Friday, May 17, 2013

Aztecs fall to Georgia 9-3 in NCAA opener


San Diego State gave up five early runs and couldn't complete a comeback in a 9-3 loss to Georgia in the NCAA Tournament Friday in Tempe.

Mountain West Pitcher of the Year Rebecca Arbino struggled in two innings of work and took the loss.  After getting a pair of quick outs in the first inning, Arbino allowed three straight Georgia hits, including a 3-run homer as the Bulldogs took the early lead.

After Arbino gave up two additional runs in the second for a 5-0 Georgia lead, San Diego State answered back with a 3-run top of the third.  The Aztecs had five consecutive singles to begin the third inning, but those would be their first and only hits of the game.

Mountain West Freshman of the Year Danielle O'Toole came on to pitch the bottom of the third inning, but also had some trouble with the UGA bats.  O'Toole allowed eight hits and four Bulldog runs in four innings, though only one was earned.  SDSU had two errors in the contest.

Patrice Jackson, the Mountain West Player of the Year, was 0-for-3 but had an RBI.  Kayla Jordan and Tiffany Corder had a hit and RBI each for the Aztecs.  Kaylee Puailoa and Anna Swafford hit home runs for Georgia, and both finished with three RBI.  Freshman Geri Ann Glasco was 4-for-4 for the Bulldogs.

The Aztecs (35-19) fell to 0-10 this season against teams that are ranked in at least one of the major Top 25 polls. Georgia, No. 21 in the country in one poll and receiving votes in another, improved to 39-19 on the year.  SDSU is now 12-17 all-time in NCAA Tournament play.

San Diego State will play an elimination game Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Pacific time against San Jose State, a 5-2 loser to Arizona State today.   If SDSU wins that one, it would have to come back in an additional game later Saturday night and win again in order to advance to Sunday's regional final.

Saturday's San Diego State-San Jose State game will be a preview of things to come next season when the Spartans join the Mountain West in all sports, including softball.