SOFTBALL FALLS TO #22 SAN DIEGO STATE, 4-2, IN OPENER OF THE SAN DIEGO CLASSIC
SAN DIEGO -- Bailey Micetich allowed just two runs (one earned) and five hits over seven innings to lead 22nd-ranked San Diego State to a 4-2 victory over Sacramento State in the first round of the San Diego Classic Thursday evening at SDSU Softball Stadium.
Sacramento State (0-3) is scheduled to play to play four more times over the three-day tournament, including games tomorrow against UC Santa Barbara (11:30 a.m.) and 11th-ranked Washington (2 p.m.). Each of the Hornets’ first three games of the season have now come against teams either ranked or receiving votes in the top 25. Sacramento State opened the year by dropping a doubleheader at Fresno State (receiving votes) last weekend.
San Diego State, which is co-hosting the tournament with the University of San Diego, improved to 1-0 at the tournament and 5-1 overall with the victory.
Micetich threw 92 pitches (60 strikes) while allowing single runs in the first and seventh innings. The Hornets opened the scoring in the first inning when Emily McCormick’s two-out single scored Alyssa Nakken from second base. However, San Diego State would score once in the third, once in the fifth and twice more in the sixth to take a commanding 4-1 lead.
The big inning for San Diego State came in the sixth when the Aztecs strung together two runs and two hits, including a pair of ground ball RBIs by Jen Wisneski and Kristin May.
The Hornets threatened in the seventh inning, putting runners at first and third with no outs. However, Micetich allowed just one run on a Shannon Kaufman pinch-hit RBI-single before striking out Kelli Frye as the potential tying run to end the game.
Micetich (3-1) went the distance for the win, allowing just one walk and striking out eight. Sacramento State starter Megan Schaefer (0-1) took the loss, allowing two runs and five hits over 4.1 innings. Freshman Taylor Stroud worked the final 2.2 innings in relief, allowing two runs and two hits.
Schaefer (2-for-3 with a run and a double) and San Diego State’s Ashley Rose (2-for-3 with a run, triple and an RBI) were the only players with multiple-hit games. McCormick went 1-for-3 with an RBI and is the only Sacramento State player to his safely in all three games thus far.