SAN DIEGO, Calif. -
Utah State softball fell to San Diego State, 6-1, securing the series win for the Aztecs, Friday.
Sophomore Kellie White pitched the complete game for the Aggies, striking out seven batters and walking three. All four Utah State hits came from different batters, but senior catcher Brina Buttacavoli was responsible for the team's only run with a home run.
Utah State falls to 18-33 on the year, including a 7-16 Mountain West record. San Diego State improves to 19-31 overall and 10-13 in conference play with the win.
Utah State had at least one baserunner in each of the first six innings, but left each runner stranded. The Aztecs also picked up some early hits, but White ended the first inning with back-to-back strikeouts.
San Diego State then took advantage of its offensive success combined with two Utah State errors to plate four runs in the bottom of the second. The Aztecs then added to their lead in the bottom of the third with a two-run home run before the Aggies recorded three-straight outs.
The Aggies' first run of the series with the Aztecs came in the top of the sixth, when Buttacavoli hit her 10th home run of the season. The Utah State defense retired SDSU in order in the bottom of the inning, but the Aztecs followed suit and retired the side in the top of the seventh to end the game.
San Diego State out-hit the Aggies, 9-4 on the night, while Utah State committed three errors in the game.
The series between Utah State and San Diego State will conclude on Saturday, May 12, at noon.
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