LOGAN, Utah -
Utah State softball closed a weekend series with Colorado State Sunday, falling to the Rams, 6-4, in a back-and-forth game.
Senior catcher Brina Buttacavoli led the Aggie offense, as she went 2-for-4 at the plate with a double and a home run. Junior first baseman Bailey Lewis was also 2-of-4 with a pair of singles. In all, Utah State tallied four extra-base hits with two doubles and two home runs. Sophomore pitcher Kellie White made the start Sunday, throwing 4.2 innings before being relieved by freshman Delaney Hull. Together, the two struck out four batters and walked six.
Utah State ends the weekend with a 14-25 record, including a 4-11 Mountain West ledger. Colorado State sits with a 23-12 overall record, going 6-6 in league play.
Colorado State was first on the board, plating two runs in the top of the first. After drawing a lead-off walk and stealing second, a two-run home run gave the Rams the early lead. Both teams put several runners on base through the next innings, but Utah State was unable to answer until the bottom of the third. Just like the first CSU runs, the Aggies opened the inning with a walk on sophomore outfielder Riley Plogger. Buttacavoli followed on the next at-bat with a two-run blast over the right field fence. Junior third baseman Bailee Trapp added a double to nearly the same spot, but she was left on base at the end of the inning.
The Rams were able to retake the lead in the top of the fourth, scoring a runner on a double. The Aggies were quick to answer in the bottom of the inning and took their first lead of the day. Senior outfielder Emily Hunter led off with a single to third, when Plogger hit the second USU home run of the day to bring both runs across. Colorado State made a pitching change then, allowing just two more hits off the Aggies for the remainder of the game.
Capitalizing on six hits and one Utah State error over the fifth and sixth innings, Colorado State plated three runs to take the lead again, and for the final time. The Aggie offense was retired in order in the bottom of the seventh, unable to complete the comeback.
On the day, Colorado State out-hit Utah State, 10-8. Additionally, the Aggies had two errors to the Rams' one.
Utah State will host in-state rival Utah Valley on Wednesday, April 18, at 4 p.m. The team will then take to the road for a three-game series at New Mexico. The Aggies and Lobos will play on Friday, April 20, at 6 p.m, with noon games on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22.
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