May 4, 2014
San Jose, Calif. - The San José State University softball team posted 12 hits but fell to San Diego State, 5-3, on Sunday. The Spartans took one of three games from the Aztecs in the three-game Mountain West set.
The Spartans (28-23, 11-10 MW) struck first in the bottom of the second. With Erin Rodriguez and Nicole Schultz on base after a respective single and Aztec error, Devin Caldwell sent the ball flying in to left center. Rodriguez scored on the play for the 1-0 lead.
San José State added on to its lead in the next inning. Jessica Garcia walked on a 3-0 count and advanced to third after Jessie Hufstetler hit a standup double to left center. Alyssa Martinez was able to drive in Garcia, flying out to centerfield. With Jessie Meyer pinch running for Hufstetler, Sharon-Renae Estrada knocked a single through the left side in the next at bat. She pushed across Meyer for the 3-0 score.
But the Spartans' lead didn't last long. The Aztecs (36-17, 13-8 MW) hit two home runs, a solo and three-run long ball, in the top of the fourth for the 4-3 lead.
A San Diego State RBI-single in the top of the fifth led to the final 5-3 score.
Madison Fish (8-6) suffered the loss for the Spartans after the only batter she faced hit the game-winning home run. Starter Katelyn Linford threw five innings, allowing four earned runs on six hits. She fanned one batter and walked three. Allison Lang one-hit two innings in relief.
On the day, San José State posted double-digit hits for the 20th time this season. Caldwell had three of the Spartans' 12 hits, while Hufstetler, Estrada and Rodriguez had two hits each.
San José State concludes the regular season at Colorado State with a Mountain West series beginning at 4:00 p.m. (MT) on Thursday, May 8.