Softball Splits Twin Bill at No. 17 Hawai'i

Honolulu, Hawai'i - The San Jose State softball team won the opener of a twin bill against the Hawai'i Rainbow Wahine 4-2, but were no-hit in a six-inning 8-0 loss in the nightcap.

The split leaves the Spartans with a 17-18 record.  They are 1-2 in Western Athletic Conference (WAC) action.  Hawai'i is 26-3 overall, 2-1 in WAC play.

The Spartans trailed 2-0 in the top of the sixth inning of game one when Breanna Lopez came to the plate with runners on second and third and two outs.  Facing Kaia Parnaby, the nation's leader in ERA (0.43), she hammered a ball to over the left field fence to give San Jose State a 3-2 lead.  It was Lopez's third of the season and ninth of her career, which moves her into a tie for sixth place on the program's career home run list.

Markesha Collins had led off the inning with a walk and stole second.  Two batters later, Vanessa House popped a one-out single to center and moved into scoring position on a throw to the plate which kept Collins on third.  An infield ground out kept the runners where they were and set the stage for Lopez's blast.

In the seventh, San Jose State added an insurance run.  Britney Helm led off the frame with a single up the middle.  Successive infield groundouts put her on third with two away and she scored an unearned run on a fielding error by Hawai'i shortstop Jessica Iwata.

Helm went 3-for-3 with a run and Lopez was 1-for-3 with three RBI and a run.  Vanessa House and Annica Wolfe had the other two hits for the Spartans.

Amanda Pridmore, who allowed just one hit on Friday night gave up just two in seven innings.  She struck out 10 batters and improved her record to 9-6.  Parnaby (10-1) was tagged with her first loss of the year giving up six hits and four runs in 7.0 innings work.

In game two of the doubleheader, the Rainbow Wahine's Stephanie Ricketts tossed a six-inning no hitter en route to an 8-0 win.

Hawai'i scored two runs in the first, one in the second and four in the third off Pridmore, who was starting her third game in less than 24 hours.  Kelly Majam broke the Hawai'i career home run record with a solo shot in the second inning.  It was the 45th of her career.

Pridmore lasted 2.2 innings allowing seven runs on six hits.  Jennifer Ames came on in relief and after allowing an RBI single to the first hitter she faced, she retired the next seven batters in a row.  In the bottom of the sixth she gave up a single and walk to open the inning.  Two batters later, with runners on second and third, UH's Sarah Robinson singled to plate her team's eighth run and give them an 8-0 win.

Ames went 2.2 innings and was responsible for one run on three hits.  She struck out one batter.

The Spartans return to action on Wednesday, March 28 when they visit the Saint Mary's Gaels in Moraga, Calif.  First pitch for the doubleheader is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.