May 10, 2014
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Sophomore pitcher Noelle Johnson made history on Saturday, becoming USU's single-season strikeout leader as the Utah State softball team lost its season finale to UNLV, 8-0, in five innings, at Eller Media Softball Field in Las Vegas.
USU ends the season 18-37 overall and 6-18 in its first season in the Mountain West, while UNLV improves to 26-28 overall and 15-9 in league play. The Aggies end the season losing 10-straight games. Johnson completes the season with a 16-22 record.
UNLV struck first with when Garie Blando led off the inning with a single to center. Samantha Juarez put the Rebels up 2-0 with a home run down the left field line to give UNLV the early 2-0 lead.
The record-breaking strikeout came in the bottom of the second when Emily Haslinger struck out swinging for the second out of the inning. The strikeout was her 218th of the season, passing Mary Lou Ramm who had 217 in 1980. She is just the second Aggie to pass the 200 K mark. Johnson now has 345 career strikeouts in just two seasons at USU which is good for fifth in the USU record books.
In the top of the third inning, the Aggies threatened. With one out, senior second baseman Allison Lenzora was hit by a pitch. She moved to second on a single to center by sophomore outfielder Sarah Chow. Junior shortstop Jolene Koons followed with a single through the right side to load the bases. Lenzora was then thrown out at home on a fielder's choice by freshman designated player Victoria Saucedo for the second out of the inning. The Rebels ended the inning by getting junior outfielder Hailey Froton to fly out.
UNLV added a three runs in the bottom of the third inning when a two-out double by Tayler Van Acker scored two. Another run scored on a wild pitch, as the Rebels took the 5-0 advantage.
The Rebels scored two in the fourth and one in the fifth to win the game 8-0.
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