College softball: Bruins blank Utes; Y. blanks Bulldogs

Published: Friday, April 20 2012 11:00 p.m. MDT

The Aggie offense looked to rally late as lead-off hitter, freshman utility player Jolene Koons knocked a bloop single into left center field. Junior infielder Christine Thomsen pushed a runner into scoring position as she delivered a base hit to center field, giving Utah State a scoring threat late in the game. Sophomore outfielder Kassandra Uchida loaded the bases with a one-out single to left field which was the third base hit of the inning for USU.

Senior infielder Kelley Kaneshiro brought Koons in from third with a sacrifice fly to deep center field, giving the Aggies their first run of the game. Utah State could not extend the action of the inning however, as it converted the next out to end the game due to the eight-run rule.

Senior starting pitcher Dani Chaplin (3-7) was charged with the loss. Pridmore picked up her 16th win of the season.

USU closes out its three-game series with the Spartans on Saturday at noon. Admission to the game is free and fans will have the opportunity to have senior trading cards and posters signed after the game by the team.

WEBER STATE 8, UTAH VALLEY 1: At Orem, behind another double-digit hitting performance at the plate, the Wildcats (20-24, 9-4) stepped into sole possession of first place in the Pacific Coast Softball Conference's Mountain Division, as senior right-hander Sarah Clark went 3-for-3 at the plate, capturing her single-season record-tying 16th win on the mound.

Game 2 of Friday's doubleheader was suspended due to darkness with the game tied at 4 at the end of the 8th inning.

Clark held the Wolverines (25-18-1, 6-7) scoreless through the first 51/3 innings, giving her a 14-inning shutout streak that dated back to Game 2 of the Wildcats' series with Idaho State, before surrendering a run on a throwing error in the bottom for the sixth.

Senior Lyndsey Minnich, junior London Clarke and sophomore Brooke Silva each had two hits in the game, which saw Weber State take a 3-0 after three innings and then surge ahead 7-0 in the top of the fifth.

Silva had a two-RBI double in the third, and senior Symbree Minniear had an RBI on sacrifice bunt, making it 3-0.

Freshman Cydnee Clarke had an RBI double in the fifth inning, Clark had an RBI walk, and Minnich had an RBI single during the fifth inning, which ended with the Wildcats leading 7-0.

After Utah Valley pulled one back in the sixth, Clark had an RBI single in the seventh to make it 8-1.

Krystin Jachim led UVU offensively by hitting a perfect 3-for-3 with two doubles and a walk.

Game 2 of the series will resume at 11 a.m. on Saturday, followed by the regularly scheduled doubleheader.

SUU 10-8, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 0-0: At Cedar City, the Thunderbirds used a pair of huge second innings on Friday afternoon to post run-rule victories of 10-0 and 8-0 against South Dakota State. The Thunderbirds scored seven runs in the second frame in Game 1 and six runs in Game 2.

SUU opened the scoring in Game 1 in the first inning on a two-run home run by Mikkel Griffin and then used seven runs on five hits and two SDSU errors in the second to build a 9-0 lead. Tessa Loewen, Terysa Dyer, Madison Resley and Haylee Hoch picked up RBIs in the inning with Dyer notching the majority on a bases loaded three-run double.

Southern Utah's final run came in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single by Hoch as the senior tallied her second RBI of the day.

Heather Black stymied the Jackrabbit offense during the game, allowing only two hits in five innings with no walks and three strikeouts to pick up the win. Black returned in game two and was even better, allowing only a single hit in four innings with one walk and six strikeouts. Danielle Axe came on to throw the final inning for SUU, allowing two hits in the top of the fifth.

The hits proved to be nothing of consequence as the Thunderbirds scored six runs on five hits and one Jackrabbit error in the second. A triple by Kadi Henderson created Southern Utah's first scoring opportunity in the frame as the sophomore advanced to home on a passed ball. An RBI single by Gurski, a two-run double by Griffin, an RBI single by Kelsey Bryant and a wild pitch accounted for the rest of the T-Bird runs in the frame.

Southern Utah capped the victory with an RBI single by Loewen in the third and an RBI single by Gurski in the bottom of the fourth. The Thunderbirds threatened most of the game, ultimately ending the contest having stranded nine runners on base.

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