Utah State softball senior infielder Christine Thomsen was named Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week for April 15-21. This is the second weekly WAC honor for the senior this season, as she claimed the award for March 11-17 earlier this year.
Thomsen is the first USU softball player to earn the award since senior pitcher Mandy Harmon and junior Allison Lenzora swept the awards for hitter and pitcher of the week for the Aggies for the week of April 25-May 1 2011.
There have been only two other players that have earned WAC Player of the Week honors. Emily Reilly was named hitter of the week on March 5, 2007. In 2006, Heather Straight earned pitcher of the week honors for the week of May 1.
The senior from Fresno, Calif., helped Utah State to a 2-4 home record last week as it lost in-state games to Utah Valley (3-2), Utah (14-3 (6)) and Southern Utah (5-4), before taking two of three games against WAC foe Louisiana Tech as it lost the first game (6-1) and then won the final two games (8-4, 5-2). Thomsen began the week by going 2-for-3 at the plate and scoring a run against the Wolverines and then going 2-for-3 against the Utes with an RBI. Against the Thunderbirds, Thomsen was 2-for-2 at the plate with a double and two walks. In game one against LA Tech, she went 2-for-3 at the plate, followed by 3-for-4 performances in each of the last two games of the series with a run scored in each outing. For the week, Thomsen hit .737 (14-19) with three runs scored, one run batted in and one double, to go along with two walks.
The series win against Louisiana Tech was the second of the season for USU as it took two-of-three games from UTSA earlier this season (April 5-6), in Kaysville, Utah.
The Aggies are back in action this week with a game against boarder-foe Idaho State on Wednesday in LaRee and LeGrand Johnson Field, with game time set for 4 p.m. Utah State will then turn its attention back to WAC play as it travels to the Lone Star State for a three-game weekend series with UT Arlington in Arlington, Texas. USU will be looking to gain ground in the WAC standings as it trails the sixth place team, UTSA, by two games heading into this weekend's series. The top six teams qualify for the conference tournament in Ruston, La., opening May 8.
Fans can follow Wednesday's home action on USU's website, where links to live stats will be available on the softball home page.
Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.
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