April 4, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - Hot hitting and dominating defense were too much for the Utah State softball team, falling to San José State, 9-0, in six innings Friday at LaRee and LeGrand Johnson Softball Field. The loss was the Aggies' first at home this season.
After winning their first three Mountain West games, the Aggies have lost four-straight, falling to 3-4 in conference contests and 14-19 overall. San José State improves to 20-14 overall and 3-1 in MW games.
"They looked impressive at the plate. That is what we expected them to do. We hoped that we could keep them off balance a little more," USU head coach Steve Johnson said. "We have to do a better job hitting our spots tomorrow and keeping them off balance, and try not to give up as many hits."
The Spartans scored their first run of the game in the top of the first inning, but showed their power in the third inning with two more runs to take a 3-0 lead. After an Alyssa Martinez single, Jessica Garcia hit her sixth home run of the season to increase the SJSU lead.
San José State added a single run in the fifth and broke the game open with five runs in the top of the sixth inning. In the sixth, the Spartans efficiently scored five runs on five hits to end the game in six innings. Both Martinez and Garcia delivered two-run hits to help the Spartan cause.
Utah State's only two hits were singles from the top of the order. Junior shortstop Jolene Koons and freshman third baseman Victoria Saucedo were the only two Aggies to reach on base hits. USU did have seven batters reach on walks in the game.
"It is like we are trying to make up a nine-run deficit with every swing, with too many fly balls," Johnson added. "We're getting big on our swings, so we are kind of extended and getting underneath the ball and popping it up instead of staying behind it and driving it somewhere. So, we are trying to do too much, which is something we have said all along. Right now we have to stay within ourselves and execute the little things."
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Saucedo was robbed of an extra base hit with a stellar catch by SJSU leftfielder Jessie Meyer.
On Saturday, April 5, the Aggies will honor the 30th anniversary of the 1984 NCAA Women's College World Series team prior to the game that begins at 1 p.m. The weekend series finale will be on Sunday, April 6 at 1 p.m.
Aggie fans can follow all the games in the series live through the Mountain West Network at http://www.utahstateaggies.com/videos/.
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