LOGAN, Utah - Utah State softball (28-10, 10-4 MW) returns to LaRee & LeGrand Johnson Field this weekend as it prepares to host New Mexico (19-18, 5-7 MW) for a three-game Mountain West series. The weekend will begin on Friday, April 21, in a 4 p.m. game.
All regular-season home and Mountain West games will continue to be broadcast as a USU Athletics Production on the Mountain West Network. All video feeds will be available live and in archive form at utahstateaggies.tv. Live stats and play-by-play information will be available through GameTracker, while updates will also be provided through the team’s social media outlets. Links to each option will be available online prior to every game.
Friday’s game against New Mexico will be Utah State softball’s annual Pink game for cancer awareness. The Aggies will don pink jerseys for the contest, while the first 100 fans to arrive at the park will receive a pink T-shirt. Utah State is partnering with the Logan Regional Hospital Foundation for the game, and a local cancer survivor will be in attendance to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
Saturday’s game will be Superhero Day. Fans are encouraged to dress as their favorite superhero for the game. Utah State Athletics will provide free superhero capes for the first 100 fans in attendance.
New Mexico makes the trip to Logan with a 19-18 overall record. The Lobos are currently seventh in the Mountain West standings with a 5-7 league record. Last weekend, New Mexico was swept by San Diego State (4-1, 10-2, 8-0) in a conference road series.
New Mexico returns 13 letterwinners and six starters from last year’s roster. A year ago, the Lobos went 23-27 overall and 8-15 in conference play, finishing seventh in the league. Senior utility player Shelbie Franc leads the team, along with the Mountain West, at the plate, batting .429 (42-of-98). Sophomore first basemen Jade Gray and Callie McGarrigle both lead the defense with 147 putouts each. Junior Krissy Fortner is the leading pitcher for the Lobos, posting a 5-2 record and a 3.44 ERA. As a team, New Mexico is batting .308 (302-of-981) on the year, while posting a 4.25 ERA with 308 hits and 181 runs allowed. Erica Beach is in her seventh season as the head coach at New Mexico, where she has an overall record of 154-192.
New Mexico leads the all-time series against the Aggies, 23-20, dating back to the 1978 season. The Lobos took the series in Albuquerque a year ago. The Aggies won the first game of the weekend, 7-4, but dropped the remaining two. Utah State has not won a series against New Mexico since joining the Mountain West.
For Utah State, freshman outfielder Riley Plogger leads the offense, as she is batting .398 with 45 hits and 26 runs scored. Senior first baseman Paxton Provost is tops defensively, tallying 231 putouts on the year. Freshman Kellie White leads the Aggie pitching staff with a 15-4 record and a 1.72 ERA. In all, the USU pitchers have allowed 213 hits and 118 total runs while striking out 150 batters and walking 103. As a team, the Aggies are batting .322 with 345 hits and 217 runs scored.
Fans can follow the Aggie softball program on Twitter, @USUSoftball, on Facebook at /USUSoftball or on Instagram, @ususoftball. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program on Twitter, @USUAthletics, Facebook at /USUAthletics and on Instagram, @USUAthletics.
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