WOMEN'S TENNIS: The No. 49 BYU women's tennis team came close to beating No. 15 Notre Dame Saturday, but the Irish were able to hold on to edge the Cougars 4-3.
The Cougars came out strong and took control of the game early in doubles. Seniors Dominique Reynolds and Leeza Klempner won at No. 1 by beating Katie Cunha and Lauren Connelley 8-4. Rebecca Pike and Olga Boulytcheva kept their 9-0 unbeaten doubles streak alive by defeating Caylan Leslie and Jennifer Smith 8-5 at the No. 3 spot.
Because of the late start to the match, the No. 2 doubles match was not finished.
MEN'S TENNIS: In a dual match that came down to the last match of the day, the No. 66 BYU men's tennis team edged the University of Denver 4-3 on Saturday.
The Cougars came out strong and captured the doubles point by winning two of the three doubles matches. Jose Lechuga and Anton Rudjuk overpowered Jason Tan and Hans Peter Gaber 8-2 at the No. 2 spot while Jeff Olsen and Alonso Medina beat Viktor Zetterholm and Colin Day 8-4 at No. 3. The 11th-ranked Carlos Lozano and Erik Nyman lost in a tough match at the No. 1 position to Urban Ljubic and Nejc Smole, 8-6.
SOFTBALL: Powered by two home runs from All-American Oli Keohohou, including the game winner in the bottom of the seventh inning, the BYU softball team (12-7) avenged a Wednesday lost to host Fresno State with 6-4 win. BYU defeated St. John's 4-1 in the early game and have won three straight heading into their home-opener next Friday against Utah State at Miller Park.
Playing in front of a sold-out stadium of over 2,000, BYU managed to jump out to an early lead in the first inning off a two-run blast that by Keohohou, her fifth of the season that scored sophomore Lauren Watson who reached on a single.
In the fourth inning, Fresno scored off a solo home run to bring the Bulldogs within one at 2-1. BYU responded with two runs of their own.
Keohohou walked and senior Brooke Cadiente doubled to put runners on second and third base. Freshman Ianeta Lei scored Kehohou on a fielder's choice. The Cougars successfully pulled off a suicide squeeze using Kate Walker that scored Cadiente and give them a 4-1 lead.
With the scored tied 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh and facing two outs, freshman Ashlyn Russell singled to right center. Keohohou stepped up to the plate and swung at a 1-1 pitch and hit a mammoth shot to left field to win the game.
BASEBALL: At the first day of the Seminole Invitational Tournament in Tallahassee, Fla., the University of Utah went 1-2. The Utes lost to Florida International (4-0), No. 18 Michigan (1-0) and defeated Providence (8-1). Niki Hayhurst had an RBI double in the victory.
Utah faces Southern Illinois on Sunday at noon (ET).
TRACK/FIELD: Utah State University throwers Josh Sides and Candice Workman won the men's and women's shot put respecively at the Bronco Qualifier at Boise State Saturday. Workman threw a personal best 49-11.75, the second farthest throw in USU indoor history, second only to teammate Kelli Burton's throw of 51-01.50 earlier this year.
Burton finished in second with a throw of 48-06.25. Dia Matthews finished in fourth in both the shot put (41-08.50) and the weight throw (48-08.25).
Sides was unable to improve his personal best in the win and finished with a throw of 59-02.75. Mark Burton finished in fourth with a personal best throw of 56-07.50. Kevin Liu finished 10th with a personal best 49-01.75 in the shot put and fourth in the weight throw (49-05.00).
Qualifiers for the NCAA Indoor Championship will be announced Monday night. Despite having four provisional qualifiers, Burton, Sides, Workman and Justin Wickard, only Sides has a legitimate chance of qualifying.
Last year the top 15 went to the championship.
The NCAA Championships will be held in Fayetteville, Ark. March 14 and 15. The Aggies will begin their outdoor season on March 22 at the Sacramento State Invite.
