2024 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic

Oklahoma Softball Eases Past SDSU At 2024 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic

Oklahoma Softball Eases Past SDSU At 2024 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic

Oklahoma remains undefeated at the 2024 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, California, after a 7-0 win over San Diego State on Saturday.

Feb 24, 2024 by Matt Cannizzaro
Oklahoma Softball Eases Past SDSU At 2024 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic

The Oklahoma Sooners picked up another routine win Saturday to end their second day of competition at the 2024 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, California.

The three-time defending national champions cruised past San Diego State 7-0 to improve to 3-0 at the 2024 edition of the prestigious event and 12-0 on the season, while extending their record winning streak to 65 games.

Jayda Coleman and Tiare Jennings did much of the heavy lifting for the Oklahoma offense against the Aztecs at Big League Dreams Cathedral City’s Wrigley Field, combing for four hits and six RBIs.

Coleman’s second-inning base hit scored Maya Bland and Rylie Boone to give the Sooners all the cushion they’d need, and they remained quiet until the fifth inning, when Jennings blasted a two-run home run to center field.

Jennings added a two-run double the following inning and then scored Oklahoma’s final run on an Ella Parker single. 

Jennings was 3 for 4 with four RBIs and two runs and continues to climb her way through the Oklahoma record books. Her performance Saturday moved her into second place on the career RBIs list at OU with 256. Jocelyn Alo is the all-time leader for the Sooners with 323.

In all, Oklahoma had 12 hits against San Diego State and left eight runners on base.

Kierston Deal pitched all seven innings for the Sooners to pick up the win, and she’s now 2-0 for the year. She gave up three hits and struck out six Aztecs. Two of San Diego State’s hits were singles by Bella Espinoza. 

SDSU faced the Sooners with a committee of three pitchers, with the loss going to reigning Mountain West Pitcher of the Year Allie Light. Light started and finished the game, going 1 2/3 innings total. She gave up six hits, five runs (three earned) and walked two.

The Sooners waltzed into the 2024 Mary Nutter Classic a day later than much of the 30-team field and picked up two quick wins Friday to announce their arrival in Cathedral City.

On paper, those wins Friday night were blowouts – 9-3 over a ranked Mississippi State and a five-inning 10-2 rout of Wisconsin – while San Diego State squeaked out a pair of 3-2 wins over Missouri and Nebraska (eight innings) on Thursday and Friday, respectively, and then added a five-inning 9-0 performance against Bethune-Cookman on Friday afternoon.

San Diego State (now 8-6 in 2024) entered Saturday’s matchup with confidence gained over the past few days and likely the highest of expectations to be the one to steal the spotlight from Oklahoma. The Aztecs were forced to play without Mountain West Preseason Player of the Year Mac Barbara, who was sidelined by an injury she suffered Friday night.

Saturday’s meeting between San Diego State and Oklahoma was the 13th time in history the two teams have faced each other, with the last time coming in 2019. OU now holds an 12-1 advantage in the series. 

As two of the 30 teams that have converged on Big League Dreams Cathedral City to compete in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic from Feb. 22-25, the weekend is winding down for many.

Oklahoma was the last hurrah for SDSU, while the Sooners are scheduled to close out the event with a pair of games Sunday – Seattle at noon Eastern and Loyola Marymount at 2:30 p.m. EST.

Follow the action live, as FloSoftball provides news and notes from all the games at the 2024 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic.

Oklahoma 7, San Diego State 0

Box Score 

San Diego State00000000325

Oklahoma Defeats San Diego State At Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic, 7-0

San Diego State gets two aboard in the top of the seventh inning, but that's the end of the line for the Aztecs, who fall to Oklahoma 7-0.

It's the Sooners' 65th consecutive win.

Oklahoma Adds Three Runs In Sixth Inning Against SDSU Softball

Starting pitcher Allie Light returns to the game for San Diego State to start the sixth inning against Oklahoma. 

A walk and a single give Oklahoma runners on first and second with two outs.

Tiare Jennings delivers again for the Sooners, hitting a double to score Alyssa Brito and Hannah Coor. Jennings has four RBIs on the day and is inching closer to being the all-time RBI leader at OU. Sooners lead 6-0.

Ella Parker follows with a single to score Jennings. Oklahoma leads 7-0.

Inning ends.

San Diego State Unable To Score In Sixth Inning Against OU Softball

Bella Espinoza delivers a single for SDSU, but that's all that's happening for the Aztecs.

Espinoza has both of San Diego State's hits against the Sooners on Saturday.

Oklahoma leads 4-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning.

Tiare Jennings Home Run Highlights Fifth-Inning Surge From Oklahoma Softball

Cece Cellura saw the Oklahoma lineup twice, and her effectiveness may have been going away. After a leadoff base hit to Alyssa Brito in the bottom of the fifth inning, Cellura leaves the game.

Dee Dee Hernandez comes on to pitch for San Diego State with one runner on base and no outs.

Brito advanced to second base on a groundout and scores on a two-run home run from Tiare Jennings. Oklahoma leads 4-0.

Kinzie Hansen stretches a ground ball up the middle to land herself on second base with two outs.

Cydney Sanders walks for OU to keep the rally going. 

SDSU ends the inning with a strikeout. Oklahoma strands two, leads 4-0 after five innings.

San Diego State Softball Scoreless In Fifth Inning Against Oklahoma

SDSU is doing a great job holding Oklahoma at bay, but the Aztecs aren't getting anything going on offense. They're retired 1-2-3 for the fourth consecutive time.

SDSU Returns Favor Against OU Softball In Bottom Half Of Fourth Inning

The Aztecs hold Oklahoma in the fourth inning, retiring the Sooners in order.

Fourth Inning Ends Quickly For SDSU Softball Against Oklahoma

For the third consecutive inning, San Diego State goes down in order.

OU Softball Threatens But Doesn't Score In Third Inning Against SDSU

Kasidi Pickering continues to be a threat for Oklahoma and starts the bottom of the third inning with a base hit. She advances to second on a wild pitch and to third on a two-out infield single.

Cece Cellura gets out of the inning with two groundouts and a fly ball. Oklahoma strands two.

Sooners Silence SDSU Softball In Top Of Third Inning

Oklahoma's Kierston Deal retires the Aztecs in order in the third inning.

OU leads 2-0.

Oklahoma Scores First In Mary Nutter Matchup With San Diego State

Cydney Sanders picks up a rare walk from SDSU's Allie Light, and Maya Bland comes in to pinch run.

Rylie Boone singles to give Oklahoma two on with one out, and that knocked Light out of the game for SDSU.

Freshman right-hander Cece Cellura comes on to pitch for the Aztecs.

Bland nearly gets caught stealing third as part of a double steal, but she's safe due to an obstruction call.

Jayda Coleman singles to center field to score Bland and Boone. 

Second inning ends. Oklahoma strands one but leads 2-0.

SDSU Softball Silent In Second Inning Against Oklahoma

San Diego State is retired in order in the top of the second inning against Oklahoma. 

Oklahoma Softball Strands Two In Bottom Of First Inning Against SDSU

Kasidi Pickering reaches on a bobbled ground ball and advances to third on a Tiare Jennings two-out base hit.

Freshman Ella Parker flies out to end the inning. OU strands two runners. No score through one inning.

Oklahoma Starting Lineup For Meeting With San Diego State Softball

See who's starting for the Sooners against SDSU on Saturday:

Oklahoma Softball Holds Off SDSU In First Inning

A single and a hit batter put two runners on for San Diego State in the top of the first inning against Oklahoma, but the Aztecs are unable to capitalize, stranding both runners.

Oklahoma coming up in the bottom of the first inning.

