Softball Back On Track - 10-4 Win Over Idaho State

Las Vegas, Nev. - San Jose State softball avoided a winless record at the Easton Desert Classic, hosted by UNLV, in decisive fashion, putting up 12 hits in a 10-4 win over Idaho State.

"We could have been 4-2 in this tournament," Spartans' head coach Peter Turner said. San Jose State lost to three top-25 teams before the win over Idaho State. "Sometimes when you play well, you do not win and in my heart of hearts, I know how well we played against great competition." 

The Spartans' top performer at the Easton Desert Classic, Markesha Collins (9-for-21, three home runs, nine RBI), put San Jose State (5-7) on the scoreboard first with a three-run homer in the bottom of the second. Jessica Garcia led off with a single through the left side and advanced to third after BranDee Garcia reached on a fielder's choice. With two outs, Collins' blast to left center was her fourth of the season.

In the third inning, RBI singles by Jessie Hufstetler and Collins, in addition to two Bengals' errors and a passed ball that scored pinch runner Marissa Toy resulted in four runs and gave the Spartans a 7-0 lead.

However, the Bengals (4-6) were determined not to go down without a fight. Vicky Galasso sparked Idaho State's offense with a lead-off home run to left center in the fourth. Hailey Breakwell then knocked a two-run homer to center field, making the score, 7-3.

The Spartans answered back in the bottom of the inning. With two outs, Jessie Hufstetler came through with her second home run in as many games.

In the fifth, San Jose State's seven-run lead was restored at 10-3. With Caldwell and Nicole Schultz on second and third base, respectively, after each singled, Collins doubled to left center for two more RBI.

Idaho State's Maddy Hickman hit a homer in the sixth inning that was the game's final run. 

Collins was 3-for-3 with a walk for a single-game career-best six RBI. The Spartans' designated hitter was two batters away from the opportunity to go for the cycle. House went 2-for-3, and Hufstetler was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI. Every starter reached base either with a base hit or a walk.

In the circle for San Jose State, Amanda Pridmore (4-5) pitched her sixth complete game striking out seven, but yielded nine hits.

"I am walking away from this tournament with a lot more positives than negatives," Turner said, "and I was especially happy with (Allison) Lang's performance yesterday (against Utah Valley)."

San Jose State's home opener is on Tuesday, February 19, at 2:30 p.m. against Sacramento State. 

“Against Sacramento State," said Turner, "we need to do what we are doing, which includes making them earn runs, cut down on mistakes and move the ball like we are doing.

"I am pleased with where the team is and how things are going.”

 


San Jose State 10, Idaho State 4 (Feb 17, 2013 at Las Vegas, Nev.)

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Idaho State......... 000 301 0 -  4  9  2      (4-6)

San Jose State......034 120 X - 10 12  1    (5-7)

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Pitchers:
Idaho State - Fitzsimmons; Foster(4); Valdez(6) and Galasso; Blackwell.
San Jose State - Pridmore, Amanda and Garcia, Jessica.
Win-Pridmore, Amanda(4-5)  Loss- Fitzsimmons (2-5)  

ISU - Galasso; Hickman; Breakwell.HR
SJSU - Collins, Markesha; Hufstetler, Jessie

Fitzsimmons faced 3 batters in the 3rd.