March 17, 2013
BOISE, Idaho - In its final day of action in the SpringHill Suites Invitational, Utah State softball dropped both rematch games, losing the first, 7-0, to Portland State in Boise. In USU's weekend finale, Idaho State ran out to a 9-0 lead that proved to be too much for the Aggies to overcome, falling in five innings.
Utah State opened Sunday's action with a rematch against Portland State. The Vikings were out for revenge after giving up a five-run lead to USU on Saturday which eventually led to their defeat in the bottom of the eighth inning.
PSU had no hangover in Sunday's opener, as it was able to score seven runs in three innings to take an insurmountable, 7-0, lead. USU failed to gain any offensive traction against the Vikings starting pitcher, Anna Bertrand, who surrendered only two hits to the Aggies.
With the win, Portland State halted Utah State's five-game winning streak, while freshman starting pitcher Noelle Johnson was charged with the loss and is now 2-7 this season.
To conclude Sunday's action, USU took on Idaho State for the second-time in as many days. ISU refused to be caged as the Bengals broke out for nine runs in four innings of play.
The Aggies could not recover from Idaho State's offensive outburst, failing to get anything going at the plate. Utah State put together its biggest scoring threat in the bottom of the fifth inning as it was able to load the bases with one out. USU could not capitalize on the chance by committing the final two outs to end the inning as well as the game due to the run rule.
Aggie starting pitcher Mandy Harmon took the loss, falling to 1-14 this season from the circle. With the pair of losses on Sunday, Utah State falls to 5-22 overall this season.
USU will next take to the diamond in the friendly confines of LaRee and LeGrand Johnson Field, as it prepares to host in-state rival Utah for the 2013 season home opener on Wednesday, March 20, with first-pitch being delivered at 4 p.m. (MT). Admission to the game is free and USU fans are encouraged to come out and support its home team.
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