits apiece as well.
Brimhall (1-1) picked up the win for the Wolverines and Swenson recorded his fifth save. HBU's Kennell took the loss to drop to 4-4 on the year.
The Wolverines and Huskies will close out the series Sunday with a 12 p.m. MT matinee.
UTAH BASEBALL: At Tempe, Ariz., James Brooks' third-inning home run was the only scoring for the Utah baseball team in a 17-1 loss to 20th-ranked Arizona State.
Arizona State used big innings to pull ahead for the win, including a five-run seventh inning, four-run third inning and three runs in the second and eighth innings.
Brooks' home run was his ninth of the season, which ties him for third in the Pac-12 in the category. The Utes scattered five hits throughout the game.
Utah used five pitchers, with starter Joe Pond earning the loss after allowing three runs on three hits over 11/3 innings. Josh Chapman, Tony Vocca, Tanner Tripp and Blake Golding also pitched, with Vocca going the longest with three innings.
Arizona State was led at the plate by three hits and three RBI from Trever Allen. Andrew Aplin went 2-for-3 with two walks and four RBIs. On the mound, Trevor Williams pitched eight innings, allowing one run on four hits with nine strikeouts in the victory.
Utah and Arizona State play game three of the series on Sunday, May 6, at 12:30 p.m. MST.
BYU BASEBALL: At Provo, No. 19 San Diego swept the series with the BYU baseball team after a 12-6 victory.
"I don't know how they (San Diego) have lost 11 games," said BYU head coach Vance Law. "They played outstanding today and I was extremely impressed. Our guys battled today though for sure, I've got no complaints about my guys and their performance. Whenever we scored today San Diego responded with big innings and took the momentum right back into its favor."
The Toreros strengthened their first-place standing in the West Coast Conference with the wins.
Dillon Robinson led BYU (18-21, 7-8) with four RBIs as the Toreros (36-11, 13-5) took every advantage in the final game of the series.
A passed ball, a wild pitch allowed and a Cougar error allowed San Diego to get runners on base, in scoring position and take a 3-0 lead through the top of the second inning. The Toreros tagged Miller for a pair of unearned runs.
Jaycob Brugman got his first hit of the series, a single, in the second and a wild pitch got him to second base. An RBI single from Brock Whitney brought home Brugman to put BYU on the board, 3-1.
Reliever Mason Marshall took the mound for BYU, earlier than normal, and struck out All-American Torero Kris Bryant to start fourth-inning action. San Diego's Corey LeVier responded with a two-RBI single to take a 5-1 lead as the Toreros were able to figure out the crafty right hander.
Brugman scored on Robinson's sac-fly in the sixth after keeping the Toreros scoreless to make the margin 6-2.
Making up for no runs in the sixth, San Diego scored three off three RBIs in the seventh.
The Toreros generated their third sac-fly of the game for another run in the eighth to take a 10-2 lead. A.J. Robinson then doubled to advance teammate Dillon Haupt to third, but he was stranded after BYU pitcher Daniel Welch struck out Andrew Daniel.
Michael Wagner took the mound in the eighth inning for San Diego, to finish out the game, with 19 saves on the year. BYU's Jarvis, Brugman and Whitney hit three consecutive singles to load the bases when Dillon Robinson came to the plate. Robinson worked the count to two-and-two before his triple cleared the loaded bases to bring the score to 10-5. Adam Law's sac-fly scored Robinson to close the gap, 10-6.
An RBI single from Bryan Haar scored teammate Bryant and, after the next pitch, Haar stole second before Joe's line drive scored him and gave San Diego the 12-6 lead.
San Diego's Wagner struck out three BYU players to finish the ninth inning.
SUU BASEBALL: At Fargo, N.D., after a slow offensive start in a 4-1 defeat in the opening game at North Dakota State, Southern Utah (14-28, 8-6 Summit League) bounced back in the second contest of the day behind a pair of home runs for Brad Royer and Bo Cuthbertson to take a 4-2 win against the league-leading Bison.
