Thunderbirds Drop First Two Games In Vegas
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The Southern Utah softball team opened their second weekend of play in Las Vegas Friday with games against San Jose State and Utah State.
Game One: SJSU 11, SUU 2
The DeMarini Desert Classic got off to a rough start for the Thunderbirds as they dropped their first game of the weekend to the Spartans 11-2. After both sides got through the first inning without a baserunner, things took a drastic turn for the T-Birds in the top of the second when the Spartans put together six straight hits and scored five runs off of starting pitcher Cheyenne Cudahy.
The Thunderbirds were able to get one of the runs back in the bottom half of the inning when Samantha Guerra knocked in Karlee Manzione with a RBI single to left-center. The Spartans answered right back in the third inning with a leadoff walk followed by four straight hits off of relief pitcher Haley Wall to take a commanding 9-1 lead.
The only other Thunderbird run would come in the fourth when Nicole Simonson hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Morgan Leonard who had walked to start the inning. The Spartans scored two more runs in the fifth to reach the run limit and end the game after five innings. Katelyn Linford picked up the win for the Spartans giving up just six hits and two runs in four innings of work.
Game Two: USU 3, SUU 1
After about a three hour break, the Thunderbirds were back on the field to take on in-state rival Utah State. With two outs in the first inning, Kendall Kapitzke got Southern Utah on the board first when she scorched a 3-0 pitch from starting pitcher April Brown over the left field fence for her first home run of the year.
The Thunderbirds would hold onto that 1-0 lead until the bottom of the second when Bailey Lewis tied the game with a one-out RBI single to center field. Things would remain tied until the fifth inning when the Aggies scored two runs on three hits, knocking starting pitcher Kirsten Hostetler out of the game.
The Thunderbirds only managed to pick up two hits in the entire game, the home run from Kapitzke and a second inning single from catcher Morgan Leonard. Brown shut down the T-Birds in her first complete game of the season allowing just the two hits, one run, and striking out three.
The team will be back in action tomorrow as they take on Nevada and Colorado State in back-to-back games. The first game is set to start at 1:15 p.m.
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