SOFTBALL: The University of Utah softball team pitching staff allowed only four hits but fell 10-2 in five innings against No. 21 Northwestern in its final game of the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic on Sunday.
Utah (7-2) got 2.2 innings from junior pitcher Brittany Parker, who retired six of the first seven Northwestern batters she faced. The Murray, Utah native allowed seven runs with four walks and four strikeouts. Joni Cook came on in relief in 1.1 innings, allowing three earned runs on three walks with three strikeouts.
Sophomore third baseman Whitney Holm came up with the lone Utah hit of the game in the first inning. Holm, the Spanish Fork, Utah, native was 1-for-3 while senior Kara Foster was credited with the Utes' lone RBI in the first inning.
Utah heads to the Cathedral City Classic next weekend where it will take on Oregon (3 p.m. PT) and Fresno State (5:30 p.m. PT) on Thursday.
SKIING: Anna Kocken and Torjus Krogdahl each finished sixth in the RMISA alpine qualifier slalom races on Sunday afternoon at Sugar Bowl ski resort.
Kocken skied a time of 1:27.31. Combined with her seventh-place run in the event yesterday, her strong weekend puts her in a good position to qualify for NCAA's. Sofia Smith was 20th in 1:31.41.
For the men, Krogdahl earned his fifth top-six finish of the season in the slalom with a time of 1:27.35. Max Lamb had his best finish of the year in the event with a seventh-place run (1:27.44). Thomas Zumbrunn placed 18th with a time of 1:29.54.
"It's awesome to see us have some really strong finishes today," Director of Skiing Eli Brown said. "This takes the pressure off the alpine team qualifying so we can just focus on skiing faster!"
The Utes have a quick turnaround this week, heading to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, for the RMISA
NCAA West Regional meet, which begins on Friday, Feb. 26.