April 17, 2004
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State softball mustered just two runs on 11 hits Saturday, while the Cal State Northridge Matadors exploded for 22 runs on 28 hits to sweep the Aggies in the teams' twinbill Saturday. USU dropped the doubleheader by scores of 7-0 and 15-2. The second game was called after the fifth inning.
USU has now dropped nine-straight games since opening Big West action with a 3-0 record. The two losses drop USU to 7-31 overall and 3-5 in the Big West. The Matadors meanwhile, improved to 23-14 and 4-4.
Northridge used explosive first innings in both games to put the Aggies in the hole. In the first game, Northridge tallied three runs on four hits to take the early lead. The Matadors then got strong pitching from Erin Sigala, who pitched a complete game six-hitter to improve to 8-2 on the year.
USU's best scoring opportunity came in the second inning as Candice Hatch singled through the left side for the Aggies' second hit of the game. Hatch subsequently advanced to third on a double by Amanda Carlson. The next batter, Haven Vance, then walked to load the bases for Quela Henderson. Henderson lined out to right field to end the USU threat. USU left seven base runners stranded in the game, while CSN left nine.
Northridge recorded one more run in the fourth, two in the sixth and one in the seventh to complete the 7-0 triumph. The Matadors had five players record at least two hits, with Lauren Allen going 3-for-4 with two RBIs.
Leslie Higley got the loss for the Aggies as the gave up six runs in five and 2/3 innings. Jill Bruins pitched one and 1/3 innings in relief, giving up one run on three hits.
In game two, Northridge once again wasted little time getting on the board, erupting for four runs on two hits. USU also didn't help its cause, giving up three walks in the inning.
USU answered with one run in the bottom of the first as Smith doubled in Garnett who had reached on a walk.
Down 8-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning, USU tallied its final run of the day as Kelly Leos got things started with a lead off single. Leos advanced to second on a shot up the middle from Higley. With runners at first and second, Carlson out ran an infield single to load the bases for Haven Vance. Vance struck out looking, but Henderson walked in the next USU at bat to bring Leos home from third. Northridge's Kia Fennell then got out of a jam as she struck out Garnett looking to end the inning. The Aggies once again left seven runners on base in game two, while Northridge stranded eight.
The Matadors didn't let up in the top of the fifth as they finished things off with seven runs on seven hits to end the game after five innings.
The Aggies and Matadors are back in action tomorrow for the final game of their three-game series. The first pitch is scheduled for noon.
Game 1 CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE 7, UTAH STATE 0 CSN 300 102 1 - 7 15 1 USU 000 000 0 - 0 6 2 WP - Sigala (8-2). LP - Higley (5-14). LOB - CSN 9; USU 7.
Game 2 CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE 15, UTAH STATE 2 (5 inn) CSN 413 07 - 15 13 0 USU 100 10 - 2 5 0 WP - Fennell (10-7). LP - Garnett (0-15). LOB - CSN 8; USU 7
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