March 25, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State sophomore pitcher Noelle Johnson was named Mountain West Pitcher of the Week for games held March 18-24.
Boise State's Ashley Palmer was named Mountain West Softball Player of the Week. It is the first MW weekly accolade this season for both student-athletes. Johnson was also named College Sports Madness Mountain West Player of the Week.
Johnson (Santee, Calif.) led Utah State to a perfect 5-0 record last week with a doubleheader sweep at Utah Valley (4-1, 8-7) and a three-game home Mountain West sweep against Colorado State (1-0, 5-4, 7-2). Against the Wolverines, Johnson pitched seven innings in game one, allowing only one run and striking out 11. She then pitched 3.1 innings in relief in the second game and posted six strikeouts. Johnson then started two games against the Rams and pitched one in relief. In USU's 1-0 win against CSU, she struck out 14 batters. In the series finale, she not only earned the win but she hit two home runs and drove home five runs in the 7-2 win. For the week, Johnson went 5-0 and allowed only four earned runs in 30.1 innings pitched as she had a 0.92 ERA with 39 strikeouts. At the plate, she batted .375 (3-8) with one double, two home runs, two runs scored and five runs batted in. This is the first time that USU has started conference play 3-0 since 2004.
The sophomore is first in the Mountain West in strikeouts with 146, as she is the only player in the league with over 140 strikeouts. She is also first in batters struck out looking with 35. She is fourth in earned run average with a 2.27 ERA.
Utah State will now prepare for a three-game Mountain West series with Fresno State in Fresno, Calif., beginning on Friday, March 28 at 7 p.m. (MT).
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