Softball Bests Santa Clara, 4-0

San Jose, Calif. – The San Jose State University softball team won its third-consecutive game in a non-conference 4-0 shutout of the Santa Clara Broncos on Wednesday.

“This was definitely a game we needed to win, especially going into a big WAC series this weekend,” said senior Markesha Collins, who led the Spartans at the plate with her 2-for-4, one run and one RBI performance. “After coming off of our series win last weekend (2-1, against UTSA), which was a good performance, today’s win sets us up for Seattle U.”

Spartans Capture Early Lead

San Jose State (27-11) jumped out to the lead in the first inning. Jessica Garcia hit a ball to Santa Clara shortstop Casandra Padilla that Padilla dropped as she attempted to throw Jessica Garcia out, giving Vanessa House time to score the 1-0 run.

The Spartans tacked on another three runs in the fifth. Michelle Cox scored from second base when Markesha Collins singled to center field. After Collins advanced to third on two separate wild pitches, Jessie Hufstetler hit a sacrifice fly, giving Collins her second run in as many games for the 3-0 lead. Casey Watt knocked a one-run single, scoring Madison Fish for her first-career run and the game’s final 4-0 score.

The Broncos’ (5-27) best scoring chance came in the sixth inning. Kelly Scribner bombed a stand-up double to left center, which was followed by a Chiara Biagini single to left field. But a groundout to shortstop BranDee Garcia and a strikeout ended the threat.

Spartans Win Behind Strong Base-Running And Solid Pitching

San Jose State scored two of its four runs from second base and stole three bases, its second-most of the season. It was Cox's second game with two stolen bases, and House stole the game's third base. Said Head Coach Peter Turner, “We put House and Cox in the top-two spots in the batting order because we wanted to give them more opportunities to steal, and we made the right call today.”

Amanda Pridmore (16-8) earned her fourth complete game shutout of the season, and 11th of her career, scattering four hits and striking out five with a walk. Ciara Gonzales (1-7) allowed six hits, walked four and struck out three.

San Jose State returns to Western Athletic Conference (WAC) play this Friday, April 5, when it hosts Seattle U at 3:00 p.m.


April 3, 2013
San Jose, Calif.

San Jose State 4, Santa Clara 0 
Santa Clara......... 000 000 0 - 0 4 2 (5-27)
San Jose State...... 100 030 X - 4 6 1 (27-11)
Pitchers: Santa Clara - GONZALES, C and BIAGINI, Chiara. San Jose State - Pridmore, Amanda and Garcia, Jessica; Morentin, Dorothy.
Win-Pridmore, Amanda(16-8) Loss-GONZALES, C(1-7)