May 4, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - In her final appearance in LaRee and LeGrand Johnson Field, senior pitcher Shelbi Tyteca helped lead her squad to a 5-2 Western Athletic Conference win over Texas State in Saturday's series finale. Utah State finishes the 2013 season with an 11-43 overall mark and a 5-16 record in conference action.
Tyteca worked six innings, allowing five hits, two runs and struck out three. The senior also helped her cause by going 2-for-4 from the plate.
USU never trailed in Saturday's affair and put its first run of the game on the board in the bottom of the second inning. Sophomore outfielder Jolene Koons drove a single up the middle of the infield and advanced to third on a single by junior utility player Kassandra Uchida. Koons came in to score on a sacrifice fly to left field by junior catcher Samantha Miller.
Texas State briefly tied the game in the top of the fourth inning as it was able to add a solo run to knot the game at two apiece.
The Aggies promptly broke up the tie as they were able to score two runs in the bottom half of the fourth frame. Utah State put together three-consecutive one-out singles by Koons, Uchida and Miller to load the bases for the home team. In a bizarre play, sophomore outfielder Amburlyn Orozco popped a ball-up to shallow left field that was ruled an infield fly by the home plate umpire. The Texas State leftfielder collided with her short stop that allowed the ball to fall just off the dirt in left field. USU opportunistically scored two runs on the play as Koons scored from third and Uchida rounded third and charged home, sliding safely under the tag to give the Aggies a 3-1 lead.
The Bobcats looked to rally late in the action as they were able to add a run to their cause in the top of the sixth inning on a pair of back-to-back doubles, cutting the Utah State lead to a 3-2 advantage.
USU put the game out of reach for the visitors by scoring two more runs in the bottom of the sixth. The Aggies once again loaded the bases by forcing the action on the Texas State defense. During the stretch in the sixth, the Bobcats committed two errors to prolong the scoring threat of the home team.
Junior Allison Lenzora capitalized on the scoring opportunity with a deep fly ball to center field that allowed freshman catcher Kirstyn Namba to score from third and advanced Orozco to third. Orozco came in to score the final run of the game on a line drive sacrifice to right field from sophomore outfielder Hailey Froton.
With the win, Tyteca improves to 4-3 on the season. Freshman pitcher Noelle Johnson also earned her first-career save after entering in the top of the seventh to close out the Bobcats.
The 2013 season was Utah State's final season in the WAC as it is set to move to the Mountain West Conference for the 2014 season. In eight season in the conference, USU posted a 35-121 (.224) record in WAC games.
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