SAN JOSE STATE 13, CSUN 5 (6)
FORT COLLINS, CO – After falling behind, 5-0, San Jose State stormed back and rang up nine runs in the fifth inning before wrapping up a run-rule victory over CSUN in an elimination game Friday at the 2023 NISC.
SJSU will face Maryland or BYU later Friday, with the winner advancing to Saturday’s semifinals.
CSUN vaulted out of the dugout in the top of the first inning and took a 4-0 lead; Kaylee Escutia drove in two runs with a double and Gizella Vargos-Sandoval hit a two-run homer on the first pitch she saw, her third long ball of the season. In the second inning, Shaylan Whatman led off with a home run, her fifth in 2023, as CSUN (28-24) moved ahead 5-0.
Makenzie Hutchinson got San Jose State (27-29) on the board, leading off the bottom of the fourth with a home run, her second of the season. Taylor Squires singled to start the fifth, advanced to second on the play via error and later scored on a bases-loaded walk as the Spartans closed to 5-2.
After a pitching change, Hutchinson hit a grand slam on a full-count pitch to push San Jose State in front, 6-5. Adrianna Noriega kept up the beat with a two-run homer (her third of 2023) to make it 8-5. Aubrie Thomas bashed another two-run homer as the lead grew to 10-5.
In the sixth, Ashley Rico had an RBI groundout, and the game was wrapped up by a two-run double from Karizma Bergeson. Lacey Ham was outstanding in relief for SJSU, going five innings and allowing five hits and an earned run to go with four strikeouts.