San Jose, Calif. – In its second weekend of non-conference tournament play, the San Jose State softball team, which posted a 3-3 record last weekend at Arizona State’s Kajikawa Classic, travels to Las Vegas to play five games in the DiMarini Desert Classic which begins on Friday.
2017 DiMarini Desert Classic
Las Vegas, Nevada
|Friday, February 17|
|vs. Hawai'i||10:00 a.m.|
|vs. Southern Utah||12:15 p.m.|
|Saturday, February 18|
|vs. BYU||10:00 a.m.|
|vs. Idaho State||2:30 p.m.|
|Sunday, February 19|
|vs. UTEP||9:00 a.m.|
The Spartans opened the 2017 season in Tempe, Arizona at the Kajikawa Classic where the team posted a 3-3 record. Senior Katelyn Linford went 2-0 with a 2.76 ERA in 16.1 innings of work. She struck out 16 batters while allowing four walks. Her weekend included 10 strikeouts in a complete game five hit win over Creighton to open the season.
Offensively, senior Casey Watt batted a team-high .438 in five games. She also led the team with six RBIs, including a single-game career-best four against UC Riverside. Freshman Cassidy Clark scored five times, and sophomores Alexandra Luna and Madison Aurin each blasted home runs.
Defensively, the team committed one error in 159 chances for a team fielding percentage of .994.
SCOUTING HAWAI’I (2-1)
After hosting the Paradise Classic last week, which included wins over Sacramento State and Boise State and a loss to Oregon State, the Rainbow Wahine make their first trip to the mainland this week.
In thee games, Chardonnay Pantastico’s .429 average leads the team. She also has the squad’s lone homer. UH has two players, Sarah Muzik and Callee Heen, with three RBI. As a team they are hitting .237.
In the circle, Brittany Hitchcock has two complete games and a 1-1 record. She had thrown 14.0 innings with 19 strikeouts and one walk while holding opponents to a .143 batting average.
This will be the 104th meeting between these two programs with the Rainbow Wahine leading the series 76-27. Hawai’i has won the last six meetings and has defeated San José State in each of the four times they have met at a neutral site.
SCOUTING SOUTHERN UTAH (1-3)
The Thunderbirds competed in the UNLV Sportco Kickoff Classic last week posting a 1-3 record. They defeated CSU Bakersfield, but lost to Louisville, UNLV and Virginia Tech.
Sarah Murphy is one of four regulars who lead the team with a .333 average. She is 2-for-2 in stolen bases as well. Morgan Leonard has three of the squads 10 RBIs. Southern Utah is batting .234.
Kirsten Hostetler has taken the ball two times and posted a 1-1 record with a 6.00 ERA. In 23.0 innings of work the Thunderbirds’ staff has just seven strikeouts and 15 walks. Opponents are hitting .337 off them.
This will be the 11th meeting between these two programs with the Spartans leading the series 8-2. San José State has won the last three matchups, including the last two, which have been neutral site games.
SCOUTING BYU (2-2)
The Cougars are ranked #25 and went 2-2 in last week’s Puerto Vallarta College Challenge. They played three top-20 teams, losing to #1 Oklahoma and #2 Auburn, but defeated #13 Washington and Nebraska.
Lauren Bell and Caitlyn Alldredge lead the team with .500 batting averages. Libby Sugg has the team’s lone homer and tops the squad with five RBIs. As a team, BYU is hitting .337
McKenna Bull, who no-hit the Spartans to open last season, is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA. In 12.0 innings, she has struck out 10 and issued three walks.
This will be the 14th meeting between these two programs with the Cougars leading the series 9-4. In neutral site games BYU leads 4-2 and the teams have split the last two meeting.
SCOUTING IDAHO STATE (0-0)
This will be the opening weekend for the Bengals’ 2017 season. Last year they were 28-23 overall, 12-6 in the Big Sky Conference and reached the championship game of the Big Sky Tournament.
Kacie Burnett, last season’s leading hitter, is back. She batted .454, led the team with 51 runs and was 27-for-32 in stolen base attempts. However, they lost their main power source Maddy Hickman, who drove in a team-leading 55 runs and bashed 11 homers.
In the circle, Ashlyn Ames posted an 11-12 record with a 3.33 ERA last season and returns as the team’s most seasoned pitcher. In 140.2 innings she struck out 56, but walked 58 and batters hit .306 off her.
This will be the eighth meeting between these programs with the Spartans leading the series 6-1. In neutral site games SJSU leads 4-0.
SCOUTING UTEP (0-5)
The Miners competed in the Kajikawa Classic last weekend losing Stanford, Arizona State, Saint Mary’s, Virginia and Utah. In five games they scored six runs.
Taylor Sargent is batting .385 with a team-leading five hits. They have two players with extra base hits and four players who have driven in one run each. As a team they are hitting .189.
In the circle, Kaitlin Fifield has tossed 11.2 innings with a 7.20 ERA. She has walked seven batters and struck out three. The staff’s ERA is 8.06 and hitters are successful at a .307 clip so far this season.
This will be the 14th meeting between these two programs with the Spartans leading the series 9-4. In two neutral site games, the last two meetings, SJSU leads 2-0 and has outscored UTEP 26-11.