LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - APRIL 18, 2016
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547
Wed., April 20 --- WEBER STATE, 4 p.m.
Fri., April 22 --- BOISE STATE, 3 p.m.
Sat., April 23 --- BOISE STATE, 1 p.m.
Sun., April 24 --- BOISE STATE, 12 p.m.
• Utah State softball (19-19, 5-7) continues action this week with four home games as it hosts Weber State (27-14) in a non-conference game on Wednesday, April 20 at 4 p.m., before hosting Boise State (12-28, 4-8) in a three-game Mountain West series over the weekend. USU and BSU will play its first game of the series on Friday, April 22 at 3 p.m., followed by single games on Saturday and Sunday, April 23-24, at 1 p.m. and Noon, respectively. Every home game this week will be streamed live on the Mountain West Network.
L, 1-4 --- at BYU
L, 11-12 (9) --- at #23 Fresno State
L, 2-3 --- at #23 Fresno State
L, 1-2 --- at #23 Fresno State
• Utah State posted an 0-4 road record last week as it fell at BYU (4-1), before dropping a three-game Mountain West series at No. 23 Fresno State (11-12, 2-3, 1-2). All five USU pitchers saw time in the circle during the week, combining to allow 37 hits and 21 runs, while striking out nine batters and walking 10. Offensively, sophomore outfielder Jazmin Clarke led the team, batting .429 (6-of-14) on the week, while scoring two runs and batting in one. Defensively, senior first baseman Libby Pederson led the Aggies with 18 putouts.
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Fri.-Sun., April 22-24 --- at MW Champs., Tucson, Ariz., All Day
• Utah State’s men’s golf team will conclude its 2016 season this weekend as it travels to Tucson, Ariz., to compete in the Mountain West Championships on Friday through Sunday, April 22-24.
T-6th/10 --- at BYU Invitational
• Utah State finished tied for sixth place out of 10 teams with a 2-over 866 (288-291-287) last week at the BYU-hosted PING Cougar Classic. BYU won the team championship with a 35-under 829 (274-280-275), while the Cougars’ Austin Christensen took medalist honors with an 11-under 205 (68-69-68) to win the tournament by one stroke. Senior Seokwon Jeon led USU has he tied for seventh place with a 5-under 211 (70-71-70). For Jeon, it is his fourth top-10 finish of the season and the 12th of his career, as he now has 35 career rounds under par, including 10 this season. Other Aggies to compete in the tournament include junior Tanner Jenson, who tied for 32nd place at 4-over 220 (73-71-76), sophomore Braxton Miller, who placed 38th at 5-over 221 (74-78-69), junior Eli Rogers, who tied for 39th place at 6-over 222 (75-75-72) and freshman Keifer Higham, who tied for 47th place at 9-over 225 (71-74-80). For Miller, he tied his season-low round with his 3-under 69 during his final 18 holes, giving him 11 rounds under par in his career, including three rounds in the 60s. Jenson, who shot a 1-under 71 during his second round, now has 14 career rounds under par, while Higham tied his collegiate low round with his 1-under 71 during his first 18 holes as he now has two career rounds under par.
Contact: Sean O’Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Fri.-Sun., April 29-1 --- at MW Champs., Las Vegas Nev., TBA
• Utah State men’s tennis (21-7, 6-1) will continue its 2016 spring season next week when it travels to Las Vegas, Nev., to compete in the Mountain West Championships. The quarterfinals will be played on Friday, April 29, while the semifinals will be played on Saturday, April 30 and the championship match will be on Sunday, May 1.
W, 4-2 --- UNLV
L, 3-4 --- at San Diego State
• Utah State posted a 1-1 Mountain West record last week with a 4-2 home win against UNLV, and a 4-3 road loss at San Diego State. Against the Rebels, the Aggies lost the doubles point, but won four matches in singles as sophomore Jaime Barajas won at the No. 1 spot (6-4, 7-5), junior Jack Swindells won at the No. 3 spot (6-2, 6-2), freshman Samuel Serrano won at the No. 4 spot (6-1, 6-4) and freshman Romai Ugarte won at the No. 6 spot (7-5, 6-2). Against the Aztecs, the Aggies lost the doubles point. In singles, Barajas won at the No. 1 spot (6-3, 6-3), Serrano won at the No. 5 spot (6-3, 1-6, 6-3) and Ugarte won at the No. 6 spot (6-3, 6-4). With the win against UNLV, the Aggies clinched at least a share of the Mountain West regular season title, USU’s first championship in any sport since joining the league.
Contact: Sean O’Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
Sat., April 23 --- at Boise State, 2 p.m.
