Softball Wins 3-2 Over Ole Miss In Season Opener

Tempe, Ariz.-Pitcher Jennifer Ames allowed just one earned run and helped her defensively with seven assists Thursday night as the San Jose State softball team started the 2011 season with a 3-2 win over Ole Miss at the Kajikawa Classic.

Ames allowed eight hits in her seven innings pitched.  She allowed two runs, one earned, struck out three and walked just one of her 29 batters faced Thursday night.  She also contributed with her fielding in the game as Ames had one putout and seven of the team's 16 assists on the night.

"Jen threw a remarkably well game even though she had a bit of a rough patch in the fourth inning," said Spartan head coach Peter Turner.  "She had a great change ball tonight and had command of her split pitches.  They really only had two hard-hit balls.  Jen also did a good job fielding tonight and did not allow many balls to the outfield."

San Jose State started the game with three straight walks to Markesha Collins, Alex Stange and Cheryl Freitas.  Collins scored on a Breanna Lopez groundout, and Stange then scored as Jessica Garcia recorded her first collegiate hit with a single to left centerfield.

Ole Miss responded with a run in the bottom of the first inning.  But Ames immediately got the final out of the inning after the Lady Rebel run scored.

BranDee Garcia made her first hit a memorable one as she led off the fourth inning with a home run to left field.  She now has four home runs in her Spartan career.

The Spartan entered the season knowing they had to replace many of their position players from last season.  Of the eight field players starting Thursday night, seven of them were freshmen and sophomores.  Three made their Spartan debut - Jessica Garcia at catcher, Annica Wolfe at third base and Britney Helm in center field. 

"We played really well with just one junior (Alex Stange) starting in the infield tonight," said Turner.  "This was the first time many of them were playing in a starting role here.  It was nice to see them go out to an early lead and make great plays to hang on to the lead.

"Our infield played good tonight, and our outfield really didn't have much work during the game.  I am really happy with Jessica in her first game at catcher.  She threw out one of their fastest players trying to steal by a good six feet."

San Jose State continues at the Kajikawa Classic Friday with games against Cal State Northridge at 8:30 a.m. PST, and Nebraska at 1:30 p.m. PST.

Kajikawa Classic

Tempe, Ariz.

San Jose State           3          Ole Miss         2

San Jose State              200      100      0          --         3          5          1

Ole Miss                      100      100      0          --         2          8          1

Ames and J. Garcia.  Bruning and Nolan.  WP - Ames (1-0, 3K, 1 ER).  LP - Bruning (0-1).  HR - B. Garcia (SJS).  2B - Freitas (SJS).  3 hits - Broome (M). 2 hits - Overbeck (M).  Records - San Jose State 1-0; Ole Miss 0-2.

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