SOFTBALL: The Utah softball team entered the weekend tied with No. 11 Hawaii for second place in the Western Athletic Conference standings. Two days later, the Utes are four games behind the Rainbow Wahine and their post-season hopes are in jeopardy.
Hawaii (41-13, 18-8 WAC) continued its push for an NCAA tournament berth of its own with 8-6 and 7-4 wins over Utah at Ute Field on Saturday. The Utes, falling to 29-20 overall and 14-12 in the conference, may be running out of season with just 10 games remaining on the schedule.
Leading 3-1, Hawaii broke the game one open with five runs in the top of the six inning. The Utes came back with five runs in the bottom of the seventh, including a grand slam home run by Nicole Wilkinson. Starter Jamie Wilkes gave up three earned runs off of seven hits in two innings to take the loss, falling to 5-3.
BASEBALL: Spencer Oborn hit for an unprecedented second cycle in as many days and nearly pulled off a third Saturday as BYU swept the Air Force Academy, 20-8 and 26-4.
The victories put the Cougars one and a half games behind Grand Canyon University in the Western Athletic Conference North Division. (Grand Canyon swept Utah, 10-9 and 15-14 on Saturday). The Cougars hit four homers in game one, 12 homers in game two and had five players hit two homers apiece in separate games against the Falcons.
The Cougars are now 27-20 overall and 11-13 in the WAC, while AFA is 13-31 and 6-17.
SOFTBALL: Three Big West double-headers in three consecutive days for Utah State's softball team has resulted in three straight splits as the Aggies took a 3-2 win and dropped a 3-2, eight-inning decision at UC Santa Barbara on Saturday. USU split a pair of games with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on both Thursday and Friday and then with Saturday's win and loss, USU finds itself with a 12-23 overall record and a 6-16 conference slate. UCSB is now 23-18 overall.
SOFTBALL: Southern Utah grabbed a rain-shortened 6-2 win over Western Illinois University Saturday to secure second-place in the western division of the Mid-Continent Conference and earn a spot in the league's post-season tournament.
SUU (11-20, 6-5 Mid-Con) looked like a team which had something to play for, playing flawlessly in the field while making the most of its opportunities on offense. Tina Clark and Christy Burge each tripled in the third inning as SUU took a 3-0 lead, with Clark scoring on Susan Hansen's single and Burge's blast knocking in a pair of runs.
WIU (21-20, 9-2 Mid-Con) came back with a run in the fourth on a Mindy Johns RBI double, but the 'Birds added a run in the bottom of the frame on another RBI single by Hansen, then answered another Westerwind run in the fifth with two in the bottom half of the inning as the day's drizzle became a downpour.
UVSC BASEBALL: Shane Belliston flirted with the cycle twice, and had six hits on the day to lead Utah Valley State College to an 8-5, 9-4 sweep over the College of Eastern Utah Saturday.
The Wolverines improved to 40-13 on the year, becoming the first UVSC team to ever reach the 40-win plateau. Belliston led off each game with a home run. In the opener he tacked on a triple and a single, but failed to get the cycle when he grounded out in his final at bat. In game two he followed his homer with a double and a single, but grounded out again on his final trip. He had five RBI on the day.
UVSC's Jason Barney went 3-for-3 in game one, with a two-run homer. He had four hits on the day.