Air Force vs. BYU - May 21, 2011
Air Force vs. BYU - May 19, 2011
Air Force vs. UNLV - May 12, 2010
Air Force vs. Utah - April 29, 2011
Air Force vs. San Diego State - April 21, 2010
Notable: Did not play in 2010 to focus on academics...will see time at third...brother, Nate, is an outfielder for the 2010 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants.
Sophomore (2009): Played in 25 games, starting 21...started 17 games at third and four at shortstop...batted .213 with 16 hits and seven RBIs...ranked fifth on the team with 42 assists...stole three bases...tied a career-high with three hits vs. Pittsburgh, also hitting a career-high two doubles...stole a pair of bases vs. Southern Utah.
Freshman (2008): Appeared in 31 games, making 22 starts ... started 20 games at third and once each at short and second ... batted .230 with 17 hits, 12 RBIs and ten runs scored ... hit four doubles and was second on the team with five sacrifice bunts ... fielded .941 at the hot corner ... first-career hit came against Doane ... went 3-for-5 with four RBIs against Northern Colorado ... also had three hits against UNLV ... Mountain West Conference all-academic selection.
San Ramon Valley HS (Danville, Calif.): Lettered two years in baseball and basketball...all-league and team captain as a senior...all-league and team captain in basketball...AP Scholar award winner...Senior of the Year award winner...high school baseball coach was Rick Steen.
Personal: Member of Cadet Squadron 3...favorite TV show is SportsCenter...on the Superintendent's list six semesters, the Dean's list six semesters, thes Commandan't list seven semesters and the Athletics list seven semesters...something most people don't know about him is that he loves history...brother, Nate, is currently and outfielder for the San Francisco Giants...went to the same high school as Baltimore Oriole Randy Winn and former NBA player Mark Madsen...also has two other siblings, Cainan and Sophia...son of Vai and Karen Schierholtz.
Why I came to the Academy: "I came to the Academy to earn an outstanding education and serve my country."
Getting to know Vai:
Squadron Job: Squadron Commander, Fall 2010.
Greatest moment in sports: Scoring the game winning run in 2008 on a walk off grand slam against BYU.
Hobbies: Camping, Basketball, Hiking.
Favorite food: Chipotle Burrito.
Favorite Movies: Zoolander and American History X.
Person in history you'd like to meet and why: Pat Tillman because he paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Something not many people know about you: I can dunk a basketball.
Who's had the biggest influence on your sports career and why: My older brother, Nate, because he has been an outstanding role model on and off the field.
Favorite athlete and why: Older brother Nate, World Series Champion and Olympic Medalist.
Pregame rituals: None.
If you could be on any reality TV show, what would it be? Jersey Shore!
What do you have on your iPod? Mostly country, some Metallica and some hip hop.
If you could trade places with one of your teammates for day, who would it be and why? Brad Pingel, because he is a really interesting guy.
How did you spend your summer? I did Powered Flight and worked the Leadership Reaction Course for Basic Cadet Training.