Softball opens season at Kajikawa Classic

Photo by Jenna Mackey, Senior Staff Photographer

Photo by Jenna Mackey, Senior Staff Photographer

by Allison Muhar

The San Diego State softball team opened its season this past weekend at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz. After winning four games and dropping one, the Aztecs now start off the 2014 season with a 4-1 overall record.

On Thursday, Feb. 6, SDSU played against the Appalachian State University Mountaineers, where the Aztecs came back from a 6-2 deficit with a run in the sixth inning and three more in the seventh to tie the game, bringing on extra innings. In the eighth inning with two runners in scoring position, junior utility Hayley Miles hit a single to right field scoring junior outfielder Kayla Jordan, which gave the Aztecs the walkoff victory.

Later that day, SDSU then went on to win its second game after being down 3-1 against the Oregon State University Beavers. The Aztecs were able to come from behind and score five runs in the sixth inning to beat OSU 6-3.

After its first two wins, SDSU was hoping to carry the momentum into Friday’s game against No. 22 Stanford University, however, three errors led to nine unearned runs, costing the Aztecs the game causing them to fall 13-1 in the fifth inning against the Cardinals.

Freshman pitcher Erica Romero received the loss after allowing four runs in her 1 2/3 innings pitched.

Coming off the loss against Stanford, the Aztec softball team was able to defeat both the California Polytechnic State University Mustangs 6-3 and the Seattle University Redhawks 7-2 Saturday in the final games of the Kajikawa Classic.

Redshirt senior outfielder Patrice Jackson hit two home runs in the opener against Cal Poly, while Miles had a home run in both Saturday games. Junior catcher Kaitlin Connors also added a home run in the final game of the night against the Redhawks.

SDSU finished with a 36-20 overall record in the 2013 season. The Aztecs will continue their season at home at the 24th Campbell/Cartier Classic at 6 p.m. this Thursday against California State University Fullerton at the SDSU Softball Stadium.

 

Photo by Jenna Mackey, Senior Staff Photographer