Spartan Michelle Cox extended her hitting streak to 10 games after getting a single in the seventh inning of the first game and going 3-for-4 with two RBI in the second game. She currently leads the Spartans in hitting with a .415 average and 22 hits.
"With every hit, there comes a bit of confidence," said Cox. "I go into the box feeling confident and ready to see the ball and hit the ball. I make adjustments every at bat and just aim to put the ball in play."
Trailing 5-2 heading in the bottom of the seventh inning of game, San Jose State rallied to score two runs but left Cox stranded at second base. With one out, Nicole Schultz reached on a fielding error, advanced to second on a ground out and third on a passed ball before scoring on a Markesha Collins double to center field. Collins then scored on a Cox single to left field. However, a ground out by Sadie Coenen ended the Spartan rally.
Freshman Allison Lange pitched her first complete game as a Spartan in her second start. She allowed nine hits and five runs while striking out four as her record fell to 0-1.
BranDee Garcia led the Spartans in hitting in the first game as she went 3-for-3 at the plate with a run scored. Five other Spartans had a hit including Coenen who doubled in the second inning to start the San Jose State scoring inning. She scored on a Schultz sacrifice fly to center field. Garcia scored the second run after Vanessa House singled to center field and a throw back to the infield got away and allowed Garcia to score.
The Spartans used three pitchers in the first game. Jennifer Ames started the game and pitched the first two innings, allowing five runs and seven hits as her record fell to 1-6. Janessa Gutierrrez pitched the next two innings, while freshman Madison Fish made her Spartan debut pitching the final three innings. Fish allowed just one hit and struck out two.
"It was painfully obvious that we were not moving the ball well and had no good command of the plate hitting wise," said Spartan head coach Peter Turner. "We started settling in at the plate in the seventh inning and hitting it the opposite field. We need to start taking better approaches earlier in the game.
"Cox is doing a splendid job for us. All of our outfielders are hitting the ball well for us and playing solid defense."
The Deanna Mauer Super Series continues Saturday with three games - Santa Clara vs. Southern Utah at 9 a.m., San Jose State vs. Southern Utah at 11:15 a.m., and San Jose State vs. Santa Clara at 1:30 p.m.
Also taking place on Saturday is the dedication of the Deanna Mauer Memorial Patio located just outside the left field fence. The dedication ceremony is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., and will be attended by the Mauer family as well as friends of Mauer, alumni and current and former Spartans.
Deanna Mauer Super Series
Southern Utah 7 San Jose State 2
Southern Utah 032 110 0 -- 7 12 1
San Jose State 020 000 0 -- 2 8 1
Black and Gray. Ames, Gutierrez (3), Fish (5) and J. Garcia and Morentin. WP - Black (5-3). LP - Ames (1-6). HR - Griffin, Resley (SU). 2B - Dyer, Hoch (SU); Coenen (SJS). 3 hits - B. Garcia (SJS). 2 hits - Bryant, Dyer, Hoch, Gray (SU). 3 RBI - Resley (SU). Records - Southern Utah 7-7; San Jose State 7-10.
Southern Utah 5 San Jose State 4
Southern Utah 001 011 2 -- 5 9 2
San Jose State 001 010 2 -- 4 7 1
Axe, Ostler (5), Black (7) and Morbeck. Lang and J. Garcia and Morentin. WP - Ostler (1-0). LP - Lang (0-1). 2B - Griffin (SU); Collins (SJS). 3 hits - Cox (SJS). 2 hits - Loewen, Resley (SU); Collins (SJS). 2 RBI - Henderson (SU); Cox (SJS). Records - Southern Utah 8-7; San Jose State 7-11.
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