Softball Takes Day One Of Libby Matson

Stockton, Calif. - The San Jose State University softball team took the lead in both of its games in the first or second inning and never looked back, as the Spartans swept its first day of the Libby Matson Tournament, hosted by the University of the Pacific, with an 11-4 win over Nevada and a 5-0 shutout of Southern Utah. 

San Jose State (12-8) has now won eight of its last nine games.

"I have never had a team so composed about what they can do," Spartans head coach Peter Turner said. "They attack things professionally, and especially today, they do a great job of moving and hitting the ball well."

Spartans Score Most Runs In An Inning Since 2008

After Nevada (7-9) took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the second, the Spartans responded decisively during its next at bat. San Jose State sent 12 batters to the plate and scored eight runs on seven hits and two bases-on-balls. Cheryl Freitas, Markesha Collins and Jessica Garcia each drove in two runs on a double and two singles, respectively.

The eight-run third inning rally was the most runs scored in an inning since April 16, 2008, when San Jose State had an eight-run third inning in the its 10-1 win over UC Davis.

The Spartans recorded 13 hits, tying its season-high, and the team has double-digit hits for the fourth time this season. 

Jordan Sauceda (2-0), the second of four Spartan pitchers to see action, earned the win with three shutout innings, giving up two hits and a walk.

Solid Pitching Leads Spartans To Victory

Against Southern Utah (2-9), Amanda Pridmore (7-5) struck out her first three batters faced. Feeding off of her performance, the Spartans opened scoring in its first chance at the plate. Cheryl Freitas's single to right field drove in Michelle Cox and the next batter, Jessie Hufstetler knocked a two-run single to center field for a 3-0 lead.

In the second, Cox's single to center field allowed Markesha Collins to score from second to give San Jose State a four-run advantage.

Jessica Garcia drove in her third runner of the day on a two-out double to right field in the third inning for the Spartans' fifth and final run of the day.

On the day, Freitas went 4-for-7 with three runs and three RBI, while Cox went 4-for-7 with two runs and an RBI.

In nine shutout innings of work over the two games, Pridmore struck out 17, allowing four hits. Pridmore's shutout against Southern Utah was her first this season in nine complete games.

Said Turner, "Pridmore has thrown the ball very well and today, she had a high degree of confidence. I thought she was going to throw a no-hitter because she had command the entire game. That is what I expect from a senior."

San Jose State takes on tournament hosts Pacific tomorrow at 12:15 p.m. Tomorrow, the #4 seed plays the #1 seed at 2:30 p.m., and the #3 seed plays the #2 seed at 4:45 p.m. 

Libby Matson Tournament, Stockton, Calif.

March 1, 2013

San Jose State 11, Nevada 4
San Jose State...... 018 010 1 - 11 12 0 (11-8)
Nevada.............. 030 000 1 - 4 10 0 (7-9)
Pitchers: San Jose State - Lang, Allison; Sauceda, Jordan(2); Pridmore, Amanda(5);
Fish, Madison(7) and Garcia, Jessica; Morentin, Dorothy. Nevada - JONES, K; BREWER, B(3) and
Win-Sauceda, Jordan(2-0) Loss-JONES, K(4-4) T-1:57 A-308
HR SJSU - Garcia, BranDee (1).
JONES, K faced 6 batters in the 3rd.

San Jose State 5, Southern Utah 0 
Southern Utah....... 000 000 0 - 0 4 1 (2-9)
San Jose State...... 311 000 X - 5 8 0 (12-8)
Pitchers: Southern Utah - ZIMMERMAN and . San Jose State - Pridmore, Amanda and .
Win-Pridmore, Amanda (7-5) Loss-ZIMMERMAN (1-6)