July 20, 2024

Eagles turn to second half of conference play

As the conference turned to the second half, the Utah State University Eastern Eagles took on the College of Southern Idaho and Snow College, going 1-7 over the eight-game stretch. 

Game 1- vs College of Southern Idaho, L 11-3

The College of Southern Idaho Golden Eagles took down the USU Eastern softball team, thanks to a big fourth inning where they scored six runs. CSI put scored one run in the bottom of the first inning from a bases loaded walk. Brinley Anderson answered back in the top of the second with a single that tied the score at 1-1. CSI extended the lead to 4-1 from a triple and a home run. Kailey Alas homered which scored two runs in the top of the fourth for USUE. CSI ended up breaking the score open in the bottom of the fourth scoring six runs. Brinley Johnson took the loss for USUE. She went three and one-third innings, giving up eight runs on six hits, striking out one and walking six batters.

Game 2- vs College of southern Idaho, L 5-3

The USUE Lady Eagles could not keep up with CSI, dropping game two in the series 5-3. CSI was the first to get on the board in the first when an error knocked in a run. USUE took the lead in the top of the third as Maddy Jennings hit a home run which made the score 2-1. The Golden Eagles answered back by tying the game at 2-2 with a home run. In the bottom of the fifth, CSI broke up the tie with a home run and then a double to extend their lead to 5-2. Addison Hess took loss for USUE. She went six innings, allowing five runs on eight hits, striking out one and walking one.

Game 3- vs College of Southern Idaho, L 8-0

USUE was held scoreless on Saturday, as CSI walked away with the win 8-0. CSI got on the board in the bottom of the third inning scoring four runs on the hits and did not look back for the rest of the game. Gia Bruno, Cindy Martinez, and Brinley Anderson each collected one hit for the Eagles. Maddy Jennings surrendered the loss on Saturday. She went two and two-thirds innings, giving up four runs on five hits, striking out one and walking three.

Game 4- vs College of Southern Idaho, L 14-6

Eastern could not walk away with a win in game four in the series, as they were handed a tough 14-6 loss against CSI. USUE got in the run column first as Cindy Martinez singled and Maddy Jennings grounded out, both bringing a run across the plate in the top of the first inning. USUE then extended their early lead in the top of the second thanks to RBI singles from Micaela Resler and Paige Herbon. USUE could not hold on for long as CSI flipped the game over and scored seven runs on seven hits to take a 9-4 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. In the very next inning, CSI scored five runs on seven hits thanks to three home runs in the inning. Although USUE tallied 12 hits in the game along with three stolen bases, the pitching could not hold on as Addison Hess started the game giving up nine hits and eight runs over three and one-third innings. Brinley Johnson took the loss as she went one and one-third innings, giving up six runs on eight hits.           

Game 1- vs Snow College, W 7-6

The USUE Lady Eagles continued their road trip, facing Snow College in a four-game series in Ephraim, Utah. In the first game, USUE walked away with a 7-6 win to open the series against the Badgers, thanks to standout performances from Cambrie Jensen and Gia Bruno. Despite the early lead Snow College had, the Lady Eagles rallied together with key plays from Micaela Resler, Paige Herbon, and Cindy Martinez not only at the plate but, also in the field. Addison Hess secured the win in the circle striking out one and walking one.

Game 2- vs Snow College, L 9-1

In the second game of the double header, Snow College bounced back with a 9-1 win against USUE. With a mix of timely hitting and shutdown pitching, the Badgers were able to secure the win. The Lady Eagles struggled to generate hits; Cindy Martinez had the only hit in the game which was a home run. Brinley Johnson took the loss for the Lady Eagles, throwing four innings allowing two walks and not recording a strikeout.

Game 3- vs Snow College, L 9-0

The Lady Eagles challenges did not stop in game three of the series as they surrendered a 9-0 defeat against the Snow Badgers. Brinley Anderson had a good day at the plate going 2-2 but, USUE struggled to convert their hits into runs. Maddy Jennings started the game facing a tough Snow College lineup. Jenna Thorkelson and Brinley Johnson took over pitching to stop the bleeding. Snow College capitalized on early scoring opportunities to walk away with the win.

Game 4- vs Snow College, L 5-4

In the final game of the series, USUE took a tight 5-4 loss against the Badgers. Brooklyn Gramse and Cambrie Jensen played a key role hitting clutch two-run home runs. Addison Hess pitched six innings for USUE, striking out two batters and walking one.

The Lady Eagles take on Colorado Northwestern Community College in a four-game series, at home, beginning Apr. 12 at 1:00 pm.