Spartans At Louisville Slugger Invitational This Weekend

March 6, 2018

San Jose, Calif. – The San José State softball team (12-7) wraps up non-conference tournament play this weekend at the Louisville Slugger Invitational in the Los Angeles area. The Spartans will play five games in two locations from Thursday to Saturday.

SJSU heads to Southern California after posting a 3-0 record last week. Junior Madison Aurin was named the Mountain West Pitcher of the Week after going 2-0 with a save. Aurin, a down ball pitcher, had a 0.00 ERA and faced 51 batters in 14.1 innings with just one batter getting the ball out of the infield.

2018 Louisville Slugger Invitational
Long Beach & Fullerton, Calif.

Thursday, March 8
vs. Boston University@ 9:00 a.m.
at Cal State Fullerton! 3:00 pm.
Friday, March 9
vs. #3/4 UCLA 11:30 a.m.
at Long Beach State 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 10
vs. Ohio State! 10:00 a.m.
@ - games at Long Beach State
! - games at Cal State Fullerton

The 2018 Louisville Slugger Invitational will be played at 49er Softball Complex on the campus of Long Beach State University (1250 N. Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840) and Anderson Family Field on the campus of Cal State Fullerton (800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92831).

Live stats and streaming video, where available, will be linked to the Spartans schedule page at www.sjsuspartans.com.


Spartans Quick Hits

San José State has averaged 5.89 runs per game this year, which ranks 31st in the nation.

Turning 0.58 double plays per game, SJSU is 13th in the nation.

The Spartans 0.63 home runs per game ranks 98th in the nation.

San José State rank 95th in batting average (.282) and its .406 winning percentage is the 107th best in the nation.

Kaelin Amrein is 32nd in the nation in batting average (.485), eighth in on base percentage (.633) and 86th in slugging (.727). In addition, she is 36th in walks (0.78/g).

Madison Aurin is the 42nd toughest batter to strikeout in the nation. She ranks 26th in RBIs (23), 39th in home runs (4), and second in sacrifice flies (4). In the circle, she is 42nd in the nation in saves (1).

Caroline Bowman ranks 43rd in the nation in wins (7).

Cassidy Clark is the 91st toughest hitter to strikeout in the nation.

Emma Entzminger is 30th in the nation sacrifice flies (2).

Opponent Previews

Boston University (7-8)
The Terriers spent last week in Southern California and posted a 3-4 record, playing five games in San Diego Classic II and pair of games against LMU. BU finished last year 25-27, 14-3 in Patriot League play and did not participate in the postseason.

Boston has two batters hitting at or above .300. Its best hitter is Madi Killebrew who leads the team with a .380 average and six doubles. Alex Heinen is hitting .340 and has a team-high nine RBIs.

In the circle, Ali Dubios and Cali Dolfi each sport a 3-2 record. Dubios has a 2.19 ERA and in 32.0 innings has struck out 19, while opponents have been hitting .299 off her. Dolfi also has 19 strikeouts and batters are also hitting .299 against her. In 36.2 innings she has a 2.48 ERA.

This will be the sixth meeting between San José State and Boston. The Terriers hold a 2-3 advantage in the all-time series.

Cal State Fullerton (8-9)
The Titans have not left southern California this season and went 3-0 last week in their Judi Garman Classic. CSUF finished last year 35-23, 16-5 in Big West play. They competed in the Los Angeles Regional of the NCAA Tournament.

Cal State Fullerton has two batters leading their offense. Brooke Clemetson and Ari Williams are each hitting .348 and have 15 and seven stolen bases, respectively. Williams leads the squad with 10 RBIs. The Titans are not a power hitting team, but have been successful on 38 of 43 stolen base attempts.

In the circle, Taylor Dockins has a 2.75 ERA in 43.1 innings of work. She is 5-2, has struck out 18 and given has up four long balls.

This will be the 44th meeting between San José State and Cal State Fullerton. The Titans hold a commanding 32-11 advantage in the all-time series. These two met twice in last year’s Los Angeles Regional in the NCAA Tournament. The Spartans won the first matchup, 3-0, but Cal State Fullerton eliminated SJSU 1-0 in the second game.

#3/4 UCLA (19-0)
The Bruins spent last week at the San Diego Classic II where they went 4-0. UCLA finished last year 48-15, 16-8 in PAC-12 play and reached the Women’s College World Series where Washington eliminated them.

Aaliyah Jordan leads the team with a .540 batting average. She leads the squad in doubles (7), triples (2) and RBIs (26).

In the circle, Rachel Garcia has an 8-0 record. In a team-high 49.2 innings, she has a 0.70 ERA, has struck out 79 and opponents are hitting .093 off her.

This will be the 13th meeting between San José State and UCLA, with the Bruins having won each meeting, including a 10-2 victory in the last year’s Los Angeles Regional in the NCAA Tournament.

#21 Long Beach State (16-5)
The 49ers spent last week in Southern California and posted a 4-1 record, playing five games in San Diego Classic II. LBSU finished last year 23-28-1, 11-10-1 in Big West play and did not participate in the postseason.

The 49ers have two batters hitting at or above .400. Its best hitter is Naomi Hernandez who leads the team with a .423 average. Tierra Falo leads the team with 17 RBI and is one of three batters with a team-high three homers.

In the circle, Cielo Meza is 9-1 with a 1.60 ERA. In 74.1 innings she has 97 strikeouts and opponents are hitting .142 off her.

This will be the 57th meeting between San José State and Long Beach State, with the 49ers holding a 31-25 advantage in the all-time series.

Ohio State (11-1)
After going 3-0 in last week’s Texas Invitational, the Buckeyes will play 11 games in Southern California starting in the Louisville Slugger Tournament this weekend. OSU finished last year 35-18, 15-8 in Big Ten play and competed in the Knoxville Regional of the NCAA Tournament.

Ohio State’s offense is driven by Lilli Piper who is hitting .413. She leads the team with 17 RBIs, six doubles and is tied with Emily Clark with five homers.

In the circle, Morgan Ray and Shelby McCombs have logged nearly all the innings this year. Ray has a 1.05 ERA and a 6-1 record. In 40.0 innings she has struck out 43, while opponents have been held to a .142 average off her. McCombs has 47 strikeouts in 42.2 innings. She has a 1.48 and a 5-0 record.

This will be the fourth meeting between San José State and Ohio State, with the Buckeyes holding a 2-1 advantage in the all-time series.