Weber State softball shut out by Utah State at home

Wednesday , April 19, 2017 - 9:08 PM

BRANDON GARSIDE, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — Weber State softball couldn’t find an answer inside the pitching circle or at the plate as the Wildcats fell 5-0 to the Utah State Aggies on Wednesday afternoon at Wildcat Softball Field.

The loss is Weber State’s second in its last 15 home games.

“I think we are not making adjustments as quickly as we need to, offensively and pitching,” WSU head coach Mary Kay Amicone said. “That’s what’s going to take us down the road here into postseason is the adjustments we make.

“That’s part of playing a midweek game. We haven’t played a midweek game in while, and we need to do a better job of controlling what we can control.”

The Wildcats threw three pitchers, allowing eight hits while connecting on just two of their own on offense.

“Two hits isn’t going to cut it. There were not enough walks with a very inconsistent zone in that case,” Amicone said of her offense. “In that case, why are we getting ourselves out?”

The Aggies first drew blood in the top of the third when Paxton Provost singled past WSU second baseman Sadie Blacker to bring Jazmin Clark in for the score.

A hit from Riley Plogger scored Victoria Saucedo and with runners at the corners, WSU catcher Molly Horne tried to catch Plogger stealing second, but the throw was late and Provost stole home to give Utah State a 3-0 lead.

Bohling was relieved by freshman pitcher Jordan Lockhart at the top of the fourth.

Later in the fifth, Provost launched a hit to the left-field fence. Left fielder Courtney Pestka appeared to have the ball in her glove above the fence, but the ball dropped out for a home run to extend USU’s lead to 4-0.

Sophomore pitcher Tatiana Su’esu’e relieved Lockhart to start the sixth inning, but the Aggies weren’t done scoring.

“I think that as we progress with our pitching staff, we need all three pitchers,” Amicone said. “We need to be better.”

With two on and two outs in the top of the sixth, Saucedo singled to score Brina Buttacavoli and give USU a 5-0 lead.

“The process is more important than the outcome,” Amicone said. “Every time we play we’ve got to get better. Midweek games are going to challenge us for the next couple of weeks, and it’s an opportunity to be better. These games will help us get ready for postseason.

“We don’t take a step back. We use our momentum moving into the Idaho State series.”

Weber State makes a quick turnaround to continue Big Sky Conference play with a three-game series at Idaho State, starting with a doubleheader Friday.

Contact sports reporter Brandon Garside at bgarside@standard.net, on Twitter @BrandonGarside and on Facebook.com/BrandonGarsideSE.

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