The Thunderbirds took a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning of the first matchup on a two-run home run off the bat of Terysa Dyer. ISU retook control in the bottom of the fifth when Vicky Galasso and Terah Blackwell both hit two-run blasts to make the count 5-2.
SUU narrowed the difference after catcher Lyndsey Healey doubled in the sixth and then crossed the plate on a base hit up the middle from Meagan Neilson. Idaho State would pull away on a grand slam by Kacie Burnett and Hailey Breakwell added a solo shot to set the final score at 10-3.
Haley Douglas (16-10) went all seven innings for the Bengals in the win, striking out four while allowing three runs on eight hits. Ariel Hart (8-8) worked the first four for SUU before being relieved by Ashley Ostler. The two T-Bird pitchers each gave up five runs.
Southern Utah held the advantage throughout most of the second meeting following to a two run homer from Kylee Wolf in the top of the third. The Thunderbirds clung to the 2-0 advantage until ISU evened the count with scores in the fifth and sixth. Galasso led off the seventh with her second home run of the day to give her team a 3-2 walk-off win.
Katie Greenberg (5-6) worked all six innings in the circle for SUU, where she recorded four strikeouts and allowed three runs. Jessica Tolmie (6-2) went the distance for the home team as well, striking out seven batters over seven innings while giving up two runs.
Dyer’s home run was her second of the year. Wolf went deep for a sixth time and swiped a bag to improve her stolen base mark to 18-for-18. The Thunderbirds were edged in a Big Sky series for the first time this spring.
SUU closes out the regular season with a trip to Northern Colorado next week and will need some help to retake the conference-lead from ISU. The series against the Bears is scheduled to start on Friday with a doubleheader at 1:00 p.m.