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BYU softball: Cougars ready for San Diego Classic

By Jamie Morris

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 27 2013 5:03 p.m. MST

PROVO, Utah — The BYU softball team heads to its fourth preseason tournament to take on San Diego State, Boise State, Fresno State, New Mexico and Long Beach State Thursday-Saturday in San Diego, Calif., at the San Diego Classic.

SAN DIEGO CLASSIC

Feb. 28-Mar. 2, 2013

SDSU Softball Stadium

San Diego, Calif.

San Diego State

Thurs., Feb. 28

6 p.m. PST

SDSU Softball Stadium

Boise State

Fri., Mar. 1

9 a.m. PST

SDSU Softball Stadium

Fresno State

Fri. Mar. 1

11:30 a.m. PST

SDSU Softball Stadium

New Mexico

Sat., Mar. 2

11:30 a.m. PST

SDSU Softball Stadium

Long Beach State

Sat., Mar. 2

2 p.m. MST

SDSU Softball Stadium

BYU Quick Hits

The Cougars played in their last San Diego Classic in 2012 and went 4-1, beating Cal State Northridge, Saint Joseph’s, Long Beach State and Charlotte, while falling 1-0 to San Diego State.

BYU hasn’t had a 5-10 start to its season since 2001, when it went 5-10 in the first three tournaments of the season and finished with an overall record of 35-26.

Junior Katie Manuma hit the first grand slam of her career in the last game of the Mary Nutter Classic against UC Santa Barbara. The team lost the game in extra innings, 12-10. JC Clayton is currently on a 14-game hitting streak and has gotten a hit in every game but the first of the season. She also earned PCSC Player of the Week. Head coach Gordon Eakin is in his 11th season with BYU and has a record of 421-185.

Opponent Notes

San Diego State

The Aztecs are just over .500 with a record of 8-7 this season. They have four players batting over .300 in Kamerin May, Patrice Jackson, Loena Bauer and Kayla Jordan. These four batters combine for 38 of the team’s 44 RBIs and have all 12 home runs for the Aztecs. Danielle O’Toole and Rebecca Arbino lead SDSU from the mound and are sporting a 1.35 and 1.56 ERA, respectively. The two have only given up 21 earned runs in their combined 20 appearances this season. Four of the team’s seven losses have been by less than two runs, but it has yet to beat a ranked team, losing to No. 13/14 Arizona, No. 24/22 Kentucky, No. 2/1 Oklahoma, No. 7 Missouri and No. 9/11 Oregon. This tournament will be the first of the season where the Aztecs will not be facing a ranked opponent.

Boise State

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