Softball Wins Home Opener, 5-4

San Jose-Vanessa House's home run in the bottom of the fourth inning proved to be the key run for the San Jose State softball team as the Spartans held off a seventh-inning rally by Sacramento State to win 5-4 Wednesday afternoon at SJSU Field.

House, making her SJSU Field debut, led off the fourth inning with her second home run of the season, a shot to left center field on a full count.  She also had a double to left center to help start the Spartan three-run second inning.  House finished the day 2-for-3 from the plate with two runs scored.

"I got really lucky on the home run," said House. "It was a changeup that I reached for.  Coach tells me not to reach for it, but I just told myself to see the ball and hit the ball.  I didn't see it go over the fence.  I am really excited to be here and want to contribute to this team any way I can."

Leading 5-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, Sacramento State loaded the bases and scored one run with one out.  Jennifer Ames came in relief of starter Amanda Pridmore in the circle, but got just the one out before two singles narrowed the Spartan lead to 5-4.  Pridmore then reentered the game and got the final Hornet batter to strike out, leaving the bases loaded. 

"We didn't pitch, hit or play defense as we normally have," said Spartan head coach Peter Turner.  " We found a way to win which is important.  Vanessa had some key timely hits for us today.  Sacramento State is a good team that beat Fresno State, so we knew we would have a test.

"I tell the team that no lead is safe. I have lost many of these games.   Hopefully we have learned a lesson that we need to close games, make big plays and get out of those innings."

After Sacramento State scored in the top of the first inning, San Jose State looked like they were going to leave the bases loaded in the bottom of the inning.  However, an illegal pitch called on the Hornet pitcher allowed Jessica Garcia to score from third base and prolong the inning.

The Spartans then broke the game open in the second inning with three runs on just two hits and an error.  With one out, Amanda Schatz was hit by a pitch and advanced to third on House's double to left center.  Markesha Collins drew a walk bringing Michelle Cox to the plate.  Cox then singled up the middle to score Schatz, and House scored on a throwing error.  Collins then scored on a Jessica Garcia sacrifice fly to give San Jose State the 4-1 lead.

San Jose State continues at home this weekend with doubleheaders against Cal State Bakersfield this Friday, February 24 and Saturday, February 25.  Games both days begin at 12 p.m., at SJSU Field, located on the corner of Alma and Senter Streets.


Non-Conference Game

SJSU Field


San Jose State            5            Sacramento State            4

Sacramento State            100            000            3            --            4            8            1

San Jose State                        130            100            x            --            5            4            2

Brooks, Stroud (2) and Navarro.  Pridmore, Ames (7), Pridmore (7) and Schatz and Morentin.  WP - Pridmore (3-4).  LP - Brooks (1-2).  HR - House (SJS).  2B - House (SJS).  2 hits - Kaufman, Nakken (SS); House (SJS).  Records - Sacramento State 4-2; San Jose State 4-7.

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