Feb. 12, 2011
LOS ANGELES - Senior shortstop Kelley Kaneshiro blasted her 24th career home run to tie the Utah State home run record in leading the Aggies to their first win of the season with a 6-4 win over North Dakota State Saturday afternoon at the UCLA Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament in Los Angeles, Calif. In Saturday's earlier game, USU was topped by San Diego State, 10-1, in five innings.
The Aggies are now 1-3 on the young season in their opening weekend of the 2011 season and will wrap up action at the tournament on Sunday in a rematch with SDSU at 12:30 p.m. (MT).
With the win against NDSU, the Aggies are now 2-2 all-time against the Bison, while the loss against SDSU slid USU to 3-7 overall against the Aztecs.
Kaneshiro's second home run of the season gives her 24 for her career, matching Sandy Taylor (1997-2000) atop the Aggies' all-time home run list.
After a scoreless first frame, Kaneshiro blasted a solo shot to left center to lead off the USU second, putting the Aggies on the board first. Freshman right fielder Krista Bava later laced a single up the middle to plate fellow freshman Brandy Karl, who pinch ran for junior first baseman Ashley Ventura who reached on a walk.
NDSU scored one on the second and two more in the third to take a 3-2 lead. Ventura led off the Aggies' fourth with another walk and moved to second on a sac bunt by junior third baseman Tatem Day. Bava plated Ventura with an RBI single to left to tie the score at 3-3. The tie was short-lived as NDSU scored its fourth run of the game in the fourth inning for a 4-3 lead.
USU hung a run on the board in the fifth as Kaneshiro started the rally with a single to right and advanced all the way to third on an error. Ventura drove her in with a sac fly to center to tie the score at 4-all in the top of the fifth. After a scoreless bottom of the inning for the Bison, Day led off the Aggies' sixth with a single up the middle. Day was out at second on a fielder's choice by Bava, but freshman second baseman Kassy Uchida singled to right and senior center fielder Joreigh Landers belted a two-run double to center to plate both Bava and Uchida and put the Aggies ahead, 6-4.
Sophomore pitcher Mandy Harmon completed her shutout by blanking the Bison in the sixth and seventh to seal her first win of the season, improving to 1-2 on the year. Harmon struck out five while yielding eight hits in allowing two earned runs in her complete game outing.
Day was 3-for-3 in the game with one RBI, while Bava was 2-for-3 and Landers and Kaneshiro were 2-for-4 each.
Against the Aztecs, San Diego State struck first, plating six runs with two outs in the bottom of the second inning. Starting pitcher sophomore Shelbi Tyteca gave up a lead off single to Jessica Camello, who would eventually reach second on a wild pitch. Rose singled on a full count to put runners on the corners. SDSU took the early 1-0 lead when Camello scored an a Tyteca wild pitch. Two more runs would cross the plate on a single up the middle by Miles, who would then score on a single by Mathis and an error by USU catcher Tina Ferguson. The final blow of the inning came off the bat of pitcher Lorena Klopp when she crushed a two-run home run to center, giving SDSU a 6-0 lead after two innings.
The Aggies got one run back in the top of the fourth inning. Kaneshiro started the frame with a double to center. Kaneshiro was then eliminated from the base paths on a fielder's choice by Ventura. Karl would pinch run for Ventura and use her speed to get to second on a Klopp wild pitch. Day got her first RBI of the season with a single up the middle to scored Karl and the SDSU lead to 6-1.
In the bottom half of the fourth inning, SDSU put the game away with four runs to take a 10-1 advantage. Two of the four runs scored in the inning were unearned. The big blow came off the bat of Camello who doubled down the right field line to scored two. Camello ended the game 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored.
Shelbi Tyteca (0-1) took the loss, while Lorena Klopp pitched four innings to earn the win (1-0).
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