San Diego State took the opening game of the series versus the San Jose State Spartans 9-6 and put SJSU in a 1-0 hole in the first inning. Aztec Sydnee Cable knocked in Samantha Camello on a single in the opening at bats, but the Spartans soon got an equalizer.
In the bottom of the second inning, Taylor Purdy hit a solo home run to tie the score 1-1.
“It certainly helps,” San Jose State Head Coach Peter Turner said. “This team, we have enough firepower as long as we hang around the game and make them earn every run they get.”
The shot sparked a rally to put three more runners on base. The Aztecs made an early switch at pitcher after starter Ashley Ercolano had the ball deflect off her foot. Alex Formby took the mound and managed to strand all three runners.
The Spartans broke the tie in the bottom of the fourth inning as Purdy crossed home plate again, this time in thanks to a sacrifice fly hit by pinch hitter Anissa Pinedo. SJSU executed on a second sac fly in the fifth, with Madison Aurin scoring Jessica Madrid.
Just when SJSU had separation, SDSU designated hitter Jenavee Peres homered in the first at-bat of the inning, closing the score to 3-2.
The closely fought contest took a sharp turn into the favor of SJSU in the bottom of the sixth, however. With two on and two outs, Brittany Abacherli earned a walk to load the bases. Then Madrid came through with a double off the outfield wall to score all three runners.
“I was really happy with the kids locking in and being patient,” Turner said.
The rally kept on going with three more consecutive hits to push the Spartans lead from 3-2 to 9-2.
Emily Rodgers came into the game as the closer to relieve starting SJSU pitcher Katelyn Linford. Rodgers forced the final three batters out in succession to seal the 9-2 victory.
“I thought it was a well-played game on behalf of both teams,” Turner said. “We got some big hits in the end and broke it open.”
The win puts the Spartans at 19-20 overall and 8-4 in Mountain West play.