SDSU Lacrosse Wins Home Opener

San Diego State’s lacrosse team played their first home game of the 2020 campaign on Thursday afternoon against Arizona State University. The Aztecs won a thrilling back and forth game 19-18. 

Freshman Camdyn O’Donnell tied the game at 18 for the Aztecs, then with less than a minute remaining, she scored the game-winning goal. O’Donnell finished with four goals and three assists on Thursday. 

“We were going back and forth,” O’Donnell said. “My teammates had trust in me and that put confidence in myself.”

SDSU started the game down 3-0, but ended up taking the lead 4-3. Later, SDSU trailed 9-6 and 10-8 at halftime. 

“I think we played it close in the first half to our gameplan.” Head coach Kylee White said. “We really were missing some key things and that’s what we re-visited at halftime.” 

Out of the halftime break, the Aztecs scored four unanswered goals and led 12-10. However, the Sun Devils would not go down quietly.

 Led by red-shirt senior Kerri Clayton, ASU retook a 14-12 lead. Then led 18-16 with only two minutes left in the game. Clayton finished with six goals and three assists. 

“We wanted to push her [Clayton] under instead of letting her get open and take the shot she was scoring on.” White said, “We wanted to make them pass a little more. We needed to help a lot more.”

The Aztecs responded yet again, scoring three unanswered goals to finish off their home-opener. Senior Emily Resnick scored the teams 17th goal and O’Donnell finished the off the job.

“They gutted it out.” White said, “Home-opener is great, but that’s not what i’m thinking about. To win a back and forth battle and where it comes down to the end and they gutted it out, that’s the most exciting part of it.”

SDSU Junior Lexi Tan scored six goals on six shots and opened up the field for her teammates.

“It was all my teammates, they were passing to me.” Tan said, “I just looked and it was wideopen.” 

The Aztecs will have a difficult schedule, likely facing five nationally ranked teams during the 2020 campaign. 

SDSU lacrosse now sits at 1-1, with their one loss coming against Stanford University.

“The team that showed up today has to be the same on Sunday.” White said. “Just because USC is ranked shouldn’t change the way we play. We need to go in there feeling that way instead of the way we started against Stanford.”

Written by: Daniel Farr

SDSU Baseball Wins Home Opener

San Diego State baseball opened their home schedule with a 8-4 win against Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday night at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The Aztecs now sit at 3-1.

“It was an ugly win, we made six errors.” Head baseball coach Mark Martinez said,  “The one thing we understand is good teams win ugly.”

We witnessed a back and forth affair until junior outfielder Matt Rudick stole second and senior outfielder Mike Jarvis stole home, which gave the Aztecs a 5-4 lead. 

“There’s gonna be jitters at the beginning of the year.” Senior Mike Jarvis said, “I think most of us got it out, and at the end of the day the most important thing is finding a way to win and we did that.” 

In the same inning, a 2-run RBI double by Ryan Orr pushed the lead to 7-4. Orr went 3-4 and tallied two RBIs.

SDSU returned from South Carolina where they went 2-1 over the past weekend. The team defeated Virginia Tech and Coastal Carolina, but lost to UNC Greensboro.  

“We swung the bats all weekend in South Carolina and it kind of carried over to today.” Martinez said, “We should be pretty good offensively.”

An RBI by sophomore Brian Leonhardt extended the lead to 8-4, as outfielder Rudick crossed home plate.

The Aztecs opened up the game with a Jarvis homerun, it was his first of the season and set the stage for the team. 

“Jarvis found the barrel, hit one out and it got us going a little bit.” Martinez said, “I think that was a huge momentum deal where we thought we could win.”

However, the Titans answered. Pinch hitter Max Miller singled to left field and brought home Josh Urps. 

Senior Jacob Cruce singled to right and Orr scored to push the Aztecs’ lead to 2-1. Right after that, the Titans’ Miguel Ortiz doubled to center field and it tied the game as Isaiah Garcia scored.

In the top of the 4th, the Titans scored two runs as a single followed up by an error brought two base runners home.

After that, it was all Aztecs. They scored six unanswered runs while the Titans only had one hit in the final five innings.

The Aztecs will play again at home Friday-Sunday for the Tony Gwynn Legacy Classic. 

“It’s such a blast. It’s going to be so special for us.” Leonhardt said, “Having the Gwynn family come out and be here it’s a different atmosphere when they come out. We love to honor him. [Tony Gwynn]”

Written by: Daniel Farr

Aztecs Lose In Overtime

San Diego State’s women’s basketball lost to Boise State 69-67 in overtime Saturday at Viejas Arena. With 3.1 second left, A’Shanti Coleman made the game-winning layup for the Broncos.

The lead up to the final shot and overtime didn’t lack excitement. 

Sophia Ramos ended the fourth quarter on a mission.  She stole the ball with less than a minute left and tied the game 57-57. 

