USU Softball Opens Final Home Weekend in Loss to San José State
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May 4, 2018

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San José State 8, Utah State 4 Get Acrobat Reader

Utah State softball opened its last home series of the season Friday, dropping an 8-4 contest to San José State.

Sophomore Kellie White made the start on Friday, pitching three complete innings before being relieved by freshman Delaney Hull. Together, the pair struck out five batters and walked three. The Aggie offense was highlighted by two home runs, as sophomore second baseman Devan Sperry and junior first baseman Bailee Trapp brought in all four runs with their out-of-the-park hits.

Utah State falls to 17-30 on the year, including a 6-13 Mountain West record. San José State improves to 31-15 overall and 15-6 in conference play.

San José State struck first, plating two runs in the top of the first. After drawing a lead-off walk, a double brought the first run across. After two outs, a single to left field was powerful enough to bring a runner in from first. Utah State picked up a pair of hits in the bottom of the inning, but were unable to get on the board until the bottom of the second. With two outs on the board, senior third baseman Amee Aarhus hit a single to left field. Freshman shortstop Emery Marshall then earned a walk, putting two runners on for Sperry who hit her third home run of the year to give the Aggies the 3-2 lead.

It didn't take long for the Spartans to answer, as they took the lead back in the top of the third. A double and a single quickly put two runners on, with the chance to advance on a wild pitch. White then threw two more wild pitches, bringing another two runs in for San José State. Hull entered the game for the Aggies to start the fourth inning, but the Spartans added another three runs. Three-straight singles brought the first in, while a hit combined with a throwing error to plate another two.

Utah State cut in to the Spartan lead in the bottom of the sixth with a solo shot from Trapp. However, San José State did the same thing in the top of the seventh to score the final run of the game. The Aggies added one last single in the bottom of the seventh, but a fielder's choice made for the final out of the day.

On the day, San José State out-hit Utah State, 12-7. The Aggies had two errors in the game, while the Spartans had one.

Utah State and San José State will continue the series on Saturday, May 5, at noon. The weekend will conclude in a noon contest on Sunday, May 6.

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