SOFTBALL: Kulick seeks revenge

by Staff

Andrew Huse / Assistant Photo Editor

For most of the San Diego State softball team, this weekend’s tournament is just preparation for upcoming conference play.”There’s nothing different this week,” head coach Kathy Van Wyk said. “We’re going to go out there and play the game, not our opponent.”Then there’s Christine Kulick.The junior Iowa State transfer from Aliso Viejo wants to do more than just play her game this weekend. Caught in the middle of a coaching turnover with the Cyclones, there was no place for Kulick in Iowa.”I started looking at UNLV right after that happened,” Kulick said. “I wanted to play in the Mountain West Conference, and once I heard SDSU was interested, it made my decision easy.”While Kulick is considered a junior, she is on the field for just her second season because of the controversy. And she’s looking for revenge.”I basically lost a whole year over there,” Kulick said. “A lot of things went down.”This is the biggest game of the year for me.”Kulick will have her shot this weekend, with the Aztecs slated to take on Iowa State in the San Diego Classic II tournament finale on Sunday. No. 23 SDSU will play a doubleheader tomorrow and Saturday.Kulick has worked her way into the starting lineup for the Aztecs this year by playing solid, if not spectacular, defense at third. She has also improved at the plate in each tournament, posting a .300 average in SDSU’s tournament in Tempe, Ariz. last weekendAnother player who had a big weekend was junior Dani Sidoti. The first baseman went 5-13 in Tempe, scoring three runs and stealing a base.”I felt pretty good out there,” said Sidoti. “It was nice to go out there and perform like I know I can.”The Aztecs went just 2-3 in that tournament, rebounding after being upset twice in Friday’s doubleheader by Pacific and San Diego. After shutting out UC Davis on Saturday morning, SDSU faced No. 1 Arizona State on their home field.With the stadium rocking in anticipation for the meeting of the tournament’s top two teams, the Aztecs did not disappoint. They hung tough but fell 3-1in extra innings.SDSU wrapped up its rollercoaster weekend with a 3-2 win Sunday over Pacific.Despite the up and down weekend, Kulick is optimistic about the future.”We’re going all the way,” she said. “We’ve beaten ranked teams. We’ve played in all types of games.”This team can be unstoppable.”

AT A GLANCEWhen: 4:30 p.m. tomorrow

Where: SDSU Softball Stadium

Why to watch: The Aztecs look to rebound from last weekend’s 2-3 performance as they host their second San Diego Classic.

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