Softball Hosts LA Tech, Changes Made To Schedule

This Week:
Fri., March 30    Louisiana Tech (DH)    SJSU Field    12:00 p.m. PDT
Sat., March 31    Louisiana Tech    SJSU Field    12:00 p.m. PDT

SCHEDULE CHANGE:  Please note - Changes have been named to the San Jose State-Louisiana Tech series for this weekend.  The two teams will play a doubleheader on Friday and a single game on Saturday.  Changes were necessary due to the projections of rain in San Jose this weekend, especially on Saturday.  Be sure to check www.sjsuspartans.com throughout the weekend for any game time changes that may occur.

SPARTANS RETURN TO SJSU FIELD:  San Jose State opens the home portion of the Western Athletic Conference season this weekend with a three-game series against Louisiana Tech.  The Spartans return to SJSU Field after winning 1-of-3 games last weekend at #17 Hawaii.

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.”

ABOUT LOUISIANA TECH:  The Lady Techsters enter the weekend with a 15-17 overall record and a 2-1 WAC mark after taking 2-of-3 from Utah State last weekend.  Head coach Sarah Dawson is in her 10th season at the helm of the program. Melanie Goff leads the team with a .412 batting average with 21 hits, 12 runs scored and 10 RBI.  Jana Frandrup is second with a .388 batting average, 31 hits and 22 RBI.  Michelle Jones leads the pitching staff with a 2.58 ERA and a 9-8 record in 18 appearances and 103 innings pitched.  She has struck out 42 batters and pitched 12 complete games.
    San Jose State holds a 19-16 edge in the overall series and won 2-of-3 last season in Ruston.

SPARTAN HEAD COACH:  Peter Turner is in his sixth year at San Jose State with a 138-178 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 seventh in saves with three and 59th in strikeouts per seven innings at 7.6 per game.  Michelle Cox is 47th in stolen bases per game at 0.50.

COX NAMED TO 2012 AUSTRALIAN OPEN WOMEN’S TEAM:  After playing in six games last week for the Aussie Spirit, freshman Michelle Cox was named to the 2012 Australian Open Women’s Team that will compete at the ISF XIII Open Women’s World Championship in Canada, July 13-22.  The team will also compete at the US World Cup of Softball VII and the Canadian Open International Fastpitch Championship.

SPARTANS TAKE 1-OF-3 FROM #17 HAWAII:  San Jose State opened the WAC season last weekend , winning the middle game of three at #17 Hawaii.  Spartan pitcher Amanda Pridmore allowed just one hit in the 4-1 loss to start the series.  She struck out nine in six innings pitched.  Britney Helm drove in the only Spartan run of the game.  On Saturday, Pridmore picked up the win with 10 strikeouts, and Breanna Lopez hit a three-run home run in the Spartans’ 4-2 win.  San Jose State was no-hit in the 8-0 loss in six innings.

PLAYING DOWN UNDER:  Michelle Cox played last week for the Aussie Spirit at the 2012 International Softball Challenge against Japan, March 21-24, in Canberra.  Cox rejoined her Spartan teammates in Hawaii on Saturday for the final two games of the series.
    She played in the first six games of the series.  She scored three runs and had a hit in a pinch-hitting role.

WAC PITCHER OF THE WEEK:  After breaking the San Jose State career saves record, Amanda Pridmore was named the WAC 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 sixth all-time and needs one for fourth 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    Breanna Lopez    2009-C
    9    Jessica Guillen    2003-06
    9    Carlie Hill    2003-06
    9    Maya Garcia    1996-99
      9    Victoria Ruelas    1995-97

SINGLE SEASON LISTS:  Michelle Cox and Amanda Pridmore are tied for 10th in their respective San Jose State single season lists.  Cox is tied for 10th in stolen bases with 16, needing one for seventh, two for fourth and 14 to tie the school record of 30 set by Noleana Woodard in 1989. 
    Pridmore is tied for 10th in strikeouts with 113.  She would need 15 to tie for eighth place.  Carol Forbes holds the school record with 230 in 2005.

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.


MOVIN’ ON UP:  Pitchers Amanda Pridmore and Jennifer Ames are both listed on the San Jose State career strikeouts top-10.  Pridmore, who moved into fourth in the first game of the year, is currently fourth with 367 and needs just 10 strikeouts to take over third place all-time.  Ames moved onto the list in the first tournament and is currently ninth with 191 strikeouts.  A complete listing can be found on page six.

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 646 putouts, 41 assists and 13 errors in her three-plus years.  She is also ninth in putouts with 646 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.

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