April 16, 2007
LOGAN, Utah - Softball player Amy Schaible was named Utah State's Athlete of the Week, announced Monday. The weekly award is voted on by a state media panel.
This is Schaible's first USU Athlete of the Week Award this season and she is the third Aggie softball player to receive the honor this year, joining Lindsey Benson (March 5) and Lexy Perry (March 19). For Schaible, this is the second time in her career that she garnered USU's weekly accolades, after receiving the honor last season (May 1).
Schaible, a junior 3B from Red Bluff, Calif. (Red Bluff Union HS), hit .455 (5-11) during the weekend, with four RBI and one home run in Utah State's three-game sweep of Louisiana Tech, marking USU's first-ever Western Athletic Conference series sweep.
The brooming is also the first conference series sweep since April 3-4, 2004, when USU took three from Cal State Fullerton in a Big West series. After entering the weekend occupying last place in the conference standings in the seventh-spot, Utah State's three wins vaulted the Aggies to third in the standings.
Schaible started the series by going 1-3 on Friday, and followed that up with a 4-8 effort Saturday, including going 3-4 with three RBI in Utah State's 12-4 (5) win against Louisiana Tech, including belting a walk-off homer in the fifth, to put USU ahead by eight and end the game. The HR was Schaible's team-leading eighth home run of season and she moves up to tie for No. 3 on the USU single-season HR list, needing just three more for the school record. She also is now tied for No. 6 on the Aggie career HR list with her 11th long fly, tying Kelly Smith (1984-86, `88).
Schaible extended her active hitting streak to seven games. That is her second-longest streak of the season behind her eight-game tear to in USU's opening eight games of the year.
On the year, Schaible has her average back above .300 (.321), after it had slipped below .300 for the first time this season last week, and ranks tied for sixth in the league with home runs (8). Schaible leads USU in hits (35), total bases (63), runs scored (24) and at bats (109).
The Aggies are 14-23 overall and 4-5 in WAC action, after sweeping their first-ever WAC series and first conference series since 2004, beating Louisiana Tech in three games, winning a thriller Friday, 7-6 (9 inn), and taking two Saturday, 12-4 (8 inn) and 6-5. With the three wins, USU runs its win streak to four in a row and five of the last seven.
The four wins in a row is the Aggies' longest win streak of the season and longest string of wins since April 30-May 8, 2005, when USU also won four in a row. The last five-game win streak was March 13-20, 1999, while the last time the Aggies won six in a row was during a seven-game win streak spanning the last five games of the 1996 season and the first two of the 1997 season. The last six game win streak in the same season was 1993, when USU reeled off 11 straight wins.
Utah State plays at Utah Valley State on Tuesday, April 17 in a non-conference doubleheader at 2 p.m. at Orem, Utah.
The Aggies resume WAC action with a three-game series at San Jose State on April 20-21, before returning home to host Idaho State on Tuesday, April 24.
Admission to all of USU's home games at Johnson Field is free to the public.
NOMINEES FROM OTHER SPORTS INCLUDED:
WOMEN'S TRACK - Senior Amber Peterson recorded three first-place finishes on Saturday at the Utah State hosted Mark Faldmo Invitational. Peterson improved her NCAA Regional qualifying mark in the 400-meter hurdles with a new personal best time of 58.62, which ranks second all-time at Utah State. She also won the 100-meter hurdles (14.08), and the 200-meters (24.88).
MEN'S TRACK - Freshman Casey Parker recorded an NCAA qualifying mark of 6-10.75 to tie for first-place in the high jump at the Utah State hosted Mark Faldmo Invitational on Saturday. That jump is a new personal best for Parker and is the top mark in the Western Athletic Conference this season.
WOMEN'S TENNIS - Senior Courtney Anderson helped lead Utah State to a 2-2 record last week with wins against Idaho State (7-0) and Portland (4-3). Anderson won all four of her matches at number one singles and was 2-2 in double competition. Overall, Anderson has now won six straight singles matches and is 12-3 at number one singles this spring.
MEN'S TENNIS - Freshman Oscar Ericsson went 1-2 during the week at number one singles and helped Utah State record a 5-2 win against Weber State on Wednesday with a straight sets win. Ericsson also teamed with Jonas Tyden in doubles competition as the pair recorded an 8-3 win to help USU win the doubles point against the Wildcats.
GYMNASTICS - Senior Meagan Lewis scored a team-high 38.600 in the all-around at the NCAA North Central Regional Gymnastics Championships held in Denver, Colo., on Saturday as Utah State finished in sixth place out of six teams. Overall, Lewis finished ninth in the all-around as she was ninth on the floor (9.800), 29th on the bars (9.650), 31st on the vault (9.675), and 33rd on the beam (9.475).
2006-07 USU ATHLETE OF THE WEEK WINNERS
Aug. 28 - Amanda Nielson, Volleyball
Sept. 5 - Amanda Nielson, Volleyball
Sept. 11 - Marcus Cross, Football
Sept. 18 - Vance Twitchell, Cross Country
Sept. 25 - Erin Salmon, Soccer
Oct. 2 - Preston Otte, Golf
Oct. 9 - Riley Nelson, Football
Oct. 16 - Kelsi Peterson, Volleyball
Oct. 23 - Paul Igboeli, Football
Oct. 30 - Vance Twitchell, Cross Country
Nov. 6 - Charity Weston, Soccer
Nov. 13 - Beth Hodge, Volleyball
Nov. 20 - Jaycee Carroll, Basketball
Nov. 27 - Jaycee Carroll, Basketball
Dec. 4 - Jaycee Carroll, Basketball
Dec. 11 - Jaycee Carroll, Basketball
Dec. 18 - Chris Sessions, Basketball
Jan. 8 - Taylor Richards, Women's Basketball
Jan. 15 - Jaycee Carroll, Basketball
Jan. 22 - Amber Peterson, Women's Track
Jan. 29 - Jessica Parenti-Otte, Gymnastics
Feb. 5 - Jaycee Carroll, Basketball
Feb. 12 - Stacie Lifferth, Women's Track
Feb. 19 - Brittany Phillips, Women's Basketball
Feb. 26 - DJ Smith, Track
March 5 - Lindsey Benson, Softball
March 12 - Jennifer Twitchell, Women's Track
March 19 - Lexy Perry, Softball
March 26 - Nicki Felley, Gymnastics
April 2 - Jessica Parenti-Otte, Gymnastics
April 9 - DJ Smith, Men's Track
April 16 - Amy Schaible, Softball
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