The Thunderbirds were only able to come up with two hits in the first matchup as NDSU starter David Ernst (4-0) allowed just five total base runners while working through seven innings. Bison reliever Kyle Kingsley then tossed a perfect final two frames to pick up his fourth save of the season.
Southern Utah fell behind early in the contest after North Dakota State (35-12, 11-4) plated three runs in the first three innings. Max Casper and Nick Anderson each drove in score to help the home team jump out to a 3-0 advantage.
SUU was able to trim the deficit in the top of the fourth as third baseman Justin Neuhart drove the ball into left to bring in Cuthbertson in from second, pulling the Thunderbirds within two, but the Bison would get the run back on an RBI single from Tim Colwell in the bottom half of the inning and eventually held on for the 4-1 win.
Junior pitcher Kelsey Outram (3-7) took the loss for Southern Utah after allowing four runs, all of which were earned, on five hits over seven innings.
It was the T-Birds who would strike first in the second meeting when Royer hit the ball over the wall down the left-field line with a runner on to put SUU up by two. Cuthbertson then drove a blast out to right in the following at bat to give Southern Utah back-to-back home runs and a 3-0 lead.
The Thunderbirds cruised through the next three innings behind starter Justin Neubauer (6-3) who retired 15 of the first 18 batters he faced. The junior lefthander held the Bison scoreless until the bottom of the sixth when they were able to pick up a couple of unearned runs to narrow the SUU advantage to a single run at 3-2.
In the top of the seventh, Royer came through again for Southern Utah with an RBI single up the middle to score DJ Andrade from second and push the lead back to two with the score at 4-2. Neubauer then recorded the final three outs to seal the victory for SUU.
Royer led Southern Utah with three RBIs on the day while Wes Satzinger went 3-for-5 at the plate for NDSU. Luke Anderson (8-2) took the loss for the Bison in the second game after giving up four runs on six hits over seven innings pitched.
Southern Utah will look to even the series Sunday as the two teams meet in a final game scheduled to begin at noon (MT).
SLCC BASEBALL: At Taylorsville, the 5th-ranked Bruins (40-8, 31-6) fell 10-6 and 4-3 to Western Nevada to close out the regular season. The Bruins secured the SWAC title with a series split and will host the Region 18 Tournament beginning on Wednesday.
Kennedy Kinkade provided plenty of offensive power for Salt Lake, finishing with five RBIs on a three-run home run and a two-run home run. Ruddy Acosta took the loss, going three innings and allowing five runs.
Kinkade stayed hot in Game 2, blasting a solo home run in the 7th to bring the Bruins within one run of WNC. Western scored all four of their runs in the first inning and Salt Lake came up one run short. Dominique Taylor drove home a run on a RBI single in the first inning.
DIXIE STATE BASEBALL: At St. George, five pitches after Dixie State saw its nightcap lead evaporate, senior catcher Joe Andrade lifted a solo home run to right field to give the Storm an 8-7 lead. The cushion held thanks to solid bullpen pitching.
The day began with a dominating pitching performance from Cal State Los Angeles starter Jonathan Asakura, as he shut down DSC in a 6-0 win.
Dixie State tallied its 31st win of the season paired with an 18th loss while the Golden Eagles saw their record move to 26-21.
Asakura allowed three singles over seven quality innings in Saturday's opener. The Eagles posted a first inning run and five more in the second to hand Bryce Anderson the loss (4-3).
In the nightcap, both teams plated a pair of runs in the first inning. Colton Yack cashed in Jordan Hanley with a sacrifice fly to right field. Andrade later added an RBI single up the middle.
DSC opened a 6-2 lead after the second inning. Hanley sparked the scoring with an RBI single. Garrett Nash brought in a runner from third on a bouncer to first and Yack put up his second RBI with a single. Cedric Johnson capped the frame with a double off the center field wall.
Yack tallied his third run knocked in with a triple to the gap in right center, scoring Yuto Kata.
