April 18, 2003
STOCKTON, Calif. - Utah State softball fell to 6-27, 1-7 on the season after losing both games of a doubleheader 3-2, 5-1 to the University of the Pacific (27-18, 5-6).
USU struggled to find an offensive rhythm in the first game, but were able to hold the Tigers scoreless through the first three innings. In the fourth, Pacific's Estee Okumura hit a homer off pitcher Carli Baumgartner, as the Tigers scored the first run of the game. Pacific scored another run in the fourth and one in the fifth to take a 3-0 lead.
The Aggies responded in the sixth, as Stephanie Vasarhely hit a sacrifice fly that allowed Marcie Neff to score. In the seventh, Haven Vance hit a single down the right side, driving in a run, but the Aggies came up one run short, losing 3-2.
"In the first game, we scored two runs off one hit," said head coach Debbie Bilbao. "I would like to see us be a better offensive team, but right now we're very inconsistent. We need to generate more runs and take some pressure off our defense."
In the second game, the Tigers scored two runs in the first inning, then three runs in the third to take a 5-0 lead. USU was unable to score until the seventh inning. Sara Fleming led off and singled up the middle. She advanced to third on an error before scoring off a Casey Smith base hit.
The Aggies play Pacific in the third game of the weekend series on Saturday at 1 p.m.
PACIFIC 3, UTAH STATE 2 USU - 000 001 1 - 2 1 0 UOP - 000 210 X - 3 8 2 Baumgartner (4), Higley and Fleming; King and D'Errico. W - King (11-7), L - Baumgartner (2-13). E - (UOP) Allen, Thurman. LOB - Utah State 5; Pacific 9. 2B - (UOP) Allen, Okumura, Yamaguchi, Harrell. HR - (UOP) Okumura (5). HBP - (UOP) Peterson 2. SH - (USU) Fleming, (UOP) Hyams. SF - (USU) Vasarhely.
PACIFIC 5, UTAH STATE 1 USU - 000 000 1 - 1 3 0 UOP - 203 000 X - 5 11 2 Higley and Fleming; Dacre and D'Errico. W - Dacre (11-8), L - Higley (4-14). E - (UOP) Okumura 2. LOB - USU 6; Pacific 11. 2B - (UOP) D'Errico, Yamaguchi. HBP - (UOP) Okumura. SF - (UOP) Thurman. SB - (UOP) Hyams.
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