April 3, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State softball (14-18, 3-3 MW), returns to Mountain West action this weekend with a trio of games against San José State at LaRee and LeGrand Johnson Field in Logan, beginning on Friday, April 4 at 3 p.m. The Aggies took a brief break from conference play to take a pair of Beehive State foes on April 2 in Provo. USU fell to BYU, 5-4, in eight innings and defeated Utah Valley, 10-9.
Sophomore pitcher Noelle Johnson is among the nation's leaders in strikeouts. She is 19th in the nation in strikeouts heading into the week with 149. She now has 160 strikeouts with six against Utah Valley and five against BYU on April 2.
Johnson now has 160 strikeouts which is currently second all-time in USU's single-season strikeouts. She is now just 57 strikeouts away from tying M.L. Ramm-Flippen who had 217 K's in 1980. She is the first Aggie since 1996 to record 150 or more strikeouts in the a season, when Tara Thompson had 154. She now has 287 career strikeouts in only two seasons which is eighth on the career records list. Ramm-Flippen is first on that list as well with 589 career strikeouts.
San José State holds a slight 31-29 series advantage over Utah State. Last season, the Aggies and the Spartans were both in the Western Athletic Conference. SJSU swept USU last season in a three-game series in San Jose. This is the first season for both teams in the Mountain West. The Spartans are currently 19-14 overall and started league play with a 2-1 mark.
Jessie Hufstetler is first in the Mountain West in batting average with a .469 average. She is also first in the league in hit with 45 and fourth in total bases with 63. Jessica Garcia is second in the Mountain West with 37 RBI. In the circle, the Spartans are led by Allison Lang who is 7-4 with a 2.96 ERA. Kately Linford leads the team in strikeouts with 45.
On Saturday, April 5, the Aggies will honor the 30th anniversary of the 1984 NCAA Women's College World Series team prior to the game that begins at 1 p.m. The weekend series finale will be on Sunday, April 6 at 1 p.m.
Aggie fans all the games in the series live through the Mountain West Network at http://www.utahstateaggies.com/videos/.
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