April 19, 2014
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Utah State softball was not able to take the deciding game of the series against San Diego State, falling in 12-0 in five innings Saturday at SDSU Softball Stadium.
Utah State falls to 17-24 overall with the loss and 5-7 in the Mountain West. San Diego State improves to 31-12 overall and 8-4 in league action.
"We didn't make any adjustments at the plate offensively. We only sent 18 batters up there. They did a great job of getting hits, 10 of their 14 hits game with two outs. We didn't help the pitching out, and they extended some innings, defensively we have to knock some balls down and make better attempts at it. We knew that they were going to come out fired up. Abby (Indreland) did a great job, and we have to help shorten those innings a little bit and do a better job on the flip side getting a few more hits," USU head coach Steve Johnson said.
San Diego State got on the board early on Saturday with two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Katie Mathis started the inning with a walk and promptly scored on a triple to right center by Kayla Jordan to take the 1-0 lead. Patrice Jackson followed with another walk and a stolen base. She scored on a sacrifice fly by Sydnee Cable as the Aztecs took the two-run advantage. USU used its defense to get out of the inning. After an infield single by Bufardeci, senior Allison Lenzora kept the ball in the infield and threw out Jackson at home.
The Aztecs broke the game open in the bottom of the third inning with five runs, batting around and taking advantage of an Aggie error. San Diego State scored all five runs with two outs after Abby Indreland was able to get the first two outs of the inning. The inning was highlighted by two-out singe by Jordan and an USU error.
SDSU had another big inning in the bottom of the fourth with five more runs to take a 12-0 lead. With two outs, sophomore pitcher Noelle Johnson replaced Indreland. The inning was highlighted by a homer run by Jaylene Ignacio.
Utah State led off the inning with hits three times and were not able to plate a run. Junior outfielder Hailey Froton, junior outfielder Amber Orozco and freshman third baseman Victoria Saucedo all started innings with hits. Freshman first baseman Paxton Provost had the other hit for the Aggies. Saucedo extended her current hitting streak to nine games.
Indreland took the loss, falling to 1-4, while O'Toole improved to 23-5 with the win.
Utah State has a very busy schedule next week, beginning with a three game Mountain-West series against Boise State Tuesday-Wednesday, April 22-23 with a doubleheader on Tuesday. The Aggies then travel to Albuquerque for a three-game set against New Mexico Friday-Sunday, April 25-27.
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