Softball Sweeps Roadrunners

Bakersfield, Calif.-Spartan pitcher Jennifer Ames felt the thrill of victory and saved the thrill of victory for her team as San Jose State won a wind-swept doubleheader at Cal State Bakersfield Friday afternoon, 3-1 and 3-1.

 

In conditions that could only be described as "miserable", with wind gusts up of at least 40 mph, Ames pitched a compete game in the first game of the day.  She held the Roadrunners to just four hits in the game as she allowed just one unearned run with three walks and two strikeouts.

 

"The conditions were miserable today with the winds blowing over 40 miles per hour," said Spartan head coach Peter Turner. "The wind was blowing in your face as a hitter and nothing was leaving the park today.  The ball was doing things today in the wind that I have never seen before including a ball hit over the pitcher yet gets blown out of play over my head."

 

Both teams were scoreless until the top of the sixth inning when San Jose State put a three-spot on the board.  With one out, Jessica Garcia doubled down the right field line.  After a foul out, Stephanie Ziemann and Breanna Lopez walked to load the bases.  Garcia and Ziemann then scored on a single by Annica Wolfe, and Lopez scored on an error by the Runner centerfielder.  That was all the scoring San Jose State needed in the first game.

 

The bats came a bit more alive in game two as both teams recorded seven hits.  Britney Helm started the game off with a double to right field and scored on a Lopez single to center field. 

 

The two teams were scoreless until the fourth inning when the Spartans scored two runs.  Alex Stange had an infield hit and was pinch run for by Lauren Shanks.  Ziemann reached on an error to move Shanks to second.  Shanks then scored on a Wolfe down the right field line, and Ziemann stole home on the next play.

 

Elyssa Fox pitched 6.1 innings in the second game to pick up her first win of the year.  She allowed just the one run and one walk.  Ames pitched the final two-thirds of an inning to record her second save of the year and her third of her career.

 

"Our pitchers were hitting their spots today and did a good job.  Jennifer pitched really fine the first game and did what she needed to do to win.  They both did a nice job hitting their spots and gave us pretty good pitching.

 

"We just need to need to learn how to not make mistakes in the last inning and to close out games when we have a chance.  We were making incredible plays today in those conditions."

 

San Jose State and Cal State Bakersfield are scheduled to play another doubleheader Saturday beginning at 12 p.m.  The Spartans also are scheduled to play Santa Clara Sunday at 12 p.m., at SJSU Field.  Be sure to check www.sjsuspartans.com or twitter.com/SJSUAthletics for the status of these games.

 

Non-Conference Games

San Jose State            3            Cal State Bakersfield            1

San Jose State                        000            0030            0            --            3            3            2

CSU Bakersfield            000            000            1            --            1            4            2

Ames and J. Garcia.  Rodriguez and Muro.  WP - Ames (2-2).  LP - Rodriguez (0-4).  2B - J. Garcia (SJS).  2 hits - Miller (CBS).  2 RBI - Wolfe (SJS).  Records - San Jose State 3-4; Cal State Bakersfield 0-6.

 

San Jose State            3            Cal State Bakersfield            1

San Jose State                        100            200            0            --            3            7            2

CSU Bakersfield            000            000            1            --            1            7            2

Fox, Ames (7) and J. Garcia.  Hoag, Walker (4) and Muro.  WP - Fox (1-2).  LP - Hoag (0-2).  Save - Ames (2).   2B - Helm (SJS); Petersen, Ricciardi (CSB).  2 hits - B. Lopez, Stange, Wolfe (SJS); Veiga, Ricciardi (CSB).  Records - San Jose State 4-4; Cal State Bakersfield 0-7.

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