Softball Sweeps Ninth Doubleheader Of 2013

San Antonio, Texas - The San Jose State University softball team swept its ninth doubleheader of the season with 2-0 and 3-2 wins over UTSA in a Western Athletic Conference (WAC) matchup on Saturday.

The Spartans won the series, 2-1, and finish the weekend in a tie for first place in the conference with New Mexico State.

"Our goal this weekend was to win the series," Head Coach Peter Turner said, "so to bounce back like they did from a tough loss yesterday was phenomenal."

A Nail-Biter Of A Win For San Jose State

San Jose State’s timely hitting was a major cause of its three runs scored in the second game. In the first inning, Michelle Cox got the Spartans on the board first from second base on an Annica Wolfe single after initially reaching on a fielder’s choice and stealing second.

In the third, Markesha Collins, who reached on a fielding error, doubled the Spartans’ lead when Jessica Garcia grounded out, making the score 2-0. Cox scored her second run of the game off of Jessie Hufstetler’s single to right field for the 3-0 lead.

The Spartans took their three-run lead into the seventh, but a five-hit inning by the Roadrunners put that in jeopardy. Samantha Beeson’s solo homer to left center made the score 3-1 and saw Amanda Pridmore relieve starting pitcher Madison Fish. With two outs, Courtney Buchman hit a one-run single to cut San Jose State’s lead to one. Pridmore’s next two batters each singled to load the bases but she struck out the game’s final batter to set the San Jose State single-season record for saves in a season with six (previous record holders were Carol Forbes, 2005, and Courtney Lewis, 2003, with five), earning her second of the day.

Spartans Shutout Roadrunners

In the day’s opener, San Jose State’s two-run second inning were the game’s only runs. Nicole Schultz, scoring in her fourth-consecutive game, put the team on the scoreboard when Markesha Collins grounded out for the 1-0 score. On the next at bat, BranDee Garcia doubled the Spartans’ lead, 2-0, when she scored on a wild pitch by Alyssa Vordenbaum.

Allison Lang pitched 4.1 shutout innings before she was relieved by Amanda Pridmore, who retired eight of UTSA’s (19-14, 4-2 WAC) final nine batters.

Total Team Effort

On the day, seven Spartans had at least one hit. Michelle Cox scored a team-high two runs, going 2-for-6 (.333).

“This team is going to have contributions up and down the lineup on any given day,” Turner said. “The coaching staff has to manage that, however, and when we know someone isn’t seeing the ball well, we will give someone else opportunities.”

Lang (5-1) and Amanda Pridmore combined for the first game’s shutout win, allowing seven hits with two strikeouts. In game two, in six innings of work, Fish (3-2) struck out four batters and scattered four hits. In one inning of relief, Pridmore allowed four hits with one strikeout.

“Fish and Lang stepped up and had great innings,” said Turner. “Sometimes, going in to a hostile environment and using three pitchers is hard to do but they did what we needed them to do: throw big innings and use Pridmore as a closer. We could not have won without them.”

 

WAC Games

March 30, 2013 

San Antonio, Texas

 

Game One

San Jose State 2, UTSA 0 

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San Jose State...... 000 020 0 -  2  4  0      (25-11, 4-1 WAC)

UTSA................ 000 000 0 -  0  7  3      (19-13, 4-1 WAC)

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Pitchers: San Jose State - Lang, Allison; Pridmore, Amanda(5) and Garcia, Jessica. UTSA -Vordenbaum and Low.

Win-Lang, Allison(5-1)  Save-Pridmore, Amanda(5)  Loss-Vordenbaum(7-6) 

 

Game Two

San Jose State 3, UTSA 2 

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San Jose State...... 102 000 0 -  3  9  2      (26-11, 5-1 WAC)

UTSA................ 000 000 2 -  2  8  1      (19-14, 4-2 WAC)

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Pitchers: San Jose State - Fish, Madison; Pridmore, Amanda(7) and Morentin, Dorothy. UTSA -Staton and Low.

Win-Fish, Madison(3-2)  Save-Pridmore, Amanda(6)  Loss-Staton(9-5) 

HR UTSA - Beeson (1).

Fish faced 1 batter in the 7th.