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Marie Tuite named AD at San Jose State

San Jose State named Marie Tuite as its athletics director Friday, promoting an administrator who had been the interim director.

“We searched nationally for the best athletics director we could find — and we found her right here,” school spokeswoman Mary Papazian said in a news release.

Tuite, who will be the first woman to hold the position since San Jose State combined its men’s and women’s programs in 1987, has spent the past seven years at the university and has been running the program since February, when former AD Gene Bleymaier moved to another position at San Jose State.

Before coming to San Jose, Tuite held positions as an athletic administrator at Washington, Cal and Seattle and with the NCAA.

Softball: Jazmyn Jackson hit a two-run home run and scored two runs on sacrifice flies by Lindsay Rood as Cal (31-22) defeated Notre Dame 6-2 in the Bears’ opening game at the NCAA tournament’s Auburn (Ala.) Regional.

Zoe Conley went the distance, giving up two hits and striking out seven. The two runs she allowed were unearned.

Cal will play host Auburn (47-10) at 9 a.m. Saturday, with the loser playing again in the afternoon.

•Senior right-hander Katelyn Linford threw a three-hitter to lead San Jose State to a 3-0 win over Fullerton State in the Los Angeles Regional at UCLA. It was the Spartans’ first-ever win in postseason play.

Linford, from California-San Ramon, struck out three and issued no walks. Brittany Abacherli homered in the second inning for the Spartans (37-17), and Madison Aurin hit a two-run single in the sixth.

The Spartans play at 2 p.m. Saturday against UCLA (43-13), an 8-0 winner over Lehigh.

Tennis: Freshman Emily Arbuthnott notched her team-leading ninth clincher of the season as the defending NCAA champion Stanford women (24-2) defeated Michigan 4-1 in the round of 16 at the NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga.

Arbuthnott defeated Mira Ruder-Hook 3-6, 6-0, 6-4. .

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