Starting Lineup For San Diego State Against Oklahoma 

See who's starting for SDSU against Oklahoma on Saturday:

Oklahoma Softball And San Diego State Underway At 2024 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic

Oklahoma is the home team in this one, and sophomore left-hander Kierston Deal is in the circle for the Sooners. Senior right-hander Allie Light, the reigning Mountain West Pitcher of the Year, will handle business for San Diego State.

When Is The Oklahoma Vs. San Diego State Softball Game?

Oklahoma will take on San Diego State at Wrigley Field, part of Big League Dreams Cathedral City in Cathedral City, California, on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 3:30 p.m. Eastern.

How To Watch The Oklahoma Vs. San Diego State Softball Game

Watch the 2024 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic on FloSoftball and the FloSports app.

FloSoftball is streaming several NCAA Division I college softball tournaments, including the 2024 Puerto Vallarta College Challenge, THE Spring Games and the recent Candrea Classic.

Oklahoma Tops Wisconsin At 2024 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic

Oklahoma scored eight runs in the fourth inning against Wisconsin on Friday night, which helped end the game early. Check out this highlight:

San Diego Strength Of Schedule 

In SDSU’s first 13 games this year, 10 have come against teams that made the NCAA Tournament in 2023, with the ultimate matchup coming Saturday against Oklahoma.

Not only did the Sooners make the NCAA Tournament, they won it – for the third consecutive time.

USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll

The latest USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Coaches Poll came out this week, and Oklahoma continues its stranglehold on the top spot.

The Sooners, who entered the 2024 on a 53-game winning streak, are 11-0 to start the new campaign.

San Diego State was not among the top 25 in the most recent rankings, but the Aztecs did land in the “others receiving votes” section. 

Click HERE to see the complete rankings. 

About Big League Dreams Cathedral City

The Big League Dreams Sports Parks are scattered throughout the United States and provide recreational and tournament players of all ages the chance to compete on world-class fields, often built as replicas of famous stadiums from the storied history of Major League Baseball.

Along with the nostalgic fields, the Big League Dreams venues include a restaurant and bar, batting cages, play area for children, stadium seating and space for other sports (hockey, soccer, sand volleyball), events and competitions. 

Big League Dreams Cathedral City was the first of the eight BLD properties to open, doing so in 1998. The park includes five fields. Among them, Boston’s Fenway Park, Chicago’s Wrigley Field and New York’s Yankee Stadium.

2024 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic Schedule

All times Eastern

Thursday, Feb. 22

Wrigley Field

  • Rutgers vs. Hawaii, 3 p.m.
  • Oregon vs. Central Florida, 5:30 p.m.
  • Oregon vs. Baylor, 8 p.m.
  • Notre Dame vs. Baylor 10:30 p.m.

Yankee Stadium

  • Bethune Cookman vs. BYU, 3 p.m.
  • Bethune Cookman vs. Oregon State, 5:30 p.m.
  • San Diego State vs. Missouri, 8 p.m.
  • Wisconsin vs. Missouri, 10:30 p.m.

Fenway Park

  • Oregon State vs. Wisconsin 2:30 p.m.
  • Notre Dame vs. Mississippi State, 5 p.m.
  • UC Riverside vs. Rutgers 7:30 p.m.
  • UC Riverside vs. BYU 10 p.m.

Des Moines Field

  • Mississippi State vs. Central Florida 2 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 23

Wrigley Field

  • San Diego State vs. Nebraska, 1 p.m.
  • UCLA vs. Nebraska, 3:30 p.m.
  • UCLA vs. Northwestern, 6 p.m.
  • Oklahoma vs. Mississippi State, 8:30 p.m.
  • Oklahoma vs. Wisconsin, 11 p.m.

Yankee Stadium

  • Hawaii vs. Fresno State, 1:30 p.m.
  • Hawaii vs. California, 4 p.m.
  • Notre Dame vs. Oregon, 6:30 p.m.
  • Long Beach State vs. Oregon, 9 p.m.
  • Central Florida vs. Oregon State, 11:30 p.m.

