Aggie Softball Topped Twice Sunday By No. 20 Washington
March 16, 2008
PORTLAND, Ore. - In its final action of the Cascade Clash, Utah State softball was swept by No. 20 Washington in a doubleheader Sunday afternoon, played at Portland State's Erv Lind Stadium. USU lost 9-3 in the first game and was topped in the nightcap, 5-4, in a time-shortened six inning contest.
The Aggies end the weather-shortened Cascade Clash and their weekend match-up against Pac-10 teams with an 0-3 mark, after having Friday's games washed out and playing an abbreviated schedule Saturday, losing 11-3 at Oregon State in six innings. USU has lost five in a row while falling to 3-12 overall on the year, and Washington improves to 19-6-1, winning 13 of its last 14 games.
The Huskies scored first with a run in the top of the second, while Utah State responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Junior first baseman Aubrie Stroman started the rally with a double to center before freshman shortstop Kelley Kaneshiro doubled to left, advancing Stroman to third while junior second baseman Jeanine Hernandez walked to load the bases.
USU then scored three runs without getting the ball out of the infield as sophomore center fielder Emily Reilly and senior third baseman Amy Schaible drew walks sandwiched around an infield single by junior left fielder Mikey Price before the inning and rally ended with an infield popup, leaving the Aggies ahead, 3-1.
UW tied the score with a pair of runs in the top of the third with a two-run bases loaded single and then tacked on two runs in each of the fourth, six and seventh innings to pull away for the win.
Freshman pitcher Tylee Landon took the loss in her first decision of the season, yielding seven hits in three innings, while junior Kayla Dunn threw the final four frames, allowing six hits while striking out two.
Offensively, Price had two of the Aggies' five hits as well as an RBI.
Washington opened game two by hanging three on the board in the first, belting a two-run home run. The Huskies added a run in the third and another in the fifth to open a 5-0 lead.
After being no-hit through the first five frames, the Aggies got their bats going with three hits in the top of the sixth as sophomore second baseman Nicole Rupp led of with an infield single. After Reilly reached on an error, Stroman later walked to load the bases. Dunn then hit into a fielder's choice, leaving USU with the bases juiced and two outs. Kaneshiro then laced an RBI-single to center, and everyone moved up a base on an error by the UW centerfielder. Freshman Megan McDonald followed with a two-run single to make it 5-4 before the inning and the game ended with a strikeout.
In the circle, junior Lindsey Benson pitched all five innings, striking out two while giving up 11 hits, falling to 3-9 on the season with the loss.
Utah State returns to the Beehive State and takes to the diamond on Tuesday, March 18 in Provo, facing South Dakota State at 2 p.m. (MT) and BYU at 4 p.m. (MT), both at BYU's Gail Miller Field.
The Aggies then open Western Athletic Conference action with a three-game series at Reno, Nevada against Nevada on Friday and Saturday, March 21-22.