Softball Travels To Stockton This Weekend

THIS WEEK: Libby Matson Tournament, Stockton, Calif.

March 1

Nevada

10:00 a.m.

March 1

Southern Utah

12:15 p.m.

March 2

Pacific

12:15 p.m.

March 2

TBA

2:30 p.m./4:45 p.m.

March 3

TBA

10:00 a.m./12:15 p.m.

(All times in PST)

SAN JOSE STATE:  The Spartans (10-8) head to Stockton, Calif., on Friday, March 1, for the Libby Matson Tournament, hosted by the University of the Pacific. The team faces Nevada and Southern Utah on Friday, and Pacific on Saturday. Depending on the Spartans' record at the tournament, the team either plays at 2:30 p.m. or 4:45 p.m. on Saturday. On Sunday, the consolation game is at 10:00 a.m. and the championship game is at 12:15 p.m.

San Jose State enjoyed an undefeated two days in the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational, outscoring its opponent 29-5 and finishing its final two games in five innings, the first time the team has accomplished the feat since 2010. But the Spartans saw its longest win streak of the season (six games) end in the second game of a double header against St. John's.

LIVE STATS: Live stats for all of the games this week will be available on SJSUSpartans.com.

NEVADA: The Wolfpack (7-8) went 2-3 at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic last weekend (Feb. 22-24) with an extra-inning loss to Oregon State and a five-inning defeat at the hands of #13-UCLA. Erin Jones is the team's top hitter, going 23-for-48 (.479) with a team-leading 19 RBI and nine doubles. Kerlyn Jones is Nevada's most-worked pitcher (43.0 innings), posting a 3.09 ERA and retiring 42 batters in eight appearances. Matt Meuchel is in his fifth season as Nevada's head coach.

SOUTHERN UTAH: The Thunderbirds (2-8) will look to come back from its week off after a 1-4 record at the Hillebrand Invitational (Feb. 15-17). Kelsey Bryant is the team's leader at the plate (13-for-32) with eight RBI, four doubles and one home run. Ariel Zimmerman's 32.1 innings in the circle are the most for Southern Utah, during which time she has 27 strikeouts, allowing 48 hits and 33 runs. Head coach Kyle Magnusson is in his third season.

PACIFIC: The Tigers (9-4) are coming off a 3-2 NFCA Leadoff Classic, led by Melanie Habib. She posted a .429 average with a team-best six hits and seven RBI while scoring two runs, and is one of seven Tigers with double-digit hits. Nikki Armagost (5-1) has the team's lowest ERA at 1.28, with 33 strikeouts and has allowed 26 hits. In his 21st season at the helm of Pacific's program is Brian Kolze.

PRIDMORE NAMED WAC PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Right-handed pitcher Amanda Pridmore was named the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 18-24. This is Pridmore's first weekly honor of the season and second of her career.

Pridmore, a senior from Modesto, Calif., went 2-0 with a save in four appearances last week. In 15.1 innings, she posted a 0.91 ERA, 25 strikeouts and held opponents to a .143 batting average. Pridmore opened the week with a save against Fresno State. She then struck out 10 in 5.0 innings of work against Saint Mary's, which she followed with a career-high 13 strikeouts in a complete-game win over St. John's.

SPARTANS SWEEP WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS: Markesha Collins was named Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Hitter of the Week and Allison Lang is the conference's Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 4-10 after their performances at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., hosted by Arizona State. This is the first honor for both.

Collins, a senior outfielder from Citrus Heights, Calif., led the Spartans to a 4-2 record at the Kajikawa Classic. She was 9-for-16 (.563) with a double, a home run, three RBI and three runs scored over the six games. Collins also posted three multi-hit games, stole two bases, and walked four times.

Lang, a sophomore from Fountain Valley, Calif., threw a two-hit shutout in her only appearance of the week. In her first-career complete game, she allowed just two hits with one walk in 6.0 innings of work. Lang also struck out three with a no-hitter through the first five and 2/3 innings, facing just three batters over the minimum.

SPARTANS SEE LITTLE TURNOVER: Alongside All-WAC Preseason Team selections Cox and Pridmore, San Jose State's lineup is bolstered by the return of 11 letterwinners, including  nine starters and four pitchers. Senior Markesha Collins had a team-high 40 runs scored and the Spartans' third-best batting average, a .275 (42-for-153). Junior Jessica Garcia drove in the most runs on the team (38), and her nine doubles were the second-most on the team.

