San Jose State softball's preseason scrimmage ended with the Black team winning game 7 on Friday night at CEFCU Stadium 5-2 over the Silver team.
"Our energy was great," said head coach Peter Turner, who enters his 11th season as head coach. "Our defense, which I'm very high on, did very well."
The winning pitcher was Katelyn Linford, a senior. Freshman Kacie Gresenz was the losing pitcher.
According to information provided by the team scorekeeper, Black took a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Gresenz walked two batters early.
"Pitching didn't settle in as soon as I wish it would have. The hitting was there at times," commented Turner.
Black extended its lead to 5-0 in the sixth inning, thanks to a home run by freshman shortstop Georgia Blair and senior rightfielder Chelsea Jenner scoring off a Colette Riggs wild pitch that came after a Jenner triple.
Gray scored two runs in the ninth inning after freshman reliever Morgan Orchard loaded the bases, but Linford returned to the game and generated the final two outs.
On Thursday, San Jose State softball begins its regular season in Tempe, Ariz. for the Kajikawa Classic, an invitational tournament hosted by Arizona State University. San Jose State will play six opponents in three days: Creighton and Western Michigan on Thursday, Oregon and Utah on Feb. 10, and Virginia and UC Riverside on Feb. 11.
The scrimmage was held on the football field at CEFCU Stadium due to the ongoing renovation of the softball field that is part of renovations for all athletics facilities on South Campus.
"I had a meeting today with the project manager. We're moving forward trying to get things lined up so we can start on it as soon as possible," said Turner.
"We have money set aside...Now it's time to finish the stadium so we're in it next year," added Turner, who also said that his players did not complain about the unusual practice site and that it "toughened them up."
In November, the softball team's new locker room opened, as seen in this tweet from Jenner showing the five seniors in the new room.
On Dec. 29, the team's Twitter account posted a photo of batting cages under construction.