Madison Relsey had four RBI on the day
SUU Strategic Communications

T-Birds Sweep Spartans on Day One in San Jose

March 02, 2012
By SUU Strategic Communication

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SAN JOSE, Calif. - March 2 - Southern Utah University softball swept San Jose State on Friday afternoon in a doubleheader, 7-2 and 5-4, in the opening set of three games between the two teams this weekend. The victories push the Thunderbirds over the .500 mark with an overall record of 8-7 and winners of six of their last seven.

SUU made the most of the long ball in the first game with two home runs, including a three-run dinger off the bat of Madison Resley that gave the Thunderbirds an early 3-0 lead after the second inning. San Jose State countered with two runs in the bottom of the second on a sacrifice fly and RBI single to trim the margin to 3-2.

Southern Utah kept the pressure on by scoring at least one run in each of the next three innings, beginning with two runs in the top of the third. A pair of singles by Kelsey Bryant and Terysa Dyer coupled with a walk drawn by Kadi Henderson loaded the bases in the inning with no outs on the board. Poor defense on a Resley ground ball on the next at bat scored Bryant from first and left 'Birds on second and third base. An RBI single by Marqi Gray capped the scoring for Southern Utah in the frame.

Mikkel Griffin accounted for the Thunderbird run in the top of the fourth as the junior tallied her fourth home run of the year. Dyer and Haylee Hoch then swapped bases at second after the duo knocked back-to-back doubles for Southern Utah's run in the top of the fifth.

Despite the blip in the second, SUU starter Heather Black kept Spartan bats at bay during the game with SJSU getting a runner in scoring position only one more time in the game with runners on first and second with two outs in the fifth. The senior earned the victory after throwing a complete game where she allowed two runs (both earned) on eight hits and three walks with five strikeouts.

Black also recorded a save in game two as the Thunderbirds used a small-ball philosophy to get the victory.

The teams answered tit-for-tat in the second game as a Thunderbird run in the third was echoed by a Spartan run in the home half of the inning. The same held true in the fifth as an RBI double by Griffin was answered with an SJSU run on a T-Bird error in the bottom of the frame.

The pattern was finally broken in the top of the sixth when Resley recorded an RBI single to right center to give the T-Birds a 3-2 lead. Both of Southern Utah's runs in the fifth and sixth were set up by sacrifice bunts executed by Tessa Loewen and Hoch.

Southern Utah punctuated its scoring on the day with a two-run single by Henderson in the top of the seventh that extended the Thunderbird lead to 5-2. Black then came in at the top of the seventh to close out the game, despite some nail biting moments in the final half inning. Some clutch two-out hitting by San Jose pulled the game to within one, 5-4, before a final ground ball ended the game in the Thunderbirds' favor.

Freshman Ashley Ostler earned the victory in the circle for Southern Utah, coming on in relief and throwing 2.0 innings where she allowed one run (not earned) on two hits.

Southern Utah will return to the diamond tomorrow, facing Santa Clara at 10 a.m. and San Jose State in the series finale at 12:15 p.m. The Thunderbirds will wrap up the road trip with a single game against Santa Clara, Sunday morning at 11 a.m.