LOGAN — Utah State was swept by No. 12 Hawai'i, 18-0 in five innings and 10-3 in the second game of a doubleheader at a sun-drenched LaRee and LeGrand Johnson Field on Sunday afternoon to spoil USU's Senior Day in its season finale.
Hawai'i clinched the regular-season Western Athletic Conference title and the top seed in next week's league tournament with the win in the first game and padded their national ranking with the win in the second, improving to 43-5 overall and 17-3 in WAC action with the wins. USU ends its season at 17-36 overall and 4-17 in conference play.
Saturday was Senior Day for USU as the Aggies honored their four seniors in a pre-game ceremony, recognizing Dani Chaplin, Tatem Day, Kelley Kaneshiro and Lindsey Marquez in their final day in Aggie uniforms.
Junior infielder Christine Thomsen was involved in all three of USU's runs in the second game, belting a home run, lacing a double and a single and coming around to score after both leadoff hits.
In the opening game, Hawai'i batted around twice in the game, including hanging 11 runs on the board in the second inning and six in the fourth. Hawai'i was led by Kelly Majam's 4-for-4 effort at the plate while Leisha Li'ili'i was 3-for-3, Jessica Iwata was 2-for-4 with four runs batted in, including a homerun and a double, one of seven extra base hits in the game. Sharla Kliebenstein was 2-for-2 with two RBIs, both coming on a two-run shot in the second.
USU had two hits in the contest, as freshman Jolene Koons laced a single to left in the third and freshman Amburlyn Orozco rapped a single in the fifth.
Kaia Parnaby threw all five innings for Hawai'i, notching two strikeouts while not allowing any walks to improve to 16-2 on the year. USU senior Dani Chaplin took the loss, falling to 5-9, throwing four K's while walking three.
Utah State inserted its three healthy seniors in the top of the seventh inning of the second game and Day flashed some fancy glove work at third, scooping up the grounder, stepping on third and firing to first for the double play to end the frame. In the bottom of the seventh, Miller led off with a single, but the rally was thwarted to end the game, the doubleheader and USU's season.
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Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.
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