Softball At Louisville Slugger Desert Classic

This Week:
Fri. Feb. 17    Utah    Las Vegas, Nev.    9:00 a.m. PST
Fri., Feb. 17    Ohio State    Las Vegas, Nev.    1:30 p.m. PST
Sat., Feb. 18    #3 California    Las Vegas, Nev.    9:00 a.m. PST
Sat. Feb. 18    UC Riverside    Las Vegas, Nev.    1:30 p.m. PST
Sun., Feb. 19    Idaho State    Las Vegas, Nev.    11:15 a.m. PST

SPARTANS HEAD TO LAS VEGAS:  After going 1-4 last weekend at the Kajikawa Classic and facing four top-25 teams, the San Jose State softball team travels to Las Vegas this weekend to play in the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic hosted by UNLV.  The Spartans will be playing their games at Stephanie Lynn Craig Park, located in Henderson.  For the second consecutive week, San Jose State will face a number-one ranked team in the nation as the team plays California Saturday morning.

LIVE STATS:  If any games at the tournament will have live stats, a link will be available on SJSUSpartans.com under “Live Stats.”

ABOUT UTAH:  The Utes enter Friday’s game with a 2-2 record after playing at the Kajikawa Classic last weekend.  Head coach Amy Hogue is in her fifth season at the helm of the program. Katie Dickman lead the team in hitting at .455 with five hits, while Whitney Holm is hitting .364 with three home runs.  Pitcher Generra Nielson has a 1.84 ERA with a 2-1 record and 17 strikeouts.

ABOUT OHIO STATE:  The Buckeyes enter the weekend with a 2-3 overall record after competing at the Dot Richardson NTC Tournament in Florida.  Head coach Linda Kalafatis is in her 16th season at the helm of the program.  Vanessa Spears hit .538 with seven hits and a double, while Alicia Herron hit .400 with six hits including two triples and one home run.  In the circle, Mikayla Endicott has a 2.94 ERA in 16.2 innings pitched and 18 strikeouts. 

ABOUT #1/3 CALIFORNIA:  The Golden Bears enter the weekend with a 4-0 record and are ranked first in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll.  The team also got 10 first-place votes in the NFCA/USA Today poll where they are currently third.  Head coach Diane Ninemire is in her 25th year at the school.  Senior utility player Valeria Arioto had an impressive opening weekend, hitting .444 with a 1.444 slugging percentage and was named the Pacific-12 and USA Softball National Player of the Week.  Pitcher Jolene Henderson went 3-0 last week with 13 strikeouts.

ABOUT UC RIVERSIDE:  The Highlanders enter the tournament with a 1-4 record after playing at the Fresno State Classic last weekend.  Head coach Connie Miner is in her ninth year at the school.  Dionne Anderson hit .500 last weekend with six hits, while Kayla White hit .333 with six hits including a double, triple and home run.  Pitcher Amy Lwin went 1-1 with a 1.17 ERA and eight strikeouts.

ABOUT IDAHO STATE:  The Bengals begin the tourney with a 1-5 record.  Head coach Julie Wright is in her first year at the helm of the program.  Amanda Fitzsimmons was named the Pacific Coast Softball Conference Mountain Division Player of the Week after hitting .524 with three home runs last week at the Kajikawa Classic.  In the circle, she went 1-1 with 10 strikeouts and a 6.42 ERA. 

SPARTAN HEAD COACH:  Peter Turner is in his sixth year at San Jose State with a 122-164 coaching record.  He recorded his 100th career victory with a 2-1 win over New Mexico State on May 5, 2010.

TOUGH START TO THE SCHEDULE:  San Jose State will be tested in the first 10 games of the season as five of the team’s first 10 opponents are ranked in the top-25 of both national softball preseason polls. Last weekend, the team faced defending national champion Arizona State, Washington, Oregon and Texas A&M.  This week, the team faces #1/3 California to give the team a true test.  This is one of the toughest starts to the season San Jose State has had in the 27 years of the program.

MOVIN’ ON UP:  Pitchers Amanda Pridmore and Jennifer Ames moved up the San Jose State career strikeout leaders list last weekend.  With six strikeouts against Arizona State, Pridmore moved into fourth all-time in strikeouts at San Jose State and enters the weekend with 281.  She would need 95 strikeouts to move into third place.
    Ames moved into 10th all-time, passing former Spartan Elyssa Fox.  Ames now has 152 strikeouts in her career and needs 20 to move into ninth place.

