April 24, 2004
LOGAN, Utah - Sophomore shortstop Quela Henderson smashed her first career home run, and triple, in going 2-4 with three RBIs in USU softball's 8-5 loss to No. 22 Pacific in game two of the teams' doubleheader here Saturday. USU mustered just two hits in game one, falling to the Tigers 11-0 in five innings.
USU has now dropped 12-straight games and is 7-34 overall and 3-8 in the Big West. Pacific improved to 30-15 overall and 8-3 league play.
In game two, USU jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. Kelly Leos got things started for the Aggies as she led off the inning with a double that found the gap in left center. Roxanne Ritchie-pinch running for Leos-then advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Leslie Higley. Amanda Carlson walked in USU's next at bat, while Haven Vance followed with a foul out to the second baseman for the Aggies' second out of the inning. Henderson then knocked in both Ritchie and Carlson with a shot that cleared the fence in left center.
The Aggies kept the heat on Pacific's Jennifer Dacre, as Casey Smith followed Henderson with a single up the middle. Smith then advanced to third on a double by Candice Hatch. Pacific then changed pitchers, bringing Kristen Allen into the game. The pitching change proved to be validated, as Allen got Michell Vlahos to pop up to right field to end the threat.
USU's lead was shot lived, however. In the top of the sixth inning the Tigers exploded for eight runs on six hits. Five of Pacific's eight runs were unearned, as USU committed three costly errors in the inning.
Henderson started a short-lived rally for USU in the bottom of the seventh with a triple. She then scored on a double by Casey Smith. Smith then advanced to third as Hatch flied out to right field. USU tallied its fifth and final run of the game as Smith scored on an illegal pitch by Allen.
USU finished game two with nine hits. Its largest hit total since recording 11 against CS Fullerton on April 3. USU got two hits from Henderson, Smith and Leos, while Vance, Hatch and Vlahos all recorded one hit.
Leslie Higley recorded the loss for the Aggies as she fell to 5-16 on the year. She pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up seven hits, eight runs-five of which were unearned- and walked just one batter. Jill Bruins pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, giving up two hits.
In game one, the Tigers pounced on the Aggies early and often. Pacific scored three in the first, three in the third and capped things off with five runs in the fifth.
Hatch and Carlson were the only Aggies to record hits, as Pacific triumphed 11-0 in five innings.
The Aggies and Tigers are back in action tomorrow for the final game of their three-game series. The first pitch is scheduled for noon.
Game 1 PACIFIC 11, UTAH STATE 0 UOP 303 05 - 11 8 1 USU 000 00 - 0 2 1 WP - King (13-4). LP - Garnett (0-16). LOB - UOP 2; USU 4.
Game 2 PACIFIC 8, UTAH STATE 5 UOP 000 008 0 - 8 9 1 USU 000 030 2 - 5 9 4 WP - Allen (1-0). LP - Higley (5-16). LOB - UOP 5; USU 7.
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