Four’s in store
For better or worse, fours were important in Game one of the Jackrabbits 11-3 loss to Southern Utah. Four of the eight SDSU hits were doubles. Freshman centerfielder Emily Weber went 4-for-4 at the plate. The Jacks also had four errors.
“We’ve struggled a little bit with the defensive side but not as much as the pitching side, so that was a little bit of a surprise,” said Jacks head coach Joanna Lane of the her team’s uncharacteristic defense.
Senior Ashley Durazo owned the top of the seventh inning for the Jackrabbit defense in game two. She made a great stop on Darleen Fernandez’s ground ball to start the inning. After the Thunderbirds’ Heather Richardson singled, she was caught stealing on a throw by Sammy Bingham, caught at second base by none other than Durazo.
“Ashley is a defensive shortstop. She would be a Big Ten starter on the defensive end. She’s struggled a little bit this year as a hitter, which is new to her, but she hasn’t seen that wave her on the defensive side” Lane said. “She always makes big plays in the field for us.”
A strange second
The top of the second inning in game two was a little strange. Before the Thunderbirds plated their first run of the game, SDSU recorded two of their outs through the infield fly rule after pop outs to Kelly Kleppin and Ashley Durazo, respectively.
Also during the inning, the home plate umpire, Kevin Killingsworth looked at the ball and said “garbage,” and bringing it over to the SDSU dugout, looking for a replacement. Someone from the Jackrabbits dugout in responded by saying, “It’s brand new.”