Softball Looks To Maintain Momentum At Home

THIS WEEK:

Fri., Feb. 22

Fresno State SJSU Field

9:00 a.m.

Fri., Feb. 22

CSU Northridge

SJSU Field

11:15 a.m.

Sat., Feb. 23

Saint Mary's

SJSU Field

9:30 a.m.

Sun. Feb. 23

Idaho State

SJSU Field

12:15 p.m.

Sun. Feb. 24

St. John's (N.Y.) (DH)

SJSU Field

11:00 a.m.

(All times in PST)

SAN JOSE STATE:  After spending the first two weeks of its season on the road, the Spartans’ (5-7) next five games are at SJSU Field. At the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational on Friday and Saturday, the team faces Fresno State, CSU Northridge, Saint Mary’s and Idaho State. The Spartans have its first two home games of the season in a double header against St. John’s (N.Y.) on Sunday afternoon.

HEAD COACH: Peter Turner is in his seventh year at San Jose State with a 149-188 record.

LIVE STATS: Live stats for all of the games this week will be available on SJSUSpartans.com.

FRESNO STATE: Though the team began its season 6-1, the Bulldogs (6-6) cooled off at the Gaucho Classic, dropping all five games. In a team-best 44 at-bats,  Breanna Moss has a .341 batting average with a team-best eight RBI and three triples. Jillian Compton has spent the most time in the Bulldogs’ circle (45 innings pitched), posting a 3.58 ERA with18 strike outs. Trisha Ford is in her first season as the Bulldogs’ head coach.
CSU NORTHRIDGE: The Matadors (4-8) went 3-2 at the Stanford Nike Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., led by Mikayla Thielges, who batted .462 with two doubles, four RBIs and four walks. In the circle for a team-high 24.2 innings of work, Mia Pagano is 1-3 with a 5.39 ERA. Tairia Flowers is in her third season as the Matadors’ head coach.
SAINT MARY’S: The Gaels (1-6) earned its first win of the season in the backend of a double header against Sacramento State on Feb. 16, due in part to solid pitching by Lujane Mussadi. The freshman has the team’s lowest opponent batting average (.292) in 12 innings on the mound. Sarah Lira has made it to base the most on the team (13) and leads Saint Mary’s in batting average (.273), home runs (2) and RBI (4). Jessica Hanaseth-Rodgers is in her ninth season at the helm of the Gaels’ program.
IDAHO STATE: At the Easton Desert Classic, reigning Big Sky Player of the Week Amanda  Fitzsimmons hit .429 and led the Bengals (4-6) to a 2-3 record, including a 10-4 loss to San Jose State (2/17). Also the team’s most worked pitcher, she pitched 25.1 innnings and struck out 13, earning a 1-2 record in five games last week. Julie Wright is in her third season as the Bengals’ head coach. 
ST. JOHN’S: The Red Storm (2-5-1) comes in to Sunday’s double header  not having played since Feb. 16, when its game against St. Joseph’s was cut short due to wintry weather. Jackie Reed leads the team with a .400 batting average (10-for-25) and has a team-high six RBI, two homers and five doubles. Tori Free is St. John’s top pitcher, striking out 28 and posting a 1.24 ERA in 22.2 innings of work. In her seventh season is head coach Amy Kvilhaug.
SPARTANS SWEEP WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS: Markesha Collins was named Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Hitter of the Week and Allison Lang is the conference's Pitcher of the Week for February 4-10 after their performances at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., hosted by Arizona State. This is the first honor for both. 
Collins, a senior outfielder from Citrus Heights, Calif., led the Spartans to a 4-2 record at the Kajikawa Classic. She was 9-for-16 (.563) with a double, a home run, three RBI and three runs scored over the six games. Collins also posted three multi-hit games, stole two bases, and walked four times. 
Lang, a sophomore from Fountain Valley, Calif., threw a two-hit shutout in her only appearance of the week. In her first-career complete game, allowed just two hits with one walk in 6.0 innings of work. Lang also struck out three. Lang had a no-hitter through the first five and 2/3 innings and faced just three batters over the minimum.
SPARTANS VOTED SECOND-PLACE WAC FINISH: San Jose State was picked to finish second in the WAC, following a vote by the conference's softball coaches. The Spartans received one point less than projected WAC title-winners Texas State. After they were voted to finish tied for sixth in the WAC last preseason, San Jose State ended 2012 in fourth, the program's best conference finish in six years and its highest under head coach Peter Turner's tutelage.
