April 21, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State (17-24, 5-7 MW) returns home for a busy six-game week beginning with a three-game series with former Western Athletic Conference foe Boise State (23-19, 8-7 MW), beginning with a doubleheader on Tuesday, April 22 at 1 p.m. The mid-week series concludes on Wednesday, April 23 with a single game, beginning at 1 p.m. The Aggies then hit the road for three games in Albuquerque, N.M., against the Lobos of New Mexico, April 25-27.
Freshman third baseman Victoria Saucedo is having a stellar rookie campaign. She is one of only three Aggies who have started all 41 games this season along with junior shortstop Jolene Koons and senior second baseman Allison Lenzora. Saucedo is hitting .366 overall to lead the Aggies. She is also first in hits with 48. In league games, she is hitting .447 in 12 games. She is 17-of-38 with three home runs in conference games. The third baseman has also been solid in the field with only one error in conference games for a .960 fielding percentage.
Boise State (23-19, 8-7 MW) is 9-3 overall against the Utah State. The teams were 1-1 in games played last season. In the first meeting, the Boncos defeated the Aggies 2-0 in San Diego. USU bounced back with a 5-3 in the first-ever game played at Dona Larsen Park on March 15. The two teams first met in 2009 when both squads were in the Western Athletic Conference. Boise State took two of three against San José State in Boise last weekend. The Broncos have won five of their last five six games.
Mackenzie Whyte is eighth in the Mountain West in hitting with a .376 batting average. Tara Glover is third in the league runs scored with 35. Glover is second in the MW in hits with 54. In the circle, Rebecca Patton is the only pitcher to have thrown more innings this season than Noelle Johnson. Patton has thrown 193.0 innings this season, while Johnson is second with 181.2. Patton is second in the MW in wins with 19.
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