First-Place Softball Hosts Santa Clara, Seattle

This Week:

Santa Clara, Seattle U                        San Jose, Calif.           

April 3             Santa Clara                 3:00 p.m.
April 5             Seattle U*                    3:00 p.m
April 6             Seattle U* (DH)          12:00 p.m.

(All times in PDT)

SAN JOSE STATE SPARTANS: The San Jose State University softball team (26-11, 5-1 WAC) faces South Bay rivals Santa Clara for a mid-week matchup on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. The Spartans then host Seattle University for a WAC series on April 5 and 6: a single game at 3:00 p.m. on Friday and a doubleheader beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday.

The Spartans saw their 10-game win streak snapped, the longest of the season, in their opening game against UTSA on Friday, March 29. San Jose State won the series, however, after shutting out the Roadrunners in the first game on Saturday and narrowly beating UTSA, 3-2, in the second game.

LIVE STATS: Live stats for this week’s games will be available on SJSUSpartans.com.

SANTA CLARA BRONCOS: The Broncos (5-26, 2-2 PCSC) come to San Jose with a two-game win streak after sweeping conference-foes Loyola Marymount in a double-header on Saturday, March 30, but are 3-24 in non-conference games. Stephanie Fisher is the Broncos’ leader at the plate, going 37-for-86 with 11 runs and RBI, eight doubles, and two triples and homeruns. Her .430 batting average, .640 slugging percentage and .505 on base percentage are the highest in the Pacific Coast Softball Conference (PCSC). Carissa Theis (2-10) has a team-high 73 innings of work this season with a Santa Clara-best 4.56 ERA, striking out 49 and allowing 79 hits with one shutout and six complete games. Lisa Mize is in her fifth season as the Broncos’ head coach.

SEATTLE UNIVERSITY REDHAWKS: The Redhawks (13-21, 2-4 WAC) have finished both of their WAC series this season, against UT Arlington and Texas State, with 1-2 records, but have lost seven  of their last nine games. Isabella Geronimo has a team-best 29 hits, 16 runs, 19 RBI and 42 total bases for Seattle. Richelle Ashburn (8-9) has seen the most action in the circle for the team, posting 76 strikeouts, three shutouts and a team-best 2.89 ERA in 109 innings with a WAC-high 19 starts. Dan Powers is 10th season at the helm of the Redhawks’ program.

SUCCESSFUL SPARTANS: San Jose State saw its season-high 10-game win streak end in the first game of its series against UTSA, but swept its doubleheader against the Roadrunners on March 30. The Spartans have won 21 of its last 25 games, outscoring their opponent 136-55 in that time.

Amanda Pridmore has the most saves in the nation with six, a single-season San Jose State record, and is tied for the 15-most strikeouts (165) and 19-most victories (15). Michelle Cox’s three triples are tied for 31st in the nation.

In the WAC, Cox is tied for most runs scored (28), while Pridmore has struck out the most batters and has the most appearances (31).

PRIDMORE NAMED WAC PITCHER OF THE WEEK FOR SECOND STRAIGHT WEEK: Amanda Pridmore was named the WAC Pitcher of the Week for March 18-24. Pridmore earned all three wins for San Jose State, as the Spartans opened WAC play 3-0 for the first time in school history. In 22.2 innings of work, she posted a 0.71 ERA with 13 strikeouts and held opponents to a .162 batting average. She opened the week with a complete-game win over Utah State, striking out six. The following day, she posted her second-career combined shutout, striking out five in 5.2 innings of work. She closed out the week with a complete-game victory in the finale to move into second place all-time in victories (59) at San Jose State.

Pridmore was named the WAC Pitcher of the Week for March 11-17 after going 4-1 with a save in six appearances at the San Diego Classic II. In 27.2 innings of work, she posted a 0.51 ERA, 44 strikeouts and held opponents to a .120 batting average. Pridmore has pitched 24.2 shutout innings. In her two appearances on March 16, she pitched 12 innings of shutout softball, yielded just two singles, struck out 25 of the 42 batters she faced and was the winning pitcher in both games. In a 4-0 complete game shutout against Marist (3/16), she had a San Jose State single-game record 17 strikeouts, tying her for the 31-most in a single seven-inning game in NCAA Division I history.

Pridmore’s first WAC Pitcher of the Week honor of 2013 was for Feb. 18-24 after she went 2-0 with a save in four appearances. In 15.1 innings, she posted a 0.91 ERA, 25 strikeouts and held opponents to a .143 batting average. Pridmore opened the week with a save against Fresno State (2/22). She then struck out 10 in 5.0 innings of work against Saint Mary's (2/23), which she followed with a career-high 13 strikeouts in a complete-game win over St. John's (2/24).

