Softball Opens Home Schedule With Five Games

This Week:
Wed., Feb. 22    Sacramento State    SJSU Field    2:30 p.m. PST
Fri. Feb. 24    CSU Bakersfield (DH)    SJSU Field    12:00 p.m. PST
Sat., Feb. 25    CSU Bakersfield (DH)    SJSU Field    12:00 p.m. PST

SPARTANS OPEN HOME SCHEDULE:  After playing the first 10 games away from home, San Jose State opens the home portion of the schedule with five home games this week.  The team hosts Sacramento State Wednesday afternoon for a single before playing doubleheaders against CSU Bakersfield on Friday and Saturday.  All games are played at SJSU Field, located on the corner of Alma and Senter Streets.

LIVE STATS:  All games this week will have live stats available on the San Jose State web site at www.sjsuspartans.com, under “Live Stats.”

ABOUT SACRAMENTO STATE:  The Hornets enter Wednesday’s game with a 4-1 overall record.  The team played all five games at the Fresno State Kickoff Tournament where they beat UC Riverside (twice), Fresno State and North Dakota State and lost to Long Beach State.  Head coach Kathy Strahan is in her 20th season at the school.  Sophomore Devin Caldwell leads the team in hitting with a .400 batting average.  Sophomore pitcher Taylor Stroud has a 3-0 record with a 0.37 ERA and six strikeouts.

ABOUT CSU BAKERSFIELD:  The Roadrunners enter the weekend with a 2-5 record after splitting a doubleheader with Cal State Fullerton this past Friday night.      Head coach Crissy Buck is in her first year at the school after spending the past nine years as an assistant at Oregon State.  Junior Laura King leads the team with a .400 batting average and 10 hits.  Pitcher Sarah Hoage has a 1-5 record with a 5.04 ERA and 21 strikeouts.

SPARTAN HEAD COACH:  Peter Turner is in his sixth year at San Jose State with a 124-167 coaching record.  He recorded his 100th career victory with a 2-1 win over New Mexico State on May 5, 2010.

HITS RECORD SET:  The Spartans broke one of the oldest school records on the books with 20 hits against Idaho State on February 19. The 20 hits broke the record of 18 set against Oregon on March 26, 1986.  In the game against Idaho State, seven players recorded multiple hits led by Michelle Cox was 4-for-5 from the plate.  Markesha Collins and Vanessa House each had three hits including a three-run home run for House.  Four other had two hits - Jessica Garcia, Annica Wolfe, Alex Stange and Nicole Schultz.

HOME, SWEET HOME:  After playing 10 games away from the Bay Area, San Jose State will play 13 of its next 14 games at SJSU Field and 17 of its next 18 in the Bay Area.  The only game outside of the area will be a single game at Sacramento State on Tuesday, February 28.  Otherwise the team will play on its home field or at the Stanford Louisville Slugger Classic

TOUGH START TO THE SCHEDULE:  San Jose State was tested in the first 10 games of the season as five of the team’s first 10 opponents were ranked in the top-25 of both national softball preseason polls. At the Kajikawa Classic, the team faced defending national champion Arizona State, Washington, Oregon and Texas A&M.  Last weekend, the team faced #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 are both listed on the San Jose State career strikeouts top-10.  Pridmore moved into fourth all-time in the first game of the season and begins the week with 295, needing 81 to move into third place.  Ames moved into 10th all-time at the first tournament of the year, passing former Spartan Elyssa Fox.  Ames has 160 strikeouts in her career and needs 12 to move into ninth.

SJSU CAREER STRIKEOUTS
  1.    644    Carol Forbes    2002-05
  2.    455    Sabrina Quintero    1997-01
  3.    376    Corina Lilly    1994-98
  4.    295    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.    160    Jennifer Ames    2008-C

COX TIES SJSU RECORD IN 3rd GAME PLAYED:
  In just her third game in a Spartan uniform, freshman Michelle Cox tied the San Jose State game record for runs scored with four against Cal Poly.  She tied the record set by former Spartan Courtney Lewis against Louisiana Tech on May 14, 2005.  Cox leads the team with seven runs scored.

SJSU CAREER LEADERS:  Pitchers Amanda Pridmore and Jennifer Ames rank among the best Spartan pitchers in 11 categories.  Pridmore ranks in 10 categories, while Ames is listed in five categories.  A compete list is found on page 5.

STANGE NOW AMONG CAREER FIELDING LEADERS:  Senior Alex Stange is now among the top-10 fielders in San Jose State history.  She starts the week with a .982 fielding percentage, good for eighth all-time.  Stange has 508 putouts, 39 assists and just 10 errors in her three-plus years.  She is also tied for eighth in double plays turned (since 2000) with 23.  Joining Stange on the list is BranDee Garcia who is tied for 10th with 15 double plays turned.

DEANNA MAUER SUPER SERIES:  The Spartans will host Southern Utah and Santa Clara as part of the Deanna Mauer Super Series, March 2-4, at SJSU Field.  The tournament is named in honor of former player Deanna Mauer who died in a car crash in Southern California in April of 2011.  Mauer pitched at San Jose State for the 2008 and 2009 seasons.  She holds the San Jose State single-game strikeout record with 15 against Saint Mary’s in 2008.  She is sixth all-time in strikeouts with 223.

MAUER PATIO DEDICATION:  In conjunction with the Deanna Mauer Super Series, a patio dedication will take place to honor Mauer permanently at SJSU Field on Saturday, March 3.  The cobblestone addition accents the left field viewing area with a beautiful 20x30 patio deck.   


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. 

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