San Jose-A seven-run first inning helped propel the San Jose State softball team to an 8-4 win in game two Saturday over Utah State at SJSU Field. The Spartans dropped the first game of the Western Athletic Conference doubleheader 5-2.
Alex Stange led the Spartans in game two as she went 3-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Her only RBI came in the first inning when she drove in the third run of the game with a single up the middle. Stange also scored in that inning on a Jacqueline Zepeda sacrifice fly.
"I was really seeing the ball in game two," said Stange. "It looked like a beach ball. They were making mistakes, and we were capitalizing on them. We have to keep winning games if we want to make our goal of playing at the WAC Tournament."
The Spartans used a seven-run first inning in game two to break open the second game of the day against the Aggies. San Jose State recorded six hits in the inning and sent 12 batters to the plate. Utah State also committed three errors in the inning to keep the inning alive.
San Jose State added a run in the fourth inning as Stange singled up the middle. Lauren Shanks pinch ran for Stange and eventually scored on a dropped fly ball by the Utah State right fielder.
Elyssa Fox picked up the win in relief of Alex Molina. Fox pitched the final 3.1 innings as she allowed three hits and three walks but struck out four. Molina pitched the first 3.2 innings, allowing nine hits, four runs, three earned, and one walk while striking out three.
In the first game, the two teams were scoreless for the first three innings before Utah State scored four runs in the top of the fourth inning. The Spartans responded in the bottom of the inning with a run as Cheryl Freitas scored on a Jessica Garcia single up the middle.
San Jose State's only other run of the game came in the sixth inning when Freitas doubled to right center and eventually scored on a fielder's choice. Freitas finished the game 2-for-2 at the plate with two doubles and two runs scored.
"I am pleased that we were able to get some key hits early in the second game and then come back and scratch out another run," said Spartan head coach Peter Turner. "I never relaxed during the second game. I was pleased the Elyssa got the job done to get the win and did not give up any runs.
"I knew Utah was not as bad as their record indicated. They have played tough competition and our young just like us. We create problems for ourselves and have to get a better pitching effort than this weekend. We gave up way too many hits and still make silly mistakes that we are trained not to do."
The Spartans now gear up to play two nationally-ranked team this upcoming week. The team will play at single game at Stanford this Tuesday, April 19 at 6 p.m. San Jose State then travels to #23 Fresno State next weekend for a three-game series starting with a 6 p.m. game Friday night followed by a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.
Utah State 5 San Jose State 2
Utah State 000 410 0 -- 5 11 0
San Jose State 000 101 0 -- 2 8 2
Harmon, Tyteca (6) and Miller. Ames, Molina (5) and Schatz. WP - Harmon (5-19). LP - Ames (6-12). 2B - Helm, Freitas 2 (SJS). 3 hits - Uchida (US). 2 hits - Landers, Bava, Miller (US); Freitas (SJS). 2 RBI - Ventura (US). Records - Utah State 7-32, 2-6; San Jose State 15-25, 1-7.
San Jose State 8 Utah State 4
Utah State 110 200 0 -- 4 12 5
San Jose State 700 100 X -- 8 8 1
Chaplin, Shel. Tyteca (1), Harmon (6) and Miller. Molina, Fox (4) and Schatz. WP - Fox (4-11). LP - Chaplin (0-6). 3B - Lenzora (US). 2B - Uchida, Landers 2, McDonald (US); Helm, Coenen (SJS). 3 hits - Stange (SJS). 2 hits - Uchida, Landers, Marquez, Lenzora (US); Coenen (SJS). 2 RBI - Helm (SJS). Records - Utah State 7-33, 2-7; San Jose State 16-25, 2-7.
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