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SOFTBALL: The Aggies will travel to Provo for a softball doubleheader against BYU today at 3 p.m. at Gail Miller Field.

The Cougars are 21-12 this season; Utah State is 7-27. BYU holds a 14 game-winning streak against USU dating back to the end of the 1998 season. Prior to 1998, USU was 31-5 against BYU.

BYU is coming off a split with conference rival Utah over the weekend. The Cougars won the first game 5-4, before dropping the second 9-8.

Ianeta Le'i is leading BYU in batting average this season, and is one of six Cougars hitting above .300 this season. Niki Andersen leads the Cougar pitching staff, with 12 wins against four loses.

After playing at home, BYU will hit the road for its first two away conference doubleheaders. BYU faces Colorado State at 1 p.m. Thursday and New Mexico at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Utah State enters the week after dropping a three-game series to 22nd-ranked Long Beach State last weekend, being outscored 25-0.


BASEBALL: Ute senior right-hander Ben Buck has been named Mountain West Conference Pitcher of the Week.

Buck, from Thornton, Colo., tossed a complete-game victory in the series finale vs. New Mexico. He allowed just one earned run and six hits over nine innings. He struck out two and walked one as he picked up his first win of the year. Buck had two relief appearances last week as well. Overall, he pitched 12 innings, allowing just one earned run and nine hits for a 0.75 ERA with six strikeouts.

BASEBALL: Utah (8-19) hosts Albertson College (21-21) for a noon doubleheader today at Ute Field.

Southern Utah

BASEBALL: SUU freshman righthander Ryan Zimmerman was named Mid-Continent Conference pitcher of the week for his efforts in two Thunderbird victories last week.

Zimmerman, from Mountain Crest High School, won both of his starts. Zimmerman tossed his first collegiate nine-inning complete-game with a career-high tying seven strikeouts in a 7-6 win over Utah. He also hurled SUU to a win in the series finale at Western Illinois Sunday, tossing six shutout innings and allowing only three hits and a walk while fanning seven more in a 10-1 win. He finished the week with a 3.00 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 15.0 innings of work.

WOMEN'S TENNIS: SUU plays its final matches before the Mid-Continent Conference tournament this weekend when the Thunderbirds host the six-team Dual In The Desert cluster in Las Vegas. The Thunderbirds are scheduled to meet Oakland on Thursday, Valparaiso on Friday and IUPUI and Chicago State on Saturday.

SUU, Valparaiso and IUPUI are currently atop the Mid-Con standings with 4-0 records.

Weber State

TENNIS: Weber State's tennis teams did not have a good weekend.

The women were swept for the second straight match Sunday, falling 7-0 at Boise State. The Wildcats lost 7-0 to Idaho Saturday. The loss drops WSU to 9-11 on the season with two matches remaining. The 'Cats will host Utah State at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

The men's tennis team dropped its seventh straight match, falling 7-0 at BYU Saturday. The Wildcats drop to 4-17 on the season with just two matches remaining before the Big Sky Championship. Weber State will host Utah State at 2 p.m. Thursday.

Utah Valley

TRACK: The UVSC men's and women's track teams competed in the Wildcat Invitational at Weber State Saturday and came home with five firsts.

The 4x100m relay team finished in 48.35 to win the event.

Gavin Shaw won the hammer throw with a toss of 61.62 meters. Jason Baird won the triple jump at 14.63 meters, and Stig Robertson won the 400-meter hurdles racing in 52.14.

Mariama Salifu won the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.78.

Also, Ayisha Inusah took second in the 800-meter dash at 2:11.21, and Andrea Larsen was third in the discus throw (44.34m).

ATHLETIC AWARDS: UVSC will hold its annual Athletic Awards and Hall of Fame banquet on Wednesday, April 14, in the David O. McKay Center.

Two former Wolverine All-America athletes, Craig Downs and Stan Rose, will be inducted into the UVSC Athletic Hall of Fame. A reception will be held at 6 p.m. in the northwest foyer of the McKay Center, where the Hall of Fame plaques are displayed. The banquet, which features the inductions, along with athletic awards for this year's outstanding UVSC athletes, will begin at 7 p.m.

Downs pitched for the Wolverine baseball team in 1979 and 1980. He posted the best win-loss record ever for a single season, with a 9-0 mark in 1979. He is third on UVSC's career win list with 15, and third in career complete games with 14. In 1980 he received NJCAA honorable-mention All-America recognition. He now teaches health and physical education at Elkridge Middle School in the Jordan School District

Rose was a basketball player for the Wolverines 1988-90. He is second on UVSC's all-time scoring list with 1,286 points, and is third on UVSC's career rebounding list with 504. He earned NJCAA All-America honors in 1990.

Utah State

MEN'S TENNIS: USU faces Idaho State for the third time this season, as the two teams meet in Logan at 1 p.m. today.

The teams split their two previous meetings, as ISU recorded a 4-3 win in Pocatello on Feb. 3, while USU tallied the 5-2 victory at the UNLV Invitational on Feb. 14.

WOMEN'S TENNIS: Jill Smith lost only four games in both her doubles and singles matches as she led USU to a 6-1 victory Monday.

The Aggies improved to 5-11 overall, while Idaho State fell to 8-8. USU swept the season series with the Bengals 2-0.

Besides Smith's 6-1, 6-2 win in No. 2 singles, other Aggies winning singles matches include Lindsey Bennion, Rachel Moon, Courtney Anderson and Carolyn Stephens.

MEN'S GOLF: Sophomore Cody Huot shot a four-under 140 with rounds of 68 and 72 to give USU a three-shot lead after the first two rounds at the Peterson/Von Elm Intercollegiate hosted by Idaho State in Blackfoot, Idaho.

Huot was one of just four players to shoot under par in the opening day and he holds a two-shot lead heading into the final day of competition. His first round of 68 was the lowest in the field and his lowest round of the season.