MEN'S GYMNASTICS: Two Cougar sophomores earned All-America honors Saturday during NCAA Championships competition at Penn State University.
Courtney Bramwell place third on the rings with a 9.725 score, while Andrew Pileggi took fifth on the parallel bars with a 9.675 score. The top six scorers in each event are awarded All-America status.
BASEBALL: Junior second baseman Ryan Pond hit home runs in both games, including a grand slam which led to BYU beating Fresno State in the nightcap Saturday, 10-6.
BYU's record is now 22-19 overall and 8-13 in the Western Athletic Conference, while Fresno State is 23-21 and 13-7.
WOMEN'S GOLF: BYU's women's golf team will play in the 1998 WAC Championships, starting Monday in Monterey, Calif. The three day, 54-hole tournament will take place at the prestigious championship Poppy Hills Golf Course.
SOFTBALL: The Utah softball team won two Western Athletic Conference games with seventh inning rallies over New Mexico, 4-3 and 5-2, on Saturday afternoon at Ute Field.
Utah solidified itself in third place in the conference standings, improving to 27-16 overall and 14-8 in the WAC. New Mexico, the last-place team in the league, fell to 20-33 and 5-17.
BASEBALL: The University of Utah baseball team dropped its second game to No. 13 Rice, 16-5. The Utes' five runs were scored off a double by Jared Larsen and singles by Ty Withee, Chad Truby and John Summers. Rice batters wasted no time jumping out on the Utes, scoring 11 runs in the first three innings. The Owls collected 25 hits during the game. Utah falls to 14-26, 4-14 in WAC play. The two teams will wrap up the series in a single nine-inning contest at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Franklin Quest Field.
FOOTBALL: The University of Utah football team staged its second scrimmage of spring practice Saturday and the offense came to play.
Running backs Omar Bacon and Thomas Fortune both looked sharp in carrying the football. Bacon had 10 carries for 52 yards, while Fortune carried the ball 10 times for 34 yards and a touchdown. Quarterbacks Darnell Ar-ce-neaux and Jonathan Cross-white both played well. Ar-ce-neaux completed a pair of passes for 11 yards while Cross-white went 5-of-8 for 48 yards and a score. Ar-ce-neaux also looked sharp during the red-zone drill, directing the team to two scores and breaking off a couple of nice runs.
Ute coach Ron McBride was pleased with his offense. "The defense has been ahead all spring," explained McBride, "but today the offense showed up and played well. Omar (Bacon) and Thomas (Fortune) answered a lot of questions about our running game. The offensive line also played well and showed we are going to be a physical offense. I also thought both quarterbacks came to play today."
The Utes will stage their final scrimmage of the spring next Saturday.
SOFTBALL: The Utah State softball team dropped both ends of a home doubleheader to the Titans of Cal State Fullerton 11-2 and 10-2 at Johnson Field Saturday afternoon.
BASEBALL: Gregg Shimada tripled home the tying run in the seventh inning, then scored the game winner on a throwing error to give Utah Valley State College a 3-2 win over Salt Lake Community College in the second of two games Saturday. UVSC also took the opener 6-2 behind the strong arm of Matt Kroon.