Friday, April 15, 2011

Glass 11th in Semifinals of NCAA National Gymnastics Championships

Here are the current standings:

1.  Leslie Mak, Oregon State 39.350
1.  Kim Jacob, Alabama 39.350
3.  Stephanie McAllister, Utah 39.325
4.  Corrie Lothup, Utah 39.250
5.  Jacquelyn Johnson, Utah 39.050
6.  Makayla Stambaugh, Oregon State 38.825
7.  Kayla Slechta, Minnesota 38.600
8.  Houry Gebeshian, Iowa 38.125

Amy Glass's current score with bars to go--  29.325.  She had a 9.750 on bars.  Glass finished with 39.075.

Boise State Loses to Utah State 4-3

The Lady Bronco softball team has fallen behind Utah State 2-0 in the third.  Allie Crump is pitching for the Broncos in Logan.

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Utah State added one in the third to make it 3-0.  Crump just doubled in Holly Bourke for Boise State's first run.  Two errors in the inning have aided the Bronco cause.  With runners on second and third and freshman phenom Devon Bridges up, the Aggies did not intentionally walk her, which in itself is unbelievable.  Then, when she hit it, they made an error, allowing a second run to score.  Tazz Weatherly flied out with the bases loaded, so the score remains Utah State 3, Boise State 2.

Mackenzie Whyte has come through in the fifth, doubling in Kellie Caplan with the tying run.  Boise State has one out with Whyte on second.  The Broncos loaded the bases but Whyte was thrown out at the plate to end the threat--still tied at 3.

Boise State will have to fight from behind once again.  USU scored on a sac fly in the bottom of the fifth and leads again 4-3.  Lela Wok has had to come on for the Broncos.

No luck for Boise State in the sixth--the game moves to the 7th for the Broncos' last chance.  It will be Bourke, Whyte and Crump for Boise State.  First place on the line.

Bourke comes through with a leadoff single, Whyte singles to right.  Runners on first and second, no outs.  Crump was out at first, but she did move Bourke to third and Whyte to second.  Will they do the smart thing and walk Bridges this time? 

Yes, the bases are loaded for Vanessa Alvarez.  She popped up, meaning two outs.  Lela Work is up with the Broncos down to their final out.  She grounds out, and the Aggies have pulled off the upset.

Boise State Men's Team Off to Great Start

While their counterparts are struggling mightily at the WAC women's championships, the Boise State men's golf team is golfing well at the moment at the PING Championship hosted by departing Mountain West school BYU.  The Broncos have suddenly caught fire and have tied Utah State for the lead (3 under par) in the 18-team tournament.  Better yet, Boise State is ahead of WAC members Nevada, Idaho and Fresno State, host BYU which is abandoning the Mountain West, Utah, which the Pac-10 chose for their conference, and future Mountain West Conference mates UNLV, Colorado State, Air Force and Wyoming.

Colorado State is two back of the leaders, Utah is one back while UNLV is even so far.

UPDATE:  UNLV caught fire and leads after one day, eight strokes under par.  The Broncos, meanwhile, unfortunately settled back to their performance so far this year and are 3 over, tied for seventh.

Boise State Women Off to Last Place Start

The Bronco women knew going into the Western Athletic Conference Golf Championship that they were at the bottom looking up, and the view hasn't changed so far. 

Boise State is currently a plus 14, tied for last with Nevada and 12 strokes behind leader Hawai'i.  The Wahine are just two shots over on the Mesa, Arizona course while San Jose State and Idaho are tied at 4 over.  Fresno State is plus 7 while New Mexico State is in fifth, 11 over par.

Update--The rest of the lower tier is trying to come down to Boise State's level, so if the Lady Broncos can get their game going, they might be able to move up by default.  Pre-meet favorite San Jose State is now in first, 9 strokes over.  Hawai'i is now 11 over with Idaho 16 over in third place.  New Mexico State and Nevada, two schools that are chasing Boise State for the WAC Commissioner's Cup, are tied at 18 over par, with Fresno State 20 over and Boise State now 24 over.

Update--This indeed happened, as Idaho is now 30 over for last place--after the bad start, Boise State seemed to settle down and finished 26 over.  New Mexico State finished the first round 21 over and Fresno State 24 over, so the Broncos are in position to finish in the upper half, provided they relax and play with confidence tomorrow.  Nevada finished as the first round leader 17 over while San Jose State is 18 over.