LOGAN, Utah - Utah State softball (27-10, 10-4 MW) opens its week of competition on Wednesday, April 19, in a non-conference game at in-state rival Weber State (24-13-1, 8-3 Big Sky).
A video feed of Wednesday's game will be available on WatchBigSky.com.
Weber State enters the week with a 24-13-1 overall record, going 8-3 in Big West play. The Wildcats are coming off a three-game sweep of Portland State (13-0, 6-1, 17-3). This will be Weber State’s first non-conference game since the conclusion of the preseason tournaments.
Weber State returns eight starters and 13 total letterwinners from last year’s team that went 37-19 on the year, winning the Big Sky title with a 15-5 conference record. Freshman outfielder Takesha Saltern leads the Weber State offense, as she is batting .457 (58-of-127) on the year. Senior first baseman Sara Hingsberer is tops defensively with 254 putouts on the year. Junior Kirtlyn Bohling leads the Wildcat pitching crew with a 13-9 record and a 2.28 ERA. As a team, Weber State is batting .325 (346-of-1065) on the year, while posting a 3.45 ERA with 299 hits and 161 runs allowed. Mary Kay Amicone is in her fourth season as the head coach at Weber State, where she has an overall record of 121-76-1.
The in-state rivalry between Utah State and Weber State dates back to 1976. The Aggies lead the all-time series, 34-16. Last season, the teams split a pair of games, as the Aggies won a 2-1 contest at the DeMarini Desert Classic, but the Wildcats took a 3-2 in Logan. The two teams were supposed to face each other earlier this season at the DeMarini Desert Classic, but the game was rained out.
For Utah State, senior shortstop Sarina Jaramillo leads the offense, as she is batting .396 with 44 hits and 28 runs scored. Senior first baseman Paxton Provost is tops defensively, tallying 225 putouts on the year. Freshman Kellie White leads the Aggie pitching staff with a 15-4 record and a 1.75 ERA. In all, the USU pitchers have allowed 211 hits and 118 total runs while striking out 150 batters and walking 103. As a team, the Aggies are batting .323 with 337 hits and 212 runs scored.
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