Froton Drives Home Four in USU Softball's 5-4 Win Over Colorado State Saturday
March 22, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - Junior outfielder Hailey Froton drove in four runs as the Utah State softball team captured its seventh-straight win, defeating Colorado State, 5-4, at LaRee and LeGrand Johnson Field on Saturday.
With the win, the Aggies improved to 12-13 overall and 2-0 in Mountain West action, capturing their first two MW games. Colorado State falls to 15-7 overall and 0-2 in league contests. With USU's 12th win of the season, the Aggies have surpassed last year's win total as the 2013 squad ended the season 11-43.
Utah State was able to earn its second-straight win over the Rams with solid production from the bottom third of the lineup for the second-straight game. Junior shortstop Jolene Koons, senior second baseman Allison Lenzora and Froton combined to be 3-for-6 with two runs scored and four RBI.
"It was a good time to get out there and get more runs. It is huge for us to get production from the bottom of the lineup. Jolene (Koons) has been up in the two spot for us, and she is seeing better pitches down there whether they are looking at the spot in the order rather than what she are doing. Same thing with Hailey (Froton). Allison (Lenzora) has been really hot for us of late. It is huge for us when the bottom of the order can produce," USU head coach Steve Johnson said.
The Rams got on the board first with two runs in the top of the second inning. Alysa Greckel started the inning with a walk with Taryn Arcarese taking her spot on the base paths. Taylor Hutton drove home the first run of the game with a double to center. Taylor Hutton was driven home by her sister Haley to give CSU the 2-0 advantage.
The Aggies wasted no time getting the lead back in the bottom of the second with three runs to take the 3-2 lead. Freshman catcher Sydney Hart began the rally with a one-out single with Koons following with a single to right center. Lenzora walked to load the bases. Froton cleared the bases with a single to right, moving to second on a Ram error.
The Aggies put the game away with a run in the bottom of the fifth to take a 5-3 lead. Once again, the Aggies loaded the bases, and Froton came through with her fourth RBI of the game. While Colorado State got one run back in the seventh, Johnson and the Aggies were able to get a key double play to help squash the Ram threat. Johnson was able to strike out Jaelyn Manzanares to end the game. Both teams had more opportunities to score as both the Aggies and the Rams left 10 runners on base.
Utah State and Colorado State will conclude the three-game set on Sunday, March 22 at 11 a.m.
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