April 22, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State softball battled both Boise State and inclement weather Tuesday, dropping the first game of the series, 5-1. High winds, lightning and rain then hit LaRee and LeGrand Johnson Softball Field, suspending the second game with USU leading, 6-5, in the bottom of the third inning.
The Aggies and the Broncos will resume action from where they left off in the suspended game on Wednesday at Noon, in the bottom of the third inning with senior second baseman Allison Lenzora at the plate. The series finale with then begin approximately 20 minutes after the completion of the suspended game. Admission to all USU games at Johnson Field is free to the public.
With the game one loss, Utah State falls to 17-25 overall with the loss and 5-8 in the Mountain West. Boise State improves to 24-19 overall and 9-7 in league action.
The Broncos struck first with an unearned run in the top of the third inning. Makenna Weir started the rally with a single to left and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. After a Bronco out and a walk by Jordan Kreiger, Ashley Palmer reached on an error that scored Weir to give Boise State the 1-0 lead.
Both starting pitchers were pitching gems, Noelle Johnson for USU and Rebecca Patton for Boise State, until the Broncos broke it open in the top of the seventh inning with four runs. Brittany McCray began the action with a home run to left to put Boise State up, 2-0. Boise State ultimately had five-straight hits, highlighted by a two-run triple to right center from Tara Glover. The Broncos would go on to score four runs in the inning to take a 5-0 lead.
Utah State got one run back in the bottom of the seventh inning. Johnson helped her own cause with her fourth home run of the season, a shot over the left field fence. Patton was then able to retire the side and end the game for her 20th win of the season.
Utah State's bats woke up in game two before the high winds, lightning and rain hit. The Aggies scored five runs in the bottom of the first and one in the bottom of the third, but the Broncos were able to tie it in the top of the third to knot it at 5-all. USU took the 6-5 lead in the bottom of the third on a home run by junior outfielder Hailey Froton, for her team-leading eighth round-tripper of the season. Later with two outs in the inning, action was suspended due to lightening and high winds, and will resume Wednesday.
Following the Boise State series, the Aggies then travel to Albuquerque for a three-game set against New Mexico, Friday-Sunday, April 25-27.
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