Five Runs In Last Three Innings in 5-4 Win

San Jose-Jessica Garcia drove a double to left center field to drive in BranDee Garcia from second base to give the San Jose State softball team at 5-4 come-from-behind victory over UC Davis Wednesday afternoon at SJSU Field.

 

With the game tied 4-4, BranDee Garcia started the seventh inning with a single up the middle and then advanced to second on an errant catch on an attempted pick-off play while Amanda Schatz was at the plate.  Two Spartans flied out to center and left fields before Jessica Garcia came to the plate.  With a 2-0 count, she hit the only Spartan extra-base hit of the day.

 

The Spartans fell behind 2-0 after the top of the first inning, were down 4-0 after four innings and hitless through four innings.

 

The game changed in the fifth inning for the Spartans.  With one out, Kailey Mertz singled up the middle to give San Jose State its first hit of the day.  She advanced to second on a passed ball, advanced to third on a Britney Helm single, and scored on a fielding error on an attempted pick-off play.  Helm advanced to third on the play.

 

BranDee Garcia then got her first of two hits on the day as bunted for a single.  Schatz drew a walk to load the bases.  Breanna Lopez then came to the plate and drove in Helm and Garcia with a single through the left side.  Garcia finished the day 2-for-2 at the plate with two runs scored, two walks and two stolen bases.

 

"I personally never felt out of the game," said BranDee Garcia.  "I think it just took us a while to get a hit until we started making adjustments to the pitching and defense.  We just finally found a way to get hits after getting jammed on inside pitches early in the game."

 

San Jose State tied the game in the sixth inning as Cheryl Freitas started the inning with a single to right center and eventually scored on a squeeze play executed by Mertz. 

 

"The squeeze was a very well executed play, one we don't do a lot," said Spartan head coach Peter Turner.  "Cheryl did an awesome job getting a great jump from third, and Kailey did a great job laying down the bunt.  Both of them committed to the squeeze and helped get us back in the game.  I was really pleased about it."

 

Pitcher Janessa Gutierrez picked up her fourth win of the season as she pitched 3.1 innings in relief of starter Alex Molina.  Molina pitched the first 3.2 innings and struck out three before being replaced by Guiterrez.

 

"I expect my team to hang in there and fight back," said Turner. "We did a really good job of being disciplined at the plate.  UC Davis had a couple of chances of having really big innings, and we stopped them, something we have not done in weeks.  We stayed close enough to steal the game, and we did that."

 

The Spartans continue the week of hosting "Aggie" teams this weekend with a three-game Western Athletic Conference series against Utah State.  Friday's single game begins at 3 p.m., while Saturday's doubleheader starts at 12 p.m.  All games will be played at SJSU Field.

 

Non-Conference Game

SJSU Field

 

San Jose State            5            UC Davis            4

UC Davis                        201            100            0            --            4            9            3

San Jose State                        000            031            1            --            5            7            1

2 outs, 1 LOB when game ended.

Thweatt, Cochran (6) and Miller and Wagoner.  Molina, Gutierrez (4) and Schatz.  WP - Gutierrez (4-2).   LP - Cochran (0-1).  2B - Wagner, Guzman (UCD); J. Garcia (SJS).  3 hits - Wagoner (UCD).  2 hits - Miller, Guzmann (UCD), B. Garcia (SJS).  2 RBI - Gonzalez (UCD); B. Lopez (SJS).  Records - UC Davis 17-14; San Jose State 15-23.

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