April 23, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - Despite a solid offensive outing by junior outfielder Hailey Froton, the Utah State softball team was swept by Boise State Wednesday at LaRee and LeGrand Johnson Field. In the suspended game from Tuesday, the Aggies rallied but the Broncos held them off, 11-9. Boise State captured the series finale 10-1 in five innings despite being out-hit by USU, 5-3.
With the sweep, Utah State falls to 17-27 overall and 5-10 in Mountain West action. The Aggies have lost four-straight games. Boise State improves 26-19 overall and 11-7 in league action. Freshman pitcher Abby Indreland took the loss in the first game, falling to 1-5, while junior pitcher Franny Vaaulu lost in the second, falling to 0-2.
"We've been hit by the injury bug a little bit. Noelle's a little dinged up right now," USU head coach Steve Johnson said. "Franny and Abby did the best they could. They (Boise State) just did a better job at the plate of laying off pitches with this zone, and we didn't. We chased some pitches that were a lot more outside of it. We've got to do a better job at the plate. They had 35 kids come to the plate; we had 23. That makes a huge difference. They had the timely hits plus the walks and that makes a big difference all around."
The first game was a conclusion of a game that was suspended on Tuesday due to inclement weather with the Aggies leading, 6-5 in the bottom of the third inning.
Neither team scored through the fourth and fifth innings. In the top of the sixth inning, the Broncos broke through with five runs to take a 10-6 advantage. Hailey Torrez led the rally with a two-run single up the middle. Before the inning was up, the Broncos scored two runs on bases loaded walks to increase the lead.
Boise State added one more run in the top of the seventh inning to push the lead to 11-6.
Utah State mounted a rally with three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Sophomore designated player Kirstyn Namba reached on an error with senior catcher Samantha Larsen followed with a single to right to put runners on first and second. Junior outfielder Amburlyn Orozco's infield single loaded the bases. Senior second baseman Allison Lenzora grounded out to plate Namba and cut the Broncos lead to 11-7. Junior shortstop Jolene Koons singled through the left side to put USU down two runs 11-9. Boise State got out of the inning to end the game.
In the second game, Utah State's pitcher's struggled with control, as Boise State scored 10 runs on only three hits in five innings. The Broncos showed patience, earning 17 walks on the day.
Boise State scored seven runs through the first three innings. In the third inning, the Broncos scored four runs off of two hits. Three of the four runs were unearned with Boise State taking advantage of an Aggie error.
Utah State scored its first run of the game in the bottom of third inning. Koons drove in the Aggies' only run of the game with a single up the middle to score Lenzora.
Boise State added three more runs in the top of the fourth inning to take the 10-1 advantage. The Broncos scored all three runs with no hits after six walks.
"We've just got to have better at-bats, and take a better approach at the plate. We were loose, not like we were pressing or anything, but we just didn't have as many good at-bats, and they had our number today," Johnson said.
Froton ended the day going 3-for-6 with two hits in the first game and one in the second.
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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