Tempe, Ariz. - Two strong hitting games and a near-flawless pitching performance by Allison Lang gave San Jose State two victories over CSU Northridge, 6-5, and New Mexico, 9-0 in six innings, at the Kajikawa Classic, hosted by Arizona State, on Friday, February 8.
The Spartans recorded double-digit hits in both games. More than half of San Jose State's batters had at least one run scored, and Michelle Cox's two runs scored in each game led the team.
"A big reason for our success is because we are moving the ball well," Turner said. "Everyone in the line-up is contributing."
Against CSU Northridge, Markesha Collins went 3-for-3, Cheryl Freitas was 3-for-4, and Taylor Purdy went 2-for-3. In the New Mexico game, Devin Caldwell had two hits on three at bats.
The Spartans seemed to take control of the game against CSU Northridge with a three-run third inning, that put them up, 4-1. In the fourth, a single up the middle by Cheryl Freitas allowed Cox to score from second. A series of fielding errors by the Matadors led to Cox's second run of the game, and gave San Jose State a 6-2 lead going in to the sixth inning. CSU Northridge homered and a single brought in two runners, but were unable to complete the comeback.
Madison Fish and Amanda Pridmore split pitching duties. Fish, who started her sixth-career game, gave up two hits and runs each. Pridmore allowed four hits and three runs and struck out three.
"But in the second game against New Mexico," said Turner, "we played flawlessly and had great pitching. The team put themselves in position to score a lot more than they actually did."
Turner said of Lang, who, in the last inning, had a no-hitter with two outs, "She had great command and outstanding control, which made the difference. She forced New Mexico to move the ball and they did not manage that very well."
In their lone game on Saturday, the Spartans face #5/6-Oregon at 2:00 p.m. (MST). "We will have to play Oregon as well as we did today against New Mexico," said Turner. "If we play like that, we will be able to compete with them."