GYMNASTICS: Just days after achieving its highest team score of the season, the BYU women's gymnastics team once again set a new season-high, scoring a 195.525 at Utah State University's Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in Logan on Monday night. The dual meet was the last home meet of the season for the Aggies, who scored a 193.675, and was the team's Senior Night.
The night started off strong on the bars for the Cougars, scoring a 48.975, a team season-high. Five gymnasts scored a 9.750 or higher, with sophomore Raquel Willman scoring a team-high 9.850. The score tied Willman's season-high.
On the vault, Willman continued to shine, scoring a 9.800. Senior team captain Natalie Eyre-Pickard also scored a 9.800 to contribute to the team score of 48.575.
The floor exercise was dominated by the teams' senior gymnasts. Mickell Merrell scored a 9.800, with Jennifer Lezeu and Krysten Koval both posting impressive scores of 9.850. The team total on the event was a 49.050, a season-high.
The Cougars finished the night of strong with a score of 49.050 on the beam, yet another season-high. Willman received a career-high 9.875 for her exceptional performance. Lezeu scored a 9.850 and Eyre-Pickard a 9.825.
Next up, BYU will face Auburn University on March 16 in Auburn, Ala.
BASEBALL: The Utah baseball team travels to California this weekend for the Jack Gifford Memorial tournament. The Utes will face Santa Clara, Lehigh, San Jose State and Columbia over three days, beginning on Thursday.
The Utes went 1-2 over the weekend against UAB to fall to 2-9 on the year. Joe Pond pitched a gem in Game 1's 11-0 victory, while Utah came out on the wrong end of a pitcher's duel in an extra-inning 2-1 loss in Game 2. The Utes struggled on the mound and on offense in Game 3, falling 7-1.
"We have four games left before we start conference play," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "These are four big games for us to get better and figure it out so that we are ready for USC in two weeks. We've got to put aside yesterday's loss and move on and get better.
"We're capable of being a good team, we're just not clicking. One really good thing that we did this weekend was that we had tremendous infield defense. If we can continue to do that, that's a real plus. We have to get our pitching going and we've got to get our hitting going and be more consistent. Consistency is our goal for this weekend."
Santa Clara is 9-3 on the season. The Broncos took two of three from San Jose State last weekend.
Lehigh is 2-5 overall to start the year. The Mountain Hawks have dropped their last five games, including a sweep by Cal.
San Jose State is 3-7 overall. Although the Spartans lost two of three against Santa Clara, they scored seven runs in the ninth to win Game 2 of the series.
Columbia is 1-3 to open the season, falling in three of four to the Citadel.
SKIING: Follow the University of Utah ski team this week in the 2012 NCAA Skiing Championships from Bozeman, Mont., as the Utes go for their 12th national title in school history. All four events will be webcasted live at ncaa.com.
Utah has won all five meets it has raced in this season, including a first-place showing at the NCAA West Region/Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Skiing Association Championships. The Utes' last national championship came in 2003.
Wednesday, March 7 — Webcast: www.ncaa.com/liveschedule/2012/03/07
Women's 5k freestyle 9:30 a.m.
Men's 10k freestyle 11 a.m.
Thursday, March 8 — Webcast: www.ncaa.com/liveschedule/2012/03/08
Women's giant slalom 9:30 a.m.
Men's giant slalom 1 p.m.
Friday, March 9 — Webcast: www.ncaa.com/liveschedule/2012/03/09
Men's 20k classical 9 a.m.
Women's 15k classical 11 a.m.
Saturday, March 10 — Webcast: www.ncaa.com/liveschedule/2012/03/10
Women's slalom (first run) 9:30 a.m.
Men's slalom (first run) 10:30 a.m.
Women's slalom (second run) 11:45 a.m.
Men's slalom (second run) 1 p.m.
GYMNASTICS: Sophomore Paige Jones shared the Utah State gymnastics Senior Night spotlight by winning two events plus the all-around Monday night, as USU posted a team score of 193.675. BYU won the dual with a 195.525, in the Aggies' final home regular-season meet at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in Logan.
In USU's last home tune-up before hosting the Western Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday, March 24, Jones won the all-around with a career-high 39.200, topping the 39.000 mark for the second time in her career, and took top honors on vault with a 9.850. She notched the same score on bars to share top honors win with BYU's Raquel Willman.
Freshman Sarah Landes was second in the all-around with a 39.075, her fifth score of 39.000 or higher. Senior Rebecca Holliday notched a 37.900 in the all-around to place fourth, behind BYU's Willman in third with a 38.775.
Holliday and fellow senior Haley Hogan were honored with a post-meet ceremony featuring USU Athletics Director Scott Barnes and head coach Jeff Richards, along with their parents.
On beam, Willman won the event with a 9.875, while teammates Krysten Koval and Jennifer Lezeu shared the floor title with 9.850's.
Landes was the top Aggie gymnast on beam, placing fourth with a 9.800, just ahead of Hogan's career-best tying 9.775, which was matched by freshman Ashley Follett with a career-high along with BYU's Koval for a three-way tie for fifth. Jones and Landes both posted 9.800's on floor to tie for third with BYU's Mickell Merrell.
Utah State's 193.675 total came from a 48.300 on vault, a 48.350 on bars, 48.275 on beam and 48.750 on floor. Both the Aggies' beam and floor scores were their third-best on the respective events. BYU's winning score of 195.525 resulted from a 48.575 on vault, 48.975 on bars, 49.050 on beam and 48.925 on floor.
Utah State will have its third meet in seven days and second-straight against an in-state foe, heading to Cedar City, Utah, for a dual at Southern Utah on Friday, March 9, at 7 p.m. (MT).
BASEBALL: Sam Friend tossed six scoreless innings in the nightcap of Monday's doubleheader, leading Dixie State College to a 5-0 win over Montana State-Billings.
Montana State Billings took the opener 7-6 after a six-run frame included a grand slam.
Dixie State College took three of four games in the series to improve to 11-5 on the year. The Yellowjackets sit at 3-5 after the set.
Friend (3-0) allowed singles in the first and sixth innings while striking out six. Daniel Zapata walked the first two batters he faced before striking out the next three to close out the game.
Dixie State struck early against MSUB starter Brian Hutchings. Colton Yack tripled home Garrett Nash, Cedric Johnson followed with an RBI double and Joe Andrade added an RBI single.
Andrade, who went 3-for-3 in the nightcap, brought Johnson home a second time in the third inning with an infield single to shortstop.
Tyson Littlewood had a solo homer, his third of the year, in the fifth.
In the day's first game, MSUB scored six times in the fifth frame and held off a late DSC charge for a 7-6 win. Trevor Wilson had the highlight swing with a grand slam to left center field capping the six-run spurt.
Littlewood brought the Storm within a run three innings later with a three-run blast to left field. Nash was the only other Storm player with multiple hits (two) and RBIs (two) in Game 2.
Josh Mooney took the loss, surrendering five runs on six hits over 42?3 innings despite striking out five.
Dixie State returns to action at Bruce Hurst Field on Tuesday, March 13, in a non-conference doubleheader against Colorado Mesa University. First pitch is at 1 p.m.