In the first game of the day against Saint Mary's, Spartan starter Jennifer Ames pitched 6.1 innings of the game and allowed eight hits and five runs, all unearned, while walking three and striking out a season-high five batters. With her five strikeouts, Ames moved into ninth all-time at San Jose State with 174 strikeouts, passing Lisa Wehren at 172 who pitched from 1990-93.
Madison Fish then came into the Saint Mary's games and picked up her third relief win of the season. She got the final two batters out before the Spartans came to bat in the bottom of the seventh inning and won with three runs.
"Madison is doing a really good job of staying within herself," said Spartan head coach Peter Turner. "She handles right-handed batters well and maximizes all her pitches."
Trailing 5-3, San Jose State sent six batters to the plate in the seventh. With three Spartans on base, Sadie Coenen pinch hit and got a single to right field which drove in Markesha Collins, and Michelle Cox scored on a throwing error by the right fielder. After a pitching change, Vanessa House then singled through the left side to score pinch runner Britney Helm for the San Jose State win.
After facing just two batters in the first game, Fish then started against UC Santa Barbara and pitched 4.1 innings, allowing five hits and just one earned run as she ran her record to 4-0 on the season.
"I kept focusing on improving my location and how consistent I was," said Fish. "When I am out on the mound, I keep a really simple mind. I think about not leaving anything over the plate, make it a goal to throw a pitch that is going to get beat into the ground or into the air for my defense to handle. My defense always has my back."
Redshirt junior Amanda Pridmore then came in the game to pitch the final 2.2 innings to record her first save of the season. With the save, she tied the San Jose State career saves record with eight along with Carol Forbes who pitched from 2002-05. Pridmore did not allow a walk and struck out four. She is still fourth all-time in strikeouts with 318 and needs 58 to tie for third.
All of the Spartan scoring came in the fourth inning against the Gauchos. Jessica Garcia started the inning with a single to right. Lauren Shanks pinch ran for Garcia and eventually scored for on a Breanna Lopez double to left. After Alex Stange drew a walk, she and Lopez scored on an Amanda Schatz double to left center.
"In the first game, we dug a hole, got in it and then got ourselves out it with the comeback in the seventh," said Turner. "Against UC Santa Barbara, we had timely hitting, good defense and pretty decent pitching."
San Jose State is now 12-12 on the season and spends the rest of the weekend at the Stanford Louisville Slugger Classic. On Saturday, the Spartans play James Madison at 3:45 p.m., and Cal Poly at 8:15 p.m. Then Sunday, San Jose State plays Colorado State at 11:15 a.m., and Stanford at 3:45 p.m. Live stat links are available on the San Jose State web site.
Santa Clara Invitational
San Jose State 6 Saint Mary's 5
Saint Mary's 004 000 1 -- 5 8 5
San Jose State 003 000 3 -- 6 6 2
Linton, Lemmon (5), Green (7) and Torrise. Ames, Fish (7) and J. Garcia and Morentin. WP - Fish (3-0). LP - Lemmon (2-5). 2B - Torrise, Gonzales (SM). 2 hits - Torrise (SM); Cox, Lopez (SJS). 4 RBI - Torrise (SM).
San Jose State 3 UC Santa Barbara 1
UC Santa Barbara 000 100 0 -- 1 8 1
San Jose State 000 300 x -- 3 5 1
Collins, Wisdom (4) and DePompa. Fish, Pridmore (5) and Schatz and Morentin. WP - Fish (4-0). LP - Collins (3-9). Save - Pridmore (1). 2B - Jennings (UCSB); B. Lopez, Schatz (SJS). 2 RBI - Schatz (SJS). Records - UC Santa Barbara 7-16; San Jose State 12-12.
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