College roundup: Late rally lifts Oregon Ducks baseball over Utah Utes

Published: Saturday, March 24 2012 10:33 p.m. MDT

The Cougars will stay home as they next face University of Missouri, Kansas City in a doubleheader on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Gail Miller Field. Both games will be televised live on BYUtv.

USU SOFTBALL: At Ruston, La., Utah State dropped two games to Western Athletic Conference foe Louisiana Tech on Saturday in an afternoon doubleheader.

After taking the first game of the series, USU falls to, 1-2 in conference games this season. Louisiana Tech won the first game of the doubleheader 10-1 in five innings and captured the night cap 5-1.

With the losses, Utah State falls to 9-19 overall and 1-2 in league action. Louisiana Tech improves 15-17 overall and 2-1 in conference play.

In the first game, the Lady Techsters seized an early lead by scoring three runs in the bottom of the opening frame. Louisiana Tech could not be slowed as it added three more runs in the second and put the game out of reach in the fourth by adding four more runs to push the advantage to, 10-0.

The Aggies looked to rally late in the game but could not stem the tide of the offensive outburst by the Lady Techsters. Scoring the lone run for Utah State was junior infielder Christine Thomsen who drew a two-out walk to get on base and worked her way over to third. Senior infielder Lindsey Marquez knocked a single that allowed Thomsen to score to cut the lead to 10-1.

The game was called after the top of the fifth inning due to the eight-run rule, giving Louisiana Tech its first conference win of the season. Taking the loss was senior pitcher Dani Chaplin, who falls to 1-2 on the season.

In the second game of the day, Utah State looked to rebound behind junior starting pitcher Mandy Harmon, who effectively worked around La. Tech in the series opener on Friday night. Harmon would once again keep USU in the game, surrendering two early runs but limited the Lady Techsters offense over the next three innings by not allowing another run to score.

Sophomore outfielder Kassandra Uchida and Thomsen looked to rally the Aggies offense. Uchida proved to be a hard out to get as she went, 3-for-4 on the day but was not able to score a run for the visiting team. Much like the game earlier in the day, Thomsen delivered the offensive power for USU as she connected and drove the pitch over the right field fence for the first run of the game for Utah State. The solo blast by Thomsen was her third of the season, which is tied with senior infielder Kelley Kaneshiro for the most on the team.

USU was able to out hit the Lady Techsters in the game, as the Aggies hit safely seven times in the game, but were unable to convert the hits in the runs by stranding nine runners on base. Mandy Harmon was charged with the loss and now has a 4-9 record but also touts the lowest ERA of all the USU pitchers with a 4.74 ERA.

Utah State will next appear on the diamond in Salt Lake City when it take on in-state foe Utah on Wednesday.

WEBER STATE SOFTBALL: At Boise, the Wildcats earned a two-game split during the second day of action at the SpringHill Suites Invitational.

Both games turned into pitcher's duels, with Weber State rallying for a 2-1 over the University of Texas-San Antonio in the first game of the day, before falling 2-1 to host Boise State in the second game at Mountain Cove Field.

Senior right hander Sarah Clark earned her eighth win of the season on the mound in the first game of the day, rallying from giving up a solo home run to the game's leadoff batter, to hold the Roadrunners scoreless the rest of the way as she scattered six hits and had four strikeouts.

Clark also brought in the game-winning score on an RBI double in the sixth inning, one of two extra-base hits she had in the game.

Freshman Kortney Law tied the game up in the fifth as she scored on an error by the UTSA catcher.

In the second game of the day, freshman right hander Morgan Allaband kept a shutout until the sixth inning, when Boise State hit back-to-back solo home runs to take a 2-0 lead. Allaband gave up just three hits during the game until the Broncos' late fireworks.

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