Saturday, May 18, 2013

San Diego State's season ends with 3-2 loss

San Diego State got some big hits from Mountain West Player of the Year Patrice Jackson Saturday, but it wasn't enough to prevent the Aztecs' season from coming to an end.

Jackson blasted home runs in both SDSU games today.  Her grand slam broke a 1-all tie with future MW member San Jose State in a 5-1 win Saturday afternoon.  In the evening's late game, she hit a 2-run homer in the fifth to erase a 3-run deficit against Georgia of the Southeastern Conference, but the Aztecs fell 3-2.

In the bottom of the seventh inning against the Bulldogs, Jackson drove a double just inside the left field line with one out.  Following an intentional walk to Lorena Bauer, San Diego State not only had the potential tying run in scoring position, but the possible winning run at first base, still with only one out.

Kamerin May lined out to third base on the first pitch of the at-bat for the second out of the inning.  Her sister, Kristin, then surprisingly swung on a 3-0 pitch with two runners aboard, ending the game and the Aztecs' season on a soft groundout to third.

It culminated a night where San Diego State blew several strong scoring chances.  In the first inning, the Aztecs had the bases loaded with no outs and failed to score.  SDSU left the bases loaded again in the fourth inning and stranded 10 in the game.

Freshman Danielle O'Toole gave up a 3-run home run in the third inning as Georgia went in front 3-0.  O'Toole settled down after that, allowing only two hits over the game's final four innings.  She needed just 80 total pitches in a complete-game effort, but still took the loss.

San Diego State finished the season 36-20 overall, but 0-11 against teams ranked in at least one of the two major Top 25 polls.  Georgia must beat Arizona State twice Sunday to advance to Super Regional play.

Jackson's grand slam in Saturday's first game came against Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year Amanda Pridmore of San Jose State.  The Spartans finished 0-2 in their first NCAA Tournament appearance in more than two decades. SJSU's next softball game will come in February 2014 when the Spartans will be Mountain West members.