LOGAN, Utah -
Back from a weather delayed series start, Utah State softball split its doubleheader with Colorado State Saturday, falling to the Rams, 3-0, before ending the day in a 7-6 win.
Utah State’s offense was shared throughout the lineup, as 10 different batters recorded a hit. Home runs from junior first/third baseman Bailee Trapp and senior catcher Brina Buttacavoli highlighted the team’s win in the second game. The Aggies utilized three pitchers between the two games. Sophomore Kellie White pitched the complete game to open the day. Freshman Delaney Hull made the start in the second game, throwing 2.1 innings before she was relieved by senior Jordyn McCracken. McCracken went 3.2 innings of play, with White coming in to close the game.
With the split, Utah State sits at 14-24 on the season, including a 4-10 Mountain West record. Colorado State is now 22-12 on the year and 5-6 in conference play.
Colorado State put the first run on the board in the top of the third, putting up back-to-back doubles. The game was quiet until the top of the sixth, when the Rams added to their lead with another pair of runs. With one runner on from a fielder's choice and a stolen base, a single to right field brought the first in. Another single followed, bringing that runner in all the way from first base.
After being retired in order over three-straight innings, Utah State was able to produce some offense in the bottom of the sixth. Senior outfielder Jazmin Clarke picked up the second hit of the game with a single just over the head of the CSU pitcher. She stole second, but was left stranded on base at the end of the inning.
The Aggies gave up just one hit in the top of the seventh, answering with their best outing of the game. After one out, freshman second baseman Stephanie Reed hit her first-career triple, as a hit stayed just fair down the first base line. Sophomore designated player Allanah Alvarado then drew a walk, while junior Bailey Lewis was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Unfortunately, two pinch-hit outs ended the inning and the game.
In the first game, Colorado State out-hit Utah State, 9-3.
After a short break, the Aggies and Rams returned to the field. Colorado State was again first to score, plating one run after earning three hits in the top of the second. The Rams extended their lead in the third, plating another three runs. After a lead-off home run, a double to left field followed. With one out, the Rams hit a single up the middle, with runners advancing an extra base on the long throw. With the bases loaded, a wild pitch brought one more run across. The Aggies made a pitching change then, recording the final outs on the next two at-bats.
Utah State got on the board for the first time of the day in the bottom of the fourth, as Trapp hit her seventh home run of the season. The Aggies continued to chip away at the deficit then. Sophomore designated player Allanah Alvarado was hit by a pitch, with junior Mia Maher coming in to run for her. Maher then stole second, and was able to run home on a bloop single to shallow right field from freshman Emery Marshall. Senior outfielder Emily Hunter then hit the second triple of the day for Utah State, bringing Marshall home and pulling within one before the end of the inning.
The bottom of the fifth was a big inning for the Aggies. Reed led-off with a single to right field, advancing to second on a groundout. Buttacavoli followed with a home run to bring Reed home and put Utah State on top. Trapp drew a walk next, while Lewis followed with a single up the middle. A deep single from Alvarado advanced both runners two bases, scoring Trapp. With just one out, Marshall loaded the bases on a bunt single, where pinch hitter Devan Sperry brought a run in with a single back to the circle. The Aggies were able to work their way through the order entirely, before Reed was the final out of the inning.
After an injury to the pitcher in the fifth, Colorado State went back to its starter from the first game, who then did not allow a Utah State hit as she closed out the game. CSU looked to make a comeback in the top of the seventh. The Rams led off with a single, following that with a double to score a run and pull within one. White then came in to pitch for the Aggies, ending the game with back-to-back strikeouts and earning the save.
In the day's finale, the Rams tallied 13 hits to the Aggies' 11, while Utah State had one error in the game.
The Aggies and Rams will play the final game of the series on Sunday, April 15, with first pitch set for noon.
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