San Jose, Calif. - The San José State softball team, off to a 12-3 start to the 2015 season, travels to the state of Hawai’i to compete in the Pepsi Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament, in Honolulu this weekend.
Pepsi Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament will be contested in Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium, on the campus of the University of Hawai’i. The Spartans play five games, a doubleheader on Friday, February 27,a single game on Saturday and then another doubleheader on Sunday.
The University of Hawai’i will provide live stats and streaming video for all the games in the Pepsi Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament. Links to live stats for each of San José State's games are available on the Spartans' softball schedule page.
SPARTANS SWEEP FOUR GAMES AT BRONCO CLASSIC
For the first time since the Spartan Classic in the 2005 season, San José State swept all its games in a Tourna,ment. In last weekends Bronco Classic SJSU defeated Idaho State (8-1), Illinois-Chicago (7-0 & 4-3 in eight innings) and Seattle (7-5).
With the sweep, the Spartans are currently riding a six-game winning streak dating back to the last two games of the Hillenbrand Invitational (2/13-2/15) in Tucson, Ariz.
SPARTANS CONTINUE TO LEAD THE OFFENSIVE STATS IN MW
If you are playing San José State right now, better bring some pitching because the Spartans, as a team, are a hitting machine.
They lead the Mountain West in batting (.374), slugging (.560), on-base percentage (.487), runs (120), hits, (155), RBI (107), home runs (17), total bases (232), at-bats (414), walks (86), total plate appearances (523), and fewest strikeouts (43).
San José State is off to a 12-3 start in 2015, one of the best starts in years...23 years to be exact. The last time the Spartans got of to this quick a start was in 1992, when the team opened the season with a 13-3 record.
PEPSI MALIHINI KIPA ALOHA TOURNAMENT PREVIEW
San José State is scheduled to open play against Longwood University at 5:30 p.m. (PT) on Friday. The Lancers were 2-3 in the Pirate Classic in Greenville, N.C., (Feb. 6-8), but haven’t competed since then. They had wins of 9-0 over both Delaware State and Oakland, but dropped two games (3-1 & 10-0) to South Carolina and a 4-3 decision to East Carolina.
Casey Lifsey leads Longwood with a .556 average (5-for 9). Megan Baltzell has team-highs in hits (6) and runs (6) as well as RBI (5). In the circle, Elizabeth McCarthy has a team-low 2.57 ERA in 16.1 innings of work. She has a 1-3 record in two starts and four total appearances.
In the second half of Friday’s doubleheader, the Spartans play the tournament host, Hawai’i, at 8:00 p.m. (PT). Last week the Rainbow Wahine went 2-3 in the Bank of Hawai’i Invitational. They picked up two wins over UTEP (3-2 & 9-2), but lost to Central Florida (4-0 & 6-0) and Washington (6-4). Hawai’i is 9-7 entering the weekend’s competition.
Kayla Wartner is the leading hitter for the Rainbow Wahine with a .386 average (17-for-44, 7 2B, 4 HR, 11 RBI). Lindsey Willmon is the team’s top run producer with 13 RBI. In the circle, Brittany Hitchcock and Kanani Ain Cabrales have 3.42 and 3.63 ERAs, respectively. Hitchcock has tossed 43.0 innings to Cabrales’ 44.1.
In an 3:00 p.m. (PT) start on Saturday, the Spartans face No. 14 California. The 13-1 Bears competed in the Palm Springs (Calif.) Classic last weekend going 3-1. They defeated No. 10 Tennessee (1-0) and No. 9 Florida State (7-6) as well as an 11-1 six-inning win over Long Island. The lone loss, its first of the season, was 3-1 to South Carolina.
Cal is getting its best production from Cheyenne Cordes, who leads the team with 20 RBI, 3 HR and is hitting .386 (17-for-44) with 11 runs. Jazmyn Jackson is batting .519 (28-for-54), tops on the squad, and is 4-for-4 in stolen bases. In the circle, Stephanie Trzcinski is 5-0 with a team-best 1.37 ERA in 30.2 innings. Katie Sutherland-Finch is 5-1 with a 2.42 ERA and has struck out a team high 29 batters in 43.1 innings.
In Sunday’s doubleheader the Spartans will again face Longwood (2:30 p.m. PT) and Hawai’i (5:00 p.m. PT).