San Jose, Calif. - Michelle Cox bombed her first-career homerun and Allison Lang pitched three shutout innings, but the San Jose State University softball team fell, 2-1, to the Seattle University Redhawks in their Western Athletic Conference (WAC) series opener on Friday.
“We need to understand that teams will not lay down for us because we are in first place,” Head Coach Peter Turner said. “Today, Seattle played every aspect of the game better than we did, and we did not compete like we normally do.”
The Redhawks (14-21, 3-4 WAC) were the first team on the scoreboard in the third inning. After a leadoff single by Seattle U’s best hitter (.317) Allegra Wilde, the next two batters popped up and struck out, respectively. But Bubba Morrow blasted a double to center field, scoring Wilde and making the score 1-0.
Seattle doubled up on its lead in the fourth inning. With runners on first and second, Jessica Ulrich singled up the middle and Brianna Guerrero got the 2-0 run off of a throwing error by pitcher Amanda Pridmore.
Lang relieved Pridmore in the fifth inning, allowing three hits and facing just one batter over the minimum. Turner talked about his decision to put Lang in the relief position. “I wanted to see how Seattle would handle the hard downball,” he said. “She came in and threw some shutout innings, which was what we needed.”
The first homerun of Cox’s collegiate career cut Seattle U’s lead in half in the sixth inning. With two outs, Cox knocked a long shot just short of the centerfield wall. Centerfielder Isabella Geronimo dove in an attempt to catch the ball but missed, giving Cox the time she needed to get her WAC-leading 30th run of the season for the 2-1 score.
Pridmore (16-9) took the loss for the Spartans (27-12, 5-2 WAC), striking out five and allowing four hits in four innings of work. Mandie Sugita’s record improved to 4-8 for the Redhawks, as she scattered five hits and struck out three.
Jessica Garcia led San Jose State at the plate, going 2-for-3. Cox, BranDee Garcia, and Markesha Collins each had one hit.
San Jose State hosts Seattle U tomorrow, April 6, for a 12:00 p.m. doubleheader.