BASEBALL: At Huntsville, Texas, the Utah baseball team swept a doubleheader against Sam Houston State on Saturday, winning game one 10-6 before taking a 3-2 win in game two.
A five-run ninth inning broke a 5-5 tie and lifted the Utes to the 10-6 victory in game one. Mark-Jan Moorman hit a three-run home run in the inning for Utah.
Reliever Stephen Streich earned his first win of the year on the mound. Nick Kuroczko was 4-for-5 in game one while Moorman had four RBI on two hits.
SOFTBALL: At Cathedral City, Calif., senior right-hander Ashley Smuda threw two complete games and allowed only one earned run to lead the Utes to a 5-1 win over Long Beach State and a 2-1 win against UC Davis Saturday at the Cathedral City Classic at the Big League Dreams Sports Park.
Utah (9-6) received from an impressive performance from Smuda on the mound throughout the day. The Scottsdale, Ariz., native tossed 14 innings for the Utes, allowing only one earned run for a 0.50 ERA. Smuda gave up only four hits and three walks while striking out eight batters between the two games. She threw the eighth and ninth complete games of this year and the 34th and the 35th of her career. Smuda has received the decision in all nine of Utah's wins this season and currently stands 9-2.
At the plate, catcher Brooke Olson was for 4-for-6 on the day with three runs scored, two RBI, a double and a stolen base.
Utah's home opener is against South Dakota State on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
WOMEN'S TENNIS: The Utes (4-5) upset 50th-ranked Arizona (8-2) by a score of 5-2, Saturday at the Eccles Tennis Center. Sophomore Lisa Johnson clinched the match for the Utes from the No. 6 singles position by topping Natalia Toporowska in a three set match, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.
"This was a great win for out team," said head coach Mat Iandolo. "I can't say enough about the effort put in by our players to beat a top 50-ranked, Pac-10 team. We are ready for our big match against No. 22 DePaul tomorrow."
In doubles play, sophomore Anastasia Putilina and freshman Paige Miles upset the 42nd-ranked team of Natasha Marks and Alexandrina Naydenova at the No... 1 spot, 8-3.
Seniors Erin Monson and Andrea Maughan fell at the No. 2 position in a hard fought,9-7, match to Sarah Landsman and Claire Rietsch.
Johnson and junior Evgenia Kryuchkova secured the doubles point for Utah when they defeated Ariane Masschelein and Jane Huh, 9-8(3), at the No. 3 position.
In singles play, Monson topped Naydenova, 6-2, 6-4, at the No. 3 spot making the score, 2-0, in favor of Utah.
Miles then downed Masschelein at the No. 4 position, 6-2, 6-1, putting the Utes up, 3-0, over the Wildcats..
Putilina fell at the No. 1 spot to 88th-ranked Marks, 6-4, 6-2, giving Arizona it's first point.
Kryuchkova was topped by Landsman at the No. 2 spot,6-4, 6-3, making the 3-2.
Johnson then clinched the match for Utah at 4-2.
Harris defeated Toporowska at the No. 5 position, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5, putting the final score at 5-2.
The Utes will host a doubleheader on Sunday facing No. 22 DePaul first at noon, followed by Weber State at 5 p.m. The matches will be held at the Eccles Tennis Center. Admission is free.
SOFTBALL: At Cathedral City, Calif., senior right-hander Ashley Smuda allowed only one run and threw a complete-game one-hitter to lead the University of Utah softball team earned a 5-1 win over Long Beach State during the first game of the day Saturday at the Cathedral City Classic at the Big League Dreams Sports Park.
Utah (8-6) got an impressive performance from Smuda on the mound throughout the game and earned her eighth complete game of the year and the 34th of her career. Smuda allowed a leadoff double to Nalani St. Germain that eventually yielded the 49ers' first and only run of the game. After facing four LBSU hitters in the first inning, Smuda sent LBSU down in order the final six innings, pitching to the minimum three batters in each frame. Smuda, a Scottsdale, Ariz., native, has received the decision in all eight of Utah's wins this season and currently stands 8-2.
Three Utes registered multiple-hit performances in the game with Hannah Clements, Kelsi Hoopiiaina and Brooke Olson all turning in 2-for-3 performances at the plate against LBSU starter Taylor Petty. Clements was credited with a team-high two RBI.
Utah completes Cathedral City Classic competition against UC Davis today at 9 p.m. MT.
WOMEN'S TRACK AND FIELD: The Utes finished out the Mountain West Conference Indoor Championships Saturday afternoon with a fourth place overall finish. Junior Alyssa Abbott won the 3000m run and Amanda Mergaert broke the school record in the mile run.
"We came to compete every single day of the conference meet and we really got after it," said head coach Kyle Kepler. "I couldn't be any more complimentary to my kids for all of their great efforts throughout the meet. We had an awesome meet as a team. Even if some of our athletes were unable to qualify for the finals in their events, they still competed their hearts out for us."
Mergaert ran a solid race in the mile run. After running in fifth place for the majority of the race, she pushed herself in the last leg to finish second overall with a time of 4:51.21 (altitude adjusted). Mergaert's time is a new lifetime best and breaks Utah's school record previously set in 2008 by former runner Chelsea DiGrazia (4:53.85).
SKIING: Utah freshman skier Anna Kocken earned her first collegiate victory in the slalom at the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association Championships on Saturday evening.
Kocken finished the race in 1:20.32.
"For Anna to have this kind of confidence on the NCAA course is a great way to go into the NCAA Championships in two weeks," Director of Skiing Eli Brown said. "It's great to end the regular season on a high note. The team is fired up and can't wait to get back to Steamboat."
In the men's slalom, Kyle Kung finished sixth to lead Utah with a time of 1:15.96.
For the Nordic skiers, the men were led by three top-10 finishes as Didrik Smith (eighth), Martin Liljemark (ninth) and Miles Havlick (10th) were all strong in the 20-km free. Zoe Roy paced the women with an eighth-place run win the women's 15-km free race.