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Brigham Young

BASEBALL: Designated hitter Tyson DowDell had a three-run double and a solo homer Friday to lift BYU to a 16-14 victory over Hawaii.

The victory qualified the Cougars for the Western Athletic Conference playoffs in San Diego, May 14-17.

DowDell went 4-for-5 and had six RBI, including those from his fifth-inning double and eighth-inning homer. Cougar D.G. Nelson had a solo homer in the fourth, giving him a team-leading 15 for the season. Teammates Troy Farnsworth hit a three-run homer in the fifth and Jason Woolley added a solo shot in the eighth.

Hawaii got a two-run homer by Jamie Aloy in the sixth inning.

The Rainbows had a furious five-run rally with two outs in the ninth, leaving a baserunner stranded as the game ended.

BYU junior Shane Bloomfield scattered 11 hits over eight innings for the victory, while Andrew McNally struck out seven in defeat.

BYU improves to 32-14 overall and 18-8 in the WAC North, while Hawaii is 20-32 and 12-14 in the WAC West. The Cougars host Hawaii in the final game of the series today at noon.

TRACK & FIELD: The BYU track teams make their annual trek to Southern California this weekend for a tri-meet with Southern California and UCLA. Field events begin at 10 a.m. today and running events start at 11:45 a.m.

Last week, the BYU teams dominated their own Robison Invitational with the women scoring 211 points to easily outdistance second place Montana State, which finished with 78 points. The men scored 130.5, well ahead of second-place finisher Montana State with 99.

Utah State

SOFTBALL: You wouldn't know that it was the first- and last-place softball teams in the Big West Conference going at it, as Utah State and Cal State Northridge put on an offensive show, banging out a total of 42 hits and scoring 25 runs between them Friday at Johnson Field. The Matadors came from behind in the first game for a 7-6 win before the Aggies came back to take the final game, 7-5.

The second game looked like it was going to be a CSN sweep as the Matadors scored in each of the first three innings.

Trailing 4-1 in the fourth, Utah State came up with big inning, putting together four hits and taking advantage of a pair of errors to score six runs.

Amy Settlemier eventually settled down to hold the Matadors to just one run over the final three innings to pick up the win.

Utah State is now 17-34 and 7-21 in the Big West. Cal State Northridge moved to 34-18-2 and 21-9. Utah State will host New Mexico State today, in a 1 p.m. doubleheader.

Weber State

TRACK & FIELD: Weber State University's men's and women's outdoor track and field teams, are set to compete in their third meet in seven days. After participating in the Robinson Invitational in Provo (April 25-26), and in a dual meet vs. Utah State (April 28), the Wildcats travel to Sacramento, Calif., for a meet on today.

The men are involved in a three-way meet with host Sacramento State and Fresno State, while the women tangle in a four-way meet with Sacramento State, Fresno State and Nevada.