USU Softball Concludes Louisville Slugger Desert Classic Play Sunday With 13-3 Loss To No. 1 UCLA

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Utah State softball ended the UNLV Louisville Slugger Desert Classic with a 13-3 six-inning loss to No. 1 UCLA Sunday morning at SLC Park. The Aggies concluded the three-day tournament with a 2-3 mark and are now 3-7 on the two-week old season. The Bruins improve to 9-1 with the win. Sunday was the second meeting between USU and UCLA in as many weeks, as the two teams met last week at the UCLA-hosted tournament with the Bruins earning a 19-0 five-inning win. UCLA struck first in the opening inning scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Katie Schroeder started the rally with a walk, while a B.B. Bates single to starting pitcher sophomore Mandy Harmon. Fox was the second Aggie to walk in the inning to load the bases. Alyssa Tiumalu singled up the middle to score both Schroeder and Bates to give the Bruins an early 2-0 lead. Jessica Hall also singled up the middle to score Fox and extend the lead to 3-0. After the single by Hall, Amy Crawford was hit by a pitch to once again load the bases. Devon Lindvall was the third walk of the inning that allowed Tiumalu to score the fourth run of the inning. In the bottom of the second inning, Bates got her second hit of the season a solo shot to left. GiOnna DiSalvatore followed with a home run of her own to give UCLA a 6-0 lead. Harmon’s control got the best of her as she walked two batters and hit two more to lead to two more runs. In the top of the fourth inning with two outs, senior catcher Shasta Tyteca singled to shortstop, while fellow senior left fielder Megan McDonald walke to put runners on first and second. Freshman Krista Bava also walked to load the bases. Junior second baseman Lindsey Marquez also walked to score Tyteca and cut the lead to 8-1. After holding UCLA for the second inning in a row, in the bottom of the fourth, USU plated two runs in the top of the fifth. Junior third baseman Tatem Day and freshman pinch hitter Kassy Uchida drew back-to-back walks and senior short stop Kelley Kaneshiro belted a double to center to score Day. Junior first baseman Ashley Ventura followed with an RBI ground out to second to plate Uchida. to pull the Aggies within 8-3. The Bruins added one in the fifth and four more in the sixth. In the fifth, Bates reached on a bunt single and DiSalvatore socked a doubled to the gap in right center to plate Bates. Hall opened the sixth with a home run to left. After Marti Reed walked, Lindvall followed with a single. After a fielder’s choice, Bates blasted a three-run home run to center to end the game due to the run-rule. Day and Kaneshiro both ended the day 1-of-2, while Tyteca was 1-of-3, with Kaneshiro, Ventura and Marquez tallying an RBI each. Sophomore Mandy Harmon took the loss, falling to 2-5 on the year, after yielding eight runs in two innings, before being relieved by fellow sophomore Shelbi Tyteca, who gave up five runs in three and two-thirds while logging two strikeouts. After a week off, Utah State continues action on the road at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational at Tuscon, Ariz., on March 4-6. -USU-

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