Hard-Luck Aggie Softball Swept in Doubleheader by Cal State Northridge on Wednesday
March 12, 2014
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - For the fourth-straight game, the Utah State softball team suffered one-run losses after the Aggies were swept by Cal State Northridge Wednesday. USU dropped the opener 2-1 and fell in the night cap 5-4 in eight innings.
With the two losses, the Aggies drop to 5-11 and have lost eight-straight games during the Golden State road trip that continues throughout the week. CSUN improved to 15-9 with the wins.
In the first game, Matadors struck first with a run in the bottom of the first inning. Abby Linn reached on an error to open the inning. Taylor Glover helped CSUN take advantage of the Aggie error and followed with a double that scored Linn to give Cal State Northridge the 1-0 lead. Despite the Matadors loading the bases, sophomore starting pitcher Noelle Johnson was able to get out of the inning without any more damage done.
Utah State tied the game in the top of the sixth inning also taking advantage of an unearned run. Freshman catcher Sydney Hart started the inning reaching on an error. Fellow freshman Abby Indreland pinch ran for Hart. Freshman first baseman Paxton Provost doubled to right to score Indreland and tie the score at 1-1.
The Matadors handed the Aggies their third-straight one-run loss in the bottom of the seventh inning. Linn was once again in the middle of the action, starting the inning with a single. Katie Hooper followed with a single. Linn moved to third on a wild pitch and scored the game-winning run on single by Sydney House.
In the second game, CSUN took the early lead with one run in the bottom of the first inning off of freshman starting pitcher Cheyenne Harper.
The Aggies evened the score in the top of the second inning. Junior outfielder Hailey Froton started the rally with a one-out hit by pitch. Junior third baseman Nicole Arata tied the score with a double to right center, tying the score at 1-1.
Once again, the Matadors responded with a run in the bottom half of the second. A Linn single down the left field line drove home Glover to take a 2-1 lead.
Utah State came back in a big way with three runs in the top of the third. With junior outfielder Jolene Koons and freshman shortstop Victoria Saucedo on base, Provost launched her third home run of the season to take a 4-2 lead. All three runs were unearned.
Cal State Northridge scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth to tie the scored once again. In the bottom of the eighth, Taylor Nate was placed on second and was bunted over to third.
Johnson took the loss in both games, falling to 4-8 this season. She took the loss despite allowing only one earned run in the two games. Neither team was able to plate another run in the regulation seven innings as the Aggie headed to their first extra inning game of the season. Marylynn Mitchell drove in the game-winning run with a single up the middle.
Utah State's two-week road trip continues at Santa Barbara for the Gaucho Classic II from March 13-15.
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