Softball Hosts First Of Two Straight WAC Weekends

This Week:
Fri., April 1    Boise State    SJSU Field    3:00 p.m. PDT
Sat., April 2    Boise State (DH)    SJSU Field    12:00 p.m. PDT

SOFTBALL RETURNS HOME FOR WAC HOME OPENER:  San Jose State returns to SJSU Field for the first of two consecutive WAC weekends.  The Spartans open the home portion of the WAC season this Friday and Saturday against Boise State.

ABOUT BOISE STATE:  The Broncos begin the week with an 18-10 overall record and a 3-0 WAC record, tied for first with Hawaii, Fresno State and New Mexico State.  Boise State plays a single game against Utah Valley on Tuesday and a doubleheader at Utah on Wednesday before coming to San Jose.  Head coach Erin Thorpe is in her third season at the helm of the program.  Freshman Devon Bridges leads the team in hitting with a .417 batting average.  She was also named the WAC Hitter of the Week after batting .714 last week for the Broncos.  Pitcher Aubray Zell leads the team with ah 1.65 ERA and a 6-1 record with 56 strikeouts.  Allie Crump leads the staff with 81 strikeouts, and she has a 9-4 record with a 4.39 ERA in 14 games pitched.

LIVE STATS:  All three games this weekend will have live stats.  Links can be found on the San Jose State web site at www.sjsuspartans.com and go to “Live Stats.”  Be sure to go that page to click on the new camera for each game.

SPARTAN HEAD COACH:  Peter Turner is in his fifth year at San Jose State with a 115-146 coaching record.  He recorded his 100th career victory last year in a 2-1 win over New Mexico State on May 5, 2010.

WAC HONOREE:  Jennifer Ames was named Pitcher of the Week for February 7-13.  She pitched two complete games and recorded a save as the Spartans went 6-0 on the weekend.  Ames pitched two complete games in wins over Cal State Bakersfield, 3-1, and Santa Clara, 2-1.  She also recorded a save in another 3-1 win over the Roadrunners as she pitched two-thirds of an inning.  Ames now has three career saves.  She struck out three on the weekend.  This is the first honor this season and the second of her career for Ames.

2011 WAC TOURNAMENT:  The 2011 WAC Tournament will be played May 11-14, in Fresno, Calif., as Fresno State plays host at Bulldog Diamond.  The top six teams in the conference advance to the double elimination tournament. 

WAC SEASON STARTS:  The 2011 WAC season started last weekend with four teams (Hawaii, Fresno State, New Mexico State, Boise State) sweeping the other teams in the conference (San Jose State, Nevada, Louisiana Tech, Utah State.)

YOUNG, WE ARE VERY YOUNG:  After losing 10 letterwinners and seven starts from last year’s team, common sense says the Spartans would be a young team.  But, the Spartans typically start five freshmen and two or three sophomores every game.  The team consists of 12 freshmen, six sophomores, five juniors and one senior and is the youngest team of head coach Peter Turner’s Spartan career.

DESIGNATED PLAYER SPOT FITS:  After starting the season at second base, sophomore Cheryl Freitas has settled into the starting designated player position.  She leads the team with four home runs and 21 RBI.  She is hitting .291 on the year with a .389 on base percentage and a .506 slugging percentage.

AMES MOVES UP SAVES LIST:  With her two saves this season, Jennifer Ames is now tied for sixth all-time at San Jose State with three.
CAREER SAVES
    1.    8    Carol Forbes    2002-05
    2.    7    Amanda Pridmore    2009-10       
        7    Courtney Lewis    2003-06
    4.    5    Sabrina Quintero    1997-01
    5.    4    Roxanne Bejarano    2007-08
    6.    3    Jennifer Ames    2008-C
        3    Anne Walsh    1992
        3    Lisa Wehren    1990-93
    9.    2    Kelly Harrison    2006-07
        2    Candice Akin    1999-03
        2    Corina Lilly    1994-98

STANGE HITS SPARTANS TO WIN:  With the bases loaded, two outs and a 3-2 count in the bottom of the seventh inning, Alex Stange hit a double to left center field wall to drive in two runs to give San Jose State a 4-3 win over Idaho State.  Stange finished the game 2-for-4 from the plate with two RBI.

