LOGAN, Utah – Behind an eight-run inning, Utah State completed the weekend sweep of Utah Valley, defeating the Wolverines, 9-1, in five innings Sunday.
USU celebrated its senior class Sunday, comprised of catcher Bailey Lewis, outfielder Mia Maher and first baseman Bailee Trapp. All three seniors had one hit in the game, while Lewis and Maher each scored a run. Maher also had the team’s only stolen base, and Trapp led the defense with six putouts. Additionally, every player in the Utah State lineup had at least one hit in the game, with freshman second baseman Kenzie Bolin recording two.
With the win, Utah State improves to 15-28 on the year, while Utah Valley falls to 15-29 with the loss.
After not scoring til the sixth inning Saturday, the Aggies were quick to strike in Sunday’s action, plating a run in the bottom of the first. Bolin picked up the first hit of the day with a solo home run to left center. The Wolverines answered in the top of the second, adding a homer of their own in nearly the same location. All three of Utah Valley’s hits came in the second, as it ended the inning with a double, but the Aggie defense made the play at the plate to keep the Wolverines from scoring and record the final out.
Things really got going for USU in the bottom of the second, where the Aggies would score eight runs on seven hits and a UVU error, all of which came with two outs in the inning. Lewis struck first with a solo home run to left center. Maher followed with a single, forcing a Utah Valley pitching change. Maher was able to steal second before junior outfielder Riley Plogger reached first on an error. A single from sophomore outfielder Stephanie Reed brought Maher home from third, while Plogger and Reed then advanced on a passed ball.
Back-to-back doubles from Bolin and freshman shortstop Lexi Orozco brought three runs home to give the Aggies a 5-1 lead. Junior designated player Ryann Holmes then added a single, but made it to second as the UVU defense looked to make a play at the plate. The throw was late, however, and Orozco added a run. Utah Valley went to its third pitcher then, who walked junior third baseman Erin Kuba. A wild pitch advanced Holmes and Kuba, who both scored when Trapp singled.
Utah State was able to retire Utah Valley in order in three of the five innings, allowing just one walk in the fifth. The Aggies also had one last hit in the fourth, a single from Kuba.
On the day, USU out-hit UVU, 10-3, while the Wolverines also had one error. Freshman pitcher Kapri Toone threw the complete game, allowing one walk and striking out one batter.
Utah State continues its in-state slate this week as it plays at BYU on Tuesday, May 7, at 6 p.m. The Aggies then return home to close-out the season in a three-game Mountain West series against San Diego State. USU and the Aztecs will play on Thursday, May 9, at 4 p.m., followed by a 4 p.m. game on Friday, May 10. The season will then conclude on Saturday, May 11, at noon.