|Home Runs, Pitching Lead Softball To 9-6 Win|
Las Cruces, N.M.-Amanda Pridmore showed why she received first team all-conference honors by striking out a career-best 13 batters, and Breanna Lopez hit a three-run walk-off home run to give San Jose State a 9-6 win over Nevada in the first game of the Western Athletic Conference Softball Tournament.
Earlier Wednesday, Pridmore was named a first team All-WAC honoree and backed up the honor in the circle as she pitched her 23rd complete game of the season. Pridmore struck out a career-best 13 batters in the game, striking out at least one batter in every inning and three batters in the second and fourth innings. She improved her record to 18-13 on the season.
Pridmore now has 188 strikeouts on the season, the second-best total in school history. She has 442 in her career and needs 13 more to move into second place all-time at San Jose State.
Lopez was one of five Spartans to hit home runs in the game to set a new single-game school record. Her walk-off three-run home run in the seventh gave the Spartans a 9-6 win. Lopez now has nine home runs on the season, the third-highest total in school history. She also moved into sole possession of third place all-time with her 15th career home run.
Annica Wolfe hit two of the five home runs. Her first led off the second inning to cut the Nevada lead to 4-2. Wolfe's second home run was another solo shot to left center to lead off the sixth inning and tie the game a 6-6.
Markesha Collins hit her fourth home run of the year to lead off the third inning. Four batters later, Vanessa House homered to left field to score Lopez and get the Spartans to within one of the Wolf Pack at 6-5.
San Jose State fell behind 2-0 after a half inning and trailed 6-2 after 2 ½ innings. The team then scored the three runs on home runs by Collins and House to get to 6-5, and tied the game at 6-6 on Wolfe's second home run.
In the seventh, Michelle Cox started the inning with a double to right center that went off the fence. Jessica Garcia then singled to center field to put runners on the corners. Britney Helm pinch ran for Garcia and stole second. Lopez then homered to center field to give San Jose State the victory.
"This team is special, and I am really proud of them," said Spartan head coach Peter Turner. "They find ways to win, always compete in every game and can do great things on the field. We know the ball can pop out of this stadium, but we are not trying to lift the ball out.
"When we were behind, I knew they would keep battling. They kept us within striking distance and then exploded with the three runs in the third inning. We just had to find ways to win an inning, and I knew if we did that, good things would happen for us."
San Jose State now play top-seed Hawaii Thursday at 11:30 a.m. MDT/10:30 a.m. PDT. If the team wins that game, they will next play Friday, May 11 at 2 p.m. MDT. If the Spartans lose to Hawaii, the team will play at approximately 4:30 p.m. MDT against the loser of the BYU-Fresno State/Louisiana Tech game.
Las Cruces, N.M.
San Jose State 9 Nevada 6
Nevada 222 000 0 -- 6 8 0
San Jose State 113 001 3 -- 9 12 2
Darby, Jones (5) and Venable. Pridmore and J. Garcia. WP - Pridmore (18-13, CG, 13K). LP - Jones (9-6). HR - Lastrapes (N); B. Lopez, Collins, Wolfe 2, House (SJS). 2B - Hopkins, Venable (N), Cox (SJS). 2 hits - Hopkins, Fincher (N); Collins, Cox, Lopez, Wolfe (SJS). 4 RBI - Lopez (SJS). 2 RBI - Hopkins, Lastrapes (N); House, Wolfe (SJS). Records - Nevada 21-35; San Jose State 28-26.
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