BASEBALL: Division champion Grand Canyon University eliminated BYU from next week's WAC tournament with a 16-10 victory Friday.
The Antelopes from Phoenix equaled the Cougars with 16 hits, but BYU surrendered 10 bases on balls in the game and had a bad fifth inning. Three of those walks came in the six-run fifth inning and all of those runners scored.
The Cougars got a solo homer by Troy McNaughton in the first inning, his 22nd of the season, a two-run homer by Chris Circuit in the sixth, and a three-run homer by Spencer Oborn in the eighth.
BYU needed to sweep the three-game series with GCU and fell to 27-24 overall and 11-17 in the WAC. The Antelopes are 28-23 and 16-12. The two teams meet again today in a noon doubleheader.
WOMEN'S GOLF: BYU went from a 299 Thursday to a 316 Friday and dropped from eighth to 17th at the NCAA West Regional tournament in Stanford, Calif.
The top 11 finishers at the regional tournament qualify for the NCAA tournament May 21-23 in Madison, Wis.
Top-ranked Arizona widened its lead on the field, shooting a nine-under par 283 in the second round for a two-round total of 573, 17 strokes ahead of second-place Arizona State's 590.
The Cougars are tied with Northern Arizona and Texas A&M at 615 - 13 strokes out of the tie for 10th place that would mean a trip to nationals.
The tournament concludes today.
BASEBALL: Jim Murphy homered twice and drove in five runs Friday as Air Force ended a 10-game losing streak with an 11-8 win over Utah in the Western Athletic Conference in Air Force Academy, Colo.
Travis Lauritsen (6-7) also homered and pitched seven innings to help Air Force (14-37, 7-20 WAC) surpass its win total from last season.
Sam Swenson, Nate Forbush and Ryan Johnerson each homered for Utah (21-31, 9-19).
Swenson's two-run homer tied the game 5-5 in the fourth inning, but Air Force took the lead for good in the fifth on Mike Stolley's run-scoring single off Utah starter Lance Erickson (0-7).
Murphy's two-run homer gave the Falcons an 8-5 lead in the sixth before Forbush and Johnerson hit solo shots to make it 8-7. Murphy's three-run shot off Brett McDermaid put Air Force ahead 11-7 in the eighth.
Todd Ladd allowed two runs in the final two innings but still picked up his ninth save.
SKIING ACADEMIC HONORS: Nine members of the University of Utah ski team have been named to the United States Collegiate Ski Coaches Association All-Academic Team.
Utes Tina Kavcic (physical therapy), Sandra Kuehni (architecture), Sabrina Lawrence (communications), Martine Munthe-Kaas (exercise science) and Hailey Wappett (civil engineering) were named to the women's team. Alain Britt-Cote (economics), Pat Casey (environmental earth science), Ryan Forsyth (business) and Markus Leunig (finance) were named to the men's team.
TRACK AND FIELD: USU competed in Wednesday's ISU Twilight meet at Idaho State in Pocatello.
Scott Schaley claimed the discus title with a throw of 157 feet, 7 inches and was the only Aggie to win a men's event.
First-place finishers for the women included Brittany Lindstrom in the 400-meter hurdles (1:04.00), Melanie Roberts in the 800 (2:24.30); Tricia Schmidt in the long jump (18-4.50), Becky Blackburn in the high jump (5-4.0) and Erin Hartvigsen in the hammer (177-7.0).
TRACK AND FIELD: USU hosts its final outdoor meet - the Mark Faldmo Invitational - today at the Maughan Track Stadium. Also participating will be Weber State, Brigham Young, Southern Utah and Idaho State.
FOOTBALL: The annual Purple/White spring football game is set for noon today at Stewart Stadium. Admission is free.
The purple team is made up of the first-team offense and second-team defense, and the white team is the second team offense and first team defense.
Each team will begin on its own 35-yard line. There will be no live kickoffs or punts. Each quarter is 15 minutes, with the clock running continually until the final two minutes of the half.
Steve Buck, who returns as the WSU starting quarterback, is nursing a knee injury but will play. Senior linebacker David Stroshine, the 'Cats' leading tackler last season, will miss the scrimmage due to a shoulder injury.