For about half an hour after first pitch, its game at UNLV on Friday night was a must-win for San Jose State to stay in the race for the Mountain West Conference championship and automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. That all changed when in the northern side of the Silver State, Nevada won 5-4 over San Diego State in extra innings.
Following a 1-0 win on Thursday, San Jose State lost 9-1 in five innings to UNLV on Friday. Still, San Jose State (16-7 MW) got the lock for the conference title, because this loss was offset by San Diego State dropping to 14-9 in conference play. On Thursday, Fresno State fell out of championship contention after losing 5-3 at Colorado State and dropping to 12-9 in conference.
This championship marks the first one in softball for San Jose State as a member of the Mountain West. It is also the second overall for the program, following the 2013 WAC regular season and tournament titles in San Jose State's final year in that conference, and third Mountain West title for San Jose State overall, following the 2015 tournament title for women's soccer and 2017 tournament title for women's tennis.
"Selection Sunday" for this year's NCAA softball tournament will be televised on ESPN2 and streaming on WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app this coming Sunday at 7 p.m. (Pacific), to reveal San Jose State's regional round site and opponents. The tournament begins on May 19. San Jose State softball will play in its third NCAA tournament in program history, following a 1990 at-large bid as a member of the Big West Conference and 2013 automatic bid from winning the WAC tournament.
The regular season concludes on Saturday with a rubber match against UNLV, with first pitch moved up an hour to 11 a.m.
Donation made for new field
In his postgame comments (0:50 of below video), San Jose State head coach Peter Turner said that on Thursday came an announcement of a donation to build a new on-campus softball field.
Senior pitcher Emily Rogers tweeted shortly before 11 p.m. on Friday: "we are finally getting a new field with the help of an amazing donor."
The championship, as seen on social media:
After the game, players posed for pictures to celebrate their title, with what appeared to be an unofficial replica trophy.
The five seniors, left to right: Casey Watt, Emily Rogers, Katelyn Linford, Chelsea Jenner, and Colette Riggs. Note: Watt, a fifth-year senior, began her career on the 2013 WAC title team.
Left to right: Alyssa Avila, Kristen Heffley, and Cassidy Clark:
Other members of San Jose State athletics issued their own congratulations, including football player Chad Miller:
Football player Chandler Hawkins:
The football team tweeted: "Setting a standard for SJSU Athletics!"
Women's soccer player Daria Manzano: