Following the controversial firing of longtime head coach Peter Turner, head coach Tammy Lohmann finished his second season in San Jose State softball with a record of 22-29 (7-17 MW) , a slight improvement from the 9-23 (5-19 MW) record of 2021. These results are alarming after the first three of routine under Turner from 2015 to 2019.
This season actually showed early promise with a 16-10 (2-1 MW) start on March 20, but the team crumbled after losing all three games to Colorado State by one or two points apiece ( 6-4, 7-6, 6-5) due to nine errors in total this series from March 25-27. San Jose State has lost six of the last 25 games.
The anchor that held this team back: Strike. This year’s batting average was .267, an improvement over last season .216. However, even the 2019 squad that went through fall camp with its hitting coach unfairly suspended false allegations of misconduct managed to hit better .276.
However, throwing is a strength, with the team’s ERA dropping from 5.20 in 2021 to 3.66 in 2022. Jenessa Ullegue had a stellar season at 16-9 with a 2.79 ERA and two saves. Despite going 4-9, first-year pitcher Lacie Ham showed some potential with a 4.60 ERA. However, winning takes both defense and offense, and one unit has clearly and consistently failed to do their job.
With the way San Jose State softball fell apart in the latter part of the season, the coaching staff deserves close scrutiny. Clearly, pitching coach Letty Olivarez is doing a good job. However, his other half, the hitting coach James Davenport, is not. (They are married.) Although Davenport was an assistant softball coach, his experience is mostly in the outfield, not hitting.
Rating: D. As previously stated, the “F” rating is strictly reserved for “absolutely putrid and unassailable” performance. The fact is, however, San Jose State softball went 16-10 to start before finishing 6-19, so some amnesty will be granted. Now it’s up to Konya to take a hard look at the performance of the assistant coaches and urge Lohmann to make changes to get San Jose State softball back in title contention in the conference.