SPARTANS SWEEP WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS: Markesha Collins was named Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Hitter of the Week and Allison Lang is the conference's Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 4-10 after their performances at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., hosted by Arizona State. This is the first honor for both.

Collins, a senior outfielder from Citrus Heights, Calif., led the Spartans to a 4-2 record at the Kajikawa Classic. She was 9-for-16 (.563) with a double, a home run, three RBI and three runs scored over the six games. Collins also posted three multi-hit games, stole two bases and walked four times.

Lang, a sophomore from Fountain Valley, Calif., threw a two-hit shutout in her only appearance of the week. In her first-career complete game, she allowed just two hits with one walk in 6.0 innings of work. Lang also struck out three with a no-hitter through the first five and 2/3 innings, facing just three batters over the minimum.

SPARTANS SEE LITTLE TURNOVER: Alongside All-WAC Preseason Team selections Cox and Pridmore, San Jose State’s lineup is bolstered by the return of 11 letterwinners, including  nine starters and four pitchers. Senior Markesha Collins had a team-high 40 runs scored and the Spartans’ third-best batting average, a .275 (42-for-153). Junior Jessica Garcia drove in the most runs on the team (38) and her nine doubles were the second-most on the team.

NEWCOMERS: Eleven newcomers are on the Spartans’ roster, including two redshirts and a junior transfer. Sacramento State transfer Devin Caldwell highlights San Jose State’s newcomer list, as she joins the Spartans following her 2012 Pacific Coast Softball Conference’s (PCSC) all-Coastal Division Team honorable mention selection at second base.

PRIDMORE’S PLACE IN HISTORY: Starting pitcher Amanda Pridmore is listed in 10 San Jose State career lists and has the San Jose State saves (16) and strikeouts looking (156) records. She has the program’s second-most strikeouts (620), wins (59), appearances (147), starts (99) and games finished (46). She has pitched the third-most innings (727.1) and complete games (67), and has the seventh-most shutouts in San Jose State history with 10.

SPARTAN NOTES:

Devin Caldwell has 28 starts on second base in 35 games for San Jose State. She is 26-for-80 (.393 batting average) with a .400 slugging percentage on the season with 19 runs and five RBI. She had a six-game hit streak (Feb. 17-24) and back-to-back doubles at Pacific and Southern Utah (3/2). She knocked two triples in the first game against Utah State (3/23, when she when 2-for-3 with two runs. She scored runs in three consecutive games (3/15-16) at the San Diego Classic II. Caldwell had a season-high three hits against Pacific (3/2), and has four multi-run and six multi-hit games.

Markesha Collins has started 35 games for the Spartans as either an outfielder or designated hitter. She leads the team in batting average (.379), hits (39), homeruns (6), RBI (26), total bases (63), slugging percentage (.612) and on base percentage (.500). Her longest hit streak of the season lasted seven games (Feb. 14-22). She drove in a career-high six RBI against Idaho State (2/23), and was perfect at the plate in two games (4-for-4 against Fresno State, 2/22; 3-for-3 against Nevada, 3/1). Collins blasted back-to-back home runs (against Idaho State, 2/17, and Fresno State, 2/22), has 10 multi-hit games, three multi-run games and six multi-RBI games. She has also stolen seven bases. Collins was named the WAC Hitter of the Week for Feb. 4-10 after going 9-for-16 (.563) with a double, a home run, three RBI and three runs scored over the six games.

Michelle Cox has started 36 games for the Spartans in either the outfield or at first base. Her three triples are tied for 31st in the nation and in the WAC, Cox is tied for most runs scored (28) while stealing a team-leading 12 bases. She had a five-game hit streak (2/8-14), and has nine multi-hit and multi-run games. In the first game against Utah State (3/23), Cox’s two hits on three at bats were a double and a triple, yielding four RBI, and against Idaho State (2/23), when she went 3-for-4 with two runs, an RBI and a double.

Sharon-Renae Estrada has one start and 13 games in the infield, as designated hitter, and has pinch hit. She has four hits on 13 at bats. At Sacramento State, she was 2-for-4 with an RBI, the first of her career. Her first career hit was a single to center field against Saint Mary’s (2/23). She was hit by a pitch against Hawai’i (2/15) and versus Utah State (3/23).

