Utes have up-and-down weekend on diamond

Baseball loses two of three in San DiegoTheUtesdroppedtwooutofthreegamesintheirMountainWestopenerat SanDiegoState last weekend.The Aztecs (7-17) won Friday’s series opener9-3atTonyGwynnStadium.TimO’Brienlaunchedatwo-runshotinthefirst tosparkanoffensiveonslaughtagainst UtestarterJasonPrice (1-4), who took the loss.The Utes (7-13) countered with a few bombsof their own in the second game on Saturday.RyanKhoury,AdamFrankandDougBeckall hit homers, giving starter Matt Crockett (2-4)allthesupportheneeded.Theseniordidnot walk a batter, allowing eight hits in 6 2/3rdinnings ofwork.Sunday did notbodeaswellfortheUtes,whoconcededthreeunearnedrunsin a 5-3loss to theSun Devils.Only oneUte,TrevorEastman(2-4,RBI)hadmultiplehits inacontest thatsaw anumberof squanderedopportunities.StarterBryce Freed (1-2)wentonlythree inningsin the loss.The Utesopenupathree-gameseriesagainstBYUonThursday in Provo.Softball splits action in Stanford TourneyThe Usoftballteam(9-14) went 1-1 onSundayinrain-shortenedactionattheStanfordTournament in Palo Alto, Calif. Two games onSaturdaywerecancelledduetorain,buttheweatherrelented long enough for the Utestosqueezeina3-2win overPrinceton anda6-0 drubbingatthe handsof Stanford. The winover the Tigers in the early game snapped theUtes’ three-game losing streak. Brianna Gourdin(6-6)wentthedistance,yieldingthreeruns on only four hits and two walks.BryanneDurrenceandKateNygaardbothknocked home runs for the Utes, who only talliedfourhitsinthevictory.Theirsputteringoffense hit even harder times against the Cardinal’sBeckyMcCullough,whoallowedonehitand no walksin six inningsbefore DanikaDukes came on for a perfect seventh.LindsieNielsen(3-7)waspoundedforallsix runs infourinnings beforeGourdincameon in relief.The U’s home opener is Friday against UtahValley State College at 3 p.m.