MEN'S TENNIS: Ryan Bair recorded a win in both singles and doubles as Utah State dropped its first-ever meeting with Saint Mary's College 1-6 Saturday.
In singles action, Bair, playing in the No. 6 spot, recorded the lone Aggie win as he defeated Josh Farley of Saint Mary's, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.
Hannes Schenk, playing in the No. 1 spot for his first match as an Aggie, was edged by Thomas Burgemeister of SMC, 7-5, 1-6, 1-0 (10-7).
In doubles action, Bair and Schenk, playing in the No. 3 spot, recorded the lone doubles win as they defeated the duo of Farley/Marechal, 9-8. Schenk recorded a win in his first doubles action as an Aggie.
WOMEN'S TENNIS: Utah State women's tennis team lost to UC Santa Barbara, 0-7 in Stockton, Calif., Saturday afternoon. The Aggies fell to 2-3 on the season.
The Aggies fell behind early by dropping all three doubles matches. The Aggies' closest match in doubles was an 8-5 loss by Jill Smith and Andrea Hansen to the UCSB tandem of Kuhle/Dillow.
The Aggies' next match is against Pacific on Monday, March 10 at 10 a.m.
SOFTBALL: Despite a first-inning home run from Marcie Neff, Utah State softball (2-10) was unable to win in two games against the Nevada Wolf Pack. Nevada won the first game 4-1 and the second 6-0.
Nevada is now 11-9 this season.
In the first game, Marcie Neff notched her first home run of the season in the first at-bat, scoring the Aggies only run of the game.
In the third inning, Utah State gave up two runs to the Wolf Pack off a triple by Stacy Mueller and a double by Cindy Elkins. The Aggies held the score at 2-1 until the sixth inning when Nevada scored two more runs, winning 4-1.
The second game was a defensive struggle, with no runs scored, until the bottom of the fifth when the Wolf Pack scored four runs off doubles from Jamie Waldron and Lindsey Hall. In the sixth, the Aggies gave up two more runs as the Wolf Pack beat the Aggies 6-0.
Freshman Quela Henderson was the top hitter for the Aggies, going 3-6 on the day. Neff was 1-4 in the first game with a home run.
The Aggies play their final game of the tournament Sunday at 11 a.m. The opponent for that game is still to be determined.
BASEBALL: Southern Utah infielder Brent Francom drove home the game-winning run with a bases-loaded, one-out single in the bottom of the ninth as the Thunderbirds rallied past Cal State Northridge, 9-8, in SUU's second game at the Arizona State/Bob Schaefer Memorial Classic Saturday in Tempe, Ariz. With the win, Southern Utah evened its record to 3-3 on the year, while CSUN fell to 5-16 overall.
SOFTBALL: Not many softball teams come to Utah Valley State College and take three of four games from the Wolverines. But this weekend that is exactly what Salt Lake Community College did. Following their split with the Wolverines on Friday, Salt Lake (18-5, 6-1) shut down the Utah Valley (20-12, 3-3) bats on Saturday winning 8-1 and 9-0.
In the two games Salt Lake pitchers Lindsie Nielsen and Amy Russell held the UVSC bats to eight hits. In game two Russell allowed only three hits in the 9-0 five inning win.
While the Bruins pitchers shut down the UVSC bats, their offense came through with 12 hits in each game.
In game two, Salt Lake held a 2-0 lead after the fourth inning. In the fifth, Salt Lake batted around the order to score seven runs on eight hits.
All seven runs came with two outs. The scoring barrage started when Cassie Cowley drilled a 3-run homerun to put the Bruins on top 6-0.
BASEBALL: The UVSC baseball team took advantage of 14 errors by their opponents over two games to sweep its final two games of the McDonald's Slugfest. UVSC defeated Salt Lake Community College 8-5 in eight innings then closed the tourney with a 10-4 win over Dawson Community College.