Madison Fish has a 3-2 record in eight starts and 12 appearances as a right-handed pitcher. She has 13 strikeouts in 34.1 total innings. She struck out a season-high four batters in the second game of a doubleheader against UTSA (3/30) in six innings. Against Fresno State (2/22), when, in 5.2 innings of work, she struck out two batters and allowed three hits in the 5-2 win. 

Cheryl Freitas has started 29 games as either an infielder or designated hitter, and pinch hit in three games. She has a .420 on base percentage, a .488 slugging percentage and is 29-for-86 (.337). She had an eight-game hit streak (3/1-3/16), the longest for any Spartan this season, and two three-game run streaks (2/22-23, 3/1-3/2). Freitas has seven multi-RBI games, six multi-hit games and two multi-run games. In the first Utah State game (3/23), she went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a double. She was the Spartans' leading hitter at the Libby Matson Tournament, going 7-for-15 with six RBI and five runs, and led all hitters at the tournament in runs and total bases (12).

BranDee Garcia has started 29 and played in 32 games as San Jose State’s shortstop. She scored runs in seven-consecutive games (2/17-3/1). Garcia was 1-for-2 with two runs and RBI each against Utah State (game one, 3/23) and had two RBI with a double in two at bats against New Mexico (2/8), and went 2-for-4 with three runs, a one-run homer and a stolen base against Nevada (3/1). She has four homeruns, three multi-RBI and two multi-run games.

Jessica Garcia has started 36 games as the Spartans’ catcher or third baseman. She led the Spartans at the plate at the San Diego Classic II, posting a .389 batting average (7-for-18) with two doubles, eight RBI and a homerun. She also had a four-game hit streak at the tournament. Garcia had her first home run of the season, which brought in two runners, in the first game against St. John’s (2/24). Against Nevada (3/1), her lone at bat was a double that brought in three runners. She had back-to-back doubles once (against Nevada and Southern Utah, 3/1) and has four multi-hit games.

Vanessa House has started 35 of San Jose State’s 37 games this season. She leads the Spartans with eight doubles, and is 33-for-101 on the season with 20 runs, 16 RBI, a .446 slugging percentage, a .438 on base percentage, and nine stolen bases. She had a six-game hit streak (3/3-3/16). House’s best game of the 2013 was against Idaho State (2/23) when she went 3-for-3 with four RBI, two doubles and a triple. She went 2-for-3 five times and was perfect at the plate three times. She had back-to-back doubles against Oregon State and Cal Poly (2/10), stole two bases in the second St. John’s game (2/24), and scored a season-best three runs against Fairfield (3/16). House has eight multi-hit games and five multi-RBI games.

Jessie Hufstetler has started 31 of 32 games at first base or designated hitter for the Spartans. She is 28-for-88 with 12 runs, 20 RBI, five doubles and two homers, alongside a .390 on base percentage and .443 slugging percentage. Against CSU Northridge (2/22), she went 1-for-3 with three RBI and a double. In the Idaho State (2/17) game, she went 2-for-2 with two runs and RBI, and one homerun. She was perfect at the plate against Nevada (3/1), with a double and two runs. Hufstetler had a six-game hit streak (3/3-3/16), six multi-hit games, three multi-run games and five multi-RBI games.

Allison Lang is 5-1 with 10 starts and 46.2 innings in the circle for San Jose State. She has struck out 19 batters and has allowed 51 hits and 23 runs. She was named the WAC Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 4-10 after, in her first-career complete game against New Mexico (2/8), she allowed just two hits with one walk in 6.0 shutout innings of work. Lang had her second shutout of the season in a complete game against CSU Northridge (2/22), when she allowed three hits with two walks in seven innings. Against California (2/16), she had a season-best five strikeouts.

Alyssa Martinez has played in 11 games with six starts as a pinch hitter and runner or shortstop for the Spartans. Her best game of the season was against Fairfield (3/16), where her lone hit of the game (on two at bats) was a double, and she walked.

Dorothy Morentin has four starts as the Spartans’ catcher and an additional nine appearances as a catcher or pinch hitter. At Sacramento State (3/27), she was 2-for-3 with a double and RBI. She drove in her other RBI this season against Harvard (3/15). She had a season-high six put outs twice: against California (2/16) and at Sacramento State.

Briana Pontecorvo has six starts in 11 games for the Spartans as a pinch hitter, first baseman or designated hitter. Against CSU Northridge (2/8), she drove in two runs with one double. Against Sacramento State (3/26), she was perfect at the plate (1-for-1) and versus New Mexico (2/8), she walked twice and her one at bat yielded an RBI. She had a season-high four at bats against CSU Northridge (2/8).

