Deanna Mauer Super Series This Weekend

This Week:  Deanna Mauer Super Series at SJSU Field
Fri., March 2    Southern Utah (DH)        12:00 p.m. PST
Sat., March 3    Santa Clara vs. Southern Utah    9:00 a.m. PST
Sat., March 3    Southern Utah        11:15 a.m. PST
Sat., March 3    Santa Clara        1:30 p.m. PST
Sun., March 4    Santa Clara vs. Southern Utah    10:00 a.m. PST
Sun., March 4    Santa Clara        12:15 p.m. PST

SPARTANS HOST DEANNA MAUER SUPER SERIES:  San Jose State returns to SJSU Field this weekend to host the Deanna Mauer Super Series featuring the Spartans, Santa Clara and Southern Utah at SJSU Field.  The tournament is named in honor of former player Deanna Mauer who died in a car crash in Southern California in April of 2011.  Mauer pitched at San Jose State for the 2008 and 2009 seasons.  She holds the San Jose State single-game strikeout record with 15 against Saint Mary’s in 200, and is sixth all-time in strikeouts with 223.

MAUER PATIO DEDICATION:  In conjunction with the Deanna Mauer Super Series, a patio dedication will take place to honor Mauer permanently at SJSU Field on Saturday, March 3, at 11 a.m.  The cobblestone addition accents the left field viewing area with a beautiful 20x30 patio deck.  Dawn and Howard Mauer as well as family and friends of Deanna’s will be at the ceremony.

LIVE STATS:  All games this week will have live stats available on the San Jose State web site at www.sjsuspartans.com, under “Live Stats.”

ABOUT SOUTHERN UTAH:  The Thunderbirds enter the weekend with a 6-7 overall record after winning 2-of-3 from Weber State last weekend.  Head coach Kyle Magnusson is in his second year at the school.   He was a member of the USA National men’s team and played under Spartan head coach Peter Turner.  Mikkel Griffin leads the team with a .515 batting average and 17 hits. Pitcher Heather Black has a 2.82 ERA with a 4-3 record and 33 strikeouts.

ABOUT SANTA CLARA:  The Broncos begin the tournament with a 3-12 overall record and went 2-2 last weekend, defeating Northern Colorado (8-7) and Seattle (3-2).  Head coach Lisa Mize is in her fourth year at the school.  Jamie Wallis leads the team in hitting with a .390 average and 16 hits.

SPARTAN HEAD COACH:  Peter Turner is in his sixth year at San Jose State with a 128-169 coaching record.  He recorded his 100th career victory with a 2-1 win over New Mexico State on May 5, 2010.

DOUBLES RECORD BROKEN: For the second consecutive week, the Spartans broke another game school record, this time the doubles record.  In the 9-1 win over CSU Bakersfield on February 25, the team hit six doubles to break the old 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.  

HITS RECORD SET:  The Spartans broke one of the oldest school records on the books with 20 hits against Idaho State on February 19. The 20 hits broke the record of 18 set against Oregon on March 26, 1986.  In the game against Idaho State, seven players recorded multiple hits led by Michelle Cox was 4-for-5 from the plate.  Markesha Collins and Vanessa House each had three hits including a three-run home run for House.  Four other had two hits - Jessica Garcia, Annica Wolfe, Alex Stange and Nicole Schultz.

HOME, SWEET HOME:  After playing the first 10 games of the year away from the Bay Area, San Jose State plays 13 of its next 14 games at SJSU Field and 17 of its next 18 in the Bay Area.  The only game outside of the area was the single game at Sacramento State Tuesday.  Otherwise the team will play on its home field or at the Stanford Louisville Slugger Classic

TOUGH START TO THE SCHEDULE:  San Jose State was tested in the first 10 games of the season as five of the team’s first 10 opponents were ranked in the top-25 of both national softball preseason polls. At the Kajikawa Classic, the team faced defending national champion Arizona State, Washington, Oregon and Texas A&M.  Last weekend, the team faced #1/3 California to give the team a true test.  This is one of the toughest starts to the season San Jose State has had in the 27 years of the program.

MOVIN’ ON UP:  Pitchers Amanda Pridmore and Jennifer Ames are both listed on the San Jose State career strikeouts top-10.  Pridmore moved into fourth all-time in the first game of the season and begins the week with 314, needing 62 to move into third place.  Ames moved into 10th all-time at the first tournament of the year, passing former Spartan Elyssa Fox.  Ames has 166 strikeouts in her career and needs six to move into ninth.

SJSU CAREER STRIKEOUTS
  1.    644    Carol Forbes    2002-05
  2.    455    Sabrina Quintero    1997-01
  3.    376    Corina Lilly    1994-98
  4.    314    Amanda Pridmore    2009-C
  5.    258    Roxanne Bejarano    2007-08
  6.    223    Deanna Mauer    2008-09
  7.    192    Kelli McCollister    2003-04
  8.    191    Gale Dean    1986-89
  9.    172    Lisa Wehren    1990-93
 10.    166    Jennifer Ames    2008-C

COX TIES SJSU RECORD IN 3rd GAME PLAYED:  In just her third game in a Spartan uniform, freshman Michelle Cox tied the San Jose State game record for runs scored with four against Cal Poly.  She tied the record set by former Spartan Courtney Lewis against Louisiana Tech on May 14, 2005.  Cox leads the team with seven runs scored.

SJSU CAREER LEADERS:  Pitchers Amanda Pridmore and Jennifer Ames rank among the best Spartan pitchers in 11 categories.  Pridmore ranks in 10 categories, while Ames is listed in five categories.  A compete list is found on page 5.

STANGE NOW AMONG CAREER FIELDING LEADERS:  Senior Alex Stange is now among the top-10 fielders in San Jose State history.  She starts the week with a .983 fielding percentage, good for seventh all-time.  Stange has 532 putouts, 39 assists and just 10 errors in her three-plus years.  She is also tied for eighth in double plays turned (since 2000) with 23.  Joining Stange on the list is BranDee Garcia who is tied for 10th with 15 double plays turned.
 
2012 WAC TOURNAMENT:  The 2012 WAC Tournament will be played May 9-12, in Las Cruces, N.M., as New Mexico State plays host.  The top six teams in the conference advance to the double elimination tournament. 

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