NEWCOMERS: Eleven newcomers are on the Spartans' roster, including two redshirts and a junior transfer. Sacramento State transfer Devin Caldwell highlights San Jose State's newcomer list, as she joins the Spartans following her 2012 Pacific Coast Softball Conference's (PCSC) all-Coastal Division Team honorable mention selection at second base.

PRIDMORE'S PLACE IN HISTORY: Starting pitcher Amanda Pridmore is listed in 10 San Jose State career lists and has the San Jose State saves record (11). She has the program's second-most strikeouts (526). Pridmore is third in wins (50), games started (91) and appearances (129), fourth in strikeouts per 9 innings (7.32) and innings pitched (646.2), fifth in complete games (60) and sixth in lowest career opponent batting average (.250).

SPARTAN NOTES:

Devin Caldwell has 13 starts on second base in 16 games for San Jose State. She is 10-for-37 (.270 batting average) on the season with nine runs and four RBI. She is in the midst of a five-game hit streak (Feb. 22-24). She had a season-high two hits against New Mexico (2/8). Her two runs against Idaho State (2/18) and two RBI against Hawai'i (2/15) were 2013 bests. Her only walk of 2013 was against Saint Mary's (2/23).

Markesha Collins has started 16 games for the Spartans as either an outfielder or designated hitter. She has the most hits (23) and total bases (40) in the WAC, and leads the team in batting average (.489), slugging percentage (.851), on base percentage (.571), RBI (16) and home runs (5). She had a seven-game hit streak (Feb. 14-22). Collins went four-for-four against Fresno State (2/22) and drove in a career-high six RBI against Idaho State (2/23). Collins blasted back-to-back home runs against Idaho State (2/17) and Fresno State (2/22), and has six multi-hit games. She has also stolen two bases (against Oregon, 2/9). She was named the WAC Hitter of the Week for Feb. 4-10 after going 9-for-16 (.563) with a double, a home run, three RBI and three runs scored over the six games.

Michelle Cox has started every game for the Spartans this season in either the outfield or at first base. Her seven stolen bases and 11 runs scored are a team-high. Cox had a five-game hit streak (2/8-14), and has three multi-hit and four multi-run games. Her best game of 2013 was against Idaho State (2/23) when she went 3-for-4 with two runs, an RBI and a double.

Sharon-Renae Estrada has five games at second base, designated hitter, first base and has pinch hit. She has one hit, her first career hit, on three at bats. The hit was a single to center field against Saint Mary's (2/23). She was hit by a pitch against Hawai'i (2/15).

Madison Fish has a 1-2 record in four starts and five appearances as a right-handed pitcher. Her best showing of the season came against Fresno State (2/22), when, in 5.2 innings of work, she retired two batters and allowed three hits in the 5-2 win. 

Cheryl Freitas has started 13 games as either an infielder or designated hitter, and pinch hit in two games. She has a .467 on base percentage, a .513 slugging percentage and is 15-for-39 (.385). At the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational, she went 5-for-10 with three runs, four RBI and back-to-back doubles (against CSU Northridge, 2/22, and Saint Mary's, 2/23). She had a five-game hit streak (2/22-24), a three-game RBI streak (2/7-9), and a three-game run streak (2/22-23).

BranDee Garcia has started 13 and played in 15 games as San Jose State's shortstop. She had runs in six-consecutive games (2/17-24). Garcia had a season- best two RBI with a double in two at bats against New Mexico (2/8), and went 1-for-2 with one run and a stolen base in game one against St. John's (2/24).

Jessica Garcia has started 17 games as the Spartans' catcher. She had her first home run of the season, which brought in two runners, in the first game against St. John's (2/24). She has two doubles on the season and has two multi-hit games.

Vanessa House has started every game this season for San Jose State in the outfield. She has the most multi-hit games in the WAC (7), and the conference's second-most hits (22), and doubles (6). Her .423 batting average (22-for-55) is second on the Spartans. House's best game of the 2013 was against Idaho State (2/23), when she went 3-for-3 with four RBI, two doubles and a triple. She had back-to-back doubles against Oregon State and Cal Poly (2/10), and she stole two bases in the second St. John's game (2/24).    

