USUE Softball’s Winning Streak Snapped by #2 Salt Lake

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Photo by Jeff Barrett

By Kenzie Dorney – USU Eastern Athletics

Game 1

USU Eastern couldn’t get things going in their 15-2 loss against Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) in the opening game of a four-game series last week.

SLCC fired up the offense in the first inning, scoring two. They took the lead for good in the second inning after scoring three runs.

Sophomore Nyah DeRyke took the loss for USU Eastern. She surrendered ten runs on nine hits over three and 1/3 innings, striking out two.

The Lady Eagles smacked two home runs in the game. Freshman Jenna Sutliff had a homer in the second inning and freshman Morgan Tanner had one in the second.

Tanner, Sutliff and freshman Madie Luck all had one hit to lead the Lady Eagles.

Highlights

  • Nyah DeRyke struck out two
  • Sutliff and Tanner hit one home run each
  • Tanner, Sutliff and Luck led the Lady Eagles in hits

“We had a hard time finding the umpires strike and unfortunately we couldn’t catch momentum despite two home runs,” said head coach Shelby Shurtliff.

Game 2

USU Eastern fell 7-3 against SLCC in game two after the Lady Bruins got things going in the first, scoring two.

Freshman Emma Marchant held them scoreless after that until the fourth inning when they scored five. Marchant took the loss for the Lady Eagles. She allowed seven hits and seven runs over six innings, striking out two.

USU Eastern went for the long ball once in the game. Freshman Jenna Sutliff hit one out in the fourth inning, scoring three.

Sophomore Josie Hiatt, freshman Minerva CruzMadie Luck, Sutliff and Marisa Bowman each collected multiple hits to lead USU Eastern. The Eagles had a slugging percentage of .320.

Highlights

  • Marchant struck out two
  • Sutliff hit a home run
  • Hiatt, Cruz, Luck, Sutliff and Bowman lead the Lady Eagles in hits

“It’s hard to beat a tough team when you only score in one inning. We need to capitalize when we have runners on,” said Shurtliff.

Game 3

USU Eastern fell 9-4 to Salt Lake Community College in game three.

The Lady Eagles got on the board early in game three when freshman Jenna Sutliff hit a sac fly, scoring one. Unfortunately, SLCC pulled away for good in the third inning.

Sophomore Nyah DeRyke took the loss for the Lady Eagles. She went six innings, allowing nine runs on seven hits and striking out two.

Freshman Morgan TannerAlex DemingMarisa Bowman, sophomore Josie Hiatt and DeRyke all had one hit to lead the Lady Eagles. USU Eastern had 32 plate appearances, 25 at bats and a team average of .200.

Highlights

  • DeRyke struck out two
  • Four-run first inning
  • Tanner, Hiatt, Deming, Bowman and DeRyke led the Lady Eagles in hits

“Our bats got better and we did a good job at scoring in the first inning. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get a few timely hits we needed,” Shurtliff said.

Game 4

Late scoring cost USU Eastern a 13-5 loss against the Lady Bruins in game four on Saturday. The game was tied at five in the fifth inning when SLCC scored one.

USUE struggled to put runs on the board. They tied the game up at five in the third inning when freshman Alex Deming doubled, scoring one.

The Lady Eagles notched three runs in the third inning. Their big bats were led by a single by freshman Morgan Tanner and a single by Deming.

Freshman Emma Marchant took the loss for USU Eastern, going four and 1/3 innings, allowing 12 hits and 11 runs and walking zero.

The Lady Eagles launched two home runs in the game. Sutliff and Tanner went back-to-back in the second inning. USUE totaled nine hits in the game. Sutliff and Tanner each had multiple hits for the team. Sophomore Josie Hiatt had the most chances in the field with five.

USU Eastern had 23 plate appearances, 23 at bats and a team average of .391.

Highlights

  • The Lady Eagles had nine hits
  • Deming hit the game-tying double
  • Tanner and Sutliff hit a home run

“We did a good job through four and 1/2 innings and played a close game. Unfortunately, we couldn’t finish something we started.The Eagles take the field again next weekend, the 30th and 1st, at home against CSN at 1 p.m. It will be sophomore weekend,” said Shurtliff

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