Softball Splits Doubleheader With St. John's

San Jose, Calif. - Amanda Pridmore had a career-high 13 strikeouts in game one as San Jose State softball split a doubleheader against St. John's (NY) on Sunday, February 24, at SJSU Field. San Jose State won the first game, 3-1, behind Pridmore, while the Red Storm took the second game, 7-3.

The loss ends the Spartans' longest winning streak of the season at six, during which time they averaged 8.5 hits per game.

"Winning five games over the weekend and now being two games over .500 is a good thing," head coach Peter Turner said. "Excluding the last game today, I was happy with our overall performance, and I walk away from this weekend knowing that we are a good ball club, but we need to get better."

After Pridmore gave up a run in the first, she allowed just two hits and one walk, while striking out 11 of her 13 batters in the final six innings. Her 13 strikeouts tied a personal-best, and it was the fifth time this season she allowed four or fewer hits.

Trailing 1-0 going in to the bottom of the sixth, Jessica Garcia put San Jose State ahead with her first home run of the season, a line drive two-run homer to the right of the center field scoreboard. The Spartans added on to its lead when Markesha Collins singled in BranDee Garcia with two outs for the 3-1 lead.

Pridmore retired all three batters in the seventh inning for the 3-1 win.

"Pridmore threw very well," Turner said. "I was happy with how both Pridmore and Lang threw the ball this weekend."

San Jose State took the early lead in the second game against St. John's. Devin Caldwell led off with a single up the middle. After Michelle Cox walked and House reached on a fielder's choice, Caldwell got the game's first run on a wild pitch by starter pitcher Ashley Beza.

The Red Storm knotted the score during its next at bat, and a three-run third put St. John's up, 4-1.

But House cut the Red Storm's lead to one in the fifth inning. With Cox on first due to an error by third baseman Jackie Reed, House belted her fourth extra base hit of the weekend with a double to center field that bounced off the back fence, giving Cox all she needed to round home plate. After she stole third, House scored on a wild pitch by Francesca Carrullo, making the score 4-3.

However, a bases-clearing double in the sixth sealed St. John's victory and gave them the 7-3 final score.

"In the last game," Turner said, "we did not play any facet of the game well. Defensively, we broke down. Offensively, we did not move the ball. Pitching-wise, we did not throw as well as we are capable of."

Starting pitcher Madison Fish (1-2) saw 2.2 innings of work and allowed five hits and four runs. Lang and Pridmore relieved Fish, allowing three runs on three hits.  

San Jose State head to Stockton, Calif., on Friday, March 1, for the Libby Matson Tournament, hosted by University of the Pacific. The Spartans face Nevada and Southern Utah on Friday, and Pacific on Saturday. 

Game One
San Jose State 3, St. John's 1 (Feb 24, 2013 at San Jose, Calif.) (Game 1) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- St. John's.......... 100 000 0 -  1  4  0      (2-6-1) San Jose State...... 000 003 X -  3  8  1      (10-7) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Pitchers: St. John's - FREE, Tori and MARCELINO, Dominique. San Jose State - Pridmore, Amanda and Garcia, Jessica. Win-Pridmore, Amanda(6-5)  Loss-FREE, Tori(0-4)  T-1:37  A-185 HR SJSU - Garcia, Jessica (1). Weather: Clear and mid 60s
Game Two
St. John's 7, San Jose State 3 (Feb 24, 2013 at San Jose, Calif.) (Game 2) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- St. John's.......... 013 003 0 -  7  8  1      (3-6-1) San Jose State...... 100 020 0 -  3  4  0      (10-8) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Pitchers: St. John's - BEZA, Ashley; LINK, Aleshia(1); CARRULLO, Francesca(5); FREE, Tori(6) and MARCELINO, Dominique; BURNER, Erin. San Jose State - Fish, Madison; Lang, Allison(3); Pridmore, Amanda(6) and Garcia, Jessica. Win-LINK, Aleshia(1-0)  Loss-Fish, Madison(1-2)  T-2:05  A-185 CARRULLO, F. faced 1 batter in the 6th.