SPARTAN NOTES - HITTERS:  Sadie Coenen leads the Spartans with a .356 batting average.  She has a .466 on base percentage and a .466 slugging percentage in 29 games played.  Coenen is the team’s starting left fielder.  She has 26 hits on the year.  She has scored 20 runs and drawn 15 walks.  Coenen leads the team with six doubles and has the team’s only triple this year. 

Alex Stange, the Spartan starter at first base, is hitting .333 on the year with a .381 on base percentage and a .448 slugging percentage.  She has a team best 32 hits to go with 14 runs scored and 17 RBI.  Stange has eight multiple-hit games including three hits against Cal State Northridge and Cal State Bakersfield.  She has had two four-game hitting streaks in March.  Stange had the game-winning double to drive in two runs in a win over Idaho State.  She hit her home runs of the season against Albany and New Mexico State and has five doubles on the year.  Stange has drawn eight walks and stole a base against Santa Clara in March.

 Annica Wolfe has started 32 games at third base.  She is hitting .330 on the season with a .388 on base percentage and a .455 slugging percentage.  She has 29 hits, 19 RBI and 10 runs scored.  Wolfe had three hits against Appalachian State, San Diego, Santa Clara and New Mexico State.  She drove in four runs in a game against Santa Clara in March and three runs in the final game at New Mexico State.  She hit her first collegiate home run against Appalachian State and added one against Pacific.  Wolfe has drawn nine walks and stole a base at Cal State Bakersfield. 

Cheryl Freitas leads the team with four home runs as she is hitting .291 this season.  She has 23 hits, 18 runs scored, and 21 RBI.  She is one of four players with five doubles on the season.  Freitas has a .389 on base percentage and a .506 slugging percentage.  She has drawn 11 walks and stole two bases.  Freitas had three hits against Cal State Bakersfield and Troy and two hits in four hits.  She drove in four runs against Cal State Northridge, three RBI against Santa Clara and New Mexico and two RBI in three other games.  Freitas starts the weekend with a three-game hitting streak.

Britney Helm leads the team in runs scored with 21, walks with 15 and stolen bases at eight.  The Spartans starting centerfielder, Helm is hitting .275 with 25 hits and eight RBI.  She has started all 30 games played.  She has three doubles and hit two home runs in a loss at Pacific in February.  Helm recorded two hits in six games and had a six-game hitting streak snapped in game one against New Mexico State last weekend..  She drove in four runs at Pacific and had three walks against Portland State and Albany.

BranDee Garcia is hitting .268 on the season with 26 hits and 13 runs scored.  She has driven in 10 runs including two against Santa Clara and Troy.  She hit her only home run of the year against Mississippi.  Garcia had three hits against Santa Clara and two hits in five games.  She had two five-game hitting streaks earlier this season.  She has 12 walks including three in a game against Santa Clara in March.  Garcia is the starter either at second base or short stop. 

Jessica Garcia has a .211 batting average with 20 hits, 13 RBI and 10 runs scored.  She hit her first collegiate home run against Troy and added another at New Mexico State last weekend.  She has two doubles on the year.  Garcia has drawn seven walks and hit two sacrifice flies - Arizona State and Santa Clara.  She had two hits against Santa Clara and Pacific in February.  Garcia had three RBI against Troy and two at New Mexico State.  She has started 32 of her 34 games played, starting either at catcher, second base or the outfield.

Amanda Schatz has played in 22 games and started 19, all but one at catcher.  She is hitting .273 on the year with 15 hits, four runs and eight RBI.  Schatz is one of four Spartans with five doubles this year.  She hit her first collegiate home run in a win at Cal State Bakersfield.  Schatz also has four walks, a .344 on base percentage and a .418 slugging percentage.  She has recorded two hits in four games.

