March 28, 2014
FRESNO, Calif. - Utah State softball dropped its first Mountain West game of the season on the road to Fresno State, 6-0, at Bulldog Diamond on Friday.
With the loss, the Aggies fall to 13-15 overall and 3-1 in MW games. Fresno State improves to 17-12 overall and 2-2 in league contests.
"I thought that we were there right at the start. It is another step in the process of us learning how to win games," USU head coach Steve Johnson said. "They came out and punched us in the mouth, and we didn't rebound right away. Once they started getting runners going and score a few runs, we tightened up in the box and tightened up in the field. That is all part of the process. We want to stay even-keeled whether we are up or down. We do a great job with the ups, but right now when we start getting down we get a little tight. We lose our focus and some of our fundamentals. So we just have to do a better job of responding to adversity. Tomorrow is a new day, and we have to come out and play our game the way we know how to play."
Utah State was able to get hits in the first three innings and then Fresno State starter Jill Compton was able to shut down the Aggies. Sophomore leftfielder Sarah Chow led off the game with a single. In the top of the second inning, senior second baseman Allison Lenzora drilled a single to center. The final Aggie hit of the game came in the top of the third and came off the bat of junior shortstop Jolene Koons.
Fresno State struck first in the bottom of the first inning. Brenna Moss started the inning with a hard-hit ball through the left side and moved to second on a stolen base. The stolen base was one of six by the Bulldogs in the game. A double to right by Michelle Solomon scored Moss to give the Bulldogs the 1-0 lead.
The Bulldogs added to their lead in the bottom of the third inning when Solomon delivered her second hit of the game and stole second. She made the score 2-0, scoring on a Stesha Brazil single to left. With two outs in the inning, Fresno State broke it open with Kierra Willis' double to left that scored two, as the Bulldogs took a 4-0 lead after three.
Fresno State used the base paths once again to add another to take a 5-0 lead, while adding its sixth and final run of the game in the bottom of the sixth.
Sophomore starting pitcher Noelle Johnson suffered the loss after winning eight-straight games, falling to 12-9. Compton earned the win for the Bulldogs, moving to 11-6. Utah State continues its series with Fresno State on Saturday, March 29 at 7 p.m. (MT) at Bulldog Diamond. Aggie fans all the games in the series live through the Mountain West Network at http://www.utahstateaggies.com/videos/.
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