CSULA scored four quick runs in the fifth a pinch-hit three-run homer from Andrew Allen. Austin Christiansen entered from the pen and plunked the first man he faced. The junior buckled down and made a nice play to force out a runner at third on a bunt and rolled up an inning-ending double play to cut down the Golden Eagles threat.
Andrade played the hero role with the homer to lead off the fifth. DSC had another opportunity with the basesloaded, but could not add to the lead.
A pair of senior relievers took the reins and pitched as tough as they have all year. Kyle DiMartino allowed a leadoff hit in the CSULA sixth, but promptly picked off the runner as first. He induced a ground out and a fly out to end his frame. Daniel Zapata entered in the seventh to protect the Storm's one-run lead. A quick 1-2-3 inning, including a strikeout, closed Zapata's seventh save of the year and tied him with former DSC reliever Todd Morlock for the career lead in saves with 16.
Yack, Andrade and Tyler Sleskeach had two hits as the Storm outhit CSULA 12-to-seven.
The series finale is Sunday, with first pitch scheduled at noon.
UTAH SOFTBALL: At Salt Lake City, freshman outfielder Kate Dickman came up with a clutch two-out single that tied the game at four runs apiece in the sixth inning, but the University of Utah softball team was edged by No. 2 Arizona State, 6-4.
Utah (26-25, 1-19 Pac-12) earned a 7-7 tie with Arizona State, while both teams also committed one error in the field.
Dickman connected on a two-run single in the sixth to lead Utah's three-run sixth-inning rally that tied the game at four runs apiece. The Mission Viejo, Calif., has driven in 21 runs this season and ranks third on the squad with 41 hits during her rookie campaign.
Senior first baseman Tia Palauni and junior outfielder Katelyn Elliott both cranked doubles for the Utes. Palauni has seven two-base hits this year and has 16 extra-base hits in 2012, which is third on the Utah squad. She has 48 extra-base hits.
Junior shortstop Kelsi Hoopiiaina drove her second sacrifice fly of the season in the third inning for her 22nd RBI of the year.
Senior third baseman Whitney Holm lined an RBI single to center field to start Utah's sixth-inning comeback. She leads Utah this season with 55 hits and 39 RBIs.
Senior right-hander Generra Nielson took the ball for the Utes in her 39th start of the year and went six innings, while allowed five earned runs on seven hits to go with three strikeouts. Unfortunately, she took the loss in the pitching decision and is 19-16 this season. She needs just six more strikeouts to tie Meghan Dyer (2006-07) for fourth place on school's all-time strikeout list.
The Utes conclude their Pac-12 Conference series with the Sun Devils tomorrow at 1 p.m. MT.
BYU SOFTBALL: At Reno, Nev., the Cougars earned two wins two different ways, defeating Nevada 10-0 and 7-4 to sweep the series and finish out the regular season.
The wins give BYU (40-13, 15-4) at least a No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in next week's Western Athletic Conference Tournament. The Cougars have won 11 games in a row and 16 of their last 17, giving BYU its eighth-straight 40-win season.
"The girls played great," said BYU coach Gordon Eakin. "I'm really proud of them and for getting 40 wins this season."
In Game 1, every Cougar in the starting lineup had at least one hit and all but one scored at least one run. In the circle, Tori Almond pitched the shutout with eight strikeouts.
The Cougars scored their runs in two innings, getting four in the third and six in the fifth inning. JC Clayton hit a triple to knock in Shelbi Everett after Everett lead off the inning wtih a double.
Delaney Willard and Katie Manuma came up in the next two at bats, hitting back-to-back home runs, the third straight game with a homer for Willard and the third homer in two games for Manuma.
Six hits resulted in six more runs to end the game in the fifth. Willard hit an RBI-single before a Stacie Toney triple brought in two more runs. Krista Hicks then followed with a double to score Toney. Everett and Jessica Dugas also had an RBI apiece before the inning ended.
