Softball Sweeps Doubleheader, Sets Record

San Jose-Pitcher Amanda Pridmore picked up two wins on Saturday and the Spartan bats came alive to break a school record as the San Jose State softball team swept a pair of non-conference games from CSU Bakersfield, 9-1 in five innings and 6-3, at SJSU Field.

Pridmore pitched a complete game in her first victory of the day.  She held the Roadrunners to just one run and four hits in five innings pitched and struck out four.  Her second win came in four innings of relief as she allowed just two hits and struck out three.

"I like when the pressure is on me," said Pridmore.  "I was really pumped coming into the second game. If it was not for my team being behind me, we would not have won.  Our bats came alive today, and our defense played well enough to get us the wins."

In the first game, San Jose State broke the single-game school record for doubles in a game with six, breaking the record of five set in seven games. Amanda Schatz hit two doubles, while Alex Stange, BranDee Garcia, Nicole Schultz and Vanessa House each contributed to the record.  Schatz and Stange each drove in three runs in the game. 

"It felt really good to come in and get hits for the team," said Schatz. "I was seeing the ball really well.  Today we were focused on getting solid contact at the plate."

San Jose State took advantage of early situations in game one to take an early lead.  The Spartans scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning on just one hit as Markesha Collins scored on a bases-loaded walk to Schatz, and Michelle Cox scored on a Stange sacrifice fly.  BranDee Garcia doubled to right to score Annica Wolfe.

The team added four runs in a second inning that featured doubles by House and Schatz, and put the game away with two runs in the fourth inning off a Stange double to left center.

Game two found the Spartan pitcher Allison Lang making her first collegiate start in the circle.  She pitched the first 2.2 innings, allowing seven hits and three runs, two earned, walked two and striking out one in 16 batters faced.  Jennifer Ames then came in and pitched just one-third of an inning, walking one and striking out one.  Pridmore then pitched the final four innings.

"We were fortunate to win the second game," said Turner.  "We did not make a lot of mistakes.  It is hard to play defense when you pitchers are throwing balls.  Our second and third pitchers need to be better.  This team plays with a lot of confidence when Pridmore is pitching.  The other pitchers need to gain that confidence by performing on the field.  I have all the confidence that they will."

San Jose State did record eight hits in the second game including home runs from Collins and Wolfe.  Wolfe and Jessica Garcia each had two hits in the game, and the first six hitters in the lineup had at least one hit.

San Jose State plays a single game this Tuesday, February 28, at Sacramento State beginning at 2:30 p.m.  The team then returns home for the Deanna Mauer Super Series March 2-4 at SJSU Field.  The Spartan will play Southern Utah in a doubleheader on Friday, March 2, beginning at noon, followed by games on Saturday and Sunday against Southern Utah and Santa Clara.


SJSU Field

San Jose State                        9            CSU Bakersfield            1            5 innings

CSU Bakersfield            010            00            --            1            4            2

San Jose State                        340            2x            --            9            7            0

Hiller, DeSiliva (2) and Carter.  Pridmore and J. Garcia.  WP - Pridmore (5-4).  LP - Hiller (0-1).  2B - Schatz 2, Stange, B. Garcia, Schultz, House (SJS).  2 hits - King (B); Schatz (SJS).  3 RBI - Schatz, Stange (SJS).  Records - CSU Bakersfield 3-7; San Jose State 6-8.

San Jose State            6            CSU Bakersfield            3

CSU Bakersfield            111            000            0            --            3            9            3

San Jose State                        302            100            x            --            6            8            1

Hoag and Carter.  Lang, Ames (3), Pridmore (4) and Morentin and J. Garcia.  WP -Pridmore (5-4).  LP - Hoag 2-7.  HR - Collins, Wolfe (SJS).  2 hits - Veiga, King, Ricciardi (B); J. Garcia, Wolfe (SJS).  2 RBI - Smith (B); Wolfe (SJS).  Records - CSU Bakersfield 3-8; San Jose State 7-8.

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