Softball Blownout By Cal Poly, Comes Back To Down The Mustangs In Game Two
May 14, 2004
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State softball lost a 19-4 blowout here Friday, but came back in game two behind the arm of sophomore pitcher Leslie Higley to capture the 5-1 victory at Johnson Field.
With the split, the Aggies now post a 10-40 overall record and are 6-14 in Big West play, while the Mustangs move to 21-28 and 9-11.
Utah State scored first in both games, but the outcomes of each game differed dramatically.
Higley pitched her third consecutive complete game victory for the Aggies in game two, giving up just one run on six hits. She improved to 8-19 on the season and has now been the winning pitcher in all but two games for USU this season.
USU's first run was scored by Jessica Garnett in the second inning as Cal Poly loaded the bases with Quela Henderson at bat. Mustang pitcher Eva Nelson threw a wild pitch to Henderson that allowed the run to score.
The Aggies then scored what proved to be the game-winning run in the third inning. Casey Smith led off with a single to left field, then advance to second on a sacrifice bunt put down by Kelly Leos. Sara Fleming then hit a double that scored Smith and put the Aggies up for good.
Cal Poly scored its only run of the game in the top of the sixth inning as Lisa Modglin scored on a Roni Sparrey double.
USU pounded out double-digit hits for the fifth time this season, with three players (Smith, Fleming, Michell Vlahos) leading the way with two hits apiece. Fleming finished the game, going 2-4 with two doubles and two RBIs.
In game one, USU scored in its first at bat on a well executed double steal. With Casey Smith at first base and Quela Henderson on third, both runners went as the Mustangs pitched to Aggie catcher, Candice Hatch. Cal Poly catcher Erin Myers threw to second on the steal, allowing Henderson to score from third.
USU's lead was short lived, however, as Cal Poly's Chelsea Green took the first pitch of the second inning over the left field fence. It was all Cal Poly from there, as they added two more runs in the third and three in the fourth to go up 6-1.
USU would make it 6-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly by Hatch that scored Quela Henderson.
The score remained 6-2 until the top of the sixth inning when Roni Sparrey and AmyJo Nazarenus led off with back-to-back home runs. The Mustangs added to additional runs to go up 10-2.
Haven Vance kept the game going for the Aggies in the sixth with her third home run of the year, but Cal Poly scored nine runs on six hits in the top of the seventh to seal the victory.
Smith went 3-3 for USU in game one, while Candice Hatch went 1-2 with two RBIs.
The Aggies and Mustangs meet in a rubber match set for Noon on Saturday.
CAL POLY 19, UTAH STATE 4 - Game 1 CP 012 304 9 - 19 17 0 USU 100 101 1 - 4 7 3 WP - Hively (11-14). LP - Garnett (0-19). LOB - CP 8; USU 1.