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SOFTBALL: Dixie State completed a doubleheader sweep of Southern Utah with a final inning, tie-breaking RBI single. The Red Storm took game one 8-0.

In game two, Dixie State entered the home half of the seventh with the score knotted at six. A hit-batsman placed the lead-off batter Bailey Hicken at first. After stealing second, Hicken came around to score the winner on successive singles by Shantae Hunter and Kaitlin Nelson.

The Thunderbirds struck first with three runs in the first. Jenavieve Purcell and Norian James led off with singles. After Aly Daniels drew a base-on-balls, Purcell came home on Nicole Huntsman's infield grounder.

Darleen Fernandez followed up with a sharply hit single back up the middle to bring in James and Daniels.

The Red Storm answered with three runs of its own in the bottom of the first.

After both teams came up empty in the second, SUU tacked on the go-ahead in the top of the third. Aly Daniels was hit by a pitch. Daniels stole second, and came home on Nicole Huntsman's single to right-center.

Dixie State countered with another three-run inning to take the 6-4 lead.

SUU picked up single runs in the fourth and fifth.

In the fourth, Stephanie DeJesus drew a lead-off walk, advanced to second on Jenavieve Purcell's SAC bunt, and on to third on a wildpitch. Norian James single brought in DeJesus.

In the fifth, Darleen Fernandez homered to dead-center to knot the score at six.

Neither team scored in the sixth, and after SUU came up empty in the visitor's half of the final inning, Dixie State orchestrated the walk-off 7-6 win on Hicken's quick trip around the base pads.

The Thunderbirds return to Kathryn Berg Field for a doubleheader with instate rival BYU on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.

TRACK AND FIELD: SUU's women proved to be a dominant force on the track on Saturday night as the women swept individual titles in the 100-meters through the 1,500-meters, highlighting performances by the SUU Track and Field team at its lone home contest this season.

Chelsea Allen began the collection of titles for the T-Birds by capturing a double gold in the women's 100-meters (11.97) and 200-meters (24.52) to kick start the SUU sprinters. Christina Day followed suit in the women's 400-meters, with a first-place time of 55.31. The duo returned to help the women's 4x100-meter relay and 4x400-meter relay on to first-place finishes in those events with times of 46.37 and 3:45.66, respectively.

The winning trend continued in the middle distances as Sharla Manuele picked up a pair of titles in the women's 800- and 1,500-meters, setting new facility records in each event with times of 2:12.03 and 4:31.09, respectively.

The SUU women wrapped up their final titles on the track in the hurdles as freshman Shaye Maurer raced to a first-place time of 14.13 in the 100-meter distance and Kyle Frandsen crossed the line first in the women's 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:02.23.

More titles rolled in for the Thunderbirds in the field events as Kristi Koplin's toss of 158 feet three inches in the discus marked the best in the field. A fellow thrower, Amber Madril, recorded a first-place mark of 141 feet nine inches in the women's javelin, wrapping up first-place honors for the Southern Utah women.

On the men's side, SUU found the competition by Utah Valley and Idaho State much more challenging as the opposition posted facility-record marks in five different events. However, Southern Utah found success in the men's hurdles, sweeping both distances. Kodai Kusano led the charge for the T-Birds in the 110-meters (14.43) while Kelly VanArsdol captured gold in the 400-meters (54.19).

VanArsdol returned in the men's 4x400-meter relay, helping the team to a first-place finishing time of 3:14.13 in that event. The three titles on the track for the men proved to be one less than the field team managed as Carlos Valle doubled up with a pair of titles in the men's discus (168-09) and shot put (53-07.50). T-Bird jumpers made up the rest of the medals with Wade Nielson clearing a first-place height of six feet 9.75 inches in the high jump and Kyle Kopp bounding 23 feet six inches for first place in the long jump.

Southern Utah will have a quick turn around this week as the team will head north and compete at the Weber Twilight Meet on Wednesday.