Utewrap: The week in Utah sports, March 31-April 6
GYMNASTICS » Utah sat third after two rotations in Fayetteville, Ark., on Saturday, but snatched the lead with a 49.525 on floor and landed the school’s 28th regional title. Next the No. 5 Red Rocks will go hunting for an elusive 11th national championship banner. For that, they’ll first need to beat three out of No. 1 Florida, No. 4 Alabama, No. 8 UCLA, No. 9 Nebraska and No. 15 Penn State to advance to the Super Six after last year missing the cut for the first time since 1999.
ON DECK: NCAA Championships, April 18-20, Birmingham, Ala.
FOOTBALL » Junior quarterback Travis Wilson threw five touchdown passes in just 21 attempts and the Ute offense appeared formidable at Friday’s scrimmage — albeit against a Ute defense that was without as many as seven potential starters. Six practices remain before players and coaches go their separate ways for three months.
ON DECK: Days 10-12 (Tuesday and Thursday 3-5 p.m., either at the practice field or Rice-Eccles Stadium. Saturday scrimmage 10 a.m. to noon at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Inclement weather may lead team to practice inside. Public may view outdoor practices.)
MEN’S BASKETBALL » He’s taken the Runnin’ Utes from 6-25 to 21-12, and third-year head coach Larry Krystkowiak agreed to terms on a new five-year contract that would allow him to finish what he’s started in Salt Lake City. Sources had told The Tribune’s Tony Jones that Cal contacted Krystkowiak after the retirement of coach Mike Montgomery.
ON DECK: Season over
BASEBALL » The Utes snapped their nine-game Pac-12 skid but still dropped two out of three at Smith’s Ballpark this weekend against Arizona. Now 10-19 overall and 1-11 in the Pac-12, Utah will try to gain some momentum next weekend at .500 USC to carry into the following weekend’s three-game home series with No. 17 UCLA.
ON DECK: at USC (Friday through Sunday in Los Angeles)
SOFTBALL » Oregon State’s four-run fourth inning in Sunday’s finale prevented a Ute sweep, but junior left fielder Kate Dickman’s 3-for-3 performance Friday helped the home team (14-16 overall, 3-8 Pac-12) end a streak of six consecutive losses to Pac-12 opponents. The Utes will play five this week, with a doubleheader against Weber State to tune up for No. 14 Arizona State.
ON DECK: at Weber State (doubleheader Tuesday at 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., in Ogden), at Arizona State (Thursday through Saturday in Tempe, Ariz.)