Week Of The Aggies For Softball

This Week:
Wed., April 6    UC Davis    SJSU Field    3:00 p.m. PDT
Fri., April 8    Utah State    SJSU Field    3:00 p.m. PDT
Sat., April 9    Utah State (DH)    SJSU Field    12:00 p.m. PDT

THE WEEK OF THE AGGIES:  San Jose State faces two teams of “Aggies” this week at SJSU Field.  The Spartans host UC Davis Wednesday afternoon in a single non-conference game.  The team then returns to Western Athletic Conference play this weekend with a three-game series with Utah State at SJSU Field.  The two teams play a single game on Friday and a doubleheader on Saturday.

ABOUT UC DAVIS:  The Aggies come into Wednesday’s game with a 17-13 overall record and have won the first two meeting this season.  UC Davis won two games over San Jose State at the Santa Clara Bronco Classic, 7-2 on March 11, and 4-3 in nine innings on March 13.  UC Davis took two of three over the weekend from Cal State Northridge.  Head coach Karen Yoder is in her seventh year at the school.  Alex Holmes leads the team in hitting at .400 with 38 hits, seven doubles and seven triples. She is also the team’s top pitcher with a 2.33 ERA in 26 appearances and has a 12-10 record with 133 strikeouts.

ABOUT UTAH STATE:  The Aggies enters the weekend with a 5-32 overall record and an 0-6 WAC mark.  The team lost a doubleheader at Weber State Tuesday, 7-4 and 6-5.  Head coach Carissa Millsap-Kalaba is in her second year at the school.  Kassandra Uchida leads the team in hitting at .307 with 27 hits.  The pitching staff is led by Mandy Harmon who has a 5.67 ERA and a 4-17 record in 26 appearances.

LIVE STATS:  All games this week will have live stats.  Links can be found on the San Jose State web site at www.sjsuspartans.com and go to “Live Stats.”  Be sure to go that page to click on the new camera for each game.

SPARTAN HEAD COACH:  Peter Turner is in his fifth year at San Jose State with a 116-148 coaching record.  He recorded his 100th career victory last year in a 2-1 win over New Mexico State on May 5, 2010.

STAYIN’ IN CALIFORNIA:  With the exception of the Louisiana Tech series on April 29 and 30, the Spartans will play the rest of their games this season in the state of California.  The team started the year in Arizona, played a tournament in Las Vegas, and have two WAC series out of the state (New Mexico State and Louisiana Tech).  Otherwise, all games this year will be played in the state of California.  The team plays at home this weekend, at Fresno State next weekend before returning home to face Nevada the 22nd and 23rd.  After a trip to Louisiana, the Spartans host Hawaii the first weekend in May and then hope to travel to the 2011 WAC Softball Tournament at Fresno State.

WAC HONOREE:  Jennifer Ames was named Pitcher of the Week for February 7-13.  She pitched two complete games and recorded a save as the Spartans went 6-0 on the weekend.  Ames pitched two complete games in wins over Cal State Bakersfield, 3-1, and Santa Clara, 2-1.  She also recorded a save in another 3-1 win over the Roadrunners as she pitched two-thirds of an inning.  Ames now has three career saves.  She struck out three on the weekend.  This is the first honor this season and the second of her career for Ames.

2011 WAC TOURNAMENT:  The 2011 WAC Tournament will be played May 11-14, in Fresno, Calif., as Fresno State plays host at Bulldog Diamond.  The top six teams in the conference advance to the double elimination tournament. 

WAC TOURNAMENT TICKETS GO ON SALE THIS THURSDAY:  All-session tickets for the 2011 WAC Softball Tournament go on sale this Thursday, April 7. The all-session pass is good for all 10 games (11 if the second game on Saturday is necessary).

Tickets can be purchased online or over the phone at (559) 278-2647. Tickets can also be purchased at the Bulldog Diamond ticket booth starting one hour prior to the first game each day. (Cash only accepted at Bulldog Diamond).

Single day tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Tuesday, May 11.

Ticket prices are as follows:    All-Session    Single Day
Lower Box (Reserved)    $40    $15
Upper (Reserved)    $25    $9
Adult General Admission    $15    $6
Youth/Senior/College Student    $10    $4

YOUNG, WE ARE VERY YOUNG:  After losing 10 letterwinners and seven starts from last year’s team, common sense says the Spartans would be a young team.  But, the Spartans typically start five freshmen and two or three sophomores every game.  The team consists of 12 freshmen, six sophomores, five juniors and one senior and is the youngest team of head coach Peter Turner’s Spartan career.

