LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - MARCH 12, 2018
Contact: Megan McCuistion - (435) 797-5547
Wed., March 14 --- WEBER STATE, 3 p.m.
Fri., March 16 --- BOISE STATE, 3 p.m.
Sat., March 17 --- BOISE STATE, 3 p.m.
Sun., March 18 --- BOISE STATE, 12 p.m.
• Utah State’s softball team (9-11, 0-0 MW) continues its 2018 season this week with four home games. USU will begin the week by hosting Weber State (11-13) on Wednesday, March 14, at 3 p.m., followed by a three-game Mountain West series against Boise State (13-8, 0-0 MW). The Aggies and Broncos will play at 3 p.m. on both Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17, with the series finale set for Sunday, March 18, at noon. All four games will be streamed live on the Mountain West Network and available at www.UtahStateAggies.com/watch.
W, 2-0 --- at Pacific
at Aggie Invitational (Davis, Calif.)
W, 2-0 --- at UC Davis
L, 4-5 (8) --- vs. Valparaiso
L, 2-3 (8) --- vs. Northern Colorado
L, 2-3--- vs. Northern Colorado
L, 1-3 --- at UC Davis
• Utah State posted a 2-4 record last week with a 2-0 win at Pacific and a 1-4 record at the UC Davis-hosted Aggie Invitational. USU opened the weekend in a 2-0 win against the host Aggies, but went on to fall to Valparaiso (5-4) and Northern Colorado (3-2) in a pair of eight-inning games, and then closed the tournament in losses to Northern Colorado (3-2) and UC Davis (3-1). Three pitchers saw time on the mound for the Aggies, with sophomore Kellie White and freshman Delaney Hull earning wins. Combined, the three had a 1.57 ERA, allowing 29 hits and 14 runs while tallying 31 strikeouts and walking 20 batters. Offensively, senior outfielder Emily Hunter led the Aggies as she hit .369 (7-of-19), including one double. Junior outfielder Mia Maher scored a team-high three runs, while junior first baseman Bailee Trapp tallied three RBIs. In all, the Aggies hit .177 (23-of-130) on the weekend, with five doubles, one triple and one home run. Defensively, Trapp led the team with 47 putouts, while freshman second baseman Stephanie Reed added 10 assists.
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Mon.-Wed., March 12-14 --- at Oral Roberts Invite, Irving, Texas, All Day
• Utah State’s men’s golf team continues its 2018 spring season on Monday, March 12, at the Oral Roberts Invitational in Irving, Texas.
2nd/9 --- at Southern Utah Invite, St. George, Utah
• Utah State shot a final round 4-over 292 and finished in second place with a 2-under 574 (282-292) at the Southern Utah-hosted Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational held in St. George, Utah. Utah Valley won the team championship with an 11-under 565 (281-284), while the Wolverines Aaron Yeates took medalist honors with an 8-under 136 (68-68). USU sophomore Chase Lansford finished the tournament in third place for his best-ever tournament finish with a 5-under 139 (64-75). Fellow USU sophomore Hayden Eckert also had his best-ever tournament finish as he tied for fifth place at 1-under 143 (71-72). Senior Braxton Miller also tied for fifth place after carding a 3-under 69 during his final round to finish at 1-under 143 (74-69). Redshirt freshman Andy Hess finished the tournament in 24th place at 6-over 150 (74-76) and freshman Colten Cordingley finished tied for 25th place at 7-over 151 (73-78) for his best-ever tournament finish.
Contact: Wade Denniston - (435) 797-1361
Fri., March 16 --- SOUTHERN UTAH, 7 p.m.
• Utah State gymnastics (7-9, 1-4 MRGC) concludes the home portion of its 2018 season this weekend against in-state rival Southern Utah (4-7, 1-5 MRGC) on Friday, March 16, at 7 p.m. The Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference competition will also serve as the Aggies annual Alumni Meet and Senior Night meet.
3rd, 195.725 --- at BYU/vs. Penn State/vs. Texas Woman’s
• Utah State notched its highest road score of the season, a 195.725, at a quad meet hosted by BYU last weekend. The Aggies placed third in the meet, but the 195.725 was the second-highest score ever recorded on the road against the Cougars, and highest since March 16, 2001 (195.750). Penn State placed first with a 196.675, BYU took second with a 196.500 and Texas Woman’s placed fourth at 194.925. Freshman Autumn DeHarde won her fourth beam title of the season with a career-high-tying 9.925. USU began the night with a 48.525 on bars, followed by three consecutive 49.050s on beam, floor and vault, respectively.
INDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Sean O’Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Fri.-Sat., March 16-17 --- at UC Irvine Invitational, All Day
• Utah State’s men’s and women’s outdoor track & field teams will begin their seasons this weekend at the UC Irvine-hosted Spring Break Classic. Last season, Utah State sent 18 student-athletes to the NCAA Outdoor Championships first round before sending four, including returners senior Clay Lambourne and junior Brenn Flint, to the Outdoor National Championships. At the Mountain West Outdoor Championships, the men placed third with 133 points, while the women placed eighth with 42.50 points. The Aggies claimed four event titles, including sophomore Sindri Gudmundsson in javelin, who owns the school record in the event and went on to become a javelin All-American last season, and senior David Hirschmann in the discus.
M: 29th --- at NCAA Championships, College Station, Texas
• Utah State track & field sent four seniors to the NCAA Indoor National Championships last weekend in College Station, Texas, and finished 29th as a team with eight points, which is its best finish since the 1977 team placed 21st. The men’s distance medley relay team of Jordan Beutler, Brady Martin, Clay Lambourne and Dillon Maggard placed fifth with a school-record time of 9:32.31 to earn first-team All-American honors. Maggard also earned an individual first-team All-American honor by placing fifth overall in the men’s 3,000-meter race with a time of 8:06.69. Lambourne also placed 10th in the 800m race with a personal-best time of 1:48.30 to earn second-team All-American honors.
Contact: Ashley Springer - (435) 797-8584
Thur., March 15 --- vs. TBA, San Diego, Calif., TBA (MT)
Fri., March 16 --- vs. TBA, San Diego, Calif., TBA (MT)
Sat., March 17 --- vs. TBA, San Diego, Calif., TBA (MT)
• Utah State men’s tennis (9-6, 1-0 MW) will travel to San Diego, Calif., this weekend to participate in the San Diego-hosted Spring Invite from Thursday, March 15 through Saturday, March 17. At the invite, the Aggies could face No. 23 Harvard (12-2), No. 45 Memphis (8-4), Pepperdine (2-8), Rice (5-9), No. 41 San Diego (4-4), San Diego State (2-9) or No. 31 Texas Tech (13-4).
L, 3-4 --- at Denver
W, 4-3 --- vs. #26 Old Dominion, Tampa, Fla.
W, 4-0 --- vs. George Washington, Tampa, Fla.
L, 2-5 --- at South Florida
• Utah State posted a 2-2 record last week with neutral court wins against No. 26 Old Dominion (4-3) and George Washington (4-0), and road losses to Denver (4-3) and South Florida (5-2). Against DU, freshmen Valdemar Holm and Jose Carvajal won at the No. 2 doubles spot (6-3). In singles, sophomore Sergiu Bucur won at the No. 2 spot (4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (11-9)), Carvajal won at the No. 4 spot (6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (10-2)) and freshman Felipe Acosta won at the No. 5 spot (6-0, 1-6, 6-1). Against ODU, seniors Jaime Barajas and Andrew Nakajima defeated No. 43 Adam Moundir and Aziz Kijametovic at the No. 1 doubles spot (6-1), and Carvajal and Holm clinched the doubles point at the No. 2 spot (6-4). In singles, Barajas won at the No. 2 spot against No. 83 Kijametovic (6-3, 6-4), Acosta won at the No. 6 spot (6-3, 4-6, 6-1) and junior Samuel Serrano clinched the win at the No. 4 spot (6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3). Against GWU, Barajas and Nakajima won at the No. 1 doubles spot (6-3), and Acosta and freshman Addy Vashistha won at the No. 3 doubles spot (6-0). In singles, Acosta won at the No. 4 spot (7-5, 6-0), Vashistha won at the No. 5 spot (6-2, 6-1) and Nakajima won at the No. 6 spot (3-0, retired). And against USF, Acosta and Vashistha won at the No. 3 doubles spot (6-1). In singles, Bucur won at the No. 2 spot (6-2, 3-6, 6-1) and Acosta won at the No. 6 spot (6-1, 6-1).