Fenway Park

  • Rutgers vs. Loyola Marymount, 1 p.m.
  • Tennessee vs. Loyola Marymount, 3:30 p.m.
  • Tennessee vs. CSU Fullerton, 6 p.m.
  • Missouri vs. Central Florida, 8:30 p.m.
  • Missouri vs. CSU Fullerton, 11 p.m.

Des Moines Field

  • Seattle University vs. CSU Northridge, 1 p.m.
  • Utah vs. CSU Northridge, 3:30 p.m.
  • Bethune Cookman vs. San Diego State, 6 p.m.
  • University of San Diego vs. Wisconsin, 8:30 p.m.
  • University of San Diego vs. Utah, 11 p.m.

Pawtucket Field

  • Illinois vs. California, 1:30 p.m.
  • Cal Poly vs. Rutgers, 3 p.m.
  • Long Beach State vs. BYU, 6:30 p.m.
  • UC Riverside vs. Seattle, 9 p.m.
  • UC Riverside vs. Baylor, 11:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 24

Wrigley Field

  • Oregon vs. Nebraska, 1 p.m.
  • Oklahoma vs. San Diego State, 3:30 p.m.
  • UCLA vs. Illinois, 6 p.m.
  • UCLA vs. Baylor, 8:30 p.m.
  • Missouri vs. Baylor, 11 p.m.

Yankee Stadium

  • Seattle vs. California, 12:30 p.m.
  • Oregon State vs. Notre Dame, 3 p.m.
  • Oregon State vs. Tennessee, 5:30 p.m.
  • Central Florida vs. Tennessee, 8 p.m.
  • Central Florida vs. University of San Diego, 10:30 p.m.

Fenway Park

  • Northwestern vs. Loyola Marymount, 10 a.m.
  • Northwestern vs. University of San Diego, 3:30 p.m.
  • Notre Dame vs. Utah, 6 p.m.
  • Wisconsin vs. Utah, 8:30 p.m.
  • Rutgers vs. BYU 11 p.m.

Des Moines Field

  • Cal vs. Illinois, 12:30 p.m.
  • CSU Fullerton vs. Utah, 3 p.m.
  • CSU Fullerton vs. Mississippi State, 5:30 p.m.
  • Cal Poly vs. BYU, 8 p.m.
  • Mississippi State vs. Fresno State, 10:30 p.m.

Pawtucket Field

  • CSU Northridge vs. Bethune Cookman, 12:30 p.m.
  • Wisconsin vs. Long Beach State, 3 p.m.
  • CSU Northridge vs. Rutgers, 2:30 p.m.
  • Loyola Marymount vs. Bethune Cookman 8 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 25

Wrigley Field

  • Seattle vs. Oklahoma, noon
  • Loyola Marymount vs. Oklahoma, 2:30 p.m.
  • UCLA vs. Tennessee, 5 p.m.

Yankee Stadium

  • Nebraska vs. Utah, noon
  • Nebraska vs. CSU Fullerton, 2:30 p.m.
  • University of San Diego vs. UC Riverside, 5 p.m.

Fenway Park

  • Oregon State vs. Northwestern, noon
  • Tennessee vs. Hawaii, 2:30 p.m.
  • Fresno State vs. Cal Poly, 5 p.m.

Des Moines Field

  • Illinois vs. Hawaii, 11:30 a.m.
  • Fresno State vs. Long Beach State, 2:30 p.m.

Pawtucket Field

  • California vs. Long Beach State, noon
  • California vs. Cal Poly, 2:30 p.m.

Who Was Mary Nutter?

Mary Nutter was an All-American softball player and a pioneer in the sport. 

She was a coach at Pittsburgh State and was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1988 and the National Fast Pitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1997.

Nutter died in 2012. 

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