SOFTBALL: The Utah women's softball team started the Texas Classic off with a 2-0 record on Friday, including an upset 5-3 victory over No. 22 Texas, along with a 9-1 victory over Wisconsin in Austin, Texas.On Saturday, the Utes split a pair of games, defeating Wichita State, 3-2, in the morning in the final round robin game, then falling to Wisconsin, 4-2, in the semifinals.
BASEBALL: The University of Utah baseball team dropped both games of a doubleheader to UC Davis Saturday afternoon, falling to the Aggies, 13-5 and 7-5, in Davis, Calif. The Utes fall to 0-6 on the season, and they were led by the 5-for-9 two-game effort of Jesse Shriner. He also had a double, a home run and an RBI in leading Utah's offense Saturday afternoon.
TRACK:The Utah track and field team went into the last event of the Mountain West Conference Indoor Championships tied for seventh, and the 4x440 yard relay team came up big as the Utes rallied for a hard-fought seventh-place finish at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado.
"I'm proud of the way the team fought this weekend," said head coach Kyle Kepler. "It's not where we wanted to finish, but I think the women represented the University of Utah very well. We're a young team, and we showed that. We have a ways to go. Now, our charge is to come home, get healthy and get ready for the outdoor season."Lauren Endersen set the table for the dramatic finish in the 3000m. She passed four runners in last few hundred meters to take seventh in 10:33.86. Her effort gave Utah enough points to tie UNLV for seventh.
MEN'S TENNIS: The BYU men's tennis team fell to No. 33 Arizona State (7-0) and Arizona (5-2) on Saturday, falling to 6-5 on the season.
WOMEN'S TENNIS: The No. 56 BYU women's tennis team won all six singles competitions and swept the doubles matches to blank the Kansas Jayhawks 7-0 at home. With the win the Cougars improve to 7-6 on the season.
TRACK: The BYU men's track & field team won the 2008 MWC Indoor Championships on Saturday with 169 points.
BYU men's coach Mark Robison received the Co-MWC Coach of the Year award and Kyle Perry (mile), Keith Jensen (800m), Angela Wagner (mile) and Carlee-Clark Platt (800m) pushed BYU's total individual champions to six. On Friday, Bryce Bergen won the high jump and Justin Palmer won the heptathlon. The men's and women's distance medley relay teams were also victorious on Friday.
"We had some phenomenal performances today, and I'm very pleased with the result," Robison said. "We escaped here without any injuries, and we accomplished what we came here to do."The BYU women's team finished third with 112 points, behind TCU and Colorado State.
BASEBALL: Steve Parker and Kasey Ko lifted BYU to a 13-8 victory over Gonzaga. The victory broke a five-game losing streak and improved BYU's record to a 2-5 mark, while Gonzaga is now 3-5.Parker put BYU ahead, 9-8, with a three-run blast off former BYU pitcher Chris Highmark. It was Parker's second dinger of the day; he had hit a solo shot on the heels of teammate Dan Vargas, who also homered in the four-run third.
SOFTBALL: At Tempe, Ariz., errors proved to be costly on Saturday, when the BYU women's softball team suffered two losses against Creighton, 10-1, and Arizona State, 8-2, at the Wilson/Demarini Invitational. The Cougars head home with an 11-7 record.BYU committed four errors against Creighton and two against Arizona State. All errors were costly for the Cougs and led to six unearned runs against Creighton and four unearned runs against Arizona State.
WOMEN'S TENNIS: USU lost to Nevada, 7-0, Saturday at the Logan Sports Academy and Racquet Club. With the loss, the Aggies' record moves to 2-8 this season.
MEN'S TENNIS: Utah State men's tennis lost to Weber State, 6-1, Friday in Las Vegas. The Aggies fall to 3-9 on the season while the Wildcats improve to 2-5, with both wins coming against USU. In singles action the Aggies' only point came from freshman Jakob Asplund, who won at No. 1, 7-5, 6-4, against Weber State's Henning Hipp.
BASEBALL: SUU's baseball team generated runs on a single-by-single basis in a 4-2 decision over UVSC on Saturday afternoon as a steady 20 mph wind slowed play throughout the day. SUU starter Mac Nelson earned the victory, pitching seven innings without a run as Jacob Noyes earned his first save of the year coming on in relief in the final two innings. The win moves Southern Utah to 4-1 on the season and drops the Wolverines to 1-5-1 on the year.
TRACK: SUU men's and women's track each finished fourth in the first ever Summit League Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday afternoon in Sterling, Ill. The finish marked the first time that the teams have finished any lower than third at an indoor championship and also showed how the competition level has been raised at the conference level.
"This weekend really showed us that a team won't be able to come in here every year and dominate," head coach Eric Houle said of the meet. "We ended up scoring more points than we had projected and still ended with some really good times."
One of Southern Utah's highlights on the day was a first-place finish by freshman Christina Day in the women's 400-meters. Day blazed to first-place time of 57.07 in the event, marking the second individual title for the SUU women during the weekend.Sharla Platt, SUU's other individual winner during the weekend (3,000-meters), raced in two events during the second day, placing second in the women's mile (4:58.12) and third in the 5,000-meters with a school-record time of 17:30.82. Southern Utah recorded another strong result in Sharae Hill's fourth-place finish in the women's 60-meter dash with a time of 7.75
TRACK: One point and one second. Those were what the Weber State men's and women's track and field teams needed Saturday at the Big Sky Indoor Championships as both WSU teams lost by one point to Sacramento State. Both teams lost the final event of the meet by less than one second.
On the men's side Sacramento State scored 141 points to beat Weber State's 140 points with Northern Arizona finishing third with 108 points. It marked the second straight conference title for the Hornets, who won last year's meet by 1.5 points over the Wildcats.
It all came down to the final event, the 1600 meter relay, where Sacramento State won the event with a time of 3:13.43, beating both NAU and Weber State by less than one second.
The Sacramento State women's team won its first-ever Big Sky Championship after totaling 112 points, to beat out Weber State's 111 points. Northern Arizona was third at 95.5 followed by Montana.As with the men, the women's championship came down to the final event, the 1600 meter relay, where Sacramento State finished second and beat Weber State by 0.2 seconds.
SOFTBALL: After running away with the first game, Utah Valley fell in its second as the Wolverines split their home-opening double header with College of Idaho, 8-0 and 4-2.
Alli Bramwell pitched a gem for the Wolverines (3-9), striking out a career-best nine hitters while surrendering just one hit in picking up the shutout victory in game one.UVSC's Heidi Stocks went 4-for-5 with a double, home run and four RBI in the two games. Meghan Woodworth added a homer for the Wolverines.
SOFTBALL: In Lewiston, Idaho, Salt Lake CC (13-3, 5-1 SWAC) battled North Idaho College and won the first 9-1 and dropped the second game 4-3. Salt Lake smoked North Idaho's pitching for a season-high 18 hits in the first game.