SOFTBALL: BYU catcher Jessica Fitu has been named Mountain West Softball Player of the Week, while BYU senior Paige Affleck has been named Pitcher of the Week, for games played from April 25-May 1. BYU was 3-0 on the week, including 2-0 in conference play. It is the third weekly honor for Fitu and the sixth of her career, while it is the second time this season Affleck has been honored and the fifth time in her career.
BASEBALL: A three-game series starting Thursday with Seattle University marks the final weekend home stand for BYU's baseball team.
The Cougars, now 21-21, host Seattle for three games, then closes the home season with a pair of games on Monday and Tuesday against Gonzaga University.
"Every game is important for us to get back on track and build on the confidence we gained at Arizona State," said BYU coach Vance Law. "Seattle has some good pitching, they are a good challenge and are a program you can never take lightly."
Seattle took a 17-21 record into Wednesday night's game at Utah Valley University.
BYU flipped its starting rotation against the Redhawks with Chris Capper (3-3, 3.72) taking the mound on Thursday and Taylor Cole (3-4, 3.18) as the starting pitcher for Friday. Saturday's BYU starter is yet to be named.
Saturday will be Senior Day, honoring Cougars Ryan Bernal, Alex Hancock, Andrew Law, David McKnight, Jared Miller, Matthew Neil, Dane Nielsen, Justin Shutt, and Blake Torgerson.
All three games will be televised live by BYUtv at 6 p.m., 6 p.m., and 1 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday and will also be broadcast live by Radio 960 AM.
MEN'S TENNIS: BYU's Georgy Batrakov and Patrick Kawkwa have been selected as the Mountain West co-men's tennis players of the week, while Utah's Anastasia Putilina has been named the MWC Women's Tennis Player of the Week.
Batrakov, from Yaroslavi, Russia, went a combined 3-1 in singles and doubles action at the 2011 MW Men's Tennis Championship to propel the 35th-ranked Cougars to their second Conference tournament title. In singles action, Batrakov began his week in Fort Collins, Colo., by downing San Diego State's Javier Pulgar in straight sets (6-2, 6-0) at No. 2 singles to help BYU notch a 4-1 win over the Aztecs. The following day, the junior standout netted a 6-2, 6-1 win over TCU's Zach Nichols at the second singles spot, helping the Cougars earn the league's automatic big to the 2011 NCAA Championships with a 4-2 win over the Horned Frogs. At the top of the doubles lineup, Batrakov and teammate Thomas Shubert secured the first point of the match for BYU against SDSU, defeating the tandem of Pulgar and Tim Schulz van Endert, 9-8 (6).
Kawka, who hails from Las Vegas, went a combined 3-1 in singles and doubles action at the 2011 MW Tennis Championship, while also earning the championship-clinching point for BYU in Saturday afternoon's 4-2 win over TCU. With the Cougars ahead 3-2 in the dual, Kawka, the MW Freshman of the Year award recipient, downed Slah Mbarek, 6-1, 6-2, at the No. 4 singles position to secure the team title for his squad. In Friday's 4-1 victory over San Diego State, Kawkwa teamed with Evan Urbina to defeat the duo of Andre Feliz and Shiva Sangwan, 8-5, at the No. 2 doubles spot, before netting a straight-sets victory over Schulz van Endert (6-3, 6-2) at the fourth singles position.
MEN'S TRACK: In the final weeks before the Mountain West Conference Championships, the No. 17 BYU men's track team hosted the BYU Twilight Meet on Wednesday at the Clarence F. Robison Track in Provo.
The Cougars won the meet with a total score of 298.5 to defeat teams from Utah State, Weber State, Utah Valley, Southern Utah and Idaho State. With great weather for the meet, the best in several weeks of competition, coaches and athletes were very pleased with their performances.
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