TWO SPARTANS EARN PRESEASON HONOR: Pitcher Amanda Pridmore and outfielder Michelle Cox received a selection to the All-WAC Preseason Team. 
The Spartans' starting pitcher, Pridmore is only  second pitcher in school history to strikeout 200 or more batters in a season, when she recorded 201 strikeouts in 2012. Named to the All-WAC first and Tournament teams last season, she also became the San Jose State career saves leader in 2012 (10).
Cox was voted on the team after she earned a 2012 All-WAC second team spot. San Jose State's starting right fielder, Cox stole a WAC-best 26 bases and led her team with a .366 batting average, 60 hits, and 36 runs scored.
SPARTANS SEE LITTLE TURNOVER: Alongside All-WAC Preseason Team selections Cox and Pridmore, San Jose State’s lineup is bolstered by the return of 11 letterwinners, including  nine starters and two pitchers. Senior Markesha Collins had a team-high 40 runs scored and the Spartans’ third-best batting average, a .275 (42-for-153). Junior Jessica Garcia drove in the most runs on the team (38), and her nine doubles were the second-most on the team.
NEWCOMERS: Eleven newcomers are on the Spartans’ roster, including two redshirts and one junior. Sacramento State transfer Devin Caldwell highlights San Jose State’s newcomer list, as she joins the Spartans following her 2012 Pacific Coast Softball Conference’s (PCSC) all-Coastal Division Team honorable mention selection at second base.
PRIDMORE’S PLACE IN HISTORY: Starting pitcher Amanda Pridmore is listed in 10 San Jose State career lists and, in 2012, set the San Jose State saves record (10). The Modesto, Calif., native earned her 500th-career strike out on Feb. 17 against Idaho State, which is the second-highest amount. She is third in wins at 48, games started at 89 and appearances at 125, fourth in strikeouts per 9 innings at 7.14 and innings pitched at 631.1, fifth in complete games with 58, seventh in lowest career opponent batting average (.253), and is tied for ninth in shutouts at 8.
SPARTAN NOTES:  Devin Caldwell has eight starts on second base in 11 games for San Jose State. She is 5-for-22 on the season with four runs and three RBI. She had a season-high two hits against New Mexico (2/8). Her two runs against Idaho State (2/18) and two RBI against Hawai’i (2/15) were 2013 bests.
Markesha Collins has started every game for the Spartans as either an outfielder or designated hitter. She leads the team in hits (18), home runs (4), RBI (12), and total bases (32). She is in the midst of a six-game hit streak and drove in a career single-game high six RBI against Idaho State. Collins has five multi-hit games and has stolen two bases (against Oregon, 2/9). She was named the WAC Hitter of the Week for Feb. 4-10 after going 9-for-16 (.563) with a double, a home run, three RBI and three runs scored over the six games. 
Michelle Cox has started every game for the Spartans this season in either the outfield or at first base. Her four stolen bases are a team-high. She had a five-game hit streak 2/8-14. Her best game was against Cal Poly (2/10) when she had two runs and two hits on four at-bats with two stolen bases.
Sharon-Renae Estrada has played three games at second base, designated hitter, and first base. Her lone at bat of the season was against New Mexico (2/8) and she was hit by a pitch against Hawai’i (2/15).
Madison Fish has a 0-1 record in two starts and three appearances as a right-handed pitcher. Her best showing of the season came in her first start against CSU Northridge (2/8). She pitched 3.2 innings, striking out one, walking two and allowing two hits and tworuns, while posting a 2.45 ERA.
Cheryl Freitas has started seven games as either an infielder or designated hitter, and in two games was a pinch hitter. She drove in the most RBI on the team (5) at the Kajikawa Classic and was 6-for-13 (.462) with one home run in the CSU Northridge game (2/8), her best game of the season. She had a four-game hit streak (2/7-10) and three-game RBI streak (2/7-9). 
BranDee Garcia has started eight and played in 10 games for San Jose State’s shortstop. She had a season best two RBI with a double in two at-bats against New Mexico (2/8), and went 1-for-3 with one run versus Idaho State (2/17). 
