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USD Drops Season Opener 7-2

Feb. 9, 2007

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The University of San Diego softball team (0-1) dropped their season opener against San Jose State (1-0) in a tough 7-2 loss.

San Jose State jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead going into the third inning. San Diego responded with a run of their own cutting the Spartan lead in half. The Toreros played two solid innings of defense before freshmen pitcher Katie Jo Nelson gave up five runs in the sixth inning. San Diego worked to mount a comeback but were only able to post one run in the seventh inning.

"We played solid defense and we posted nearly as many hits," commented head coach Melissa McElvain. "Credit San Jose State as they found a way to get on base more effectively."

For San Diego, Nichole Valenzuela hit a perfect 3-for-3 with one run scored and one RBI. Keely Helbock finished 1-for-1 with one San Diego's other runs cored. Freshmen pitcher Katie Jo Nelson (0-1) picks up the loss. As a team, San Diego posted eight hits with two runs and one RBI.

San Diego returns to Amy S. Harrison field for day two of the UC Riverside Invitational on Saturday for a pair of games beginning at 11:00 a.m. against Northern Colorado University.