April 10, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State softball utilized timely hitting to rally from an early three-run deficit for an exciting 8-7 win and recorded a season-high 15 hits. Freshman outfielder Hailey Froton delivered two hits, one of which was a two-run home run and finished the game with three RBI.
USU (12-25, 2-7 WAC) fell behind early to UVU, as it surrendered a three-run home run in the top of the opening frame. With the Aggies trailing 3-0 in the bottom half of the inning, Froton came to the plate and delivered a two-run homer well over the left field fence, pulling Utah State to within one. It was Froton's second long ball of the season.
The Wolverines added to their lead in the top of the third by plating two runs, pushing their advantage out to a 5-2 lead.
The Utah State offense responded once again as it was able to load the bases with one out. Sophomore catcher Samantha Miller connected with the pitch, sending it deep enough for a sacrifice fly that allowed sophomore infielder Allison Lenzora to cross the plate and pulling USU back to within two runs of Utah Valley at 5-3.
The Aggies surrendered another run to the visiting team in the top of the fourth frame before their offense found its groove in the bottom half of the inning. Utah State knocked five-consecutive singles with one out, scoring three runs on the five hits to tie the game at 6-6 heading into the final three frames.
After a scoreless fifth inning, USU's offense got after it again to take its first lead of the game in the bottom of the sixth. Junior infielder Christine Thomsen got the action started with a double to deep right centerfield, which was followed with a timely hit by senior infielder Lindsey Marquez to move Thomsen over to third and Marquez advanced to second on the throw from the center fielder. Freshman utility player Jolene Koons delivered in the clutch for her squad with a two-out single to left centerfield, scoring both Thomsen and Marquez and giving the Aggies their first lead of the game, 8-6.
Utah State looked to close out UVU in the top of the seventh, but Krystin Jachim had other plans as she hit a lead-off solo home run to start the inning for her squad. USU recorded the next two outs of the inning, putting it on the brink of its 12th win of the season, yet once again the Wolverines had other plan. Utah Valley rallied to load the bases to create a serious threat for junior pitcher Mandy Harmon.
The Aggie pitcher kept her poise however and worked to induce the final out of the game. Harmon was able to get Jamie North to pop foul off a pitch that was easy handled by Miller to secure the win for the home team. Harmon picked up her sixth win of the season, improving to 6-13 on the year, while Cassie Herrera was credited with the loss, falling to 7-4 of the year.
The Aggies will have a short turn around as they prepare to play a Wednesday afternoon doubleheader against another in-state foe, Weber State. First pitch for the opening game is set to be delivered from the circle at 2 p.m. (MT). Admission to the games is free and open to the public.
Live stats will be available to all fans on the www.utahstateaggies.com home page, just click on the GameTracker link.
Fans can follow Utah State athletics, including softball, at http://twitter.com/USUAthletics.com, as well as on facebook, at https://www.facebook.com/USUAthletics.
Aggie Softball Drops Series...
Utah State softball wrapped up its weekend on the road Saturday, in a 3-0 loss to Colorado State.04/15/2017
Home Runs Power USU...
Through the power of heavy hits and solid defense, Utah State softball posted a 4-0 shutout win...04/14/2017
USU Softball Opens Weekend ...
Playing in an early weekend match-up at Colorado State, Utah State softball got the series at...04/13/2017
USU Softball Tops Weber...
In a mid-week break from conference games, Utah State softball posted a 5-0 win at in-state rival...04/19/2017
Utah State Softball Begins ...
Utah State softball (25-9, 8-3 MW) will open its weekend series at Colorado State (20-13, 6-6 MW)...04/12/2017
Game Notes: USU's Mountain ...
Utah State softball (25-9, 8-3 MW) returns to the road this weekend for a Mountain West series at...04/11/2017
Aggie Softball Players Earn...
Utah State softball players Sarina Jaramillo and Kellie White have been named the Mountain West...04/11/2017
Due to unplayable field conditions as a result of rain, snow and freezing temperatures in Logan, ...04/09/2017
Official Aggie Gear