Softball Splits Day; Wins Series

Reno, Nev. - After hammering the Nevada Wolf Pack 11-2 on Friday afternoon, the San Jose State softball team suffered a brief hiccup in game one of a Saturday doubleheader, a 1-0 loss, but came back in game two and routed the Nevada to the tune of a 10-0 five-inning decision.

The split improves the Spartans record to 21-19 on the year, 5-3 in Western Athletic Conference (WAC) action.  Nevada drops to 13-26, 4-5 in conference play.

Pitcher Amanda Pridmore started all three games for the Spartans in the series and went 2-1 on the weekend.  She gave up three runs, two earned and walked just three batters in 16 innings of work.

"Amanda did a great job today and really all weekend," head coach Peter Turner said.   "She was efficient in her pitches (50 in game one and 41 in game two on Saturday).  Game one was a 1-0 loss and took only 59 minutes so I ran her back out there in game two and she was on it again."

Pridmore held the Wolf Pack hitless in five of the six innings of game one, but in the fourth Nevada got a single to open the inning and three batters later another single scored the game's only run.

The Spartans had trouble getting hits off Nevada starter Karlyn Jones who limited them to just two.

"We didn't get a lot of hits," Turner said, "but we were hitting the ball hard; just at people.  I was happy with the way we were moving it around and in game two those outs became hits and runs."

In the nightcap, the Spartans put up double digit hits and runs for the second time in three game against Nevada pitching.  They pounded out 10 knocks with Cheryl Freitas leading the parade going 3-for-3 with two RBI and a run.  Markesha Collins and Michele Cox each had two hits and scored two runs.  Breanna Lopez was 1-for-3 with three RBI and two runs and  Jessica Garcia and Annica Wolfe picked up the other two hits for San Jose State and each drove in two runs.

The Spartans scored five times in the first with the big hits being a two-RBI double from Freitas and a two-RBI single from Wolfe.

In the fourth inning the Spartans put up another crooked number.  They scored four more runs on a two-RBI single from Garcia and a two-run homer from Lopez.  The shot, over the left field fence, moved Lopez into a tie for fourth place on the Spartans' career home runs list.

With the game in hand San Jose State added an unearned run on the Wolf Pack's sixth error of the weekend and cruised to the 10-0, five-inning win.

"We have been saying all year long that we want to take two games out of every three game series," Turner said.  "So far we've done that in two of the three (conference) series we've played, so I'm happy with what I am seeing right now."

Pridmore's win (12-8) in game two, the 38th of her career, moves her into fourth place on the San Jose State career-wins list.

With two steals in the series Cox has 18 on the season which places her in a tie for fourth place on the program's single-season steals list.

The Spartans next opponent is Fresno State.  The Bulldogs will be in San Jose next Friday and Saturday for a three-game WAC set.