|Softball Downs #16 Stanford With 2 Runs in 7th|
San Jose-Jessica Garcia drove in the tying run, and Michelle Cox scored the winning run on a throwing error as San Jose State defeated #16 Stanford, 2-1, Tuesday afternoon at SJSU Field.
Trailing 1-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh, the first two Spartan batters reached base. Markesha Collins singled to right field, and Michelle Cox drew a walk from Stanford pitcher Teagan Gerhart. Garcia then singled to center field to score Collins from second. Cox came around from first and scored as the throw from Cardinal centerfielder Cassandra Roulund was offline to the plate.
"We were going to try to win it since our 3-4-5 hitters were coming to the plate," said Spartan head coach Peter Turner. "Jessica took the pitch right up the middle. We had speed on the bases, took advantage of that and made them try to make the play at home."
San Jose State out-hit the Cardinal 7-4 in the game. Collins led the team with two hits, and six others had hits including a double by Vanessa House. San Jose State also left 10 runners on base in the game.
Amanda Pridmore started the game in the circle and pitched the first 2.2 innings. Jennifer Ames then pitched two innings and did not allow a hit, and Madison Fish pitched the next two innings before being replaced by Pridmore who got the final Stanford out on a fly ball to center field. With her three innings pitched, Pridmore improved her record to 14-9 on the season.
"Coming off this weekend, we really needed to get a win and not get shut out," said Pridmore. "The next three weekend series are important to us, and we were able to get more playing time for everyone in this game."
The Spartans last defeated Stanford on May 8, 2002, when San Jose State won the second game of a doubleheader, 1-0, at SJSU Field. In that game, the Cardinal left the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning as former Spartan Becca Baldridge made a diving catch in the outfield for the final out.
"To sat I am pleased is an understatement," said Turner. "We were playing extremely well today. Stanford is a very good team, and I will give them credit. This is a signature win for us. We can celebrate this win, but we have to put it behind us and get ready for this weekend. We played well and have to carry that over to the series this weekend at Utah State."
San Jose State goes back to Western Athletic Conference play this weekend with a three-game series at Utah State. The teams will play a doubleheader on Friday starting at 2 p.m. MDT, followed by a single game on Saturday starting at 12 p.m. MDT.
San Jose State 2 #16 Stanford 1
Stanford 001 000 0 -- 1 4 3
San Jose State 000 000 2 -- 2 7 1
White, Gerhart, T. (5) and Gerhart, K. Pridmore, Ames (3), Fish (5), Pridmore (7) and J. Garcia and Morentin. WP - Pridmore (14-9). LP - T. Gerhart (27-8). 2B - Miller (ST); House (SJS). 2 hits - Winter (ST); Collins (SJS). Records - Stanford 32-13; San Jose State 23-20.
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