On the next possession, SDSU forced a stop but allowed an offensive rebound which led to the Broncos regaining the lead. The Aztecs were outrebounded by 16 on Saturday . 

“We just made some defensive errors down the stretch.” head coach Stacie Terry-Hutson said, “We got killed on the glass, we lost the defensive battle and obviously we need to make our free throws.” 

Ramos was able to move past the mistake, get in the lane, and draw the foul. She knocked down both free throws and ensured overtime for the Aztecs.  

In overtime, the Aztecs trailed by four points but were able to tie the game 64-64. Tea Adams fouled a three point shooter with just over one minute left, but Riley Lupfer only made one of three.

On the Aztecs’ next possession they came up empty and the Broncos capitalized on a defensive lapse, which pushed their lead to three.

However, Ramos began to shine again. She hit a three with 28.5 seconds left and tied the game. 

Ramos finished the game with 25 points and 14 rebounds, which is a new career high in rebounds. 

“The posts are doing a great job of blocking out.” Ramos said, “I get to do the easy part, fly in and get the ball.” 

Coleman’s layup sealed the deal, but the Aztecs did have one more chance. Redshirt senior Taylor Kalmer threw up a floater but it didn’t draw iron. 

“That one sucks,” Kalmer said, “It’s a dagger.”

Kalmer finished with 19 points, which extends her streak of scoring at least 10 points per game to 21. The Aztecs have been led by Ramos and Kalmer all season, but the team lacks a consistent third scoring option. 

Today, they had one in Adams. She finished with 12 points on 14 shots. 

“I thought she was aggressive.” Terry-Hutson said, “When she does that, we can get into the high sixties or seventies. Having a third scorer will help us down the stretch.”

The Aztecs will play at UNLV next Saturday, then return home on Feb. 27 for senior night.

Written by: Daniel Farr

SDSU Softball Drops Home-Opener

Maggie Balint pitches a softball

In San Diego State’s softball home-opener, the Aztecs were defeated 3-0 by BYU at the SDSU softball field on Thursday night despite a strong pitching performance.

Tonight also marked the beginning of the Campbell/Cartier Classic, an annual event held in the memory of former Aztec softball players Susanne Campbell and Karin Cartier.

It was a scoreless game with strong pitching on both sides, with the first score and hit coming at the top of the fifth inning.

“It was a good-old fashioned pitchers duel,”  head coach Kathy Van Wyk said, “I think we wasted a very good pitching performance.”

The Cougars’ catcher, Ry Jense-McFarland, singled to left field, which brought home Kaylee Erickson and gave BYU the lead. In the top of the seventh inning, Jensen-McFarland shot a solo homerun to deep right.

Later in the inning, Arissa Paulsen who plays first base and pitches for BYU, singled into left and brought in Taylei Williams. 

The Cougars managed four hits off of SDSU’s junior pitcher Maggie Balint. 

Balint pitched into the seventh inning and tonight marked her first home game as an Aztec, as she transferred from Oregon. 

“At Oregon I wasn’t a starter. I wasn’t a captain and I didn’t have the responsibilities. I kind of just showed up and left. I have to be accountable for my other players.”

Maggie Balint, junior pitcher.

She tallied nine strikeouts and threw 145 pitches before being relieved by freshman Karina Faasisila.

Balint calls her own pitches, which helps her game because she enjoys fast-paced outings.

“Me and the catcher [Alizae Umi, SDSU’s catcher] we’re both on the same page.” Balint said, “I work at a very fast paced, I’m like a machine I’m constantly going, going, going and I don’t like to be stopped.”

The Oregon-transfer and Van Wyk made it clear, Balint throws what she wants when she wants.

“[Balint] knows what she wants to throw in there.” Van Wyk said, “I don’t have to call pitches. She’s very strong minded, she’s got a great level of confidence.”

Balint credited her back injury for her drive and confidence on the mound.

“I am so driven and motivated since my back injury.” She said, “I could not throw the ball past 60, but mentally I was so sharp and I could just not physically do it. It made me so frustrated because mentally I was ready to go.”

SDSU will have to move on from this one, as they have two straight double-headers coming up.

On Friday, the Aztecs play against Southern Utah and Cal State Fullerton.

When Saturday rolls around, SDSU will play BYU and Southern Utah again.

The four games will all be played at the SDSU softball field.

Van Wyk’s message to her team after the loss: forget this one and move on.

“We got two double-headers coming up.” she said, “We’re going to play BYU again later this weekend. We have to do a better job adjusting at the plate, we were swinging at bad pitches.”

Umi said the team’s preparation from the off-season will help them survive the back to back double-headers.

“We put in a lot of work in the fall, so we’re just depending on that.” she said, “That’s really going to help us in the double-header tomorrow.”

Written by: Daniel Farr