Utah State Softball Drops Both Games On Day Two Of Kajikawa Classic
Feb. 11, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. - Utah State's softball team dropped consecutive games to 15th-ranked Oregon State (10-3) and 21st-ranked Nebraska (7-2) on the second day of the Kajikawa Classic here on Saturday. The Aggies fall to 1-4 on the season with the losses.
In the first game, Utah State jumped out to a 3-0 lead but watched it slip away as Oregon State pounded the Aggie's pitching for six consecutive hits, plating four runs.
Utah State could not respond as they allowed the Beavers to score six more runs to close out the game.
In the second game, Utah State hung strong with 21st-ranked Nebraska through four innings but was unable to tame the Huskers bats as they lost 7-2.
USU was down only one run heading into the fifth inning before Nebraska strung together three hits and stole two bases as they ended up plating three runs in the inning.
The Aggies answered back in the bottom of the inning when sophomore-transfer Whitnie Ray lead-off the inning with her first career home run as an Aggie.
Utah State held the Huskers scoreless in the sixth and Sara Fleming started the bottom of the inning with a walk. Jeanine Hernandez then followed with a single and Quela Leonhardt walked to load the bases. Amy Schaible drove in the first Aggie run as it looked like USU was poised for a big inning.
Utah State had the bases loaded with only one out, but Nebraska's Ashley DeBuhr came in and retired the next two batters, leaving the bases full.
Nebraska put the game away in the seventh inning thanks to a three-run shot by freshman Crystal Carwile, which made the score 7-2. The home run was Carwile's second of the game. DeBuhr then came in and closed the door on the Aggies as she pitched a perfect seventh inning
Utah State's Leslie Higley pitched the full seven innings but took the loss as she gave up seven earned runs on ten hits. Leonhardt helped the Aggies offense by going two-for-two, including a double and a walk.
Utah State will conclude the Kajikawa Classic on Sunday when they play host Arizona State as they look to revenge Thursday night's 8-0 loss. The first pitch is slated for 2:00 p.m.