MEN'S BASKETBALL: Tai Wesley continues to collect postseason honors as he was one of 10 players named to the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-District VIII team Thursday.
Wesley was the only player from the Western Athletic Conference named all-district by the USBWA.
Along with being named all-district by the USBWA, Wesley was also named all-district first-team by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) along with being named the WAC's Player of the Year.
Joining Wesley on the USBWA All-District VIII team was Devon Beitzel (Northern Colorado), Alec Burks (Colorado), Will Clyburn (Utah), Jackson Emery (BYU), Jimmer Fredette (BYU), Dairese Gary (New Mexico), Cory Higgins (Colorado), Andy Ogide (Colorado State) and Brian Qvale (Montana).
District VIII is made up of teams from the states of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. There are nine regions from coast to coast and a player and coach of the year were selected from each.
SOFTBALL: The SLCC Bruin softball pitching staff shutout the Snow Badgers in a double header sweep 8-0 and 9-0. The Bruins are 24-6 overall and 16-2 in SWAC play.
Ariel Zimmerman allowed three hits while striking out seven batters in six innings of work. Savanah Webster was 3 for 3 in game one with two home runs and three RBI. Kylee Bufton was 2 for 3 with a solo home run and two RBI and Madi White was 2 for 2 with an RBI.
In game two seven extra base hit led by Krystin Jachim, Madi White and Brooke Budge. Jachim went 3 for 4 at the plate with four RBI including a three run home run. White and Budge both knocked solo home runs.
The Bruins look to complete the sweep with a double header starting at noon.
BASEBALL: At Eugene, Ore., twice BYU knocked on the door Friday, then couldn't open it as Oregon claimed a 4-2 baseball victory.
BYU tied the game, one-all, in the eighth when Dane Nielsen led off with a base on balls. Stephen Wells advanced Nielsen to second on a sac-bunt. Nielsen then scored from second on Alex Wolfe's two-out single.
Ryan Bernal then singled, to extend his hitting streak to 10 games, followed by Austin Hall's walk to load the bases, but Oregon dodged its first bullet.
"We made a critical error that opened the gates after we got rid of their starting pitcher," said BYU coach Vance Law. "I'm still proud of our guys. We are getting good starting pitching ourselves."
The Ducks responded in the bottom of the eighth with three runs, to go up 4-1, chasing Cougar starter Taylor Cole from the mound.
Then BYU rallied again in the ninth when Nielsen singled with two outs. He advanced to third on Wells' double and scored on a wild pitch, making the score 4-2. Wells advanced to third and Andrew Law drew a walk before Oregon locked up its second win in as many nights.
BYU, now 8-6, prepares for a third game on Saturday afternoon with Oregon, now 7-7.
SOFTBALL: At Lakewood, Calif., after losing by a single run last week to Long Beach State, the BYU softball team came back on Friday to defeat the host 49ers 2-0 after dropping a 5-3 decision to Sacramento State earlier in the day at the Long Beach Invitational.
Freshman pitcher Tori Almond pitched into the seventh inning to earn the win, getting seven strikeouts and scattering five hits and four walks to go to 2-2 on the year.
Senior Jessica Fitu went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI while sophomore Alexandra Hudson had the Cougars' other RBI on a double.
Hudson's double with two outs in the fourth scored Fitu for BYU's first run of the game.
In the following frame, junior Jessica Dugas started a two-out rally for the Cougars with a single, followed by another single from sophomore JC Clayton. With two on, Fitu hit a long single to right field to bring in Dugas.
Long Beach State (13-7) loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, prompting the BYU coaches to bring in senior Paige Affleck to relieve Almond. Affleck got the Cougars out of the game with the win by drawing two ground outs.
Junior Delaney Willard had two hits, one a double, along with a run while freshman Katie Manuma had an RBI single for BYU in the Cougars' loss to Sacramento State in the first game of the day.
BYU scored the game's first run in the bottom of the first inning after senior Kristin Delahoussaye singled to lead off, then made her way around the bases to eventually score on a sacrifice fly by senior Jessica Fitu.
Sacramento State (3-7) answered right back in the top of the second, scoring three runs to take the lead. BYU drew two outs with two Hornet runners on base, but three straight singles and a Cougar throwing error kept the inning alive and gave Sacramento State a 3-1 lead.
Senior Caschjen Atagi hit a single and Willard smacked a double in the fourth inning for the Cougars before Manuma and freshman Madisen Robb each hit RBI-singles to tie up the game, 3-3. BYU had a chance to add more runs after junior Jessica Dugas loaded the bases with only on out, but a fielder's choice at home and a ground out stopped BYU from retaking the lead.
Instead, Sacramento State utilized two infield errors by the Cougars in the sixth inning to bring around two runs, then retired six of BYU's final seven batters to come away with the win.
BASEBALL: At Monroe, La., SUU dropped a 7-1 decision to University of Louisiana-Monroe in
Friday evening's series-opener.
Redshirt-junior first baseman Mitchell Kauweloa and redshirt-sophomore designated hitter Taylor Shaw each recorded two hits for the Thunderbirds (5-5). The Warhawks used 11 hits and a complete-game effort from their starting pitcher Drew Granier to improve to 7-5.
WOMEN'S TRACK: At College Station, Texas, Langley Iverson capped off the 2011 indoor track season with her 17th place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Coming into the event, Iverson was ranked sixth with a mark of 6-0.75 which she set at the Cherry & Silver Invitational earlier this season. At the NCAA Indoor Championships, Iverson cleared the first barrier of 5-7, but was unable to clear the next mark of 5-8.75. Her performance earned her 17th place overall in the event and marked the end of the indoor track season for the Utes.
Iverson and the Utes get the 2011 outdoor track and field season underway on March 25 at the Arizona State and Stanford Invitationals.