SDSU records a season high 15 hits in Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic finale
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February 24, 2019 (Cathedral City, Calif.) - The San Diego State softball team banged out a season-high 15 hits in an 8-2 victory over Cal Poly in the final day of the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic Sunday afternoon in Cathedral City, California.
Jessica Cordola was 3-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored in her first career start for the Aztecs (8-6), while four others - West Hills alum Katie Byrd (2-for-4, R), Kelsey Munoz (2-for-4, 2B, RBI), Molly Sturdivant (2-for-3, 2B, BB, RBI, R) and Kiera Wright (2-for-5, 2 R) - recorded two hits apiece.
Taylor Adams added a bases loaded double and Shelby Thompson a two-run double for SDSU, while Aris Metcalfe singled and scored.
The offense was plenty for Marissa Moreno in the circle. The right-hander tossed a complete game, scattering two runs (one earned) on six hits and no walks over seven innings, while striking out two. Moreno is now 5-3 on the season.
San Diego State jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Thompson laced a double to right field to score Wright and Byrd.
The Mustangs (3-9) halved the Aztec lead in the bottom of the first when Noa Yakir reached on an error and later scored on a passed ball.
SDSU made it a 3-1 lead in the second on a single by Munoz that plated Wright.
San Diego State tacked on an insurance run in the fifth as Jessica Cordola had a two-out double and Sturdivant followed with a double to right-center field.
CP put together its best inning in the sixth, where it had three of its six hits in the game. A Maddie Amos single scored Makenna Young to bring Cal Poly to within two runs at 4-2, but Moreno got out of the inning by getting Shelby Jeffries to line out to left field, stranding a pair of runners.
The Aztecs then put the game away with four runs in the seventh, thanks to four hits and an intentional walk. The first run of the inning came when Cordola’s double toward the shortstop scored pinch runner Janina Jusay. Later in the inning with the bases loaded and two outs, Adams took the first pitch she saw into left field for a bases-clearing double and SDSU’s final runs of the game.
Moreno secured the San Diego State win with a hitless seventh.
THE NOTE I
San Diego State was 10-for-20 (.500) with runners on base and 8-for-17 (.471) with runners in scoring position.
THE NOTE II
The Aztecs had a season-high 15 hits after recording a total of 15 hits in their previous three games at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic.
STAT OF THE DAY
SDSU’s 15 hits matched its most it recorded in a game all of last year (15 at New Mexico on May 5, 2018). It matches the most hits by an Aztec team since a 16-hit performance at Colorado State on March 24, 2017.
San Diego State travels for a midweek game at Loyola Marymount on Tuesday. First pitch is set for 2 p.m.
San Diego State 8, Cal Poly 2
San Diego State (8-6) 210 010 4 — 8 15 3
Cal Poly (3-9) 100 001 0 -- 2 6 1
Moreno and Sturdivant; Best, Allman (7) and Young
W - Moreno, 5-3; L - Best, 1-7