The weekend for Mountain West softball teams got off to a good start as San Diego State prevailed over North Dakota State 6-1 on the opening day of its own Campbell/Cartier Classic.
After Bison ace Krista Menke (4-0, 0.97 ERA) pitched earlier in the day, North Dakota State went with freshman Jacquelyn Sertic (1-2, 4.40 ERA) in the circle for this one. Sertic and NDSU struggled right off the bat and the Aztecs took advantage.
Hayley Miles singled off the glove of Bison first baseman Jackie Stifter's glove to start the game. An out later, Stifter was charged with an error after being unable to field a throw on a groundout, and things went downhill from there. Sertic uncorked a wild pitch to put two runners in scoring position, and Lorena Bauer brought both home with a first-inning RBI single.
In the third, SDSU basically put the game away with a 2-out, 4-run rally. Kayla Jordan singled and came home on a Bauer double. After a Kayla Bufardeci single scored Bauer, Jaylene Ignacio belted a two-run homer to left for a commanding 6-0 lead.
The Bison attempted to rally in the sixth with a pair of hits, including an RBI double by San Diego native Maritza Lopez-Portillo. On that play, NDSU paid the price for trying to do too much, as Amanda Grable (from nearby Santee, Calif.) was easily thrown out at home. Instead of runners at second and third base with just one away, there were two outs and the rally was all but over.
Erica Romero (3-2, 1.87 ERA) went the distance for San Diego State, scattering seven hits. The Bison, who actually out-hit SDSU seven to six, made noise late with the run in the sixth inning, while leaving the bases loaded in the fifth. Romero held the Bison to just a 3-for-14 effort with runners on base.