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Around the Hill: Utah Sports Week in Review

The school year is winding down, basketball has ended, football is in spring practices and it's basically just baseball and softball at this point. The Around the Hill articles, which should come weekly now, will include the non-revenue sports, like baseball, softball and Olympic sports.

Baseball:

Baseball, like the other non-revenue sports, has struggled since joining the Pac-12, but they are starting to show signs of improvement this year. The Pingin' Utes are 10-18 overall, with a 4-7 conference record, which already matches their conference win total in 2013-2014. Utah has only been swept in one Pac-12 series this season, UCLA, and won a big series against Arizona down in Tucson. The biggest win, however, came Friday against Arizona State, where the Utes won 6-5 over the No. 6 ranked Sun Devils. The Utes will finish the series with ASU Saturday at Smith's Ballpark.

Softball

The softball team has been in the same boat as the baseball team since joining the Pac-12. However, the softball team has traditionally done well out of conference, but struggles once conference play starts. On the season, the team is 26-13 overall, while holding a 4-7 conference record. Utah struggled out of the gates in conference play, being swept in the first two series against UCLA and Oregon, but have won four of their last five in conference play. The Utes came back from a six run deficit against Cal on Friday, to win 12-10. The Utes beat the No. 17/16 Bears after getting sparked by back-to-back home runs from Kate Dickman and Marissa Mendenhall to start the comeback. The victory secures Utah of winning the series, which gives the Utes' back-to-back Pac-12 series wins for the first time since joining the conference.

Track and Field

The Utes are scheduled to compete at the Stanford Invitational and San Francisco Distance Carnival on Friday and Saturday. The Utah track and field team is coming off of a nice meet at OSU, with Sarah Feeny and Rebekah Winterton leading the way for the Utes. Feeny posted a 1,500 time of 4:22.83 at the OSU Dual Meet, while Winterton took first in the 3,000 at the OSU Dual Meet with a time of 9:45.21. Check out the full press release from the Utes about the upcoming meet here:

Utah Track and Field Travels to California this Weekend - The Official Athletic Site of the University of Utah

The University of Utah track and field team prepares for the first big test of the 2015 outdoors season as they head to California this weekend. The Utes are schedule to compete at the Stanford Invitational and San Francisco Distance Carnival on Friday and Saturday. The Stanford Invitational will take place at the Cobb Track and Angell Field in Palo Alto, Calif. beginning Friday at 10:22 a.m. PT with the women's 5,000 race. Athletes competing in San Francisco will begin action at the Cox Stadium with the women's 10,000 race.

Men's Tennis

On the season, the Men's tennis team is 10-9 overall, with an 0-3 conference record. They are coming off of a loss against No. 7 USC, and will be taking on No.15 UCLA Saturday.  The season is winding down for the tennis team, as they will be at the Pac-12 Championships in just a couple of weeks.

Women's Tennis

The Women's tennis team is 8-10 on the season, and 3-4 in conference. Utah has gone on a nice run recently by winning five straight matches overall, and three straight in the Pac-12. The ladies wrap up their home season Saturday against Rice, and will take on BYU down in Provo next week.

Golf

Utes Rank Sixth at Duck Invitational - The Official Athletic Site of the University of Utah
The Utah golf team wrapped up the Duck Invitational Tuesday at the Eugene Country Club. A three-round total of 891 (290-306-295) earned the Utes a sixth-place finish while three Ute golfers placed in the top 30. The Utes will next be competing at the Redhawk Invitational up in Washington.

Soccer

Utah's women's soccer team is in their spring season right now, which is comprised of about seven games. The ladies had a 1-1 tie against Weber State a week ago, and will be taking on USC on Saturday in Las Vegas.

Utah Soccer Opens Spring Season with Positive Results - The Official Athletic Site of the University of Utah
Utah soccer completed its first weekend of spring action with a pair of results. The Utes topped RSL Women SC 1-0 and then earned a 1-1 draw at Weber State.