Honolulu, Hawai'i - Amanda Pridmore tossed a one-hitter against the No. 17 Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine on Friday night, but allowed five walks and lost 4-1 in both teams Western Athletic Conference (WAC) opener.
The Spartans are 16-17 overall, 0-1 in the WAC. Hawai'i improves to 25-2, 1-0 in conference play
"When we play well, without mistakes, we've shown we can compete with and beat anyone," said head coach Peter Turner. "Tonight we made too many mistakes and just couldn't come up with the important hit when we had the chance."
The Spartans got hits in two of the first three innings on their way to getting a knock in six of the seven innings. In the fourth, Breanna Lopez singled with one out. Three batters later, with Lopez on second and Annica Wolfe first after a one-out walk, Britney Helm flew out to right to end San Jose State first real chance to score.
In the fifth the Spartans again had two runners on, but couldn't push a run across. Finally in the sixth they got on the scoreboard. Cheryl Freitas picked a single to right center with one out. She moved to second on Rainbow Wahine catcher Kayla Wartner's second passed of the game. A groundout moved Freitas to third before a Helm infield RBI single plated her.
Hawai'i scored one run in the first. They took advantage of back-to-back walks to open the inning. After a strikeout and groundout left runners on first and third, the Rainbow Wahine pulled off a double steal. After one inning Hawai'i led 1-0, having scored without the aid of a hit.
In the fourth, the Rainbow Wahine worked Pridmore for a leadoff walk followed by a Jessica Iwata single, the lone hit Pridmore would surrender on the night. A strikeout and hit batter loaded the bases ahead of a Sharla Kliebenstein walk which plated the second Hawai'i run.
Makani Duhaylonsod then grounded to third base where Wolfe chose to take the play at first rather than the one at the plate. A run scored and in the confusion after the play, Iwata was able to come all the way around from second to score. Hawai'i plated three runs and had a 4-0 advantage after four innings. They would eventually defeat the Spartans 4-1.
Pridmore (8-6) got nine strikeouts in 6.0 innings and allowed one hit, four earned runs and five walks. Ricketts (15-2) also pitched a complete game giving up six hits and two walks but just one unearned run.
The teams will finish their three-game series tomorrow with a double header. First pitch is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. (PT). Live Stats are available at the Spartans web site www.sjsuspartans.com as well as live streaming video through the Hawai'i athletics web site for a nominal fee.