April 17, 2014
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Early runs were too much to overcome as the Utah State softball team dropped the series opener against San Diego State, 6-2, Thursday at SDSU Softball Stadium.
Utah State fell to 16-23 overall and 4-6 in the Mountain West. San Diego State improves to 30-11 overall and 7-3 in league action.
"Overall, I was pleased with our fight," USU head coach Steve Johnson said. "We put seven hits up there; scored a few runs and had the opportunity to score a few more. I thought that the big difference was that they took advantage of their scoring opportunities better than we did. At the plate, we need to continue to be more aggressive. We need to be attacking the hitter's pitches more. They did a good job of that today being aggressive and putting the ball on the bat even when it was out of the zone."
The Aztecs had the first three batters of the game reach on two hits and a walk. With a double by Patrice Jackson scored two to give San Diego State the early 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the third, sophomore Noelle Johnson got the first two outs of the inning with no struggle. Sydnee Cable and Jaylene Ignacio then singled to put runners on the corners with two away. Hayley Miles then launched her fourth home run of the season to increase the Aztec lead to 5-0.
Freshman Victoria Saucedo got the Aggies on the board in the top of the fourth inning with a one-out rocket over the left field fence for her sixth home run of the season.
Utah State threatened in the top of the fifth inning. With one out, senior second baseman Allison Lenzora singled through the left side. Sophomore outifelder Sarah Chow reached on a fielder's choice with Lenzora moving to second. Junior shortstop Jolene Koons sacrificed both runners over base to put two in scoring position with two outs, but SDSU starter Danielle O'Toole was able to get the final out of the inning to keep the score 5-1 in favor of the home team.
The Aztecs added their sixth run of the game with a two-out single off the bat of Jackson for her third RBI of the game.
In the top of the seventh inning, Lenzora reached on a one-out single. Koons reached safely in her 18th-straight game with a single to keep the inning alive. Lenzora scored the second run of the game for the Aggies, taking advantage of the only SDSU miscue of the game. O'Toole was able to get the final out to end the game.
Johnson falls to 15-14 with the loss, while O'Toole improved to 22-5 with the win.
Utah State and San Diego State return to the field for game two of the three-game series on Friday, April 18 at 7 p.m. (MT). The series concludes with a Saturday finale at 12 p.m. (MT).
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