Softball Sweeps Fresno State, CSU Northridge

San Jose, Calif. - San Jose State softball swept the first day of the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational at SJSU Field, with a 5-2 win over Fresno State and a 5-0 shutout of CSU Northridge.

"I have always told the kids to play two-thirds of the game well: hitting, pitching and defense," head coach Peter Turner said. "I do not care which two-thirds you play well. If you do that, you will win more than you lose. Today, we had good pitching, great defense and got some timely hitting. That is why we won both games."

After the Bulldogs (7-7) opened with two runs in the first, the Spartans (6-7) answered back in the bottom of the second. Markesha Collins, who has the second-most home runs in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), blasted a three-run homer to right field, scoring Devin Caldwell and Annica Wolfe, and giving San Jose State the 3-2 lead.

"This team has great character when it is down," Turner said. "They understand that the game is seven innings and do not panic. That is the sign of a veteran club and a club that believes in its ability."

San Jose State tacked on another two runs in the fourth for the 5-2 victory.

In 5.1 innings in the circle, Madison Fish (1-1) struck out two and allowed three hits and two runs. Amanda Pridmore earned her 11th-career save, striking out two in 1.2 innings.

Against CSU Northridge (4-9), Jessie Hufstetler's bases-clearing double in the first gave San Jose State the early 3-0 lead. With Collins and Cheryl Freitas both walking and Michelle Cox singling to left field, Hufstetler's shot to right center was good for three RBI.

San Jose State (7-7) built upon the three-run differential in the fifth inning. Cox's first triple of the season drove in BranDee Garcia, after she walked and stole second base. Freitas then plated Cox with her first double of the season to center field for the final 5-0 score.

Allison Lang (2-1) pitched her second career shutout for San Jose State. In seven innings, she allowed three hits with one strikeout. The sophomore has a team-leading 2.89 ERA.

"Lang has been throwing a lot of zeros for us," Turner said. "She found ways to get outs, and our defense made outstanding plays to keep us in the game.

On the day, Collins went 4-for-7 with two runs, three RBI and one home run. Cox was 2-for-7 with three runs, two RBI, a triple and one stolen base. Said Turner, "Today, we had timely hitting, and that is what we were missing in the last two weeks."

The Spartans' second day of the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational is tomorrow, February 23, and includes a 9:30 a.m. game against Saint Mary's and a 12:15 p.m. game against Idaho State. It will be San Jose State's second game against the Bengals in a week. All San Jose State games in this tournament are played at SJSU Field. 

Fresno State

San Jose State 5, Fresno State 2 (Feb 22, 2013 at San Jose, Calif.)

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Fresno State........ 200 000 0 -  2  3  1      (7-7)

San Jose State...... 030 200 X -  5  8  2      (6-7)

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Pitchers: Fresno State - COMPTON, Jillian; HARRIS, Hannah(4) and GUMZ, Paige. San Jose State -

Fish, Madison; Pridmore, Amanda(6) and Garcia, Jessica.

Win-Fish, Madison(1-1)  Save-Pridmore, Amanda(1)  Loss-COMPTON, Jillian(4-4)  T-1:27  A-94

HR SJSU - Collins, Markesha.


CSU Northridge

San Jose State 5, Cal State Northridge 0 (Feb 22, 2013 at San Jose, Calif.)

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Cal State Northridge 000 000 0 -  0  3  0      (4-9)

San Jose State...... 300 020 X -  5  4  1      (7-7)

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Pitchers: Cal State Northridge - Maas, Crystal and Thielges, Mikayla. San Jose State -

Lang, Allison and Garcia, Jessica.

Win-Lang, Allison(2-1)  Loss-Maas, Crystal(1-1)  T-1:40  A-104