Amanda Pridmore has a 15-8 record in 17 starts and has a WAC-best 165 strikeouts, striking out her 500th batter against Idaho State (2/18). She has the most saves in the nation with six, a single-season San Jose State record, and is tied for the 15-most strikeouts (165) and 19-most victories (15). In the WAC, Pridmore has struck out the most batters and has the most appearances (31). She posted a season-high 31 shutout innings from 3/14-22. She had three saves in four games: at Sacramento State (3/27), and in both games of a doubleheader at UTSA (3/30).

Pridmore was named the WAC Pitcher of the Week for March 18-24. Pridmore earned all three wins for San Jose State and, in 22.2 innings of work, posted a 0.71 ERA with 13 strikeouts and held opponents to a .162 batting average. She was named the WAC Pitcher of the Week for March 11-17 when she went 4-1 with a save in six appearances at the San Diego Classic II. In 27.2 innings of work, she posted a 0.51 ERA, 44 strikeouts and held opponents to a .120 batting average. In a 4-0 complete game shutout against Marist (3/16), she had a San Jose State single-game record 17 strikeouts, tying her for the 31-most in a single seven-inning game in NCAA Division I history. She was also the WAC Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 18-24 after going 2-0 with a save in four appearances. In 15.1 innings, she posted a 0.91 ERA, 25 strikeouts and held opponents to a .143 batting average.

 She has double-digit strikeouts in five games and has allowed four or fewer hits in eight complete games. Pridmore had a one-hitter against Southern Utah (3/2), with 5.2 perfect innings.

Taylor Purdy has started 15 starts in 17 games in the infield for the Spartans. Against CSU Northridge (2/8), she was 2-for-3 with one run and was walked. Versus Portland State (2/7), her one at bat yielded two runs, she walked and stole a base. She had back-to-back hits against Harvard (3/15) and Fairfield (3/16).

Jordan Sauceda has started two games in the circle for San Jose State - against Cal Poly (2/10) and Idaho State (2/23), and appeared in the Oregon (2/9), Hawai’i (2/15) and Nevada (3/1) games. She earned her first-career win against Idaho State, when she allowed a season-low five hits and one run. In 18.2 innings of work, she has seven strikeouts, and has allowed 27 hits and 16 runs while walking 10.

Nicole Schultz has 23 starts in 31 games for the Spartans in either the outfield or as a pinch runner. She has gone 20-for-70 with 11 runs, five doubles, two homeruns, and 11 RBI. She had runs (3/17-3/22), doubles and RBI (3/26-3/29) in three-consecutive games. Her best game of the season was at Sacramento State (3/27), where she went 3-for-4 with a run, a homer, a double and two RBI. Against UCLA (2/16), Schultz was 2-for-3 with a homerun that yielded an RBI. She had two RBI against Fairfield (3/16) and the walk-off run against Long Beach State (3/17).

Marissa Toy has been the Spartans’ pinch runner in 16 games, scoring five runs. She had runs in three consecutive games (2/16-23), and one at bat against Hawai’i (2/15), when she played second base.

Casey Watt has 11 at bats and one start in 20 games for the Spartans as a pinch runner and hitter, outfielder, first baseman or designated hitter. Against Sacramento State (3/26), her lone hit was a two-run double, and she scored a run. Her first-career hit was a double to center field against Saint Mary’s (2/23), which drove in a run. She stole a base against Massachusetts (3/15) and was hit by a pitch against Hawai’i (2/15).

Annica Wolfe has started 18 of 20 games this season for San Jose State at third base. She is 8-for-42 with three RBI and 12 walks. Against New Mexico (2/8), she went 2-for-4 and drove in one RBI. She had a three-game hit streak (2/15-2/16), and walked in six-consecutive games (2/16-2/23). Wolfe went 1-for-2 with a run and RBI against Marist (3/16).

2013 WAC TOURNAMENT: The 2013 WAC Tournament takes place in Ruston, La., May 8-11. Hosted by Louisiana Tech, the conference’s top six teams advance to the double elimination tournament.

UP NEXT: San Jose State heads to No. 15/17 Stanford on Wednesday for a 6:00 p.m. game, then travels for a WAC series against Louisiana Tech that begins Friday, April 12 at 4:00 p.m. (CDT), prior to an 1:00 p.m. (CDT) doubleheader on Saturday.