Softball Opens WAC Play At #17 Hawaii

This Week:
Fri., March 23    #17 Hawai`i    Honolulu, Hawai`i    6:00 p.m. HDT
Sat., March 24    #17 Hawai`i (DH)    Honolulu, Hawai`i    2:00 p.m. HDT

SPARTANS OPEN WAC SEASON AT #17 HAWAI`I:  San Jose State opens the Western Athletic Conference portion of the schedule this weekend with three games at #17 Hawai`i.  The Spartans are coming off a 2-2 week at the Gaucho Classic II in Santa Barbara where the team beat Wisconsin, 9-0, and Oklahoma State, 1-0, but fell twice to UC Santa Barbara.

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.”

LIVE VIDEO:  Live video streaming of all three games is available at www.ocsports.tv.  Fans must pay a nominal fee to watch the games.

ABOUT #17 HAWAI`I:  The Rainbow Wahine enter the weekend with a 24-2 record after going 3-2 last weekend.  Head coach Bob Coolen is in his 21st season at the helm of the program.  The Hawai`i pitching staff boasts the best ERA in the country at 0.77, led by the nation’s top pitcher in junior Kaia Parnaby with a 0.43 ERA.  She is 10-0 with 10 compete games and 71 strikeouts.  San Jose native Stephanie Ricketts has thrown 107 innings with 128 strikeouts and a 0.98 ERA.  Jessica Iwata leads the team with a .413 batting average with 31 hits and 30 RBI.

SPARTAN HEAD COACH:  Peter Turner is in his sixth year at San Jose State with a 137-176 coaching record.  He recorded his 100th career victory with a 2-1 win over New Mexico State on May 5, 2010.

NATIONAL RANKINGS:  Three Spartans rank among the top-100 nationally in four categories.  Jessica Garcia is tied for second in sacrifice flies with four.  Amanda Pridmore is tied for sixth in saves with three, 83rd in victories at eight and 87th in strikeouts per seven innings at 7.1 per game.  Michelle Cox is 47th in stolen bases per game at 0.53.

PLAYING DOWN UNDER:  Michelle Cox is currently playing in Australia for the Aussie Spirit in the 2012 International Softball Challenge against Japan, March 21-24, in Canberra.  Cox will rejoin her Spartan teammates in Hawaii this Saturday for the final two games of the series.
    Fans interested in following Cox and the Aussie Spirit results can look them up on the internet at softball.org.au.
    The Aussie Spirit Open Women’s team medaled at four Olympic Games, and the team will play at the ISF Women’s World Championships this July.

WAC PITCHER OF THE WEEK:  After breaking the San Jose State career saves record, Amanda Pridmore was named the Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week on March 12.
    Pridmore pitched in four relief appearances, posting a 0.00 ERA with 11 strikeouts in 9.1 innings pitched and three saves, and in the process became the San Jose State career saves leader with 10.  She tied the record on Friday, March 9, against UC Santa Barbara, broke the record against James Madison and added to the record against Cal Poly.  Pridmore’s three saves this season already ties for the fourth-best total on the San Jose State single season list.

NEW SPARTAN CAREER SAVES LEADER:  Amanda Pridmore tied then broke the San Jose State career saves record on March 10.  She begins the week with 10 saves after tying the record against UC Santa Barbara, breaking the record against James Madison and adding another save against Cal Poly.  Pridmore broke the record of eight set by Carol Forbes from 2002-05.

HITTING STREAK RECORD BROKEN:  Just 26 games into her freshman season, Michelle Cox broke one of the hardest San Jose State records to break - hitting streak record.  Cox started the record with a hit against Utah on February 17, tied the record with 17 consecutive games against James Madison and added to the streak with hits against Cal Poly and Colorado State to set the new record at 19 games.  Cox ended the streak against  #10 Stanford as she went 0-for-3.  She broke the record held by Pat Martinez who hit in 17 consecutive games in 1995.  The NCAA record for consecutive games with a hit is 43, set by Sara Graziano from Coastal Carolina, April 8, 1993-March 24, 1994.

LOPEZ JOINS HOME RUN CAREER LEADERS:  Breanna Lopez joined the top-10 list of San Jose State career home run hitters with her eighth against Cal Poly at Stanford.  She is now tied for 10th all-time and needs one for sixth place and two for 10th place.  Former Spartan Brittany McConnell holds the school record with 35 from 2006-10.
SJSU CAREER HOME RUNS
  1.    35    Brittany McConnell    2006-10
  2.    27    Kara Kanney    1996-00
  3.    14    Sarah Smith    2005-08
  4.    10    Kelli Fangonilo    2008-10
    10    Noleana Woodard    1989-93
  6.    9    Jessica Guillen    2003-06
    9    Carlie Hill    2003-06
    9    Maya Garcia    1996-99
      9    Victoria Ruelas    1995-97
10.    8    Breanna Lopez    2009-C
    8    Veronica Ramos    2000-03
      8    Lindsay Lewis    1996-99

DOUBLES RECORD BROKEN: The Spartans broke the game school record for doubles with six in a 9-1 win over CSU Bakersfield on February 25, breaking 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.

STEALIN’ A RECORD:  Michelle Cox leads the Spartans with 16 stolen bases and tied the San Jose State single-game stolen base record.  She had three against Cal Poly in February and tied six other Spartans who had accomplished the feat.
    With her team-high 16 stolen bases, Cox moved into a tie for 10th place on the San Jose State single season list.  She needs just 14 more stolen bases to tie All-American Noleana Woodard who had 30 in 1989.

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 44, needing 32 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 180 strikeouts in her career and needs 11 to move into eighth.
SJSU CAREER STRIKEOUTS
  1.    644    Carol Forbes    2002-05
  2.    455    Sabrina Quintero    1997-01
  3.    376    Corina Lilly    1994-98
  4.    344    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.    180    Jennifer Ames    2008-C
10.    172    Lisa Wehren    1990-93

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 six categories.  A compete list is found on page 6.

STANGE AMONG CAREER FIELDING LEADERS:  Senior Alex Stange is among the top-10 fielders in San Jose State history.  She has a .981 fielding percentage, good for eighth all-time.  Stange has 633 putouts, 41 assists and 13 errors in her three-plus years.  She is also ninth in putouts with 633 and third in double plays turned (since 2000) with 28.  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. 

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.  The team then faced #1/3 California to give the team a true test in Las Vegas for one of the toughest starts to the season San Jose State has had in the 27 years of the program.

UP NEXT:  The Spartans return to the Bay Area for two non-conference games and three WAC games.  The team plays a doubleheader at Saint Mary’s on Wednesday, March 28, beginning at 2 p.m.  San Jose State then returns to SJSU Field for a three-game WAC series with Louisiana Tech.  The teams will play a single game on Friday, March 30 at 3 p.m., followed by a doublehader on Saturday, March 31, at 12 p.m.

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