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Aztecs softball drops doubleheader to Texas A&M and Oregon, tops LMU

Despite superb pitching from trio Cece Cellura, Allie Light and Dee Dee Hernadez, SDSU only came away with two hits in both shutout losses
Christie Yeung
San Diego State designated player Jade Ignacio cheers towards the Aztec bench after hitting a double on Saturday, Feb. 17 at the SDSU Softball Stadium.

The San Diego State softball team lost a close pair of games during their second day of the 33rd annual Campbell/Cartier Classic on  Feb. 17 at the SDSU Softball Stadium.

The Aztecs (4-5) were outmatched by No. 25 Texas A&M 1-0 in the opener before losing to No. 17 Oregon 2-0 in the nightcap.

This was the first time since March 8, 2019, that SDSU was shut out twice on the same day.

In the opening matchup, Texas A&M outfielder Allie Enright doubled in teammate infielder Trinity Cannon at the start of the fourth inning for the Aggies (8-0) only score in a 1-0 win over the Scarlet and Black.

Within the sixth inning, the Aztecs had a pair of runners as infielder Micaela walked with one out and stole second before utility Mac Barbara was walked with two outs. Aggies pitcher Emiley Kennedy then got pinch hitter Jade Ignacio to ground out to first to keep SDSU off the scoreboard.

Infielder Katie Goldberg topped the seventh inning with an infield single and utility AJ Murphy moved pinch runner Julie Holcomb into scoring range with a sacrifice bunt.

Holcomb moved to third on a groundout by outfielder Macey Keester, but Kennedy got pinch hitter Angie Yellen to ground out to third to end any hopes of scoring, and ultimately, end the game.

Goldberg and infielder Kate Farren had the Aztecs two hits, while Barbara and Macario drew walks.

Pitcher Allie Light allowed one run on five hits and three walks over six innings while striking out on six. Dee Dee Hernadez gave up one hit in the seventh inning to keep San Diego State alive in the game.

Aztecs two-hit by No. 17 Ducks in 2-0 loss

Left fielder Bella Espinoza led off the game by lining a one-one pitch into the outfield, but the San Diego State softball team managed just one more hit the rest of the way.

The Aztecs (4-5) dropped their second game of the afternoon, falling to No. 17 Oregon 2-0 on Saturday, Feb. 17 in their fourth game of the 33rd annual Campbell/Cartier Classic at SDSU Softball Stadium.

“This is not who we are,” said head coach Stacey Nuveman Deniz. “It’s just a matter of getting some confidence, getting some momentum and then hitting is contagious.”

SDSU starter Cece Cellura scattered four hits over four innings of work, allowing two runs (one earned) and leaving two runners stranded in scoring position.

Light came off the bench, conceding three hits in three innings and leaving one runner stranded at third in the sixth inning.

“Our pitching staff has been dialed in, not perfect, but in this day and age in softball if you’re giving up three runs in two games against top-25 teams, it’s a good day,” Nuveman Deniz said.

The Ducks (6-4) got a complete game from Morgan Scott, who allowed the two hits with two strikeouts while holding the Aztecs to just one runner in scoring position for the game.

The two Ducks runs came in the fourth inning. Center fielder Hannah Delgado led off with a single, then right fielder Ariel Carlson reached on an error when SDSU mishandled an attempted double-play turn. Catcher Emma Kauf and first base Alyssa Daniel knocked the runners home with RBI hits.

“The offense is really in a tough spot, (but) the pitching feels good. So it’s like, let’s put it all together, and when we put it all together watch out,” Nuveman Deniz said.

SDSU rallies with seven runs over the final two innings to top LMU 8-5

Through the first three innings, the San Diego State softball team was staring down a 5-1 deficit.

Playing as the road team in their final game of the Campbell/Cartier Classic, the Aztecs (5-5) saved the best for last by putting up three runs in the top of the sixth and fourth runs in the top of the seventh to rally past the Loyola Marymount Lions 8-5 on Sunday, Feb. 18.

Yellen had a pair of pinch hit, RBI singles to spark the final innings magic, driving home catcher Decker in the sixth and pinch runner Julie Holcomb in the seventh.

The other SDSU runs in the sixth came on a sac fly by second base Macario and a two-out, RBI single by first base Barbara to pull the Aztecs within 5-4.

Yellen’s single tied the game in the seventh, then center fielder Keester had the go-ahead RBI single to plate Decker. Keester came around to score on a double-steal, then Macario scored on a wild pitch after Barbara drew a walk.

Light pitched the final 1.2 innings for the Aztecs, earning her second win of the year with a strikeout and a hit allowed. Hernandez pitched the first two innings, allowing three earned runs, and Cellura pitched the middle 3.1 innings with four hits, two earned runs, two strikeouts and a walk.

SDSU will travel to Cathedral City, California to take part in the Mary Nutter Classic, beginning on Thursday, Feb. 22 against No. 11 Missouri.

On Friday, the Aztecs will face Nebraska and Bethune Cookman, before closing out the tournament on Saturday against No. 1 Oklahoma.

About the Contributors
Roman Aguilar, '23 -24 Sports Editor
Roman Aguilar (he/him/his) is a second-year journalism major with an emphasis in public relations from Stockton, California. Since he was little, he loved watching sports and being able to tell a good story out of an exciting game matchup. He joined the Daily Aztec in 2022 as a contributor and staff writer for the sports section, covering a multitude of sports including football, men's basketball, and water polo, before moving on to sports editor. Aguilar is also a blog writer for KCR College Radio, attending concerts and having the opportunity to cover shows and interview artists. When he isn't writing articles related to music or sports, you can see Roman going to local concert shows on a near-weekly basis and watching his favorite horror movies.
Eric Evelhoch, '23-24 Sports Editor
Eric Evelhoch (he/him/his) is a senior media studies major who was born outside of Detroit, Michigan, and lived in Ventura County, California, for a decade-plus. He is a returning college student and transfer from Santa Barbara City College, where he served as Sports Editor for The Channels. Evelhoch is also a Sports Director for KCR College Radio, where he restarted play-by-play coverage post-pandemic. Currently, he serves as the play-by-play broadcaster for the SDSU ACHA DI hockey team and has filled in on the call for Aztecs sports on the Mountain West Network. His prior freelance experience includes print, digital, online video and audio-only, and broadcast radio formats covering football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer and volleyball.
Christie Yeung, Photographer
Born in Hong Kong, Christie Yeung is a first-generation transfer student who majors in journalism at San Diego State University. Prior to arriving at SDSU, she served as the Gaming/Tech Editor, Features Editor and Managing Editor of SAC Media at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California where she was placed in on-the-spot competitions such as fourth in News photo, second in Portrait photo, first in Sports photo, first in Social Media and second in News writing, along with a meritorious mention in the Enterprise News Story/Series category from Journalism Association of Community Colleges. She was also awarded second in Best Breaking News Stories by the California College Media Association. During her free time, she likes to watch European soccer games, read, listen to Cantonese-pop music and play video games and Dungeons & Dragons with her online friends. She also has a sweet tooth and cannot turn away anything with Nutella in it.