Genevieve Ling shot a 2-over 74, the program’s lowest postseason round, to open the NCAA East Regional Championships. “I thought the first round was a fun experience, having coach (Nicole Bird) next to me the whole day and working together with her,” Ling said. “I think I left some putts out there. But I think that being patient and getting as many pars as possible, then trying to make birdies when I can — that will be the key. As for tomorrow, I’m just going to continue doing what I’ve been doing and stick to my process.” Ling, a sophomore and the second Bronco woman to play in a regional, is two strokes out of the top 10, as well as two out of an individual berth in the national tournament. The top three players not affiliated with the top six teams will play at the NCAA Championships later this month. At the South Bend (Ind.) Regional, Idaho senior Leilanie Kim shot a 3-over 75 and is tied for 31st.
BSU SOFTBALL: The Broncos (12-40, 4-18 Mountain West) gave up five home runs and lost to Utah State 16-3 in five innings at Dona Larsen Park.
NORTHWEST NAZARENE BASEBALL: The Crusaders (29-26) beat Western Oregon 3-2 and Montana State Billings 8-6 in Billings, Mont., to advance to the final of the GNAC Tournament. NNU faces WOU at noon Friday to complete the double-elimination tournament.