Tempe, Ariz. - San Jose State closed out the Kajikawa Classic with two nail-biters, a 3-2 victory over the Cal Poly Mustangs and a 1-0 loss to Oregon State in seven innings.
The Spartans end the tournament, hosted by Arizona State, and start the 2013 season, with a 4-2 record.
"I am happy that we will walk away from this tournament 4-and-2," head coach Peter Turner said. "Overall, I gave the team a 'B' rating for how they played this weekend. We played and hit well, and our pitching did a great job."
In the Cal Poly game, four of the first five Mustangs in their batting order singled to lead off the game and two of them scored.
But San Jose State answered with a two-run inning of its own in the first. Michelle Cox was able to score on an error by Mustangs shortstop Kim Westlund after reaching first on a fielder's choice, stealing second, and advancing to third on Jessica Garcia's single. Vanessa House generated the Spartans' second run when she singled and drove in Garcia.
The score remained knotted at 2-2 going into the sixth inning. But Nicole Schultz gave San Jose State the lead with a two-out, RBI single to left field. House, whose double to left center led off the bottom of the inning, scored giving the Spartans their first lead of the game.
Starting pitcher Jordan Sauceda allowed two runs on seven hits with two strike outs. Amanda Pridmore (3-1) came in to relieve Sauceda in the fifth inning, struck out four, and did not allow any hits.
"The Cal Poly game was a big win," said Turner. "Coming off of yesterday's loss (7-1 to #5/6-Oregon), it was important for us to bounce back."
Against Oregon State, San Jose State's best scoring chance came in the fourth inning. Vanessa House doubled to right center and advanced to third. She was unable to reach home, however, after Devin Caldwell grounded out to second base.
The game remained scoreless and appeared headed into extra innings. With two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, Oregon State's Lea Cavestany belted a walk-off solo home run to end the game.
The Spartans out-hit the Beavers, 6-to-3. House led the team with two hits in three at-bats.
"We played very sound defense against Oregon State," Turner said. "Pridmore threw great, but they are a great team that hung around and just beat us."
Amanda Pridmore (3-2) pitched a complete game, recording three strike outs and one run on three hits. Said Turner, "She pitched well in both games today. I was pleased she had that much gas in the tank."
San Jose State heads to the Libby Matson Tournament in Las Vegas on Thursday, February 14, where they will open against UNLV at 6:45 p.m. (PST).