May 3, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State softball came up just short in Friday's Western Athletic Conference doubleheader, as it was able rally from an 8-0 deficit to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth inning but could not hold the Texas State offense in the top of the seventh, falling 9-8 in the second game. USU dropped the series opener, 14-0 to the Bobcats, spoiling USU's Senior Day honoring its five seniors Friday afternoon at LaRee and LeGrand Johnson Field.
With the loss, USU falls to 10-43 overall and 4-16 in WAC play while Texas State leveled its WAC record at 10-10 and moved to 16-35 overall.
In the second game of the day, Texas State wasted no time in putting up eight unanswered runs through the first four and a half innings of play. With the Aggies on the verge of being run-ruled down 8-0 in the bottom of the fifth frame and down to their final two outs of the game, Utah State rallied to score six runs in the bottom half of the fifth frame to continue action between the two teams.
Sophomore outfielder Amburlyn Orozco delivered a one-out single to get the offense rolling for the home team. Senior infielder Christine Thomsen followed Orozco with a single to center field. Sophomore outfielder Hailey Froton drew a two-out walk to load the bases for Utah State when senior designated player Kali Cancelosi drove a single into center field for her first hit of the season and scoring Orozco to put USU on the board.
Sophomore infielder Nicole Arata got in on the action with an infield single to add another run for the home team. Senior pitcher Shelbi Tyteca helped her own cause by recording her second hit of the game with a single through the right side of the infield that scored junior outfielder Rachael Hunsaker and Froton, cutting the Bobcat lead in half, 8-4.
The Aggies were not finished with their rally, as junior outfielder Annie Thomas executed a perfect swinging bunt for a base hit that scored Arata. Tyteca came in to score on a pitch that reached the backstop to pull Utah State within two at 8-6, before the action in the inning was concluded. All three of the seniors who took at bats in the inning recorded a single to help power the late-game rally.
Following a one-two-three top of the sixth from Texas State, USU once again found its offense in the bottom of the frame. Junior infielder Allison Lenzora connected with a lead-off single to right field, which was followed by a Thomsen single to once again put a runner in scoring position for the Aggies. Freshman infielder Sarah Chow advanced the runners to second and third with a ground out to second.
Froton capitalized on the opportunity with a single to right-center field that scored Lenzora and Thomsen. It capped an eight-run rally by Utah State as it fought back to pull even with the visiting Bobcats, 8-8.
Texas State had the final say however, as it was able to score a run in the top of the seventh inning to break the eight-all tie and claim a 9-8 lead late in the game.
USU could not rally the offense in the bottom of the seventh and committed the final outs of the game. Tyteca was tagged with the loss and falls to 3-3 overall this season in the circle.
In the opening game of Friday's action, Texas State found its offense early and often as it was able to hang 14 runs on the Aggies in five innings of play shortened by the run-rule. The Bobcats put the game out of reach for Utah State in the top of the fifth as they plated five runs on six hits, pushing their lead out to a 14-0 advantage. Freshman pitcher Noelle Johnson was charged with the loss and falls to 3-17 overall this season and 0-7 in conference games.
Utah State took time in between Friday's games to honor its five seniors, utility player Katie Bowdidge, Cancelosi, pitcher Mandy Harmon, Thomsen and Tyteca. All five of the seniors are set to graduate this semester with their degrees and have contributed immensely to the USU program the last several years.
The Aggies are set to conclude 2013 season action as well as complete the weekend WAC series with Texas State on Saturday. Action between the two teams is set to get underway at 4 p.m. at LaRee and LeGrand Johnson Field. As always, admission to the ball park is free to all fans.
Fans can keep up with all of the Aggies softball action at www.utahstateaggies.com, including GameTracker links for fans who cannot attend Saturday's action. Follow Utah State athletics, including softball, at http://twitter.com/USUAthletics.com, as well as on facebook, at https://www.facebook.com/USUAthletics.
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