April 3, 2013
POCATELLO, Idaho - - Utah State softball found its power at the plate on Wednesday against Idaho State, as USU blasted three homeruns en-route to its sixth win of the season, 12-4.
Producing the three long balls were seniors, infielder Christine Thomsen, pitcher Mandy Harmon and sophomore infielder Nicole Arata. Junior Allison Lenzora went 3-for-4 from the plate with two doubles, scoring three runs to help fuel the Aggies' offense.
Utah State started hot as it was able to score two runs in the top of the first inning, as Lenzora successfully laid down a squeeze bunt for a base hit. Thomsen delivered the first runs of the game with a one-out homerun over the centerfield fence, to put USU up 2-0.
USU added another run in the top of the third frame as Lenzora worked her way on base again after being hit by a pitch. She promptly stole second and advanced to third on a single from Thomsen. Sophomore outfielder Hailey Froton scored Lenzora from third with a ground out.
Idaho State responded with a single run in the bottom half of the frame to get on the board, trailing 3-1 at that point.
USU blew the game open with a big fourth inning, scoring five runs on four hits. Highlighting action in the fourth was a pinch hit double by junior Kassandra Uchida that plated the first run of the inning as freshman pitcher Noelle Johnson scored from third.
ISU found its offense in the bottom of the fourth innings as well, plating three runs to pull within four runs of the visitors, 8-4. It was the closest the Bengals would get to the hard-charging Aggies.
Utah State added three more runs in the top of the sixth as USU deposited two homeruns in the inning. The first homer was produced by Arata who took a pitch and delivered it over the centerfield fence for a two-run blast. Harmon wasted no time in adding to the Aggies lead, as she drilled a line-drive down the leftfield line and over the fence to push the Utah State lead out to 11-4.
USU added one more run in the top of the seventh on a Lenzora double to right centerfield, that scored sophomore outfielder Jolene Koons from second.
Picking up the win in the circle for the Aggies was Johnson, who is now 3-10 on the year as well as her squad improving to a 6-28 overall record.
Up next, Utah State will continue Western Athletic Conference action with a three-game home series with UTSA. Action is set to get underway with a Friday, April 5 doubleheader. The opening pitch of Friday's action is set to be delivered at 2 p.m. (MT). This weekend, the Aggies will take part in Swing for the Cure with fans encouraged to wear pink.
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