Spartans Split On Day One Of Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic

Feb. 23, 2018

Final Stats

Cathedral City, Calif. -- The San Jose State softball team opened the first day of the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic with a 7-5 win over St. John's, but lost to #12/14 Auburn 4-0.

"Overall we played well for the first six innings of each game today," head coach Peter Turner said, "but in the seventh innings we made some poor decisions that cost us one game and could have cost us the other. We can't make those type of mental errors against good teams."

#12/14 Auburn 4, San José State 0

Madison Aurin got 14 groundball outs, struck out three and snagged a comebacker in the first six innings as she held the #12/14 Auburn Tigers off the scoreboard.

Auburn had two good scoring opportunities in the first six innings, but in both instances Aurin slammed the door.

In the first, the Tigers got a pair of walks wrapped around a single to load the bases with two outs, but Aurin induced a ground out to end the inning.

In the third, Auburn (16-1) had runners on second and third with two outs and again Aurin got out of it with a ground out.

"Maddy pitched really well against a very good hitting team," Coach Turner said. "She got groundballs and the defense played well behind her for six innings."



While Aurin held the Tigers batters in check, the SJSU offense had a chance early on to take a lead, but couldn't come up with the big hit.

In the second Georgia Blair (2-for-3) led off with a single and got to third on a Kaelin Amrein (1-for-3) double to right center, but SJSU (8-4) couldn't push a run across after a foul out, strike out and fly out.

With the game 0-0 heading to the top of the seventh, Auburn finally got to Aurin (1-4).

The Tigers got a lead off double and moved her to third on a sacrifice bunt. A walk and stolen base put two runners in scoring position and Victoria Draper drove in both with an RBI single. After another stolen base, Draper was driven in on an RBI double and Auburn added another run to make it 4-0.

Aurin (1-for-3) and Blair singled to open its half of the seventh, and SJSU had a chance to put some runs on the board. But, Aurin was caught stealing third, a strike out and flyout ended the game.

Aurin pitched a complete game, giving up eight hits, and four runs. She struck out three, but gave up four walks.

Auburn 4, San Jose State 0 (Feb 23, 2018 at Cathedral City, CA)


Auburn.............. 000 000 4 - 4 8 1     (16-1)

San Jose State...... 000 000 0 - 0 5 0     (8-4)


Pitchers: Auburn - K. Carlson; M. Martin(7) and C. Shea. San Jose State - Aurin, Madison and

Garvey, Grace.

Win-K. Carlson(7-0) Loss-AURIN, Madison(1-4) T-1:55 A-0

Weather: 58 degrees, Sunny

  1. Carlson faced 2 batters in the 7th.

Game: AU-SJ


San José State 7, St. John's 5

The Spartans spotted the Red Storm a 3-1 lead through four and a half innings, but then came storming back with six runs in two innings to lead 7-3 and went on to win 7-5.

Caroline Bowman improved to 6-0 on the year with a complete game win. She scattered eight hits, walked four and struck out three en route to the victory.

The Spartans struck first, in the bottom of the second. With the bases loaded and two outs, Emma Entzminger walked to plate the Spartans first run of the day.

St. John's (2-4) go the run back in the top of the fourth on a solo homer and tacked two more run on in the fifth to take a 3-1 lead.

Have in only gotten two hits through the first four innings, the Spartans offense woke up in the fifth. It banged out six hits, and scored four times.

With two on, Madison Aurin (1-for-3, R, RBI) doubled in the first run. Georgia Blair (3-for-3, R, 2RBI) followed Aurin with an RBI single to tie the game 3-3. Two batters later Kaelin Amrein singled in the third run and with the bases loaded Mackenzie Drake walk to push across the final run of the inning.

In the sixth, SJSU (9-4), push across what turned out to be two crucial runs. With the bases loaded and no outs, Blair drove one in on a single followed by a Brittany Abacherli sacrifice fly which made it 7-3 Spartans.

Down by four, St. John's kept battling. They scored two runs on a pair of hits, but Bowman ended the game with a comebacker to secure the win.

Cassidy Clark went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs. Desiree Reyes was 1-for-1 and scored twice.

"We're not doing, for seven innings, what we've trained to do," Turner said. "These are stressful environments and we have to perform in them if we hope to get where we want to be at the end of the year.

"This was an ugly win. We made a lot of mental errors that I hope we learned from. There is nothing wrong with learning a lesson after any win, but I'd hoped we'd learned these lesson earlier this year."

San Jose State 7, Saint Johns 5 (Feb 23, 2018 at Cathedral Dity, Cal.)


Saint Johns......... 000 120 2 - 5 8 1     (2-4)

San Jose State...... 010 042 X - 7 11 1     (9-4)


Pitchers: Saint Johns - MORRIS, M; BRYANT(6) and WARREN. San Jose State - Bowman, Caroline and

Avila, Alyssa.

Win-BOWMAN, Caroline(6-0) Loss-MORRIS, M(1-3) T-1:53 A-176


MORRIS, M faced 2 batters in the 6th.

Game: SJU-SJ

The Spartans return to action on Saturday with a pair of games. At 2:30 p.m. SJSU plays Wisconsin and then at 5:00 the opponent will be Mississippi State.