AMES MOVES UP SAVES LIST:  With her two saves this season, Jennifer Ames is now tied for sixth all-time at San Jose State with three.
CAREER SAVES
    1.    8    Carol Forbes    2002-05
    2.    7    Amanda Pridmore    2009-10       
        7    Courtney Lewis    2003-06
    4.    5    Sabrina Quintero    1997-01
    5.    4    Roxanne Bejarano    2007-08
    6.    3    Jennifer Ames    2008-C
        3    Anne Walsh    1992
        3    Lisa Wehren    1990-93
    9.    2    Kelly Harrison    2006-07
        2    Candice Akin    1999-03
        2    Corina Lilly    1994-98

STANGE HITS SPARTANS TO WIN:  With the bases loaded, two outs and a 3-2 count in the bottom of the seventh inning, Alex Stange hit a double to left center field wall to drive in two runs to give San Jose State a 4-3 win over Idaho State.  Stange finished the game 2-for-4 from the plate with two RBI.

SPARTAN NOTES - HITTERS:  Annica Wolfe leads the Spartans in hitting with a.344 average and has started 35 games at third base.  She has .396 on base percentage and a .490 slugging percentage.  She has 33 hits, 20 RBI and 11 runs scored.  Wolfe had three hits against Appalachian State, San Diego, Santa Clara and New Mexico State and two hits in seven games.  She drove in four runs in a game against Santa Clara in March and three runs in the final game at New Mexico State.  She hit her first collegiate home run against Appalachian State and added one against Pacific and Boise State.  Wolfe has drawn nine walks and stole a base at Cal State Bakersfield.

Sadie Coenen has a .333 batting average with a .434 on base percentage and a .440 slugging percentage in 32 games played.  Coenen is the team’s starting left fielder and has 28 hits on the year.  She has scored 21 runs and drawn 15 walks.  Coenen leads the team with seven doubles and has the team’s only triple. 

Alex Stange, the Spartan starter at first base, is hitting .311 on the year with a .363 on base percentage and a .417 slugging percentage.  She has 32 hits to go with 14 runs scored and 17 RBI.  Stange has eight multiple-hit games including three hits against Cal State Northridge and Cal State Bakersfield.  She has had two four-game hitting streaks in March.  Stange had the game-winning double to drive in two runs in a win over Idaho State.  She hit her home runs of the season against Albany and New Mexico State and has five doubles on the year.  Stange has drawn nine walks and stole a base against Santa Clara in March.

Cheryl Freitas leads the team with four home runs as she is hitting .280 this season.  She has 23 hits, 19 runs scored, and 21 RBI.  She is one of three players with five doubles on the year.  Freitas has a .384 on base percentage and a .488 slugging percentage.  She has drawn 12 walks and stole two bases.  Freitas had three hits against Cal State Bakersfield and Troy and two hits in four hits.  She drove in four runs against Cal State Northridge, three RBI against Santa Clara and New Mexico and two RBI in three other games.  Freitas has had a three-game hitting streak twice this season.

BranDee Garcia is hitting .274 on the season with 29 hits and 14 runs scored.  She has driven in 11 runs including two against Santa Clara and Troy.  She hit her only home run of the year against Mississippi.  Garcia had three hits against Santa Clara and in a win against Boise State and added two hits in five games.  She had two five-game hitting streaks earlier this season.  She has 12 walks including three in a game against Santa Clara in March.  Garcia is the starter at second base but can start at short stop. 

Britney Helm leads the team in runs scored with 22, walks with 17 and stolen bases at eight.  The Spartans starting centerfielder, Helm is hitting .273 with 27 hits and eight RBI.  She has started all 33 games played.  She has three doubles on the year and hit two home runs in a loss at Pacific in February.  Helm recorded two hits in six games and had a six-game hitting streak snapped in game one against New Mexico State.  She drove in four runs at Pacific and had three walks against Portland State and Albany.

Jessica Garcia has a .208 batting average with 21 hits, 14 RBI and 11 runs scored.  She hit her first collegiate home run against Troy and added another at New Mexico State.  Garcia has drawn eight walks and hit two sacrifice flies - Arizona State and Santa Clara.  She had two hits against Santa Clara and Pacific in February.  Garcia had three RBI against Troy and two at New Mexico State.  She has started 35 of her 37 games played, starting either at catcher, second base or the outfield.

Amanda Schatz has played in 25 games and started 22, all but two at catcher.  She is hitting .277 on the year with 18 hits, four runs and 10 RBI.  Schatz has six doubles on the year.  She hit her first collegiate home run in a win at Cal State Bakersfield.  Schatz also has four walks, a .338 on base percentage and a .415 slugging percentage.  She has recorded two hits in six games.

