March 19, 2010
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Utah State softball started the Capital Classic in Sacramento, Calif., with a pair of losses. The Aggies fell to Iona, 5-0, before losing to host Sacramento State, 10-2, in five innings.
With the losses Utah State falls to 10-10 this season
In the first game, the Aggies beat themselves committing four errors. Senior Kate Greenough (4-5) took the loss, pitching four innings and allowed four runs, two of which were earned. Deanne Algeo captured the win for Iona, improving to 1-1 this season.
The Gaels took the lead early, scoring two runs in the top of the first inning. Marisa Newman doubled to right center with one out. Tierney Markou came in to pinch run for Newman an promptly stole third. After a pop up by Jodi Petersen, Eileen McCann hit her second home run of the season to give Iona the early 2-0 lead.
USU threatened in the bottom of the third inning. Senior Rachel Evans started the inning with a walk. With one out, Evans was eliminated from the base paths with a fielder's choice by fellow senior Emily Reilly. With two outs, senior Nicole (Rupp) Tindall doubled to left center to put runners on second and third, but redshirt-sophomore Kelley Kaneshiro grounded out to end the threat.
Iona added two more runs in the top of the fourth inning to take a 4-0 lead. The fourth inning was tough on the Aggies, as they had four errors in the frame. Beth Kann opened up the game with a two-RBI double to left. Both of the runs scored in the inning were unearned after the quartet of Aggie errors. Iona added one more run in the top of the sixth inning to secure the 5-0 win.
In the second game, host Sacramento State once again took advantage of USU
miscues to take a 10-2 five-inning win over USU. Freshman Mandy Harmon fell
to 4-4 with the loss, while Sacramento State's Shelby Voelz improved to 4-10
with the win.
The Hornets got on the board with a quartet of runs in the bottom of the second inning. Emily McCormick started the inning with a single up the middle. Starting pitcher Mandy Harmon got the next two outs before Molly Smith reached on an error by third baseman Kelley Kaneshiro that scored McCormick. Kelly Shepard singled to put runners on the corners and Alyssa Nakken delivered with a homer run to center to put the Hornets up 4-0.
Sacramento State added two more runs in the bottom of the third and four more in the bottom of the fourth inning. Two unearned runs scored on a single by McCormick who ended the game 2-for-3 with two RBI and three runs scored. An RBI single and a bases-loaded walk would give the Hornets the 10-0 lead.
The Aggies fought back scoring two runs in the top of the fifth to cut the lead down to 10-2. Junior Megan McDonald opened the inning with a single up the middle. With one out, Harmon singled to put runners on first and second. Freshman Katie Bowdidge would come in to pinch run for Harmon. Freshman Kali Cancelosi then came up with a pinch hit single to score both Bowdidge and McDonald. Reilly flied out to end both the rally and the game.
Utah State will look to rebound in day two of the Capital Classic. The Aggies will look for a little revenge when facing Sacramento State again on Saturday, March 20 at 4 p.m. In the final day of the tournament, USU will take on Colorado State on Sunday, March 21 at 12 p.m.
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