SOFTBALL: Pitcher Ashley Smuda was named Mountain West Conference Co-Pitcher of the Week. Smuda, a Scottsdale, Ariz., native, allowed one hit in 15 2/3 innings pitched over the weekend. In the 1-0 win against nationally ranked San Diego State, she pitched a one-hitter, striking out eight batters.
BASEBALL: The Thunderbirds jumped out to an early 9-0 lead and withstood a six-run rally in the ninth inning by Brigham Young University for a 14-10 victory over the Cougars on Tuesday night game in Provo.
The win marks a clean sweep for the Thunderbirds over BYU this season after an earlier 18-6 win in Cedar City on April 2. Southern Utah also improved its record to 18-14, while BYU dropped to 15-21 with the defeat.
Bucky Aona homered for the T-Birds and wound up with two RBIs.
Also, Jacob Noyes has been named The Summit League Pitcher of the Week after his performance against North Dakota State over the weekend. It is the first award for Noyes this year and the third for a Thunderbird player.
SOFTBALL: Natalie McBurney had one hit in each game of Southern Utah's doubleheader against Dixie State Tuesday, but both were the deciding hits as the Thunderbirds swept the Rebels, 10-0 and 6-5, on a blustery afternoon at Kathryn Berg Field. McBurney's hit in the first game was a two-run homer her third of the season that lifted the Thunderbirds to a five-inning, mercy-rule win. The hit in the second game was of a much shorter variety, an infield single that glanced off the glove of a diving Jessie Dunn with two outs to drive in Lindi Kennedy in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a 5-5 tie.
SUU pitcher Kristina Brooks (13-20) picked up the win in the opener, and Karli Jenson also homered in the first game. Brittany Henderson homered for SUU in the second game.
TRACK & FIELD: Steve Strickland has been named the Western Athletic Conference Male Track Athlete of the Week. Strickland, a sophomore from Orem (Mountain View HS), ran an NCAA provisional qualifying time and a season-best time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in placing third at the UCLA Invitational last weekend at Los Angeles. He is the second USU track and field athlete to earn the weekly outdoor honor from the WAC in four weeks, joining senior teammate Dasheek Akwenye, who received the award on March 24.
WOMEN'S TENNIS: The Aggies defeated Idaho State, 5-2, Tuesday at the Sports Academy and Racquet Club. It is the second time this season the Aggies have defeated the Bengals, as USU improves to 7-13 on the season.
USU's winners included freshman Hailey Swenson at No. 1 singles, sophomore Brianna Harris at No. 2 singles and freshman Taylor Perry at No. 4 singles. Harris and Swenson also teamed up to win at No. 1 doubles.
USU hosts Montana State on Friday at 1 p.m. at the Sports Academy and Racquet Club in the Aggies regular-season finale. In doubles action, Harris and Swenson teamed up to win at the No. 1 slot.
The Aggies wrap up their regular season on Friday when they host Montana State at 1 p.m. at the Sports Academy and Racquet Club.