USU Softball Closes Out Campbell-Cartier Softball Tournament With Two Losses
Feb. 14, 2009
SAN DIEGO - Utah State softball closed out the difficult Campbell-Cartier Tournament with a pair of losses, 8-0 to No. 24 Long Beach State in six innings and 9-5 to No. 8 Stanford. The Aggies leave the Golden State with an overall record of 3-7.
In the first game, the Aggies were dominated by the 49ers of Long Beach State. The 49ers held the Aggies to four hits as sophomore Brooke Turner pitched a complete game shut out. Senior Lindsey Benson (0-4) took the loss for Utah State, allowing five hits and five runs in 2.1 innings pitched.
The 49ers started the scoring with three in the bottom of the third. Danielle Linke doubled to right field and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. Jennifer Griffin also doubled to scored Linke, while Brandy Reyes followed with a walk. A Jonae Perez single scored Griffin to up the LBSU lead to 2-0. The final run of the innings scored on a sacrifice fly by Jodi Nakawatase.
Long Beach State added two more runs in the third and the fifth innings and a single run in the sixth. Kristen Pocock it a two-run home run in the third to increase the score to 5-0. The final run of the game was unearned after an error by third baseman Rayna Bradshaw.
USU newcomers supplied much of the offense as freshman Gina Rawls had two hits, and junior Rachel Evans had one hit. The final hit came from junior Simone Hubbard. The catcher is having a hot start to the season, hitting .294.
In the second game of the day, Utah State fought hard, scoring five runs in the loss to Stanford. The Cardinal jumped out to a 7-0 lead, scoring seven runs in the first four innings.
USU got one run back in the bottom of the fourth when sophomore Shasta Tyteca singled to left with one out. Megan McDonald doubled to left to score Tyteca for her fourth RBI of the season. McDonald is the Aggies top hitter so far this season, hitting .296.
Stanford rebounded with two runs in the sixth inning to stretch the lead to 9-1. Ashley Hansen started the rally with a triple to left field. Maddy Coon doubled to score Hansen to give the Cardinal the 8-1 lead. Coon rounded the bases to score on Jenna Becera's single.
The Aggies struck back with a quartet of runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. With one out, senior Jeanine Hernandez singled to center to start the rally. After Tyteca was hit by a pitch, and McDonald walked, Hernandez scored on a sacrifice fly by senior Aubrie Stroman. Tyteca and McDonald scored on Rayna Bradshaw's first home run as an Aggie to make the score 9-5.
Utah State is now 0-5 against ranked teams after losing to No. 24 San Diego State, No. 10 Washington and No. 12 Tennessee.
After a week off, the Aggies are back in action Feb. 27-Mar. 1 at the Diamond Devil Invitational in Tempe, Ariz.
Team R H E Utah State 0 4 1 Long Beach State 8 9 2