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The Daily Aztec

San Diego State University’s Independent Student Newspaper Since 1913

The Daily Aztec

SDSU softball loses back-to-back games in Purple & Gold Challenge

The Aztecs drop their first two games in the tournament against two of the hottest teams in softball despite early leads
Christie Yeung
San Diego State utility Mac Barbara swings at bat during an inning earlier this season against Oregon. Barbara had a run in the fifth inning against McNeese in the first of two back to back games in the Purple & Gold Challenge.

On Saturday, the San Diego State softball team fell to 8-8 as they lost their first two games in the 16th annual Purple & Gold Challenge Tournament in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 

SDSU opened up Saturday morning against the McNeese Cowgirls, who entered on a six-game winning streak and later faced No. 4 LSU.

The Aztecs lost a back-and-forth battle in the final inning against McNeese

SDSU was the first on the board against a 12-4 McNeese squad with a two-run home run by infielder Katie Goldberg in the top of the second. McNeese instantly responded with a two-run home run of their own to tie it 2-2 in the same inning. 

The Aztecs took the lead back in the top of the third with an RBI double by outfielder Angie Yellen to make the score 3-2.

Pitcher Cece Cellura settled in after a rocky second inning and did not allow another run before she was pulled in the fifth inning. She finished her day allowing two earned runs on four hits. The freshman has improved almost every outing and is becoming one of the more reliable arms for the Scarlet and Black.

Infielder Mac Barbara added on another run late in the top of the fifth inning for SDSU, driving in infielder Lala Macario to take a comfortable 4-2 lead heading into the last two innings. 

The Aztecs, however, couldn’t maintain their lead as the game went down to the final out. McNeese rallied in the bottom of the seventh, putting together a string of hits to win them the game with a final score of 5-4.

SDSU struggles at No. 4 LSU 9-1

The Aztecs once again struck first against the undefeated Tigers. Barbara gave the Aztecs a 1-0 lead with a solo home run in the top of the first inning.

SDSU Pitcher Allie Light cruised through the first two innings, retiring six straight batters. LSU caught fire in the bottom of the third, hitting two home runs to give the Tigers a 4-1 lead. 

The Aztecs couldn’t recover from the big inning and only had one more hit on the day. SDSU fell to the Tigers with a final score of 9-1. 

The Scarlet and Black look to bounce back with a doubleheader Saturday against Louisiana Tech and a rematch with No. 4 LSU.

SDSU also plays Sunday to finish the Purple & Gold Challenge against Illinois. 


About the Contributor
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.