Softball Win Streak At 10 With 5-2 Victory

Sacramento, Calif. - The San Jose State University softball team extended its win streak to 10, sweeping a home-and-home with Sacramento State, after the Spartans won, 5-2, in a non-conference two-game series with the Hornets on Wednesday, March 27. 

San Jose State is one win away from the all-time record of 11-straight wins set in 1992.

“I was really pleased with the way they approached the game,” Head Coach Peter Turner said. “Coming off yesterday's 8-2 win, the next day can be difficult. We got good support at the bottom of the lineup by some kids who got a chance to fill in, and I was really pleased by that.”

Sharon-Renae Estrada’s first-career RBI was the game’s first run. With the bases loaded on walks, Estrada hit a hopping ball to Hornets’ shortstop Yesenia Alcala that fell out of her hands, giving Michelle Cox room to score the opening run. But a pop-up and unassisted out ended the inning.

San Jose State (24-10) added on to its 1-0 lead in the second inning. The inning’s leadoff hitter, Nicole Schultz, batting eighth in the order, blasted her second homerun of the season on a one-two count to left center for the 2-0 score. Dorothy Morentin’s first extra-base hit of the year, a long shot to right center, drove in Cox from second to make the score 3-0.

The Spartans’ increased its run differential in the next inning. Caldwell, who transferred from Sacramento State(16-11) this year, hit a single down the left field line. But the Hornets’ left fielder slid as she was picking up the ball, allowing Marissa Toy to score from first. After a fly out, Schultz knocked her second extra base hit of the day, a double to drive in Caldwell for the 5-0 lead.

In the sixth, Lauren Blair ended starting pitcher Madison Fish’s bid for her first shutout of 2013. Blair bombed her first-career homer just to the right of the left field line to give Sacramento State its first run of the game, making the score 5-1.

Alyssa Vanderdrink’s second homerun of the season in the seventh cut San Jose State’s lead to three. A bomb to the right of the Hornets’ scoreboard in left center field, it was the final run of the game for the final 5-2 Spartan victory.

Fish (2-2) allowed three hits, walking two and striking out three. Amanda Pridmore earned her fourth save of the season, and 14th of her career, striking out both of the batters she faced. 

“We expected big things when the season started from Fish,” Turner said. “She had better command, and as we got through the middle innings, she started getting ahead in the count and that’s what she needs to do. I was very pleased with her performance.”

The Spartans scattered eight hits, three of which were extra-base hits. The team was led at the plate by Schultz, who went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and a double. Morentin was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

San Jose State heads to UTSA for a three-game Western Athletic Conference series on Friday, March 29, and Saturday, March 30.  This will be the first-ever meetings with the Roadrunnners in school history. 

 

San Jose State 5, Sacramento State 2 (Mar 27, 2013 at Sacramento, Calif.)

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San Jose State...... 122 000 0 - 5 8 0 (24-10)
Sacramento State.... 000 001 1 - 2 3 2 (16-11)
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Pitchers:
San Jose State - Fish, Madison; Pridmore, Amanda(7) and Garcia, Jessica; Morentin, Dorothy.
Sacramento State - Hartman, Jennifer; Stroud, Taylor(1); Yerby, Kaitlyn(6) and Solis, Kortney; Prado, Paris.
Win-Fish, Madison(2-2) Save-Pridmore, Amanda(4) Loss-Hartman, Jennifer(4-3) 
HR SJSU - Schultz, Nicole (2).
HR SAC - Blair, Lauren (1); Vanderdrink, Alyssa (2).
Hartman, J. faced 3 batters in the 1st.