SOFTBALL: At Las Vegas, the BYU women's softball team split two games at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic on a windy Friday, when they fell to No. 9 Oklahoma State, 8-5, and defeated Missouri, 4-0, to improve to 7-1 on the season.
Sophomore Angeline Quiocho put up three home runs during the Cougars' two games, marking her seventh home run in a four-game stretch. She went 4-for-6 on the day and now leads he Cougars with a .600 batting average. Sophomore pitcher Christie Zinanti became the first Cougar to record a loss this season. She gave up five earned runs and seven runs total, before she was relieved by Christina Gywn Trice in the fifth inning. BYU had three errors during the game. The Cougars play again today against Kansas and San Jose State.
DIVING: The BYU divers had a good showing against nationally ranked Stanford Friday. BYU's Tawni Jones was the sole first-place finisher in the dual meet as she won from the 1-meter board with a score of 294.75. On the men's side, Cougar Bryce Engstrom was the top finisher as he came in fourth place from both the 1- and 3-meter boards. Engstrom scored 287.48 on the 1-meter and 279.01 from the 3-meter.
MEN'S GOLF: Southern Utah University's men's golf team plays its second event of the spring season Monday and Tuesday when the Thunderbirds compete at the Rice Intercollegiate in Houston, Texas. Twelve teams are scheduled to compete, including: Baylor, Charleston, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, Nebraska, Pacific, Texas Southern, UC Davis, William & Mary, Winthrop, SUU and the host Owls.
SUU will travel six players to the tournament, with senior Eric Nilsson, juniors Matt McArthur, Nate Page and Jared Brader, and freshman Thomas Camaione expected to compete for the team with sophomore Tai Reynolds traveling as an individual.
This is SUU's first appearance in the tournament.
"We were a little disappointed with our finish last week at (the Pat Hicks Invitational), so we're looking to bounce back this week," SUU Coach Richard Church said of his team's 10th-place finish at its own tourney. "We've had some injury issues but we need to play through them and look for our healthy players to step up and play well."
SOFTBALL: Freshman catcher Brittany Henderson hit a two RBI double to highlight a three-run second inning and sophomore pitcher Kristina Brooks scattered five hits as Southern Utah took a 5-3 win over Virginia at Arizona State's Kajikawa Classic Friday.
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WRESTLING: Ben Kjar recorded his NCAA Division I leading 38th win of the season as Utah Valley rolled to a 38-7 win over Mesa State on Friday. Kjar, a 125 pound freshman, made quick work of Jason Blasdel, pinning him with 31 seconds left in the opening period. Other winners for UVSC were Mark Dennis (197 pounds), Billy Green (285), Logan Wilson (133), Jeff Newby, Sam Allen, Marc Fenwick and Casen Eldredge.
BASKETBALL: At Great Falls, Mont., it wasn't the best game the 23rd-ranked Westminster Griffins have played, but it was good enough. After seeing double-digit leads evaporate twice against the University of Great Falls, it took an Elisa Leader driving lay-up with 3.8 seconds left in overtime to get the Griffins a win. Leader finished
with 20 points. Westminster improves to 19-6 on the season and 6-3 in the Frontier Conference. They head to Havre, Mont., and a game against Montana State-Northern tonight. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m.
MEN'S BASKETBALL:No. 5 Salt Lake CC ran its record to 23-1 and 9-1 in the Scenic West with a 107-59 win over Colorado Northwestern College. Salt Lake shot 70 percent from the floor and held Colorado to just 35 percent shooting. The Bruins had six players in double figures; DaVell Jackson led all scorers with 18 points and seven rebounds.
TRACK: The University of Utah track and field team completed its first day at the Iowa State Classic on Friday. The Utes saw Ashley Patterson break the school record in the 200-meter dash. Patterson's time of 25.18 not only broke the school record but she placed second in her section. In the 5,000-meters, Lauren Endersen set a lifetime best by more than 40 seconds. She placed third overall with in 17:15.27. Lauren Lewis placed fourth in her 5,000-meter heat in17:52.83 and Haley McAllister placed fifth in the heat and 16th overall in the long jump.
TENNIS: Utah State men's tennis defeated Portland State, 5-2, Friday in Logan. The Aggies improve to 2-7 on the season while the Vikings fall to 0-5. USU's doubles partners of Jakob Asplund and Jonas Tyden and Oscar Ericsson and Fernando Gallegos secured wins. In singles action, the Aggies took four of the six points. Up next is a Feb. 23 match in Logan against Nevada.