Friday, May 16, 2014

Aztecs eliminated after falling to Michigan twice

San Diego State battled back to send it to extra innings, but ultimately ended up falling to No. 13 Michigan 8-7 in nine innings Friday in an NCAA opener in Tempe.

With temperatures soaring past the 100-degree mark Friday, San Diego State went toe-to-toe with the Wolverines and scored three in the seventh to rally from a 7-4 deficit and force extra innings.  Jaylene Ignacio delivered an RBI single in the seventh and led the Aztecs with two of their six hits.

In the ninth, Patrice Jackson's two-base error played a key role.  With one away, Lindsay Montemarano singled to right, and Jackson briefly appeared as though she was going to try and dive for the ball.  Instead, the ball bounced in front of her and she overran it, allowing Montemarano to advance all the way to third.  It would prove critical.

The next batter, Haylie Wagner (the game's winning pitcher), flew out to medium-deep center for a sacrifice fly to end the game.

Saturday, San Diego State eliminated Ivy League Champion Dartmouth from its first NCAA tournament appearance ever with an 8-0 (6 innings) win.  But the Aztecs were eliminated themselves immediately afterwards when Michigan run-ruled SDSU 9-1 in six innings.

Danielle O'Toole went 1-2 in regional action, going nearly the entire way in the circle for the Aztecs in the postseason.  In SDSU's final game, O'Toole allowed nine hits and seven runs in four innings to finish the season 31-10.  The Aztecs concluded the year 9-9 in games where O'Toole was not the pitcher of record.

Notes - Michigan advanced to the Super Regionals with a pair of wins of host Arizona State ... Also advancing to the Super Regionals were two teams that lost to Fresno State during the regular season -- Washington and Nebraska.  The Huskers defeated No. 15 national seed Missouri twice in regional action, while the Huskies didn't allow a run in regional play, outscoring their opponents 26-0.