SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Junior Shasta Tyteca’s two-out triple broke a 2-2 tie as the Utah State softball team defeated Colorado Sate, 3-2, in the final game of the Capital Classic on Sunday. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Aggies. With the win, Utah State evens out its record to 11-11. The eleventh win passes last season’s win total of 10. Utah State is now 1-1 against the Rams this season after losing to CSU on March 6. The Rams struck first in the bottom of the first inning. Caitlan Stem singled to left field and advanced to second on an illegal pitch by USU starting pitcher Mandy Harmon. The freshman pitcher was then able to get the next two outs. Rebecca Penland then walked to put runners on first and second. Allison Majam then doubled to center to score both Penland and Stem. Harmon was able to get Robyn Mask to ground out to end the inning as Colorado State took the 2-0 lead. Utah State bounced back scoring two in the top of the second to tie the score 2-2. Redshirt-sophomore Kelley Kaneshiro lead off the inning with a single to right. With one out, junior Megan McDonald reached on an infield single to put runners on first and second. With two outs, freshman Tina Ferguson walked to load the bases. Freshman Kali Cancelosi came in to pinch hit for senior Rachel Evans. Cancelosi promptly delivered a pinch hit single up the middle to score both Kaneshiro and McDonald and tie the score at 2-2. The score would remain tied until the top of the sixth inning. With one out, senior Simone Hubbard doubled to left field. A McDonald ground out pushed Hubbard to third with two outs. Shasta Tyteca then provided the dramatics with a two-out triple to score Hubbard and give USU the 3-2 lead. Mandy Harmon went the distance allowing one two runs on five hits. She improved to 5-4 with the win, leading the Aggies in wins. Offensively, Utah State pounded out 10 hits led by two hits each by both Evans and senior Emily Reilly. Utah State remains on the road next week opening Western Athletic Conference play against Louisiana Tech in Ruston, La., March 26-27. This is the Aggies fifth season in the WAC. -USU-
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