Softball Drops Two At Easton Desert Classic

Henderson, Nev. - Despite an early three-run lead against #20/23 Hawai'i and a 12 strikeout performance by Amanda Pridmore versus Utah Valley, San Jose State softball dropped both games, 22-3 in five innings and 4-1, respectively, at the Easton Desert Classic, hosted by UNLV.

Versus Utah Valley, Amanda Pridmore struck out a season-high 12 batters. But with just five hits, the Spartans' bat was unable to come through for them. 

The game was scoreless until the fourth inning, when Debra Lovell belted a two-run homer to left field. But in the bottom of the inning, the Spartans cut the Wolverines' lead in half. Vanessa House reached on a fielder's choice and was able to score as a result of a throwing error by Utah Valley pitcher Taylor Mills.

In the fifth inning, a home run down the left field line by Jasmyne Cortinas gave the Wolverines' its second two-run lead of the game.

San Jose State's best scoring chance of the game following House's run came in the bottom of the fifth. BranDee Garcia reached on a fielder's choice and when Utah Valley center fielder Marie Williams dropped a fly ball, Collins ran to second, allowing Garcia to advance to third. But back-to-back ground outs by Utah Valley cut San Jose State's chance short.

The Spartans led off their game against Hawai'i in promising fashion, with a Markesha Collins home run to center field. Devin Caldwell's based-loaded single drove in two more runs, giving San Jose State a 3-0 lead heading in to the Rainbow Wahine's first at-bat.

#20/23 Hawai'i was not to be outdone, however, and answered with two home runs, driving in four. Another 18 unanswered runs, including five homers, put the game away.

On the day, Jessie Hufstetler led the Spartans' at the plate, going 2-for-2 in both games. Collins went 2-for-7 with one run.

The Spartans continue its grueling schedule at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic when the team faces #19/18 UCLA at 9:30 a.m. and #9/8 California at 1:30 p.m.