Courtesy: SUU Media Relations
STOCKTON, Calif., Mar. 1 – Southern Utah opened play at the Libby Matson Tournament with a pair of losses Friday. The Thunderbirds (2-10) dropped a 5-0 decision to San Jose State (12-9) early in the afternoon and were later edged by tournament host Pacific (11-5) by a final score of 2-1.
The Thunderbirds fell behind early in their first outing as San Jose State scored four runs in the first two innings while Spartan starting pitcher Amanda Pridmore fanned the first six SUU batters she faced.
Cora Cordova singled down the third base line to give the T-Birds their opening hit of the afternoon in the top of the third, but was then stranded at first as Mikkel Griffin popped up to the catcher to end the inning.
The Spartans tacked on another run in the bottom half of the frame and Pridmore (7-5) did the rest as she went on to tally 13 strikeouts while tossing a complete game shutout to pick up the win.
Ariel Zimmerman (1-6) took the loss for SUU after surrendering five runs, four of which were earned, on eight hits over six innings. She also struck out four batters and gave up a pair of walks.
Freshman infielder Jessie Hussfelter drove in two runs for SJSU and Cheryl Freitas went 3-for-3 at the plate with an RBI and two runs scored. Griffin, Cordova, Kadi Henderson and Kelsey Bryant each recorded a hit for Southern Utah.
The T-Birds second matchup of the day went without a score until the fourth inning when Kelli Hales drove an RBI single up the middle to drive in Cordova and give SUU a 1-0 advantage. The Tigers evened up the game in the following frame however after junior outfielder Megan Fogelsong singled, stole second and then came around to collect an unearned run on an SUU error.
The score remained tied at 1-1 until the bottom of the seventh when another Thunderbird error gave Pacific a lead off runner on with nobody out. The Tigers went on to pick up an infield single from Megan Hom after which Fogelsong laid down a sacrifice but to advance the runners. Freshman outfielder Sara Anderson then came through with a walk-off RBI single to deliver a 2-1 win for the home team.
SUU pitcher Danielle Axe (1-4) gave up just two runs in 6.2 innings, both of which were unearned. Dani Bonnet (2-1) threw a complete game to take the win for the Tigers, allowing just one run, which was also unearned.
Griffin had two more hits in the second game of the day while Hales was credited with the team’s only RBI. Katie Olinger and Meagan Neilson also picked up hits in Southern Utah’s later outing.
The Thunderbirds will be back on the field tomorrow morning to take on the University of Nevada. First pitch is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. with live coverage available on www.suutbirds.com.
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