SJSU CAREER STRIKEOUTS
  1.    644    Carol Forbes    2002-05
  2.    455    Sabrina Quintero    1997-01
  3.    376    Corina Lilly    1994-98
  4.    281    Amanda Pridmore    2009-C
  5.    258    Roxanne Bejarano    2007-08
  6.    223    Deanna Mauer    2008-09
  7.    192    Kelli McCollister    2003-04
  8.    191    Gale Dean    1986-89
  9.    172    Lisa Wehren    1990-93
 10.    152    Jennifer Ames    2008-C

SJSU CAREER LEADERS:  Pitchers Amanda Pridmore and Jennifer Ames rank among the best Spartan pitchers in 10 categories.  Pridmore ranks in nine categories, while Ames is listed in four categories.  A compete list is found on page 5.

2012 WAC TOURNAMENT:  The 2012 WAC Tournament will be played May 9-12, in Las Cruces, N.M., as New Mexico State plays host.  The top six teams in the conference advance to the double elimination tournament. 

SPARTAN NOTES - HITTERS:  Jessica Garcia leads the team with a .429 batting average.  She enters the weekend with a five-game hitting streak and had two hits against Texas A&M.  She scored three runs, recorded three RBI and hit a home run against Cal Poly.  She was a true utility player last weekend, starting at catcher, second base and short stop. 

Michelle Cox is second on the team in hitting with a .286 average and is a starting outfielder.  She recorded two hits in games against Washington and Cal Poly.  She scored four times, walked twice and stole two base in the Cal Poly game.  Cox also stole a base against Oregon.  She also drove in runs against Washington and Cal Poly.

Annica Wolfe hit .250 last week with three hits and four RBI.  She started all five games at third base.  Against Cal Poly, Wolfe drove in four runs and had a double.  She added hits against Washington and Oregon and added a sacrifice versus Texas A&M. 

Markesha Collins started four games last week, three in the outfield and one at designated player.  She had hits against Washington and Texas A&M and drove in two runs against Washington.  Her only stolen base of the season came against Arizona State.

Cheryl Freitas played in three games, starting one as the designated player.  She had a hit against Washington in a pinch hit role.

Breanna Lopez was the team’s designated player in three games last week.  She recorded hits against Oregon and Texas A&M.

Alex Stange started all five games at first base.  She had hits against Cal Poly and Oregon.  She drove in four RBI and had a home run against Cal Poly.  Stange added a double against Oregon.

Britney Helm started all five games last week in the outfield.  She had two hits and scored three runs against Cal Poly.  Helm also drew three walks in the five games.

BranDee Garcia started four of her five games played at second base.  She drew a walk against Cal Poly.

Jacqueline Zepeda started four games at short stop.  She drew walks in three games.

Vanessa House played in three games, starting two in the outfield.  She scored a run and drew a walk against Washington.

Amanda Schatz played in three games last week, starting twice at catcher.  She scored a run and drew two walks against Cal Poly.  Schatz also had a walk against Washington.

Dorothy Morentin came into three games last week at catcher. She had plate appearances against Washington and Oregon.

Sharon-Renae Estrada made her Spartan debut against Washington in a pinch hit role.  She scored a run as she was hit by a pitch in her first plate appearance. 

Kailey Mertz saw action in three games last week.  She scored runs against Washington and Cal Poly, and stole a bas against Washington.

Stephanie Ziemann was an outfield substitute against Arizona State and Cal Poly.

Nicole Schultz made her Spartan debut as a pinch hitter against Cal Poly and also played against Oregon.  She hit a sacrifice fly against Cal Poly to drive in her first RBI.

Lauren Shanks pinch ran in four games.  She had a stolen base against Cal Poly.

SPARTAN PITCHING STAFF:  Amanda Pridmore returned to the circle last weekend at the Kajikawa Classic after missing the 2011 season with a knee injury.  She pitched three complete games.  Pridmore struck out 27 batters in the three games and tied her career high with 11 strikeouts against Cal Poly.  She followed that performance up the next day with 10 strikeouts against Texas A&M.  Pridmore has a 1-2 record in 18.2 innings pitched and a 3.00 ERA. 
Six or More Strikeouts This Season
11    vs. Cal Poly (Feb. 10) W, 15-3
10    vs. Texas A&M (Feb. 11) L, 1-2
  6    at #1 Arizona State (Feb. 9) L, 0-4

Jennifer Ames started in two games last weekend and has an 0-2 record with a 9.55 ERA.  She struck out four batters in 7.1 innings pitched. 

Allison Lang pitched in relief in two games last week.  She pitched 4.2 innings and struck out two batters.

UP NEXT:  The Spartans open the home portion of the schedule next week with five games.  The team hosts Sacramento State on Wednesday, February 22, in a single game at 2:30 p.m.  San Jose State then hosts doubleheaders against Cal State Bakersfield on Friday, February 24, and Saturday February 25.  Both days begin at 12 p.m.  All games will be played at SJSU Field, located on the corner of Senter and Alma Streets, across the street from Municipal Stadium.