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State colleges: Utah beats Washington State on 10th-inning homer

Published April 15, 2012 9:46 pm

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James Brooks hit the game-winning home run to lead off the 10th inning, lifting the University of Utah baseball team to a 4-3 win over Washington State in a Pac-12 game on Sunday in Pullman, Wash.

The Utes (9-24, 5-9) pulled off the win after allowing the Cougars (17-14, 4-6) to score a run in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game.

Brooks, a senior shortstop, went 3-for-5 with three RBIs. He hit a two-RBI double in the seventh inning that gave Utah a 3-2 lead.

Utah starter Brock Duke pitched seven solid innings, allowing two runs on three hits with six strikeouts. Tyler Wagner (2-5) entered in the eighth inning, allowing one run on two hits to earn the win.

WSU took a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning on a two-run home run from Taylor Ard.

The Utes retook the lead in the seventh, 3-2, on Brooks' double. Josh Alexander led off the inning with a walk before Relf hit a bunt single to set up Brooks.

Wagner entered in the eighth inning and struggled in the ninth, allowing back-to-back singles to start the inning before Tommy Richards tied the game at 3-3 by scoring on a wild pitch. The Utes intentionally walked two batters in the inning and eventually got a double play to get out of the inning. Wagner came back strong in the bottom of the ninth to close out the game.

Seattle 5, BYU 2 • In Seattle, the Cougars (17-13) managed just four hits, all singles, as their four-game winning streak ended.

Cameron Keysor (0-1) started the game for BYU and took the loss, allowing four hits, two walks, and three runs, two of them earned, in three innings of work.

Seattle's Garrett Anderson (5-2) allowed just three hits and one walk in seven innings of work.

"He [Anderson] pitched well, but we could have gotten to him," BYU coach Vance Law said. "We waited way too long to get things going."

BYU scored two unearned runs in the ninth.

Utah Valley 13, Chicago State 2 (7); Utah Valley 15, Chicago State 8 • In Chicago, Jordy Hart's three-run double in the seventh inning of the nightcap helped the Wolverines complete a four-game series sweep and earn their 15th straight win, tying a school record. UVU pounded out 24 hits in the finale after a 17-hit effort in opening game, which ended in seven innings due to the 10-run rule.

Billy Burgess hit a three-run homer in the first inning of the opener for UVU (22-11, 8-0 in GWC).

Softball

BYU 6, Utah State 3 • In Provo, the Cougars hit two home runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat the Aggies. Delaney Willard led off with a solo shot, and after a walk, Stacey Toney drove a walk-off, two-run shot to center field for BYU (28-12, 7-3 WAC). Hailey Froton had two hits and an RBI for USU (14-28, 2-10).

Oregon 3, Utah 2, ppd. • The Pac-12 game at Ute Field was postponed in the top of the third inning due to rain, and scheduled to resume at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Idaho State 10, Weber State 2; Weber State 6, Idaho State 5 • In Ogden, Janel Cunningham hit a three-run homer in Game 2 to help the Wildcats salvage the doubleheader split.

IPFW 5, SUU 3 • In Fort Wayne, Ind., the Mastodons took a 4-0 lead in the first inning and held off Southern Utah for the win. Kadi Henderson hit a two-run homer in the second inning for the Thunderbirds (25-19, 11-7 Summit League).

Dixie State 3, Notre Dame de Namur 2; Dixie State 3, Notre Dame de Namur 2 • In Belmont, Calif., Lauren Folta and Mattie Snow each pitched a complete game to lead the Red Storm to the sweep.

Men's volleyball

BYU 3, Penn State 0 • In Provo, Taylor Sander had 20 kills, and Joe Kauliakamoa tallied 41 assists as the fourth-ranked Cougars beat the No. 7 Nittany Lions 25-23, 25-22, 25-17. The Cougars (23-6) will host a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation quarterfinal next Saturday against an opponent to be determined.

"I thought we came out with a lot of good energy tonight," said BYU coach Chris McGown. "We still didn't serve the way I would have liked us to, but we were better. It was nice to see that we were able to do some things in a match that we worked on last week. We're definitely improving."

Track and field

In Ogden, Utah's Stephanie Jolley won the 400 meters in a personal-best 55.52 seconds, edging Weber State's Amanda Alston (55.89 seconds) in the Utah Spring Track and Field Classic. Utah's Angela Kaplar won the 100-meter hurdles in 14.43, edging Montana State's Katie Niemeir (14.48).

Utah Valley's Maryn Pincock won the women's discus with a throw of 44.01 meters.

Weber State's Chris Struckman won the men's high jump with a season-best leap of 2.0 meters.

Women's tennis

Arizona 7, Utah 0 • In Tucson, Ariz., Utah's Anastasia Putilina and Callie Craig upset the 35th-ranked team of Natasha Marks and Lacey Smyth 8-6 in the No. 1 doubles match, but the Wildcats swept the other two doubles matches and all of the singles matches.

"We played well in doubles but lost control at the very end," said Utah coach Mat Iandolo. "They took advantage if that and used the momentum to dominate in singles."

Oral Roberts 4, Southern Utah 0; Southern Utah 4, South Dakota State 3 • In Indianapolis, the Thunderbirds lost their first match before winning their second match to claim the fourth spot in the Summit League Tournament, which begins April 27 in Kansas City.

Men's tennis

Hawaii 7, Utah State 0 • In Logan, Hawaii's Jonathan Brooklyn outlasted USU's Sven Poslusny 7-5, 3-6, 10-7 in the No. 1 singles match, as the Warriors pulled off the sweep.