BASEBALL: Southern Utah carried a 13-3 run lead over UVSC going into the top of the eighth inning and withstood a five-run inning by the Wolverines to capture its third consecutive win of the year. The Thunderbirds are now 3-0 on the season while UVSC falls to 0-4-1 with the teams facing one another again Friday and Saturday. SUU starter Dustin Wittwer pitched five scoreless innings in seven innings of work to collect his second win of the year, retiring the first 12 batters in order.


BASEBALL: At Spokane, Wash., Gonzaga scored in every inning Thursday to win its first game of the season with a 19-12 victory over BYU. The Cougars took an early 4-0 lead, but the Bulldogs took a 5-4 lead in the second. Byron Winston knocked BYU starter Jake Wortham out of the game with a three-run homer in the third and led, 13-6 in the sixth. BYU's Kent Walton extended his hitting streak to 11 straight games with a seventh-inning double and BYU closed to 17-12. The two teams play a double header today.

SWIMMING: At Oklahoma City, the UNLV men's and BYU women's swimming and diving teams lead the rankings with 306 and 342 points, respectively, through day two of the 2008 MWC Swimming and Diving Championships. The Wyoming men and women are second in their respective competitions with 270 and 247.50 points, respectively.

GOLF: After two rounds at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational, BYU sits tied for 11th place and senior Juli Erekson leads the Cougars tied for 28th place at 10-over-par. Despite strong winds, several Cougars improved their scores in the second round, including Erekson who shot two birdies on the back nine. Senior Ashley Childers fired a 3-over-par 74, finishing the second round tied for 32nd place, while freshman Sara Romero shot an eagle at hole 18.


SWIMMING: At Oklahoma City, Utah's swimming and diving team completed day two at the 2008 Mountain West Conference Championships. The women's 200 free relay team of Natalie Edge, Annie VanLeeuwen, Kristina Evans and Jennifer Fredsall placed third in 1:32.08, which was an NCAA provisional qualifying time. Beth Gunderson placed fifth in the 200 IM with a time of 2:04.46, a half-second off the school record.


BASKETBALL: At Billings, Mont., the Westminster basketball teams picked up a pair of wins at Rocky Mountain on Thursday night. The Griffin men won 68-51 to improve to 20-5 and to move within one win of at least sharing the regular-season Frontier Conference championship.

Westminster's women beat Rocky Mountain 56-50 to earn a school-record 23rd win while extending their now-program-best seven-game winning streak. Both Griffin squads finish the regular season Saturday at Carroll College in Helena, Mont.

Dixie State

MEN'S BASKETBALL: At St. George, the Dixie State men wrapped up their season with a third consecutive victory — 72-67 over Chaminade. Kasey Winters scored 16 points in his final game with the Rebels (12-14, 9-8). He had 17 points in Dixie's 75-68 win Wednesday over Notre Dame de Namur.