Ferguson Drives In Nine Runs As USU Softball Sweeps Utah Valley Tuesday
April 20, 2010
LOGAN, Utah - Freshman second baseman Tina Ferguson went a perfect 6-for-6, driving home nine runs as the Utah State softball team swept Utah Valley, 12-2 in six innings and 8-6 Tuesday at LaRee and LeGrand Johnson Softball Field.
With the pair of wins, USU is now 3-2 against the Wolverines this season. Overall the Aggies improve to 16-23, as Tuesday's wins snapped an eight-game losing skid, while Utah Valley falls to 19-21.
Ferguson had 13 RBI heading into the doubleheader, while driving in nine runs in the two wins Tuesday. She also scored four runs, including belting two home runs in consecutive at bats in the night cap.
In game one, the Wolverines jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Megan Woodworth started the inning with a triple to left field. She crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly by Mandy Tapia. The next batter, Meghan Gardner, hit a home run to right field to give UVU a 2-0 lead. Senior starter Kate Greenough was able to get the next two batters to end the inning.
Utah State responded with one run in the bottom half of the first inning. Senior shortstop Rachel Evans reached on an infield single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by senior first baseman Emily Reilly. Evans advanced to third on a fly out by junior designated player Shasta Tyteca. Evans cut the lead down to 2-1 when she scored on a single by senior catcher Simone Hubbard.
Utah State took the lead in bottom of the second inning. Junior Joreigh Landers drilled her fifth double of the season, and freshman second baseman Tina Ferguson's first career triple brought Landers around to score, tying the score at 2-2. USU took a 3-2 lead when Reilly's single to center brought home Ferguson with her 13th RBI of the season. The Aggies added a single run in the bottom of the third inning for a 4-2 advantage.
In the fifth frame, Utah State plated five runs to take a convincing 9-2 lead. The inning started with a Shasta Tyteca walk with one out, which force UVU to replace Flanary with Heather Bacon. With two outs, Hubbard doubled to center to score Tyteca. The Aggies weren't done with the two-out rally as Nicole (Rupp) Tindall walked and junior left fielder Megan McDonald singled to bring home Hubbard as Tindall advanced to third. After Landers walked to load the bases, Ferguson promptly emptied them with her second triple of the game.
The Aggies ended the game with a trio of runs in the bottom of the sixth. Reilly started the inning with a single up the middle. Shasta Tyteca followed with a single down the right field line. Kaneshiro then ended the game due to the run rule with a home run to center for her team-leading 10th home run of the season. It was also Kaneshiro's 20th career home run, passing former teammate Amy Schaible (19 HR's, 2005-08) for third on the USU career home run list.
Greenough recovered from a rough first inning to get the win, improving to 8-12.
In the second game, Utah Valley struck first by scoring one in the top of the first inning off of a home run by Meghan Woodworth.
The Wolverines added three runs in the top of the third inning off of starter freshman Shelbi Tyteca. Two of the three runs were unearned after a passed ball and an error by first baseman Reilly.
USU cut the lead to 4-1 with one run in the bottom of the third frame. Ferguson drove in her fifth run of the day with a home run to right center for her fourth round-tripper of the season and first of the day.
The Wolverines added two more runs in the top of the fifth to take a 6-1 lead. With one out, McGraw singled to short and Amanda Perez followed with a homer to center for her ninth long ball of the season.
The Aggies got the two runs back in the bottom of the fifth inning, cutting the Wolverine lead down to 6-3. Landers led off the inning with a single up the middle. Ferguson brought her home with her seventh RBI of the game with a blast over the left center fence for her second home run of the game.
USU completed the comeback with a five-run bottom of the sixth inning. Kaneshiro started the rally with a walk, moving to second on a wild pitch. Freshman Katie Bowdidge came in to pinch run for Kaneshiro and Hubbard followed with a single to center that moved Bowdidge to third with no outs. Tindall doubled down the left field line, moving Hubbard and bringing home Bowdidge to make the score 6-4. McDonald walked to put runners on first and third. The heroine of the day, Ferguson brought home two more runs with a single to left center to tie the score at 6-all. USU took the lead when McDonald stole home. USU added one more insurance run when Reilly drove home Ferguson with her double to the left field fence.
The Aggies will travel to Ogden to take on Weber State on Wednesday, April 21 at 2 p.m. USU ends the week hosting San Jose State in a WAC match-up. The Spartans will come to town for a three-game series Friday-Saturday, April 23-24. Friday's twinbill is slated for a 2 p.m. start, and the Aggies will celebrate their six seniors before Saturday's game, which starts at 11:30 a.m.