March 6, 2004
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Utah State scored first in both games of a softball doubleheader at Colorado State, but fell in each contest by scores of 10-2 and 9-1. It marked the third and fourth times in seven games this season, USU has scored first, but failed to win as the Aggies dropped to 0-7 on the season. CSU improved to 13-6.
The Aggies scored two runs in the top of the first inning in the first game. After consecutive strikeouts by the first two hitters, Kelly Leos doubled to right center and Candice Hatch singled her in before advancing to second. Quela Henderson singled to right to score Hatch as the Aggies recorded three of their seven hits in the opening stanza.
However, CSU responded with four runs in its half of the inning and then added one more in the second and two in the third. In all, CSU pounded out 16 hits off Leslie Higley en route to the win.
USU started the second game with a run in the first inning as Vance led off the game with a double to left center. Two batters later Leos singled to left field to plate Vance.
Once again CSU responded scoring two runs in the first and six in the second. The Rams out-hit USU 13 to seven in the second game and were also aided by two USU errors
On the day Vance was four of six batting, while Henderson was three of five, and Leos and Casey Smith added two hits apiece.
The two teams will play a single game on Sunday to conclude the three-game series.
COLORADO STATE 10, UTAH STATE 2
USU 200 000 - 2 7 1
CSU 412 021 - 10 16 1
Higley and Hatch. Strickland and Farrell and Leigh. W - Strickland (5-2). L - Higley (0-3). LOB - USU 9, CSU 6. HR - Huerta 2 (5), CSU.
COLORADO STATE 9, UTAH STATE 1
USU 100 000 - 1 7 2
CSU 260 001 - 9 13 0
Garnett, Bruins (2) and Hatch. Kelly and Farrell. W - Kelly (3-1). L - Garnett (0-3). LOB - USU 7, CSU 9. HR Roberts 2 (3), Kelly (1), CSU.
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