Salt Lake Bees
The Bees bounced back from a disappointing Pioneer Day loss with a 7-5 triumph over the Memphis Redbirds on Wednesday at Smith’s Ballpark in Salt Lake City. Salt Lake (55-48) took a 5-0 lead in the second inning on a sacrifice fly by Dustin Ackley, an RBI triple by Ben Revere and a three-run home run by Nolan Fontana, and stretched the lead to 7-1 on Joe Hudson’s two-run home run in the fourth before Memphis (65-38) tried to come back late. On Tuesday, the Bees fell behind early and never recovered in a 14-4 loss to the Redbirds. Kaleb Cowart and Taylor Ward each had RBI doubles, while Eric Young Jr. had an RBI single and Francisco Arcia drove in a run with a groundout. Salt Lake remains tied with El Paso atop the Pacific Southern Division, and was set to host the Redbirds in the finale of their three-game set Thursday night before opening a four-game series at home against Nashville on Friday.
University of Utah football
The University of Utah football team has been picked to finish second in the PAC-12 South in the conference’s annual preseason media poll, trailing only USC. The Utes received 14 first-place votes in the poll to the Trojans’ 22. Arizona was picked third, followed by UCLA, Colorado and Arizona State. Washington was picked to win the PAC-12 North, followed by Stanford, Oregon, California, Washington State and Oregon State. Washington is the heavy favorite to win the PAC-12 Championship Game, receiving 37 of 42 votes. Utah will open preseason camp Aug. 1.
Brigham Young University football
Cougars senior linebacker Adam Pulsipher has been named to the watchlist for the Wuerffel Trophy, awarded to the Football Bowl Subdivision player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement. Pulsipher graduated from BYU prior to his junior season with a degree in finance and currently is enrolled in the school’s MPA program. Last season, he recorded 54 tackles, one tackle for loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in 13 games (five starts) for the Cougars.
Utah State University football
Aggies junior defensive end Jacoby Wildman has also been named to the watchlist for the Wuerffel Trophy, the school announced Thursday morning. He is one of eight players from the Mountain West Conference on the watchlist and one of 106 players nationwide to be nominated. He had 45 tackles with one sack and 1.5 tackles for loss along with two quarterback hurries and a forced fumble in 13 games (four starts) for Utah State last season.