May 3, 2014
San Jose, Calif. – The San José State University softball team shut out San Diego State, 5-0, to split their Mountain West series with the Aztecs on Saturday.
With the win, San José State is now tied for fifth in the Mountain West standings with Colorado State. The teams are three games behind conference-leader Fresno State.
The Spartans (28-22, 11-9 MW) wasted no time scoring the game-winning run. In the opening frame with runners on second and third, Nicole Schultz laid down a bunt. Aztec (35-17, 12-8 MW) pitcher Danielle O’Toole fumbled the ball, however, giving room for Alyssa Martinez to score the 1-0 run from third.
Casey Watt’s two-run homer built on San José State’s lead in the fourth inning. She rocketed her second career long ball over the fence at left center, her second home run in as many weekends, for the 3-0 score.
In the sixth inning, key hits by the Spartans increased their lead. Sharon-Renae Estrada and Schultz hit matching singles and then advanced on a passed ball. With the bases loaded after Watt drew a walk, Devin Caldwell smashed the ball to left center and pushed across Schultz and Estrada for the final 5-0 score.
In the circle for San José State, Allison Lang’s (10-4) complete game shutout was her third of the season, and second in Mountain West play. The junior improved her record against conference opponents to 4-0. In the win, she scattered four hits, and walked and fanned two batters each.
Estrada and Jessica Garcia each had two-hit games, with Estrada batting .666 (2-for-3) with a run scored and Garcia going 2-for-2, drawing one walk.
San José State and San Diego State conclude their three-game set tomorrow at 12:00 p.m.