LOGAN, Utah -
With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, a single to left field from senior third baseman Amee Aarhus brought in the run needed to lift Utah State softball to a 3-2 win over San José State Saturday.
Freshman pitcher Delaney Hull threw the complete game Saturday, striking out three batters and walking another three. The Aggies had two batters tally three hits in the game, where freshman second baseman Stephanie Reed went 3-for-3 at the plate and freshman outfielder Leah Molina was 3-for-4.
With the win, Utah State improves to 17-30 on the year, including a 7-13 Mountain West record. San José State falls to 31-16 overall and 15-7 in conference play.
San José State jumped out to an early lead Saturday, scoring two runs in the top of the first. Hull dealt two strikeouts to open the game, but the Spartans responded well. After a walk and a stolen base, a triple to the right center fence brought in the first run. A single followed, scoring the second runner. The Aggie offense was retired in order the bottom of the inning before picking up the first hit in the second. Aarhus hit a two-out single, advancing on a single from freshman designated player Allanah Alvarado. Reed then followed with her first hit of the day, but Aarhus was thrown out at the plate.
Utah State added two more hits in the third before it was able to tie the score in the bottom of the fourth. Junior first baseman Bailee Trapp led off with a single, with junior Mia Maher entering to run for her. Aarhus took first after getting hit by a pitch, while both runners advanced on a passed ball. Alvarado then drew a walk to load the bases, when a single from Reed allowed Maher and Aarhus to score.
The Utah State defense continued to hold off the Spartans, allowing just two baserunners through walks over the remaining innings of the game. The Aggies added three hits over the fifth and sixth innings before coming up with the winning hit and run in the seventh. Molina opened that inning with a single to left center, advancing to second on a sac bunt from sophomore outfielder Riley Plogger. The Spartans then walked Buttacavoli, before Molina moved to third after tagging up on a fly out from Trapp. Aarhus then delivered her one-pitch single to left field, bringing Molina home to end the game in the Aggies' favor.
Utah State tallied 12 hits in the game to San José State's four, while neither team committed an error.
The weekend series with the Spartans will conclude in a noon contest on Sunday, May 6.
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