Utah State Softball Drops a Pair of One-Run Heartbreakers to CSU Bakersfield Tuesday
March 11, 2014
BAKEERSFIELD, Calif. - Utah State softball's road troubles continued with a pair of one-run losses to Cal State Bakersfield Tuesday. USU lost the first one in dramatic style, 3-2, and fell in the second 4-3.
With the losses, the Aggies fall to 5-9 and have lost six-straight games during the Golden State road trip that continues throughout the week.
In the first game, Utah State jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Freshman catcher Syndey Hart took an 0-2 pitch over the left field fence for her second home run of the season. Roadrunner starting pitcher Kelsie Monroe was able to get the next three outs to end the Aggie threat.
Utah State added one more run in the top of the third inning. With one out, junior outfielder Sarah Chow singled with freshman third baseman Victoria Saucedo walking to put runners on first and second. Junior outfielder Hailey Froton loaded the bases with an infield single. Hart got her second RBI of the game with another infield single that scored Chow.
Neither team scored another run for the next three innings as pitching took control. Monroe and USU sophomore starting pitcher Noelle Johnson both were strong in the circle.
In the bottom of the seventh, Cal State Bakersfield took control, scoring three runs in the its last at bat. The Roadrunners tied the score and with two outs in the game plated the game winner. Kayli Shaw's single up the middle scored the game-winning run.
In the second game, the Aggies out-hit the Roadrunners, 9-5, but it was Cal State Bakersfield that came up with the 4-3 win.
Bakersfield took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. The Roadrunners used small ball to get runners into scoring position before a Madison Bundy down the left field line scored two.
Utah State clawed its way back into the game with two runs in the top of the fourth inning. Freshman first baseman Paxton Provost started the inning with a single to right. Hart followed with an infield single. Junior third baseman Nicole Arata's double to left center, plated Provost to cut the lead to 2-1. USU tied the scored when Hart scored on a wild pitch.
The Roadrunners took the 4-2 lead with a pair of runs. Utah State got one run back in the top of the sixth inning on Johnson single that brought home senior pinch runner Rachael Tuckett, cutting the lead to 4-3.
Utah State's two-week road trip continues. USU will take on Cal State Northridge in doubleheader on Wednesday, March 12 before, traveling to Santa Barbara for the Gaucho Classic II from March 13-15.
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