In Game 2, BYU came back after being down 3-0. The Wolf Pack hitters came alive with 14 hits, but BYU answered with 15 of its own.
Ashlee Brawley went 3 for 4 with three RBIs and a home run while five other players had multiple hits. Almond picked up the win again, this time in 41/3 innings of relief.
After Hicks hit her second double of the day, Brawley got BYU on the board for the first time with a homer to left field in the fourth inning. Tiffany Messerschmidt tied the game later in the inning with a single up the middle.
Two singles by Brawley and Everett each brought in a run in the fifth to give BYU the lead. In the sixth, a 2-RBI double from Toney gave the Cougars a 3-run lead.
USU SOFTBALL: At Logan, the Aggies (17-34, 4-15 WAC) battled hard against No. 12 Hawai'i (41-5, 15-3), but could not slowdown the high-powered Rainbow Wahine offense late in the game as UH pulled away to take the game, 9-2.
Senior infielder Lindsey Marquez provided the excitement for USU, as she delivered a two-run blast off one of the nation's best pitchers.
SUU SOFTBALL: At Fargo, N.D., the T-Bird offense erupted for eight runs in the fifth inning and used three home runs during the day to wrap up the regular season with an 11-6 victory at North Dakota State.
SUU's Katie Olinger opened the scoring on the day with a solo home run in the top of the second, marking her first big fly of the year. North Dakota State answered with a run in the home half of the inning and then took a 3-1 lead with two runs in the bottom of the third.
A second Thunderbird home run in the fourth, this time off the bat of Madison Resley, cut the margin to one, 3-2. However, the fifth inning put Southern Utah squarely in the driver's seat with eight runs in the frame. Kelsey Bryant tallied the first runs on a two-run home run over the fence in left center, scoring Mikkel Griffin who had hit an earlier single.
SUU (29-23, 15-9 Summit League) loaded the bases as Terysa Dyer was hit by a pitch, Kadi Henderson hit a single up the middle and Resley drew a walk. The bases remained loaded over the next five batters with Haylee Hoch, Olinger, Megan Gurski, Tessa Loewen, Griffin and Bryant logging RBIs. A final fly ball to left field ended the inning, but not before Southern Utah had taken a 10-3 lead.
NDSU rallied with three runs in the bottom of the sixth, cutting the margin to 10-6, but a final run by Southern Utah in the seventh on an RBI by Bryant capped the scoring, 11-6. Danielle Axe came on in relief for SUU in the bottom of the seventh and allowed a single hit and struck out two to finish out the game.
Southern Utah will return to the diamond next weekend when the team begins play at the Summit League Tournament in Kansas City. The Thunderbirds could qualify as either the third or fourth seed, depending on the outcome of the UMKC-Western Illinois series, and face IPFW or North Dakota State in the first round on Thursday.
SLCC SOFTBALL: At Rangely, Colo., the No. 1-ranked Bruins (52-7, 43-5) completed the four-game sweep over Colorado Northwestern with a 16-0 win. Salt Lake used a 7-run first inning to run away with the victory.
Starlee Hutchings connected on a grand slam in the second inning to put Salt Lake well ahead of Colorado. Hutchings finished the game 2 for 4 with five RBIs while Maddy Woodard hit a solo shot over the left-field fence. Lyndsey Healey went 1 for 2 with two RBIs in the game. Ariel Zimmerman got the win, going three innings with five strikeouts and Kylee Colvin completed the final two innings not allowing a hit.
The Bruins will open up the Region 18 Tournament at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday at Bruin Field.
DIXIE STATE SOFTBALL: At Seaside, Calif., the third-seeded Red Storm continued their winning ways in the NCAA West Region with a 2-0 win over two-seed and No. 7-ranked Cal State Monterey Bay.
Dixie State will now face sixth-seeded UC San Diego, who defeated Montana State Billings 4-0 and CSU Monterey Bay 5-0 to advance to the championship game.
