BIG SKY ALL-SPORTS: With five championship competitions remaining this year Weber State leads the standings for the Big Sky All-Sports Championship. The Wildcats have 47 points in the men's competition and 61 points in the women's competition for a total of 108 points overall. Weber State, which has claimed the last two All-Sports trophies, earned big points after winning both the men's and women's basketball championships, and finishing first in women's and second in men's indoor track and field this year. Montana State has 102 points. Montana is third.
Final results will be officially announced upon completion of the Outdoor Track and Field Championships, and may be accessed via the conference website: www.BIGSKYCONF.com. Following the spring semester, the Big Sky will also announce its first-ever President's Cup standings. The President's Cup, which is awarded in addition to the All-Sports Trophy, takes into account academic achievement as well as athletic success of Big Sky schools.
WOMEN'S TENNIS: Weber State's women's tennis team will play host to Gonzaga University at 11 a.m. Sunday. The match will be played at the Weber State Varsity Courts. Spectators are welcome free of charge. The Wildcats are currently 5-7 in dual match play this season. The team will also compete next Thursday at noon against Cal State Fullerton.
SOFTBALL: Utah State (5-17) opens its Big West Conference season at eighth-ranked Cal State Fullerton Saturday and Sunday. Saturday's doubleheader starts at 2 p.m. and Sunday's game begins at 1 p.m. The Titans are the fourth ranked opponent USU has faced this season. The Aggies have won three of their last four games. As a team, they are .222 in the batter's box on the season. Freshman Quela Henderson leads USU at the plate with a .349 average. She also owns a five-game hitting streak and has made a hit in 14 of the last 15 games. CS Fullerton is 19-10 this season after splitting games with second-ranked Arizona March 22. All-time, the Aggies are 15-40 against the Titans. CS Fullerton returns six starters and 11 letterwinners from last years team. The Titans are hitting .258 as a team, while holding opponents to a .163 batting average. Jenny Topping leads the team at the plate, averaging .434. Jodie Cox and Gina Oaks lead the Titans from the mound with ERAs of 1.41 and 1.54, respectively.
BASEBALL: Southern Utah dropped to 4-4 on its current 11-game homestand and 7-8 overall after suffering a doubleheader-sweep at the hands of Cal Poly Friday afternoon in Cedar City. The Mustangs pounded out an SUU-opponent season-high 24 hits en route to the series-opening 22-1 win in seven innings. In the second game, two Cal Poly pitchers Garrett Olson and Tony Saipe combined to no-hit the Thunderbirds in a 7-0 victory. SUU concludes its series with Cal Poly Saturday with another doubleheader starting at noon at Thunderbird Park on the SUU campus.
WOMEN'S TENNIS: Southern Utah opened Mid-Continent Conference play Friday with dual victories over Chicago State, 5-2, and Oakland University, 6-1, in Tulsa, Okla. With the two wins, the Thunderbirds improve to 4-6 on the spring season.
Against CSU, the Thunderbirds won three of five singles matches played in straight sets and won the sixth by default, led by sophomore #1 Andee Durrant with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Cristina Vlase. Junior #2 Katie Zobrist survived a second-set tiebreak to defeat Robbie Barnett, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), while freshman #3 Vanessa Kawasaki won her match against Roberta Sowell, 7-5, 6-2, sophomore #5 Crystal Holt picked up a 6-3, 6-1 win over Jessie Bates and senior #6 Evie Larsen won by default. SUU also swept all three doubles matches, one by default, losing only three points combined in the two matches played.
Southern Utah dropped a total of 15 services games in taking five of six singles matches in straight sets over Oakland. Durrant, Zobrist, Kawasaki and Holt all picked up their second singles victories of the day, while junior Mandie Walker broke through with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Jennifer Herrera. SUU also swept all three doubles matches, losing just three services games overall.
SUU continues Mid-Con play in Tulsa Saturday vs. UMKC and Sunday against defending conference champion Oral Roberts.
Utah Valley SC
SOFTBALL: The UVSC softball team used run-rule mercy to sweep North Idaho College and scored 35 runs over 10 innings for the doubleheader, winning 22-2 and 13-1.
In the first game, Wolverine hitter Rachel Hartgrove got things started with a triple in the first inning. That led up to hits by Kelly Hardy, Kristy Miller, Shyanne Durrant, and Jenny Scoville, and four runs scored in the inning.
The Wolverines followed up in the second as Tashia Coe tripled in her first at-bat. Hartgrove then hit an RBI single to score Coe. Miller later hit her second RBI single in as many innings to bring Hardy across the plate. Miller had four RBI in the game.
UVSC got serious in the third inning, scoring eight runs in each of their final two innings at bat. Pitcher Ericka Jones (14-3) got the win in five innings.
In game two, the Wolverines didn't let up, shelling the North Idaho Cardinals for five runs on just three hits in the first inning for the 13-1 decision. Scoville hit a three-RBI double and eventually scored on a Meghan Christensen single.
UVSC scored three more runs in the second after NIC's Stefanie Muir scored on the unearned run. Muir also homered in the first game.
UVSC made up for being shut out in the third inning by scoring five more runs in the the fourth. They ended the game in order in the top of the fifth. Pitcher Kristy Miller (13-5) got the win.
The two teams play again Saturday at 12:00 p.m. at the Wolverine softball field.
UVSC Baseball OREM Leftfielder Kevin Hashimoto went 5-8 at the plate to help UVSC earn the split decision with the College of Southern Idaho in the afternoon doubleheader. The Wolverines took the second game 5-2 after dropping the first 1-4.
Hashimoto grounded out on his first at-bat in the first game. He then came up with three straight hits in his remaining at-bats and a stolen base in game one. Wolverine pitcher Chris Hunter (3-5) struck out seven and didn't allow any runs pitching the full seven innings in the first game loss.
With the game one warm-up, Hashimoto started game two with triple to deep center and later scored on a wild pitch from CSI's Ryan Jones. Hashimoto finished the second game with two hits, two RBI, one stolen base and one run.
Third baseman Adam Openshaw hit a two-RBI single in the fourth inning and benefitted from a Hashimoto single in the same series to grace the plate.
Wolverine pitcher Jason Ward improved to 6-1 on the year, striking out 10 and allowing no runs in the complete game. UVSC plays Southern Idaho again Saturday at noon at the Wolverine baseball diamond.