Softball Sweeps LA Tech In WAC Home Opener

San Jose-Spartan pitchers Amanda Pridmore and Madison Fish and outfielder Vanessa House each made huge contributions to the San Jose State softball sweep of Louisiana Tech, 4-2 in 10 innings and 7-0, Friday afternoon.

Opening the home portion of the Western Athletic Conference schedule, the Spartans needed a three-run home run by House in the bottom of the 10th inning of game one for the win.  Trailing 2-1 in the 10th, Jessica Garcia and Britney Helm reached base on a walk and a single to center field, respectively.  House then took the first pitch she saw to deep center field for the win.

"I got underneath the ball after having a couple of bad at bats earlier in the game," said House.  "I thought the home run was a pop-up and was going to get caught.  I was really lucky with it and was trying to just get a solid hit.  I am glad I was able to pick up my team when I can.  We are all impact players and needed someone to step up and hit one.  I was hitting the ball pretty well today."

Pridmore also reached a milestone in the complete-game victory.  She tied her career-high with 11 strikeouts in the win and moved into third all-time on the San Jose State career strikeout list with 378.  Pridmore passed Corina Lilly who had 376 from 1994-98.  Pridmore is also 10th on the San Jose State single season list with 124 and needs just four to tie for eighth place.  Five of her 11 strikeouts came in the final four innings of the game.

"I knew I had to get 10 strikeouts to move up and knew it could be a long shot with only six going into the seventh inning," said Pridmore.  "I think I am getting stronger every game and can pitch stronger and harder towards the end of the game since taking a week off earlier this season."

In the second team, Fish pitched her first collegiate complete game and shut out in the 7-0 win.  She allowed just one hit over the seven innings with two walks and two strikeouts in 25 batters faced.  Fish now has a 5-2 record on the season.

San Jose State scored two runs in the first, three in the second and one in the fourth and fifth innings for the win.  House led the team in hitting, going 3-for-3 with three RBI.  Cheryl Freitas hit her second home run of the season in the fifth inning.

"I am really proud of my pitchers today, and we made them earn everything they got," said Spartan head coach Peter Turner.  "We hit the ball hard at a lot of people in the first game and did not get anything to show for it.

With the two wins, the Spartans won a home WAC series for the first time since the 2009 season when the team took 2-of-3 from Boise State and Utah State.

"Any time you create distance from other teams is huge," said Turner.  "This series win gives us a leg-up in the standings.  This league is not an easy league, and Louisiana Tech scrapped with us on the field today."

Game three of the series is scheduled for noon on Saturday pending the weather.  Be sure to check the San Jose State web site, www.sjsuspartans.com, for schedule updates.

 

WAC Games

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San Jose State            4            Louisiana Tech            2            10 innings

Louisiana Tech            001            000            000            1            --            2            4            1

San Jose State                        000            100            000            3            --            4            8            0

Jones and Kipp.  Pridmore and J. Garcia.  WP - Pridmore (10-7).  LP - Jones (9-9).  HR - Hale (LT); House (SJS).  2B - A. Kipp (LT); B. Lopez, Stange (SJS).  2 hits-  B. Lopez, Stange (SJS).  3 RBI - House (SJS).  Records - Louisiana Tech 15-18, 2-2; San Jose State 18-18, 2-2.

 

San Jose State            7            Louisiana Tech            0

Louisiana Tech            000            000            0            --            0            1            1

San Jose State                        203            110            x            --            7            9            1

E. Kipp, Goff (2), Frandrup (6) and A. Kipp.  Fish and J. Garcia.  WP - Fish (5-2). LP - E. Kipp (5-4).  HR - Freitas (SJS). 2B - B. Lopez (SJS).  3 hits - House (SJS).  2 hits - Collins (SJS).  3 RBI - House (SJS).  2 RBI - B. Lopez (SJS).  Records - Louisiana Tech 15-19, 2-3; San Jose State 19-18, 3-2.

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