San Jose-Only a few teams each year can say they opened the season against the defending national champions. The San Jose State softball team is one of them as they opened 2012 with a 4-0 loss at #1 Arizona State Thursday evening as part of the Kajikawa Classic.
The Spartans were held to just one hit, a single by Jessica Garcia to lead off the fourth inning. However, the team did leave three runners on base with the best scoring opportunity in the third inning. With one out, Markesha Collins drew a walk to get on base. After a Spartan strike out, Collins then stole second, and Britney Helm drew a walk to put runners at first and second. They both advanced a base on an illegal, but freshman Michelle Cox struck out to end the inning.
Pitcher Amanda Pridmore returned to the circle Thursday night after missing the 2011 season with a knee injury. She struck out six batters and moved into fourth place all-time in the San Jose State career record book with 260 in her three seasons. Pridmore needs 116 strikeouts to tie Corina Lilly for third place at 376.
San Jose State continues play at the Kajikawa Classic on Friday. The team faces #12 Washington at 2 p.m., and Cal Poly at 8:30 p.m.
#1 Arizona State 4 San Jose State 0
San Jose State 000 000 0 -- 0 1 0
Arizona State 001 030 x -- 4 7 1
Pridmore and J. Garcia. Bach and Aubrecht. WP - Bach (1-0). LP - Pridmore (0-1). HR - Aubrecht (AS). 2B - Wigness (AS). 2 hits - Wigness (AS). 2 RBI - Lockwood (AS). Records - Arizona State 2-0; San Jose State 0-1.
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