San Jose, Calif. - The San José State softball team enters this week with a 9-7 record after its toughest slate of games last weekend in the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic. The Spartans are scheduled to play six games this week all in Northern California, starting at cross-town rival Santa Clara on Wednesday night.
SJSU will play Providence and Wagner twice on both Friday and Saturday and then host UOP on Sunday in the finale of the Louisville Slugger Tournament in Stockton, Calif.
|Wednesday, February 28|
|at Santa Clara||6:00 p.m.|
2018 Louisville Slugger Tournament
|Friday, March 2|
|vs. Providence||11:00 a.m.|
|vs. Wagner||1:15 p.m.|
|Saturday, March 3|
|vs. Wagner||10:00 a.m.|
|vs. Providence||2:30 p.m.|
|Sunday, March 4|
|at Pacific||12:15 p.m.|
The 2018 Louisville Slugger Tournament will be played at Bill Simoni Field on the campus of the University of the Pacific (3601 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, Calif. 95211).
Live stats and streaming video, where available, will be linked to the Spartans schedule page at www.sjsuspartans.com.
Spartans Quick Hits
San José State has averaged 6.00 runs per game this year which ranks 33rd in the nation.
Turning 0.56 double plays per game, SJSU is 28th in the nation.
SJSU's 0.75 home runs per game ranks 68th in the nation.
The Spartans rank 87th in slugging percentage (.409) and its .563 winning percentage is the 106th best in the nation.
Kaelin Amrein is 67th in the nation in batting average (.464) and 17th in on base percentage (.615).
Madison Aurin is the fifth toughest batter to strikeout in the nation. She ranks 21st in RBIs (18), 39th in home runs (4), and first in sacrifice flies (3).
Caroline Bowman ranks 20th in the nation in wins (6).
Cassidy Clark is 58th in the nation in hits (19).
Emma Entzminger is 17th in the nation sacrifice flies (2).
Santa Clara Broncos (0-9)
Though the Broncos have yet to leave Northern California this season, playing in Sacramento and at Stanford, this will be the first game that they have played on their home field. The Broncos finished last year 12-37, 4-11 in West Coast Confernce play and did not participate in the postseason.
SCU has no batters hitting at or above .300. Its best hitter is Taylor Burns who leads the team with a .286 average, five RBIs and has the squads only triple. Morgan Modesto has hit a team-best four doubles, but Santa Clara has yet to hit a homer.
In the circle, Micaela Vierra has the teams best ERA at 4.94. She is 0-5 and in 27.1 innings has struck out six.
This will be the 98th meeting between San José State and Santa Clara, with the Spartans holding a dominant 69-28 advantage in the all-time series.
Wagner Seahawks (2-3)
The Seahawks opened the season last week at the Homewood Suites Invitational in Raleigh, N.C., with a pair of wins over Delaware State, but losses to Ohio University and two to host North Carolina State. Wagner finished last year 22-25, 10-6 in Northeast Conference play and did not participate in the postseason.
In a small sample size, the Seahawks best batter is Jessica Carlucci, who is hitting .429 and has one of the team’s two homers. Maite Reese has the squads other homer and is the top run producer with four driven in.
In the circle, Arielle Koerber is 2-1 and in a team-high 16.0 innings and has struck out five.
These will be the first two meetings between San José State and Wagner.
Providence Friars (3-7)
The Friars come Stockton after spending the first two weeks in Florida in the Friends of Jacyln Invitational and UNF Osprey Tournament. Their wins came against North Carolina, Jacksonville and Canisius. Providence finished last year 23-25, 10-11 in Big East Conference play and did not participate in the postseason.
Macke Compton is the leading hitter at .286. Brittney Veler has a team-high five RBIs. The Friars have just eight extra base hits on the year, but are active on the base paths stealing 10-of-14 attempts.
In the circle, Christina Ramirez has the team’s best ERA at 2.21 and a 1-3 record. In 25.1 innings she has 14 strikeouts, but has surrendered 12 walks.
These will be the first two meetings between San José State and Providence.
University of the Pacific Tigers (6-9)
After jumping out to a 6-2 start, the Tiger have lost their last seven including all five games in last weekend’s Libby Matson Invitational. UOP finished last year 28-26, 10-5 in WCC play and competed in the National Invitational Softball Championship, where it went 1-2.
Samantha Owen is the leading hitter at .400. She has three doubles, a triple and two home runs to go along with being tied for the lead in RBIs with 15. Sydney Lahners is hitting .350 and leads the team with five homer and 15 RBIs.
In the circle, Pacific uses its entire staff. Marissa Young has as team-high five starts and is 2-2. She has a 4.31 EAR in 26.0 innings and has struck out 14 batters. Megan Walters has a team-best 19 strikeouts in a team-high 27.1 innings. She is 2-4 with a 4.05 ERA.
This will be the 63rd meeting between San José State and Pacific. The Spartans hold a 31-30-1 advantage in the all-time series.