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
2018 Mountain West Tournament, Las Vegas, Nev.
W, 76-65 --- vs. #10 Colorado State
W, 78-75 --- vs. #2 Boise State
L, 68-83 --- vs. #3 New Mexico
• Utah State men’s basketball (17-17, 8-10) concluded its 2017-18 season with a 2-1 record in the Mountain West Championships last week with a 78-65 win against 10th-seeded Colorado State in the first round, a 78-75 win against second-seeded Boise State in the quarterfinals, and an 83-68 loss to third-seeded New Mexico in the semifinals. Against the Rams, sophomore guard Koby McEwen led four Aggies in double figures with 25 points, followed by junior forward Dwayne Brown Jr. (15), senior guard Julion Pearre (14) and sophomore guard Sam Merrill (11). USU shot 50.0 percent (28-of-56) from the floor, 28.0 percent (7-of-25) from behind the 3-point line and 72.2 percent (13-of-18) at the free throw line, while CSU shot 39.1 percent (25-of-64) from the floor, 42.1 percent (8-of-19) from behind the 3-point line and 50.0 percent (7-of-14) at the free throw line. Against the Broncos, Merrill led the team with 28 points and was followed by McEwen and Brown Jr. with 14 and 10 points, respectively. USU shot 46.3 percent (25-of-54) from the floor, 56.0 percent (14-of-25) from behind the 3-point line and 77.8 percent (14-of-18) at the free throw line, while BSU shot 41.7 percent (25-of-60) from the floor, 40.0 percent (10-of-25) from behind the 3-point line and 88.2 percent (15-of-17) at the free throw line. Against the Lobos, Merrill and McEwen led the team with 17 and 16 points, respectively, and were followed by Pearre with 13 and junior forward Quinn Taylor with 10 points. USU shot 42.1 percent (24-of-57) from the floor, 29.2 percent (7-of-24) from behind the 3-point line and 81.3 percent (13-of-16) at the free throw line, while UNM shot 51.9 percent (28-of-54) from the floor, 29.2 percent (7-of-24) from behind the 3-point line and 80.0 percent (20-of-25) at the free throw line.
Contact: Ashley Springer - (435) 797-8584
Thur., March 22 --- BYU, 11 a.m.
Sun., March 25 --- MONTANA, 10 a.m.
• Utah State women’s tennis (9-7, 0-0 MW) continues its 2018 season next week with a pair of home matches as it hosts BYU (7-4) on Thursday, March 22, at 11 a.m., and Montana (5-7) on Sunday, March 25, at 10 a.m.
W, 4-3 --- vs. Boston, Los Angeles, Calif.
W, 5-2 --- at UC Riverside
W, 4-3 --- vs. Seton Hall, Los Angeles, Calif.
L, 2-4 --- at Cal State Fullerton
• Utah State posted a 3-1 record last week with neutral court wins against Boston (4-3) and Seton Hall (4-3), to go along with a 5-2 win at UC Riverside and a 4-2 loss at Cal State Fullerton. In singles against Boston, freshman Sasha Pisareva won at the No. 1 spot (6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (10-8)), senior Maggie O’Meara won at the No. 3 spot (7-5, 7-5), sophomore Rhoda Tanui won at the No. 4 spot (6-4, 4-6, 6-3) and sophomore Hannah Jones won at the No. 5 spot (6-4, 6-3). Against UC Riverside, Tanui and senior Sabrina Demerath won at the No. 3 doubles spot (6-3). In singles, Pisareva won at the No. 1 spot (7-5, 6-4), Demerath won at the No. 2 spot (6-0, 6-2), O’Meara won at the No. 3 spot (7-6, 6-2), Tanui won at the No. 4 spot (6-3, 6-4) and Jones won at the No. 5 spot (6-1, 6-4). Against Seton Hall, junior Jenna Kane and O’Meara won at the No. 1 doubles spot (7-5), and Pisareva and Jones won at the No. 3 doubles spot (6-2). In singles, Tanui won at the No. 4 spot (6-3, 6-7, 6-2), Jones won at the No. 5 spot (6-4, 6-2) and sophomore Sophia Haleas won at the No. 6 spot (6-0, 6-2). And against Cal State Fullerton, Jones won at the No. 5 singles spot (6-3, 6-10) and Haleas won at the No. 6 singles spot (6-1, 6-4).
Contact: Megan McCuistion - (435) 797-5547
2018 Mountain West Tournament, Las Vegas, Nev.
L, 54-68 --- vs. #8 Air Force
• Utah State women’s basketball (7-23, 5-13) closed its 2017-18 season in a first-round loss to No. 8 Air Force (68-54) in the Mountain West Championships last week. Sophomore guard Olivia West led the ninth-seeded Aggies in scoring, finishing the day with 13 points. She was joined in double figures by sophomore guard Eliza West and junior guard Rachel Brewster, who posted 12 and 11 points, respectively. Brewster was the leading rebounder for Utah State with six boards. Overall, USU shot 47.8 percent (22-of-46) from the floor, 33.3 percent (1-of-3) from the 3-point line and 75.0 percent (1-of-3) from the free throw line. Air Force shot 52.1 percent (25-of-48) from the field, including 38.5 percent (5-of-13) from behind the arc, and was 68.4 (13-of-19) from the free throw line.
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