Pridmore Electric, Softball 4-0 at Libby Matson

Stockton, Calif. - Behind Amanda Pridmore's one-hitter against Southern Utah, a 1-0 win, and a save versus Pacific, a 4-2 victory on Saturday, March 2, San Jose State softball is 4-0 at the Libby Matson Tournament, hosted by Pacific.

The Spartans (14-8) play in the championship game tomorrow at 12:15 p.m. against Pacific and have now won 10 of their last 11 games.

"As a team, we are playing more cohesively," Pridmore said. "Because of last weekend (which saw a 5-1 record after the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational and a doubleheader against St. John's), we have a good mindset and approach. Even though we lost the last game to St. John's (7-3), we took the positives from the weekend, like our timely hitting, defense and pitching, and brought them here."

In The Circle, Pridmore Was In Control

Against Southern Utah, Pridmore was perfect through five-and-two-third innings. But after her seventh strikeout of the day, Cora Cordova hit a single down the right field line. Pridmore remained composed, however, and put away her final four batters.

"After seeing Southern Utah yesterday," Pridmore said, "I knew that I had to lay off of my rise ball and work on other pitches. I knew that in this game, I had to keep the team in the game from the beginning."

The lone run of the game was generated by BranDee Garcia's two-out single through the left side in the third inning. After stealing second, Markesha Collins singled to center field and drove in BranDee Garcia. Three of the Spartans' six hits came in the third.

"Our team came together," Pridmore said, "and everyone was picking each other up when they were down."

Timely And Plentiful Hitting Lead Spartans To Victory

After the University of the Pacific Tigers (11-6) took an early 2-0 lead after two innings in the Spartans' first game of the day, Cheryl Freitas's second home run of the season knotted the score in the third. Freitas, who has been the Spartans' best plate performer at the Libby Matson Tournament, (6-for-12, four runs, five RBI), blasted the ball to center field and drove in Vanessa House, whose single to left field led the Spartans off.

San Jose State took its first lead of the game during its next at bat. Devin Caldwell led off with a double to center field and after a pop up, Markesha Collins matched Caldwell's double on her first pitch thrown, driving in Caldwell for a 3-2 score.

The Spartans built on its run total in the fifth, continuing its trend of timely hitting. San Jose State loaded the bases on a walk, a single and an infield error and Caldwell knocked a single to center field on a full count to drive in Freitas from third for the game's final run.

San Jose State scattered double-digit hits for sixth time this season (10).

Allison Lang (3-1) earned the win after retiring a batter and allowing four hits in three shutout innings. Amanda Pridmore recorded her second save of the season with two strikeouts in 2.2 shutout innings. Pridmore's 12-career saves are a program record.

Libby Matson Tournament, Stockton, Calif.
March 2, 2013

Game 1

San Jose State 4, Pacific Tigers 2 
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San Jose State...... 002 110 0 - 4 10 1 (13-8)
Pacific Tigers...... 110 000 0 - 2 9 1 (11-6)
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Pitchers: San Jose State - Fish, Madison; Lang, Allison(2); Pridmore, Amanda(5) and
Garcia, Jessica. Pacific Tigers - Bonnet; Mortensen(5) and Moore.
Win-Lang, Allison(3-1) Save-Pridmore, Amanda(2) Loss-Bonnet(2-2)
HR SJSU - Freitas, Cheryl (2).
Bonnet faced 2 batters in the 5th.

Game 2

San Jose State 1, Southern Utah 0 
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Southern Utah....... 000 000 0 - 0 1 0 (2-12)
San Jose State...... 001 000 X - 1 6 0 (14-8)
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Pitchers: Southern Utah - AXE and . San Jose State - Pridmore, Amanda and .
Win-Pridmore, Amanda(8-5) Loss-AXE(1-5)