Jessie Hufstetler has played 13 of 14 games at first base or designated hitter for the Spartans. She is 12-for-38 (.316) with seven runs, 10 RBI, four doubles, and two homers. Against CSU Northridge (2/22), she went 1-for-3 with three RBI and a double. In the Idaho State (2/17) game, she went 2-for-2 with two runs and RBI, and one home run.

Allison Lang is 2-1 with three starts and 21.1 innings in the circle. She was named the WAC Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 4-10 after, in her first-career complete game against New Mexico (2/8), she posted a 0.00 ERA, allowing just two hits with one walk in 6.0 innings of work. She had her second shutout of the season in a complete game against CSU Northridge (2/22), when she allowed three hits with two walks in seven innings. Against California (2/16), she had a season-best five strikeouts.

Alyssa Martinez has played in six games with three starts as a pinch runner or shortstop for the Spartans. Her best game of the season was against California (2/16), where she went 1-for-2 and walked. She had a season-high three at bats against Cal Poly (2/10).

Dorothy Morentin has two starts as the Spartans' catcher and an additional three appearances as a catcher or pinch runner. She had a season-high six put outs against California (2/16).

Briana Pontecorvo has six starts in eight games for San Jose State as a pinch hitter, first baseman or designated hitter. Against CSU Northridge (2/8), she drove in two runs with one double. Versus New Mexico (2/8), she walked twice and her one at bat yielded an RBI. She had a season-high three at bats twice: against Oregon State (2/10) and California (2/16).

Amanda Pridmore has a 6-5 record in nine starts and seven complete games for San Jose State. Her 71 strikeouts are a WAC best, and she struck out her 500th batter against Idaho State (2/18). She was the WAC Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 18-24 after going 2-0 with a save, her first of the season, against Fresno State (2/22), in four appearances. In 15.1 innings, she posted a 0.91 ERA, 25 strikeouts and held opponents to a .143 batting average. She struck out 10 in 5.0 innings of work against Saint Mary's (2/23), which she  followed with a career-high 13 strikeouts in a complete-game win in the first game versus St.John's (2/24). She has double-digit strikeouts in three games and has allowed less than four hits in seven games.

Taylor Purdy has started three games at third base or shortstop for the Spartans. Against CSU Northridge (2/8), she was 2-for-3 with one run and was walked. Versus Portland State (2/7), her one at bat yielded two runs, she walked and stole a base.

Jordan Sauceda has started two games in the circle  for San Jose State - against Cal Poly (2/10) and Idaho State (2/23), and appeared in the Oregon (2/9) and Hawai'i (2/15) games. She earned her first-career win against Idaho State, when she allowed a season-low five hits and one run. In 12.0 innings of work, she has four strikeouts, and has allowed 22 hits and 16 runs while walking seven.

Nicole Schultz has 11 starts in 16 games for the Spartans in either the outfield or as a pinch runner. She has gone 7-for-20 with four runs, one double and home run, and four RBI. Her best game of the season was against UCLA (2/16), where she went 2-for-3 with a home run that yielded an RBI.

Marissa Toy has been the Spartans' pinch runner in four games, scoring three runs. She had runs in three consecutive games (2/16-23), and one at bat against Hawai'i (2/15), when she played second base.

Casey Watt has four at bats in nine games for the Spartans as a pinch runner and hitter, first baseman or designated hitter. Her first-career hit was a double to center field against Saint Mary's (2/23), which drove in a run. She was hit by a pitch against Hawai'i (2/15).

Annica Wolfe has started 10 games this season for San Jose State at third base. She is 5-for-25 with one RBI and five walks. Against New Mexico (2/8), she went 2-for-4 and drove in one RBI. She had a three-game hit streak (2/15-2/16), and walked in six-consecutive games (2/16-2/23).

2013 WAC TOURNAMENT: The 2013 WAC Tournament takes place in Ruston, La., May 8-11. Hosted by Louisiana Tech, the conference's top six teams advance to the double elimination tournament.

UP NEXT: San Jose State heads to San Diego, Calif., for the San Diego Classic II, hosted by San Diego State, on Thursday, March 14. The Spartans face tournament hosts San Diego State, Massachusetts, Harvard, Marist, Fairfield and Long Beach State in the four-day tournament.