Sophomore Mattie Snow threw a complete game, shuting out an Otter team that has four batters hitting over .400. She held them to three hits and struck out five, needing just 98 pitches.
With the game scoreless through six innings, freshman Courtney Sherwin deposited a 1-2 pitch over the left-field fence, her 12th of the season that gave the Red Storm a 1-0 lead. Two batters later, junior Anna Cue crushed her fourth home run of the season and second of the regional over the right-field fence to give Snow a 2-0 lead.
Snow had a stretch where she retired 11 straight batters and got some stellar defense to pitch out of three seperate jams.
Coach Randy Simkins said, "Mattie threw amazing today. She located very well and held a really good team to just three hits."
The first came in the first inning winning Angelina Orozco led off with a double to right center. Snow then forced a failed bunt foul out, a ground out to second base that moved Orozco to third base. The defense worked its magic when Jackie Serna lined a ball to right field and Sherwin made a diving catch to hold CSUMB at bay.
The second came in the sixth inning when Orozco reached base on Snow's only walk of the game. With Skyler Valdivia batting, coach Simkins called a pitch out and the Otters where trying to hit and run. Valdivia missed and catcher Marla Reiter threw a strike to first base to the covering Nicole Chavez who tagged Orozco out.
The final jam came in the bottom of the seventh inning when Nina Villanueva doubled to right center. Snow then induced a ground ball to short and Johnna Brown opted to cut down Villenueva, who was trying to take third on the play instead of throwing out Serna at first. Snow then struck out Jamie Moon and induce a fielder's choice to end the game.
"We practice those kind of plays and you never know when you how much you are going to use them, but I tell them all the time its what will make the difference in a game," said Simkins
For the Red Storm, Sheila Gelter led the team with two hits and Brown extended her hitting streak to 23 games with a double in the first inning. Jaelle Judkins added the other Red Storm hit in the third inning.
UTAH TRACK: At Eugene, Ore., competing in the inaugural Pac-12 Conference Championships, senior Brianna LeRoy is in third place following a first day career-best performance in the women's heptathlon.
"This was an excellent first day," Utah head coach Kyle Kepler said. "Brianna was composed all day and competed like a veteran, that is all we can ask for. I am very pleased with her performance today."
LeRoy got the day off to a quick start in the first two events. She clocked a time of 14.38 seconds for fifth in the in the 100-meter hurdles, earning 925 points. The second event LeRoy set a personal record in the high jump, clearing the mark of 5-093/4 feet for second place. Following the first two events, LeRoy was in second place overall and kept that momentum throughout the day.
In the shot put, LeRoy posted a throw of 35-011/4 feet for ninth, earning 575 points. She finished the day clocking a 200-meter time of 26.26 seconds, earning 13th.
LeRoy has a new first day personal best of 3,216 points and is currently in third place. Oregon's Brianne Theisen is in first with 3,758 points followed by Arizona State's Keia Pinnick with 3,402 points.
WESTMINSTER LACROSSE: At Grand Junction, Colo., the third-ranked Westminster College men's lacrosse team won its second consecutive Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference championship with a 17-7 win over Fort Lewis College.
With the win, Westminster earns an automatic invitation to the MCLA National Championships that will be held later this month in Greenville, S.C. The Griffins are now 15-3 overall this season and they have won the RMLC title four times in six years. Fort Lewis falls to 13-4 overall.
Jake Arthur scored five goals to lead the Westminster attack. Collin Madsen added three goals and three assists for a team-best six points. Gian Sexsmith finished with two goals and one assist while Dan Spencer contributed two goals.
Marshall Serzen won 15-of-21 faceoffs and collected 10 ground balls. Jeff Peters picked up six ground balls and also scored a goal. Chris Burckle recorded four saves while allowing two goals to get the win. Adam Marfice gave up two goals with three saves and Craig Patrick made one save in allowing three goals.
The 2012 MCLA National Championships will be played from May 14-19 at Sirrine Stadium. The field and match-ups for the tournament should be released early next week.
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