Jessica Garcia has started every game as the Spartans’ catcher. She has seven hits on 34 at bats, and drew in two RBI against Portland State (2/7). She has two doubles on the season and has two multi-hit games.
Vanessa House has started every game this season for San Jose State in the outfield. She has the most runs (8) and doubles (3) on the team, and the Spartans’ second-best batting average (.441, 15-for-34). She has six multi-hit games. Her best game of the season was against Portland State (2/7), when she went 2-for-2 with three runs and one double.       Jessie Hufstetler has started eight-of-nine games played at first base or designated hitter for the Spartans. She is 9-for-25 with six runs and RBI, one double and two homers. Against Portland State (2/7), she had three runs, one double, was walked once and stole a base. In the Idaho State (2/17) game, she went 2-for-2 with two runs and RBI, and one home run.
Allison Lang has two starts with 11.2 innings pitched in the circle. She was named the WAC Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 4-10 after, in her first-career complete game against New Mexico (2/8), she posted a 0.00 ERA, allowing just two hits with one walk in 6.0 innings of work. Lang also struck out three. Against California (2/16), she had five strike outs. 
Alyssa Martinez has played in five games with two starts as a pinch runner or shortstop for the Spartans. Her best game of the season was against California (2/16), where she went 1-for-2 and was walked once. She had a season-high three at bats against Cal Poly (2/10). Dorothy Morentin has two starts as the Spartans’ catcher and an additional two appearances as a catcher or pinch runner. She had a season-high six put outs against California (2/16).
Briana Pontecorvo has five starts in seven games for San Jose State as pinch hitter, first baseman, and designated hitter. Against CSU Northridge (2/8), she drove in two runs with one double and against New Mexico (2/8), she walked twice and her one at bat yielded an RBI. She had a season-high three at bats twice, against Oregon State (2/10) and  California (2/16).
Amanda Pridmore has a 4-5 record, including seven  starts and six complete games, with a 5.26 ERA for San Jose State. Her 46 strikeouts are a WAC best and she struck out her 500th batter against Idaho State (2/18). In 49.2 innings pitched, she has allowed 50 hits and 31 runs while walking 20. Her best games of the season were against Utah Valley (2/15) when she retired 12 batters, and UNLV (2/14) when she  allowed two hits and struck out five. 
Taylor Purdy has started three games at third base or shortstop for the Spartans. Against CSU Northridge (2/8), she was 2-for-3 with one run and was walked. Versus Portland State (2/7), her one at bat yielded two runs, she was walked and stole a base
Jordan Sauceda has started one game in the circle  for San Jose State - against Cal Poly (2/10), and appeared in the Oregon (2/9) and Hawai’i (2/15) games. In 7.0 innings of work, she has three strike outs and allowed 17 hits and 15 runs while walking seven.
Nicole Schultz has eight starts in 11 games for the Spartans in either the outfield or as a pinch runner. She has gone 7-for-20 with four runs, one double and home run, and four RBI. Her best game of the season was against UCLA (2/16), where she went 2-for-3 with one home run and RBI.
Marissa Toy has been the Spartans’ pinch runner in four games, scoring two runs. She had one at bat against Hawai’i (2/15) when she played second base. Casey Watt has two at bats in six games for San Jose State as a pinch runner, pinch hitter, and designated hitter. She was hit by a pitch against Hawai’i (2/15).
Annica Wolfe has started 10 games this season for the Spartans at third base. She is 5-for-25 with one RBI and five walks. Against New Mexico (2/8), she went 2-for-4 and drove in one RBI. She had a three-game hit streak (2/15-2/16).
2013 WAC TOURNAMENT: The 2013 WAC Tournament takes place in Ruston, La., May 8-11. Hosted by Louisiana Tech, the conference’s top six teams advance to the double elimination  tournament.
UP NEXT: San Jose State heads to Stockton, Calif., for the Libby Matson Tournament, hosted by the University of the Pacific on March 1-3. The Spartans take on Nevada, Southern Utah and Pacific.