• Utah State women’s tennis (10-11, 2-2) continues its 2016 spring season this week as it concludes the regular season with a Mountain West road match at Boise State (11-9, 3-2) on Saturday, April 23 at 2 p.m.
W, 4-2 --- at Colorado State
L, 2-5 --- at Wyoming
• Utah State posted a 1-1 Mountain West road record last week with a 4-2 win at Colorado State and a 5-2 loss at Wyoming. Against the Rams, USU took the doubles point as junior Ekaterina Tugarinova and sophomore Sabrina Demerath won at the second position (6-2) and juniors Nini Guensler and Lexi Turley won at the third position (6-2). In singles, Guensler won at the No. 1 spot (6-4, 6-1), Demerath won at the No. 4 spot (6-0, 6-0) and freshman Monika Van de Vondel won at the No. 5 spot (6-2, 6-1). Against the Cowgirls, the Aggies lost the doubles point, but Guensler and Turley won at the third position (6-2). In singles, Tugarinova won at the No. 2 spot (6-4, 6-3) and Van de Vondel won at the No. 5 spot (6-4, 6-2). Also competing for USU was sophomores Maggie O’Meara and Meghan Lyall and freshman Jenna Kane.
OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Lea Williams - (435) 797-8584
Fri.-Sat., April 22-23 --- at BYU Invitational, All Day
• Utah State’s outdoor track & field teams will continue its 2016 season this weekend at the BYU-hosted Clarence Robison Invitational on Friday and Saturday, April 22-23.
NTS --- at Mt. SAC Relays, Norwalk, Calif.
NTS --- USU MARK FALDMO INVITATIONAL
• Utah State track & field set two records at the Cerritos College-hosted Mt. SAC relays last week, led by junior Colby Wilson, who placed fifth in the steeplechase with a school-record time of 8:40.73. Kashley Carter, a freshman, added another school record by breaking her own mark in the 5,000m with a 36th-place finish and a time of 16:23.29. Carter now has three school records, all of which were set in her first three collegiate races. Also competing for USU was sophomore Dillon Maggard, who cracked the USU top-10 list, crossing the line sixth in the 1,500m with a time of 3:44.04, which ranks third all-time in school history. Junior Benjamin Johnston also ran the 1,500m and finished 19th with a time of 3:49.94, while junior Tori Parkinson placed 15th in the 3,000m steeplechase, clocking a time of 10:33.81.
At its own Mark Faldmo Invitational last weekend, the Aggie women were highlighted by their throwers as senior Maci Bingham won the hammer throw with a school record toss of 62.33m (204-6). Olivia Moriconi, a sophomore, won the shot put with a distance of 14.19m (46-6.75), while Bingham finished second (14.09m/46-2.75), freshman Brenn Flint placed third (14.08m/46-2.50), junior Shelby Jordan took fourth (13.23m/43-5) and freshman Allison Scranton placed fifth (13.19m/43-3.25). Junior Mia Estes captured the event title in the women’s javelin with a mark of 47.39m (155-6), and senior Amanda Stoudt placed first in the 5,000m with a time of 18:59.85. Freshman Madelyn Sirmon placed second in the javelin with a distance of 44.04m (144-6), while sophomore Stephanie Crapse placed fourth with a mark of 41.79m (137-4). On the men’s side, senior Parker Bluth continued to shine in the sprints, placing first in the 100m with a time of 10.70, while freshman Chase Thurgood placed second in the javelin with a personal-best distance of 48.37m (158-8). Bluth also guided the men’s 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams to impressive victories. Bluth was accompanied by senior Nic Bowens, junior AJ Boully and sophomore Bryson Stout as the relay team recorded a 4x100m time of 40.68. The 4x400m relay team of Bluth, sophomore Brady Martin, Boully and senior Cole Lambourne turned in a time of 3:16.44. The Aggie sprinters on the women’s side turned in a time of 3:59.76 and also captured the 4x400m title with a squad made up of freshman Whitney Wilcox, sophomore Breann Bate, junior Brittany Rawlins and senior Kaitlyn Wilcox. Whitney Wilcox also won the 100m with a time of 13.06, while Rawlins finished just behind her in second, clocking a time of 13.08. Other men’s event title winners included Martin in the 400m with a time of 47.35, freshman Leaguen Fray in the long jump with a leap of 6.70m (21-11.75) and senior Kevin Allen in the discus with a toss of 53.11m (174-3). Bingham closed out the women’s field events in winning fashion by claiming the top spot in the discus with a mark of 46.46m (152-5), while Scranton finished second with a distance of 44.36m (145-6).
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