Softball Heads To Nevada This Weekend

This Week:
Fri., April 6    Nevada    Reno, Nev.    3:00 p.m. PDT
Sat., April 7    Nevada (DH)    Reno, Nev.    1:00 p.m. PDT

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SPARTANS ON THE ROAD AGAIN:  San Jose State heads up Interstate 80 this weekend for a Western Athletic Conference series at Nevada.  The Spartans enter the weekend on a two-game winning streak after sweeping a doubleheader from Louisiana Tech last Friday before the third game was washed out due to rain on Saturday.  The team is tied for third in the WAC standing with BYU at 3-2 after the Cougars also had their third game rained out at Fresno State last Saturday.

HOUSE, FISH RECEIVE WAC HONORS:  Vanessa House and Madison Fish were named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Hitter and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for their performances in the sweep of Louisiana Tech.

    House hit .571 with six RBI, a .625 on-base percentage and a 1.000 slugging percentage.  In the first game, she took the first pitch she saw in the 10th inning over the centerfield fence for a three-run home run and give San Jose State a 4-2 win.  In the second game, House was 3-for-3 with three RBI and a stolen base.
    Fish pitched her first complete-game shutout in a 7-0 win over Louisiana Tech.  Making just her fourth start of the season, she held the Lady Techsters to a .043 batting average, walked two and struck out two in 25 batters faced.

LIVE STATS:  All games this week will have live stats, with links available on the San Jose State web site at www.sjsuspartans.com, under “Live Stats.”

LIVE VIDEO:  All three games at Nevada will have live video available for a nominal fee on www.nevadawolfpack.com.

ABOUT NEVADA:  The Wolf Pack enter the weekend wit a 12-24 overall record and a 3-3 WAC mark.  The team won two of its three games at Utah State last weekend.  Head coach Matt Meuchel is in his fourth year at the school.  Karley Hopkins leads the team with a .323 batting average with 40 hits and six doubles.  Pitcher Mallary Darby has a 3.42 ERA in 108.1 innings pitched.  She begins the week with a 6-11 record and 64 strikeouts in 22 appearances.
    San Jose State holds a 22-15 advantage in the all-time series.

SPARTAN HEAD COACH:  Peter Turner is in his sixth year at San Jose State with a 140-178 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 eighth in saves with three and 58th in strikeouts per seven innings at 7.6 per game.  Michelle Cox is 53rd in stolen bases per game at 0.47.  The Spartans are 98th in doubles at 1.19 per game.

COX NAMED TO 2012 AUSTRALIAN OPEN WOMEN’S TEAM:  After playing in six games for the Aussie Spirit in March, 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 SWEEP LA TECH:  San Jose State swept a doubleheader from Louisiana Tech last Friday before Saturday’s game was rained out.  The Spartans needed extra innings and a Vanessa House home run in the 10th to win 4-2. Madison Fish then pitched a one-hitter, and House and Breanna Lopez drove in five of the seven runs in a 7-0 win.

ONE-HITTERS SINCE 2000:
  With one-hitters pitched each of the last two WAC weekends, the Spartans have thrown 11 one-hitters since 2000.  Amanda Pridmore pitched a 1-hitter in a 4-1 loss at #17 Hawaii, while Madison Fish pitched a one-hitter in a 7-0 win against Louisiana Tech.  It is the first time since the 2006 season that the Spartans have pitched more than one one-hitter in a season.
One-Hitters in San Jose State Softball History Since 2000
March 30, 2001    Sabrina Quintero 1-0 W    at UC Riverside
Feb. 17, 2005    Carol Forbes    1-0 W    at Grambling State
March 5, 2005    Carol Forbes    1-0 W    at Sacramento State
Feb. 10, 2006    Kelly Harrison    6-0 W    vs. Saint Mary’s
March 15, 2006    Courtney Lewis    2-0 W    vs. No. Dakota State
April 7, 2006    Courtney Lewis    4-0 W    Louisiana Tech
April 7, 2007    Kelly Harrison    9-0 W    at Louisiana Tech
March 18, 2008    Deanna Mauer,
            Jennifer Ames    11-0 W    Northern Colorado
March 13, 2010    Amanda Pridmore 4-0 W    Saint Mary’s
March 23, 2012    Amanda Pridmore 1-4 L    at #17 Hawaii
March 30, 2012    Madison Fish    7-0 W    Louisiana Tech


WAC SERIES WINS:  With the two wins over Louisiana Tech, 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. 
    On the road, the last Spartan WAC series win came last year when the team won 2-of-3 at Louisiana Tech.
    The Spartans last swept a WAC series during the 2010 season when San Jose State won three games at Nevada.

PLAYING DOWN UNDER:  Michelle Cox played 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.
    At the Challenge, Cox played in the first six games of the series.  She scored three runs and had a pinch hit.

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.

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 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 10th in strikeouts with 124.  She needs four to tie for eighth place and 18 for seventh place.  Carol Forbes holds the school record with 230 in 2005.

COLLINS TAKES A WALK:  Leadoff hitter Markesha Collins leads the Spartans in walks with 20 and is tied for 10th on the San Jose State single season walk list.  She needs two to tie for seventh and 10 to tie the school record of 30 set by Brittany McConnell (2010) and Kasey Igarta (2007).  Collins has collected two walks in five games this season and has walked once in three of the past four games.

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 third with 378 and needs 77 strikeouts to move into second 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. 


STANGE AMONG CAREER FIELDING LEADERS:  Senior Alex Stange is among the top-10 fielders in San Jose State history.  She has a .982 fielding percentage, good for eighth all-time.  Stange has 656 putouts, 43 assists and 13 errors in her three-plus years.  She is also ninth in putouts with 656 and third in double plays turned (since 2000) with 29, two shy of second place.  Joining Stange on the list is BranDee Garcia who is tied for 10th with 15 double plays turned.