April 21, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State softball rallied twice on Saturday in its series finale against San Jose State to defeat the Spartans, 6-4 at LaRee and LeGrand Johnson Field. USU put together 10 hits on Saturday afternoon converting those hits into six runs, as the Aggies were led by junior infielder Christine Thomsen's 4- for-4 day at the plate.
Utah State picked up its third win of Western Athletic Conference action and are now 15-30 overall and 3-10 WAC action. The Spartans fall to 25-21 overall and are 8-5 in conference games.
San Jose State picked up right were it left off from Friday, scoring two-runs in their first trips to the plate to take and early 2-0 lead over the home team.
USU responded however, scoring a run of its own in to the bottom half of the frame. Thomsen led-off the inning with a single and worked her way over to third, giving the home team its first scoring threat of the day. Sophomore outfielder Hailey Froton found her way to first by drawing a walk and was promptly followed on the base path by senior infielder Kelley Kaneshiro, who was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
With the Aggies threatening, a pitch got away from the catcher allowing Thomsen to race home and cross the plate without a play, giving her team its first run of the game. The home squad trailed, 2-1, heading into the second inning.
Utah State added the next runs of the game in the bottom of the second frame as it was able to put together three-consecutive singles by senior infielder Tatem Day, freshman utility player Jolene Koons and Thomsen. The junior scored Day from second with her single shot that could not be handled by the pitcher and found its way into left field.
Sophomore catcher Samantha Miller drove in the other run of the inning with a perfectly executed sacrifice bunt that allowed Koons to sneak across the plate, giving USU its first lead of the day.
The Spartans looked to rally in the fifth inning by plating two runs of their own to once again to take a one-run advantage over the Aggies, 4-3, heading into the final innings of the game.
Clinging to a one run lead, San Jose State put pitcher Amanda Pridmore into the game after Jordan Sauceda gave up a single to sophomore outfielder Kassandra Uchida. The first batter Pridmore had to face was Froton who took one of Pridmore's pitches over the fence in Friday's doubleheader. Froton did not wait long for Pridmore to get comfortable on Saturday, as she took the first pitch she saw from Pridmore and drove it over the right field fence for a two-run homer, putting her squad back on top 5-4. The blast was Froton's fifth home run of the year and the fourth that she has hit at Johnson field. She also has a team-high 22 RBI this season.
Thomsen was back at it again in the bottom of the sixth as she delivered her fourth hit of the day with a double to left field. Thomsen was moved over the third by a sacrifice bunt by Miller and was brought home on a double down the right field line by Uchida. Utah State took its two run lead, 6-4, into the final inning of the game and senior pitcher Dani Chaplin made sure that the Spartans would not rally late in the game as she retired the side in order to end the game.
Chaplin was credited with the win in her two and a third innings of work, improving to 4-7 on the season. While Pridmore was charged with loss and falls to 16-10 on the year.
USU will next see action on Tuesday, April 24 as it travels to Pocatello, Idaho to take on border-foe Idaho State. The first of two scheduled meetings between these two team were cancelled due to bad weather, first pitch in Tuesday's match-up is set to be delivered from the circle at 4 p.m. (MT).
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