LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - APRIL 24, 2017
Contact: Megan Allen - (435) 797-5547
Tues., April 25 --- at Utah Valley, 2 p.m.
Fri., April 28 --- SAN DIEGO STATE, 4 p.m.
Sat., April 29 --- SAN DIEGO STATE, 4 p.m.
Sun., April 30 --- SAN DIEGO STATE, 12 p.m.
• Utah State’s softball team (30-11, 12-5 MW) continues its 2017 season this week with four games as it plays at Utah Valley (12-20) on Tuesday, April 25, at 2 p.m., and then hosts San Diego State (25-15, 9-6 MW) in a three-game Mountain West series. The Aggies and Aztecs will play single games on Friday and Saturday, April 28-29, at 4 p.m., and on Sunday, April 30, at noon. All three MW games will be steamed live on the Mountain West Network and are available at www.UtahStateAggies.com/videos.
W, 5-0 --- at Weber State
W, 9-7 --- NEW MEXICO
L, 5-9 --- NEW MEXICO
W, 5-2 --- NEW MEXICO
• Utah State posted a 3-1 record last week as it posted a 5-0 road win at Weber State, before taking a Mountain West home series against New Mexico (W 9-7, L 5-9, W 5-2). USU utilized three pitchers on the week. Junior Jordyn McCracken threw a perfect 2.0 innings in the loss to New Mexico, while freshman Kellie White and senior April Brown split the majority of the innings. In all, the Aggie pitchers allowed 32 hits and 13 earned runs, while striking out 18 batters and walking 15. Senior second baseman Victoria Saucedo led the offense, as she hit .636 (7-of-11), including two doubles and a home run. Senior first baseman Paxton Provost was tops defensively with 29 putouts.
Contact: Sean O’Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
2017 Mountain West Championships, Boise, Idaho
Fri., April 28 --- Quarterfinals, vs. TBA, 9 a.m.
Sat., April 29 --- Semifinals, vs. TBA, 2 p.m.
Sun., April 30 --- Championship, vs. TBA, 1:30 p.m.
• Utah State men’s tennis (20-8, 6-1 MW), ranked 43rd nationally, will continue its 2017 spring season this week when it travels to Boise, Idaho, to compete in the Mountain West Championships. USU is the top-seed and will begin the tournament on Friday, April 28, in the quarterfinals at 9 a.m. The semifinals will be played on Saturday, April 29, at 2 p.m., and the championship match will be on Sunday, April 30, at 1:30 p.m.
W, 4-1 --- at Boise State
• Utah State claimed its second-consecutive regular season Mountain West Championship following its 4-1 win at Boise State last weekend. The Aggies started by claiming the doubles point as junior Kai Wehnelt and sophomore Samuel Serrano won at the first position (6-3) and senior Jack Swindells and sophomore Jonas Maier won at the second position (6-2). In singles, Wehnelt won at the No. 1 spot (6-1, 6-2), junior Jaime Barajas won at the No. 2 spot (6-3, 6-2) and freshman Sergiu Bucur won at the No. 5 spot (6-1, 6-4).
OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD
Contact: Lea Williams - (435) 797-8584
Fri.-Sat., April 28-29 --- at BYU Invitational, All Day
• Utah State’s outdoor track & field teams will continue its 2017 season this weekend at the BYU-hosted Clarence Robison Invitational on Friday and Saturday, April 28-29.
NTS --- at Stanford Invitational
• Utah State track & field collected four event titles last weekend at the Stanford-hosted Cardinal Classic, highlighted by junior Dillon Maggard setting the school record for the second week in a row. This time he broke the 1,500m mark by finishing fourth with a time of 3:42.15. Junior Clay Lambourne won the fast section of the men’s 800m with a personal-best time of 1:47.31, which ranks second all-time in USU history. The sprinters corps was led by senior AJ Boully, who placed second in the 200m with a time of 21.22. Boully also finished third in the 110m hurdles, clocking a time of 14.30. Senior Devin Wright won gold in the javelin for the second straight week, turning in a mark of 64.05m (210-2). Sophomore Spencer Fehlberg excelled in the 3,000m steeplechase, finishing third with a time of 8:57.34, and senior Colby Wilson finished just behind Fehlberg in fourth, clocking a time of 8:57.35. Sophomore James Withers placed second in the 10,000m with a time of 29:44.28, which ranks sixth all-time in USU history. Freshman Luke Beattie also cracked the USU’s top-10 list in that same event by placing fifth with a time of 29:49.21. His time ranks seventh best in school history. On the women’s side, junior Tylee Newman-Skinner won the 1,500m with a time of 4:24.51, which ranks third all-time in school history. Freshman Bailee Parker cracked USU’s top-10 list in the women’s 5,000m by placing 14th with a time of 17:16.43. Parker now ranks ninth all-time in USU history. Junior Olivia Moriconi recorded a career-best mark in the discus with a distance of 50.06m (164-3), which ranks seventh best in school history. In other women’s throwing action, sophomore Brenn Flint placed third in the shot put with a distance of 15.04m (49-4.25). Moriconi and freshman Maia Garren went fourth and fifth in the same event with marks of 14.91m (48-11) and 14.34m (47-0.75), respectively. Senior Tori Parkinson and junior Kelsey Yamauchi-Richins moved up in USU’s top-10 rankings in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase. Parkinson placed seventh with a time of 10:21.68, which ranks third all-time in school history, while Richins placed 11th with a time of 10:36.55, which ranks seventh all-time in USU history.