Jacqueline Zepeda has played in 26 games, starting 23 at short stop.  She has a .224 batting average, .274 on base percentage and a .310 slugging percentage.  Zepeda has 13 hits, five runs scored and seven RBI.  She recorded two hits in four games - at UNLV,  against Arizona, at New Mexico State and versus Boise state.  Her doubles came against Arizona and Boise State.  Zepeda has four walks and two stolen bases.  She drove in two runs against Arizona and New Mexico State.

Breanna Lopez is hitting .159 in 24 games played.  She has seven hits on the year including two at Cal State Bakersfield.  Lopez has driven in nine runs this year including two in three games.  She scored two runs against Troy.  Her only double of the year came against Idaho State. 

Markesha Collins has seen action in 26 games this year. She is hitting .158 on the season with six hits and five runs scored.  She had two hits against Idaho State including a double.  Collins has also drawn eight walks on the year and stolen three bases.

Stephanie Ziemann has played in 34 games and started 19, all in the outfield.  She is hitting .143 with eight hits, six runs scored and five RBI.  She hit a double against Appalachian State and a her first collegiate home run against Cal State Northridge.  Ziemann has also drawn 10 walks this year including two against San Diego and Troy.  Her only stolen base came against Cal State Bakersfield.

Cristina Menjivar has seen action in eight games.  She is hitting .333 with four hits and two RBI.  Menjivar had two hits and drove in two runs in a win over Santa Clara in March.  She scored a run in a pinch-hitting role at Cal State Bakersfield.

Dorothy Morentin has seen action in seven games, mostly as a pinch hitter or replacement catcher.  She recorded her first collegiate hit against Cal State Bakersfield and drove in two runs in that game. 

Kailey Mertz is hitting .222 in eight games played.  She has two hits on the year including a double against Idaho State  She scored a run at Cal State Bakersfield and drawn four walks this year.  She has seen action at third base and as a pinch hitter.

Nikki Chapman has played in nine games this year  She has a .188 batting average with three hits, one runs scored and one RBI.  She also drew three walks.

Brianna Yray has appeared in 13 games and started once in the outfield (vs. Cal State Bakersfield).  She scored a run against Cal State Northridge and Santa Clara.  Yray also stole a base against Cal State Bakersfield.

Lauren Shanks has seen time in eight games this year, mostly as a pinch runner.  She has scored five runs and struck out twice.

PITCHING STAFF NOTES:
Jennifer Ames begins the week with a 6-10 record and a 3.80 ERA.  She has pitched in 20 games and 110.2 innings this season and has 10 complete games.  Ames has struck out 43 batters on the season.  She also has two saves on the year - Appalachian State and Cal State Bakersfield.  Ames was the WAC Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 14-20.
Five or More Strikeouts This Season
5    vs. Portland State (Feb. 12) L, 3-5
5    vs. New Mexico (March 16) W, 3-1
5    vs. Idaho State (March 22) W, 4-3

Elyssa Fox begins the week with a 3-11 record and a 5.25 ERA in 18 appearances.  She has started 13 games and pitched four complete games this season.  Fox tied her career high with nine strikeouts in a complete game win over Albany.  She leads the team with 46 strikeouts in 65.1 innings pitched.  Fox’s only shutout of the season was an 8-0 win over Santa Clara.

Five or More Strikeouts This Season
9    vs. Albany (Mar. 12) W, 3-2
6    vs. Cal State Northridge (Feb. 11) L, 8-9
6    at UNLV (Mar. 6) L, 2-5
5    vs. Kansas (Mar. 5) L, 2-4

Janessa Gutierrez has a 6.43 ERA in 18 appearances with a 3-2 record.  She has started four games and pitched one complete game, a 6-2 win over Cal State Bakersfield.  She struck out four batters against Appalachian State. Gutierrez picked up a win in relief against Idaho State.

Alex Molina has pitched in 11 games and started twice - Cal State Bakersfield and Santa Clara, both wins.  She has a 2-0 record in 24.1 innings pitched with a 6.71 ERA and nine strikeouts.  Molina struck out five batters against Santa Clara in March. 

UP NEXT:  The Spartans go on the road but stay in California for four road games.  The team plays at #13 Stanford next Tuesday, April 12 at 6 p.m.  San Jose State then plays a three-game series at Fresno State on April 15 and 16.  Friday’s single game begins at 6 p.m., followed by a doubleheader at 1 p.m. on Saturday.