USU Softball Celebrates Senior Day With Come-From-Behind Victory
April 24, 2010
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State softball honored its six seniors when it earned its second come-from-behind win in its last three games. Red-hot freshman second baseman Tina Ferguson's seventh hit of the week and a SJSU error helped give the Aggies a 2-1 win Saturday at LaRee and LeGrand Johnson Softball Field.
The Aggies are now 18-24 overall and 5-11 in Western Athletic Conference action. Utah State has now won four of its last five games and won their second WAC series this season. San Jose State is now 30-17 overall and 6-8 in the WAC.
For the third-straight game in the series, San Jose State struck first in the top of the fourth inning. With one out, Ursula Lopez hit her second home run of the season to left field to give the Spartans an early 1-0 advantage.
In the bottom half of the fourth inning the Aggies challenged but were not able to plate a run. Junior designated player Shasta Tyteca opened the inning reaching on an error by shortstop BranDee Garcia. After a Kelley Kaneshiro strike out, senior catcher Simone Hubbard lined into a double play to end the threat.
Utah State tied the score in the bottom of the sixth inning. With one out, junior left fielder Megan McDonald lined a single to left to start the rally. McDonald moved to second on a ground out by Tyteca. Kaneshiro drove in the first run of the inning for the Aggies with a single to left to score McDonald. Kaneshiro was then thrown out trying to stretch the single into a double to end the inning. The RBI was Kaneshiro's team-leading 29th of the season.
The Aggies completed the comeback in the bottom of the seventh inning. Hubbard started the inning with a single up the middle. She was erased from the basepaths on a Tindall fielder's choice. Ferguson, who has been Utah State's offensive leader this week, drilled a single to center. The speedy Tindall was able to score from first on the play after an error by SJSU center fielder Stephanie Ziemann.
Senior starting pitcher Kate Greenough had another strong outing, earning her third win of the week. Greenough allowed one run on four hits and improved to 10-12 with the win. SJSU started Amanda Pridmore was also solid pitching 6.1 innings, allowing only one earned run and striking out six.
Utah State has another busy week ahead with seven games on the schedule. The Aggies begin the week with a doubleheader against Utah on Monday, April 26 in Salt Lake City. It is a make up game after a snowed out game on April 13. The Aggies then host Weber State on Tuesday, April 27 in Logan. Utah State will then round out the week with its WAC regular-season finale against New Mexico State. The blue and maroon Aggies will meet for a three-games series April 30-May 1.