April 7, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - After a busy five-game week, Utah State softball (15-20, 4-5 MW), returns to action this week with just one game on its docket, taking on Idaho State on Tuesday, April 8 at 4 p.m. The Aggies will take on border-foe Idaho State for the third time in the third state this season.
ISU (21-15) is 2-0 so far this season against USU with wins in St. George, Utah (10-7) and Riverside, Calif. (9-4). This will be the only game of the week for the Aggies this week as they take a break from conference action. Next week, USU returns to action with a non-conference doubleheader at home against Weber State on April 15. Utah State then travels to San Diego to take on the Aztecs in a three-game MW series April 17-18.
Sophomore pitcher Noelle Johnson is among the nation's leaders in strikeouts. She is 23rd in the nation in strikeouts heading into the week with 162, which is currently second all-time in USU's single-season strikeouts. She is now just 55 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 289 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. She is just 26 strikeouts from tying Kristie Skoglund (1984-87) who had 315 strikeouts during her Aggie career.
Utah State holds a slight 26-14 series advantage over Utah State. This season, the Bengals are 21-15 overall and 4-2 in the Big Sky Conference.
Kacie Barnett leads the team in hitting with a .460 batting average. Vicky Galasso is second in hitting with a .398 average and team-leading 13 home runs. Terah Blackwell is hitting .393 this season with a team leading 87 total bases and 53 RBI. As a team, ISU is hitting .341, while opponents are hitting .305. In the circle, Haley Douglas has thrown the most innings with a 13-9 record with 116.0 innings pitched. She also leads the team in strikeouts with 43. Bailey Foster holds a 6-4 record this season with two saves and 30 strikeouts.
In the series finale against San José State, Utah State pounded home 16 runs on 17 hits. The 16 runs were the most scored by the Aggies since USU scored 17 on April 15, 1995 against New Mexico State. All nine hitters in the Utah State lineup had at least one hit Sunday afternoon. The 17 hits were the most since the Aggies had 16 also against the Spartans on April 8, 2011. USU won that game 9-6.
Senior second baseman Allison Lenzora led the way going 3-for-3 with two runs scored and four RBI. Both freshman third baseman Victoria Saucedo and junior outfielder Hailey Froton also drove in three runs.
USU will then return home to host Weber State in a doubleheader on Tuesday, April 15.
Aggie fans can follow all home games live through the Mountain West Network at http://www.utahstateaggies.com/videos/.
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