Utah State softball (8-10, 0-0 MW) continues its 2022 campaign at the Silicon Valley Classic II in Santa Clara and San Jose, Calif. The Aggies will first face UC Davis (6-11, 0-0 Big West) and Santa Clara (6-11, 0-0 Big West) on Friday, March 11, at 2 p.m. (MT) and 7 p.m. (MT) , respectively. USU next takes on UC Davis and San Jose State (12-7, 0-0 MW) on Saturday, March 12 at 11 a.m. (MT) and 1:30 p.m. (MT) respectively. Utah State concludes the classic by taking on Santa Clara on Sunday, March 13 at 11 a.m. (MT).
Live stats from this weekend’s matches will be available via StatBroadcast. The games played in Santa Clara (March 11 and 13) will be broadcast on YouTube. Links and live updates will be available on the USU softball social media pages.
AGGIES VS. AGGIES
Utah State and UC Davis are tied 4-4 in the all-time series. UC Davis won the last meeting 7-0 on February 29, 2020. The teams will play in Santa Clara, Calif. on Friday March 11 and San Jose, Calif. on Saturday March 12.
AGGIES VS. BRONCOS
Utah State leads the all-time series 8-2 against Santa Clara. However, the Broncos won the previous meeting, 5-4, on Feb. 25 at Silicon Valley Classic I.
AGGIES VS. SPARTATS
Utah State trails San Jose State in the all-time series 49-32. SJSU has won seven straight games against USU. The Aggies last beat the Spartans 3-2 on May 5, 2018.
Senior Shortstop Lexi Orozco ranks second on the USU career highs list with 35 career homers. She is just four homers away from equaling the all-time high of 39 career bombs. Orozco previously set the single-season home run record with 13 in 2019 and has sent eight balls out of the park so far in 2022.
UP THE LIST OF RECORDS
Senior Shortstop Lexi Orozco is in the top 10 of several USU career best lists as she ranks first in slugging percentage (.668), second in career homers (35) and third in RBIs (117 ).
Utah State is tied for third in the Mountain West and is 44th in the nation in total doubles with 29. Senior shortstop Lexi Orozco leads the Aggies with six doubles.
Utah State stole more bases in February 2022 (20) than in the entire 2021 season (16). Junior Center Fielder mazie macfarlane leads the team with 10 stolen bases to rank second in the West Mountain.
Junior Center Fielder mazie macfarlane stole home in the top of the fourth inning in Utah State’s 8-2 win at Dixie State (Feb. 19), becoming the first Aggie to steal home since Megane McDonald against Utah Valley on April 20, 2010.
TAKE THIS WAY
Utah State trailed Saint Mary’s 5-0 entering Game 1 of the teams’ doubleheader on Saturday, February 26. The Aggies scored four runs in bottom of sixth and senior shortstop. Lexi Orozco tied at 5 apiece late in the seventh with a first home run to left field. Junior Center Fielder mazie macfarlane lifted USU to a 6-5 victory with an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth.
SATURDAY IN THE PARK
Five of Utah State’s eight wins have come on Saturday.
MOUNTAIN WEST PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior Shortstop Lexi Orozco was named Mountain West Player of the Week on March 8 after posting a .667 batting average (8 of 12) as Utah State went 2-3 at the San Diego Classic. In all, Orozco recorded eight hits, including three homers and four doubles, along with a slugging percentage of 1.750. She also walked six and scored four runs in the classic, while posting a team-high 10 RBIs, and led the team defensively with 20 strikeouts and three assists over the weekend. .
Utah State had its best opening weekend offensively in the Steve Johnson Campus Diamond Kickoff era as the Aggies posted a .333 batting average, while recording 49 hits and 32 runs. Eleven Aggies recorded at least one hit over the weekend, while nine USU players posted multiple hits. Six Utah State players hit a total of 12 doubles, led by the freshman catcher Taryn Edds and junior outfielder mazie macfarlane with three each. Three Aggies hit a home run at the senior shortstop’s kickoff Lexi Orozco (3), senior catcher/third baseman Gabriella Jimenez (2) and freshman infielder Ariel Lopez (1).
HOMER IN FIRST CAREER
Two Aggies recorded their first college home run at the Division I level this season as freshman second baseman Ariel Lopez hit a two-run homer against UC Santa Barbara (February 11) and senior right fielder sydnee smith hit a three-hit bombshell in USU’s 8-2 win at Dixie State (February 19).
IS NOT LIFE GREAT?
Utah State has won three Grand Slams in the 2021 season, the most by an Aggie team in program history. USU picked up where it left off in 2022 as a senior catcher/third baseman Gabriella Jimenez hit a grand slam in the lead in the first in the Aggies’ 8-7 win over UC Santa Barbara (February 12).
ONLY ONE THREE LARGE
With a grand slam at Utah Valley (April 21, 2021), shortstop Lexi Orozco became the all-time leader in program history with three Grand Slams in her career. Orozco hit two as a freshman in 2019. She is one of four known Aggies to hit more than one Grand Slam in program history.
OUT OF THE PARK, IN THE RECORD BOOKS
Two Aggies earned spots on the single-season record list with 10 homers in 2021 to tie for seventh all-time at first base/catcher Gabriella Jimenez and shortstop Lexi Orozcowhich previously set the single-season home run program record with 13 home runs in 2019.
MAKE A NAME
Second-year third baseman Zaia Castruita was named to the All-Mountain West First Team as the 2021 rookie of the season. She played in and started all 44 games, while hitting a team-high .315 with 41 hits in 130 at-bats. castruita recorded multiple hits in 12 games, finishing the year with five doubles, a team-high two triples and two homers. She hit a grand slam against San Diego State (April 25), recording five RBIs in the game. castruita finished his first season with 15 points and hitting for 17, while leading the team in .357 on-base percentage. defensively, castruita recorded 61 strikeouts and 86 assists with a .980 field percentage
You don’t see double because there is one set of identical twins on the Utah state list. Bearing the number 41, Makenzie Macfarlane is a catcher and first baseman. mazie macfarlane, an outfielder, wears number 15. The duo is made up of mirrored twins, with opposite features. For example, Makenzie is right-handed, while mazie is left-handed.
Fourteen of the 21 Aggies on the 2022 roster came to Utah State from California as seniors Gabriella Jimenez (Sacramento) Bri Lerma (downy), Lexi Orozco (San Marcos) and Emily Tidd (Temecula), juniors Makenzie and mazie macfarlane (Rocklin), second year Zaia Castruita (Chula Vista) and Jessica Stewart (Salinas), and freshmen Taryn Edds (Anaheim), Giselle González (San Diego), Ariel Lopez (St. Mark), Claudia Medina (West of Sacramento), Claire Raley (Clovis) and Mia Reynolds (Tulare).
Utah State has five senior Utah State players Kapri Toone (Tremonton), junior Nya Laing (Logan) and Tyler Thorton (Millville), second year Libbie Hawker (Abundant) and Freshman Emily Dority (South Jordan).
Utah State will open its home campaign by hosting Maine and Idaho State for the Aggie Classic at LaRee & LeGrand Johnson Field on Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19.