Weekly Olympic Release - April 23, 2001
April 23, 2001
LOGAN, Utah -
Softball Contact: Laurie Cannon (435) 797-2066
USU's softball team will host Southern Utah on Wednesday, April 25 in a double-header beginning at 2 p.m. before closing home play with a conference weekend against UC Santa Barbara. The Aggies and Gauchos will play a double-header on Saturday, April 28 at 1 p.m. and a single game on Sunday, April 29 at 1 p.m.
Southern Utah is 23-30 overall with an impressive 16-4 mark in the Mid-Continent Conference. Most recently SUU split a pair of double-headers with Missouri-Kansas City over the weekend getting swept in a double-header Friday before turning around to capture both games of the second double-header Saturday. Crystal Bingham is pacing the Thunderbird squad with .350 batting average and a team-high nine doubles. SUU is hitting .253 as a team. Mandy Flint is the T-Bird's top pitcher with a 1.86 ERA and a 13-15 overall record. Utah State holds a 51-4 all-time advantage over SUU. This will be the first meeting for the two teams this season as a double-header scheduled for March 10 was cancelled due to rain.
UC Santa Barbara is 17-29 this season and 3-12 in the Big West Conference. The Gauchos are hitting .217 as a team and are led by E.J. Lauchland who owns a .306 batting average with nine doubles and 11 RBI. UCSB's pitching staff boosts a cumulative 1.90 ERA behind top hurlers Sylvia Santos and Loren Thornberg. Santos is 7-11 this year with a 2.26 ERA, while Thornburg is 6-12 third season with a 1.92 ERA. Utah State leads the all-time series with UC Santa Barbara 28-12 despite dropping all three games of the conference series a year ago.
Over the weekend Utah State went 1-2 against conference opponent Cal Poly. The Aggies are now 7-35 on the year and 3-12 in Big West play.
Tennis Contact: Mike Strauss (435) 797-1361
Men's Tennis To Play at Big West Championships
Utah State's men's tennis team will enter this week's Big West Championships as the seventh seed. The tournament will take place Thursday through Saturday, April 26-28. The Aggies will meet second-seeded Boise State in the first round of the tournament on Thursday, April 26 at 12:30 p.m. MDT.
The Aggies tied for fifth at the league championships a year ago after defeating Idaho 4-3 in the tournament's qualifying round. USU then lost 4-0 to Boise State, who was the top seed as well as the eventual champion, in last year's event.
This year, Utah State owns a 5-9 record heading into the championships, but has not met a single Big West team during the regular season.
This spring number six singles player Dan Baird owns the team's best record with an 8-6 mark. Tad Hinze is 7-7 overall while playing at number five singles and Andy Madersbacher is 6-8 at the number one singles slot.
In doubles play the combination of Baird and Ryan Burbidge are a combined 8-6 at the number three position, while Tim Burrell and Jonah Nelson are 6-7 at the number two singles slot.
USU's fifth-place finish a year ago was its best in school history. Madersbacher was named second-team all-Big West a year ago as well.
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Women's Tennis Heads To League Championships
After winning three of its last five matches, Utah State's women's tennis team will head to the Big West Championships playing its best tennis of the year. The Aggies are 6-9 on the year.
The women will open the tournament as the ninth seed and meet eighth-seed Cal State Fullerton on Thursday, April 26 at 1:30 p.m. MDT. The winner will advance to play top-seeded Long Beach State on Friday at 9 a.m.
Last year USU lost its opening round match 8-1 to North Texas and has not won a match at the league championships since its inception in 1991.
While no Aggie has a winning record this spring, number one player Sarah Lowe is 7-8 while three others are close to having .500 records in Richelle Ferguson (6-9 at number three), Tracy Bertagna (6-8 at number four) and Amelia Martinez (6-8 at number six).
USU's best doubles tandem has been the combination of Ferguson and Jocee Mason, who have posted a 6-8 record while playing at the number two position.
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Golf Contact: Mike Strauss (435) 797-1361
Golf Team To Compete At Big West Championships, April 30-May 1
Utah State's golf team finished the regular season portion of its schedule by placing 15th at the Brigham Young Cougar Classic last weekend. The Aggies were paced by Kevin Blotter, who tied for 55th with a 227 total. On the final day of the event when the Aggies posted their best team score, Kevin Peterson and Nick Summers shot 73 and 74 respectively.
USU will conclude its season with the Big West Championships at El Dorado Hills, Calif. April 30-May 1. Last year at the Big West Championships USU finished 10th, its first last-place finish at the event since 1992. Three current Aggies played in that championship including Kevin Blotter (tied for 35th), Nate Blotter (tied for 46th) and Chris Olsen (50th).
This year two seniors have led USU as Kevin Blotter owns a team-best 75.65 scoring average, just barely ahead of classmate Kevin Peterson, who is at 75.75. Woody Spainhower, a freshman, who has played in each of USU's four tournaments, is third at 77.25, while another freshman, Nick Summers is fourth at 77.90.
The Aggies have two top-10 finishes this year, placing ninth in the season-opening Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate at Laramie, Wyo. and then tying for eighth at Idaho State's Tournament (George Von Elm Inviational) earlier this month.
Track Contact: Diane Stockdale (435) 797-2066
After hosting it's only home meet of the regular season Utah State's men's and women's track and field teams will once again hit the road traveling to Eugene, Ore. to compete in the Oregon Invitational Saturday, Apr. 28.
Over the weekend USU turned in an impressive outing at its own Mark Faldmo Open. The women's team recorded six first place finishes and 13 top-three performances. Athletes winning their events included Kathleen Hobbs in the 100m (12.15), Sandra Reategui in the 200m (24.79), Rebekah Thornley in the 1,500m (4:32.22), Debra Barker in the pole vault (3.6m), and Candice Workman in the shot put (14.38m) and the discus (44.66m).
The men's team had seven event winners as well as 12 athletes finish in the top three. Event winners included Brett Guymon in the 110m hurdles (14.43) and the 400m hurdles (50.70), Tim Sparks in the shot put (15.98m), James Parker in the discus (57.14m), Neil Warr in the javelin (66.01m), and the USU relay teams in the 4x100m (41.37) and the 4x400m (3.20.08).