Jacqueline Zepeda has played in 23 games, starting 20 at short stop.  She has a .208 batting average, .263 on base percentage and a .283 slugging percentage.  Zepeda has 11 hits, five runs and seven RBI.  She recorded two hits in three games - at UNLV,  against Arizona and at New Mexico State.  Her only double of the year was versus Arizona.  Zepeda has four walks and two stolen bases.  She drove in two runs against Arizona and New Mexico State.

Markesha Collins has seen action in 25 games this year. She is hitting .162 on the season with six hits and five runs scored.  She had two hits against Idaho State including a double.  Collins has also drawn eight walks on the year and stolen three bases.

Breanna Lopez is hitting .143 in 22 games played.  She has six hits on the year including two at Cal State Bakersfield.  Lopez has driven in nine runs this year including two in three games.  She scored two runs against Troy.  Her only double of the year came against Idaho State. 

Stephanie Ziemann has played in 32 games and started 19, all in the outfield.  She is hitting .127 with seven hits, six runs scored and five RBI.  She hit a double against Appalachian State and a her first collegiate home run against Cal State Northridge.  Ziemann has also drawn 10 walks this year including two against San Diego and Troy.  Her only stolen base came against Cal State Bakersfield.

Cristina Menjivar has seen action in eight games.  She is hitting .333 with four hits and two RBI.  Menjivar had two hits and drove in two runs in a win over Santa Clara in March.  She scored a run in a pinch-hitting role at Cal State Bakersfield.

Dorothy Morentin has seen action in six games, mostly as a pinch hitter or replacement catcher.  She recorded her first collegiate hit against Cal State Bakersfield and drove in two runs in that game. 

Kailey Mertz is hitting .250 in seven games played.  She has two hits on the year including a double against Idaho State  She scored a run at Cal State Bakersfield and drawn four walks this year.  She has seen action at third base and as a pinch hitter.

Nikki Chapman has played in nine games this year  She has a .188 batting average with three hits, one runs scored and one RBI.  She also drew three walks.

Brianna Yray has appeared in 13 games and started once in the outfield (vs. Cal State Bakersfield).  She scored a run against Cal State Northridge and Santa Clara.  Yray also stole a base against Cal State Bakersfield.

Lauren Shanks has seen time in five games this year, mostly as a pinch runner.  She has scored four runs and struck out twice.

PITCHING STAFF NOTES:
Jennifer Ames begins the weekend with a 5-9 record and a 3.37 ERA.  She has pitched in 18 games and 97.2 innings this season and has nine complete games.  Ames has struck out 39 batters on the season.  She also has two saves on the year - Appalachian State and Cal State Bakersfield.  Ames was the WAC Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 14-20.


Five or More Strikeouts This Season
5    vs. Portland State (Feb. 12) L, 3-5
5    vs. New Mexico (March 16) W, 3-1
5    vs. Idaho State (March 22) W, 4-3

Elyssa Fox begins the weekend with a 3-10 record and a 4.97 ERA in 16 appearances.  She has started 12 games and pitched four complete games this season.  Fox tied her career high with nine strikeouts in a complete game win over Albany.  She second on the team with 44 strikeouts in 62 innings pitched.  Fox’s only shutout of the season was an 8-0 win over Santa Clara.

Five or More Strikeouts This Season
9    vs. Albany (Mar. 12) W, 3-2
6    vs. Cal State Northridge (Feb. 11) L, 8-9
6    at UNLV (Mar. 6) L, 2-5
5    vs. Kansas (Mar. 5) L, 2-4

Janessa Gutierrez has a 5.75 ERA in 17 appearances with a 3-2 record.  She has started four games and pitched one complete game, a 6-2 win over Cal State Bakersfield.  She struck out four batters against Appalachian State. Gutierrez picked up a win in relief against Idaho State this past Tuesday.

Alex Molina has pitched in 10 games and started twice - Cal State Bakersfield and Santa Clara, both wins.  She has a 2-0 record in 20.1 innings pitched with a 6.68 ERA and eight strikeouts.  Molina struck out five batters against Santa Clara in March. 

UP NEXT:  The Spartans return to SJSU Field for three more WAC games next weekend.  The team hosts Utah State on Friday, April 8, with a single game at 3 p.m., and on Saturday, April 9, with a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m.