Contact: Sean O’Sullivan - (435) 797-8584
2017 Mountain West Championships, Las Vegas, Nev.
Thur., April 27 --- First Round, TBA
Fri., April 28 --- Quarterfinals, TBA
Sat., April 29 --- Semifinals, TBA
Sun., April 30 --- Championship, 12 p.m. (MT)
• Utah State women’s tennis (12-10, 2-3 MW) continues its 2017 season this week when it travels to Las Vegas, Nev., to compete in the Mountain West Championships. USU will begin play in the championships in the first round on Thursday, April 27. If USU wins, it will advance to the quarterfinals on Friday, April 28. The semifinals will be played on Saturday, April 29, and the championship match will be on Sunday, April 30 at noon (MT).
W, 5-2 --- BOISE STATE
• Utah State won its only match last week, a 5-2 Mountain West home win against Boise State. Against the Broncos, the Aggies took the doubles point as senior Nini Guensler and junior Sabrina Demerath won at the second position (6-3) and sophomore Jenna Kane and freshman Lucy Octave won at the third position (6-0). In singles, senior Ekaterina Tugarinova won at the No. 2 spot (6-1, 7-6 (5)), sophomore Monika Van de Vondel won at the No. 4 spot (6-1, 6-4), Demerath won at the No. 5 spot (6-4, 5-7, 6-0) and junior Maggie O’Meara won at the No. 6 spot (6-4, 7-5).
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
T-9th/11 --- at Mountain West Championships, Tucson, Ariz.
• Utah State men’s golf concluded its 2017 season by tying for ninth place in the 11-team Mountain West Championship field with a 13-over 877 (293-296-288) held last weekend at the par 72, 7,194-yard Catalina Course at Omni Tucson (Ariz.) National Resort. UNLV won the team championship for the second-straight year with an 18-under 846 (281-284-281), while Boise State’s Brian Humphreys won individual medalist honors at 12-under 204 (67-68-69). Junior Braxton Miller shot a 1-under 71 during his final round to finish tied for 15th place at 1-under 215 (73-71-71) to lead the Aggies. During Miller’s final round, he birdied the par-5, 535-yard second hole and the par-4, 298-yard fifth hole, before bogeying the par-4, 436-yard ninth hole to shot 1-under on the front nine. He then made another birdie on the par-5, 610-yard 15th hole, before making bogey on the par-4, 428-yard 16th hole to finish his round at 1-under-par. For Miller, his 1-under 215 is his best finish at a conference championship. It is also the first time this season and just the second time in his career he has finished a tournament under par. Miller finished his junior campaign with three top-20 finishes and now has seven top-20 finishes in his career, not to mention seven rounds under par this season with two this weekend, giving him 18 rounds under par in his career. Senior Tanner Jenson finished his collegiate career tied for 22nd place at the MW Championships as he shot a final round of 3-over 75 to conclude the tournament at 1-over 217 (69-73-75). Jenson began the tournament by firing a 3-under 69 for his fifth round in the 60s this season and the 12th of his career, not to mention his ninth round under par this season and the 23rd of his career. He then shot a 1-over 73 during his second round. Fellow senior Eli Rogers concluded his collegiate career tied for 42nd place at the MW Championships as he shot a final round of 1-under 71 to finish the tournament at 8-over 224 (78-75-71). Rogers’ final round marked his fifth round this season under par, including the 12th of his career. Also competing for Utah State at the MW Championship was a pair of freshmen in Chase Lansford and Hayden Eckert. Lansford concluded the tournament tied for 46th place at 9-over 225 (75-79-71) and Eckert finished tied for 49th at 18-over 234 (76-77-81). For Lansford, his final round of 1-under 71 is his seventh round under par this season.
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