Aggie Softball Earns Series Win With Split Against San Jose State Saturday
April 9, 2011
SAN JOSE, Calif. - a five-hit day from freshman utility player Kassy Uchida, the Utah State softball team earned a series win over San Jose State, winning the first game 5-2 before dropping the second game of the doubleheader 8-4. It was the Aggies first Western Athletic Conference series win since taking two out of three against the Spartans in Logan last season.
The Aggies are now 7-33 and 2-7 in WAC play this season. San Jose State is 16-25 this season and are also 2-7 in league action.
In the first game of the doubleheader, both teams threatened in the first inning as both the Aggies and the Spartans had two hits in the inning. USU starting pitcher sophomore Mandy Harmon and SJSU starter Jennifer Ames both were able to get out of the inning. Both teams left two on base.
In the bottom of the second, the Spartans loaded the bases on three Harmon walks. The sophomore was able to strike out Brandee Garcia and Sadie Coenen to end the inning with the bases loaded. USU followed suit leaving the bases loaded in the top of the third inning. Uchida reached on her second base hit of the game. With two outs, senior designated player Shasta Tyteca reached on an error to put runners on first and second. Junior Ashley Venura followed with a walk to load the bases. Ames was able to get freshman Allison Lenzora to fly out to center to end the inning.
Through the first three innings, there were 12 left on base by both teams.
Utah State broke through in the top of the fourth inning with a two-out rally. After two quick outs, birthday girl freshman catcher Samantha Miller singled to right center which was the first of four-straight singles for the Aggies. After Uchida and Landers reached on singles to load the bases, Miller made the score 1-0 when she scored on a base hit by freshman Krista Bava. Senior designated player Shasta Tyteca's bases loaded walk plated the second run of the game. A single to deep right center by Ventura plated both Landers and Bava to give USU a 4-0 advantage.
San Jose State got one run back in the bottom of the fourth inning to cut the lead to 4-1. Cheryl Freitas doubled to right and was driven home by Jessica Garcia.
USU fought back to add one more run in the top of the fifth inning to up the scored to 5-1. Senior outfielder Joreigh Landers drove home pinch runner freshman Annie Thomas with her second hit of the game. Landers went 4-for-8 in the doubleheader to lead the Aggies.
Relief pitcher sophomore Shelbi Tyteca allowed one run in the bottom of the sixth after a Freitas double and singles by Jessica Garcia and BranDee Garcia. The run crossed the plate on a fielder's choice by Coenen.
Harmon came back in the game in the bottom of the seventh to close out the game. She moved to 5-19 with the win, while Ames fell to 6-12 with the loss.
In the second half of the doubleheader, USU took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning with three hits. Once again leadoff hitter Uchida was in on the action with a single to center. She would move to second on a sacrifice bunt by Landers. A Bava single moved Uchida to third, but she was erased from the base paths on a fielder's choice by sophomore catcher Tina Ferguson. Bava would come around to score on Ventura base hit to give USU the early lead. San Jose State fought back with seven runs in the bottom of the first only two of which were earned. Utah State made three errors in the inning to help the Spartans gain the 7-1 lead after one inning.
USU got one run back in the top of the second inning to cut the lead to 7-2. Lenzora started the inning with a triple to right center, which was her first of the season. Senior outfielder Megan McDonald flied out to center and on the play there was an error by SJSU catcher Amanda Schatz that allowed Lenzora to score.
In the top of the fourth inning, USU added two more runs to cut the lead to 7-4.
Once again, San Jose State took advantage of Utah State errors and scored one more run in the bottom of the fourth inning to take an 8-4 lead.
Junior Dani Chaplin who pitched the first inning suffered the loss for USU and falls to 0-6. Elyssa Fox, who pitched 3.1 innings in relief, earned the win for San Jose and improves to 4-11.
Overall, Utah State now holds a slight 28-26 series lead over San Jose State.
Following the three-game series with the Spartans, the Aggies will return home to take on in-state rival BYU in Logan on Tuesday, April 16 for a single game at 3 p.m. It is also Local Heroes day when USU will honor local servicemen. The Aggies will then host a three-game series with Boise State April 22-23.
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