Softball Going For Four Straight WAC Series Wins

THIS WEEK:

No. 15/16-Stanford: Stanford, Calif.

April 10   No. 15/16-Stanford   6:00 p.m.

Louisiana Tech: Ruston, La.

April 12   Louisiana Tech* 4:00 p.m.
April 13  Louisiana Tech (DH)*   11:00 a.m.

(All times in PDT)

SAN JOSE STATE GOING FOR FOUR-STRAIGHT SERIES WINS: The San Jose State University softball team (29-12, 7-2 WAC) will look to become the first club in program history to win four three-game conference series when the team travels to Louisiana Tech on Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13. Before the three-game series, the Spartans travel to Stanford, Calif., to face the No. 15/16 Cardinal at 6:00 p.m. for its third Wednesday game in as many weeks.

The Spartans, the second-seeded team in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), are one of two teams to win its first three conference series (top-seeded New Mexico State is 8-1 in the WAC) after sweeping its 10th doubleheader of 2013 versus Seattle U, following a mid-week 4-0 shutout of Santa Clara.

SPARTANS LOOKING FOR REPEAT OF PREVIOUS MEETING WITH BAY AREA RIVALS: San Jose State will look to repeat its most recent meeting with the Stanford Cardinal, a 2-1 win on April 17, 2012 over No. 16 Stanford at SJSU Field. Three current Spartans had a hand in the victory: trailing 1-0 in the seventh, Jessica Garcia’s single scored Markesha Collins from second for the game-tying run, and Michelle Cox scored from first on a throwing error. It was the Spartans’ first win over Stanford since 2002.

SPARTANS GARNERING RECOGNITION: Michelle Cox became the fourth Spartan this season to be honored as a WAC Player of the Week after she was named the Hitter of the Week for April 1-7. San Jose State has accrued the most WAC Player of the Week honors of any team in 2013, earning either Hitter or Pitcher of the Week five out of nine weeks. Amanda Pridmore is a three-time Pitcher of the Week honoree, and Markesha Collins and Allison Lang swept weekly honors the first week of the season (2/4-2/10), named the Hitter of the Week and Pitcher of the Week, respectively. 

LIVE STATS: Live stats for this week’s games will be available on SJSUSpartans.com.

LIVE VIDEO/AUDIO: Live video for the Louisiana Tech series will be available through LATechSports.com with a link found on SJSUSpartans.com, in the schedule section.

NO. 15/16 STANFORD CARDINAL: The Cardinal (27-12, 5-7 PAC-12) split its two PAC-12 series last week, besting then-No. 24 Oregon State, 2-1, but falling to No. 2 Arizona State, 1-2. Leah White leads the team at the plate, batting .345 with eight doubles and 29 runs. Teagan Gerhart (15-6) has seen the most action in the circle for Stanford, posting a 1.99 ERA in 133.2 innings pitched with 112 strikeouts. The Cardinal hold a narrow advantage in the teams’ all-time series, 22-19. John Rittman is in his 17th season at the helm of the Cardinal softball program.

LOUISIANA TECH LADY TECHSTERS: The Lady Techsters (19-17, 5-4 WAC) saw its season-long six-game win streak snapped by Texas State after a doubleheader sweep, but still have the WAC’s best batting average (.314) and on base percentage (.392), with eight players batting over .300. They are led by Melanie Goff, who has gone 27-for-67 (.403) with 25 RBI and 13 runs. Michelle Jones (10-8) is the Lady Techsters’ most worked pitcher, posting a 3.39 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 103.1 innings of work. The Spartans hold the advantage in the teams’ all-time series, 21-16. Mark Montgomery is in his inaugural season as the Lady Techsters’ head coach.

SAN JOSE STATE HEAD COACH: Peter Turner is in his seventh year at the helm of the Spartans’ program with a 178-200 record. He earned his 150th-career victory in San Jose State’s 2013 season opener, a 12-2 win over Portland State on February 2.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: Three Spartans rank among the top-90 nationally in nine categories. Amanda Pridmore is listed in five categories, including having the most saves in the nation (7). A complete listing is available on page 13. San Jose State is in the top-90 nationally in six categories:

               39           Triples per Game                 .24

               40           Win/Loss Percentage         .707

               63           Doubles per Game             1.94

               68           Fielding Percentage            .965

               75           ERA                                    2.69

               87           Batting Average                 .286

PRIDMORE NEARING STRIKEOUT RECORD: Amanda Pridmore enters the week with 641 career strikeouts, three shy of Carol Forbes’ (2002-05) 644 career strikeouts. Pridmore’s 186 strikeouts this season are the third-most in a single season in program history, behind her 201 strikeouts in 2012 and Carol Forbes’ 230 strikeouts in 2005. 

SPARTANS BOAST EARLY LEAGUE SUCCESS: 2013 marks the first time in program history San Jose State won its first three conference series of the season. The last time the Spartans won three-or-more WAC series was 2006, when San Jose State won four series (2-1 against New Mexico State and Louisiana Tech, 3-0 against Nevada and Utah State).  

WAC WEEKLY HONORS: Markesha Collins and Allison Lang swept WAC weekly honors the first week of the season (2/4-2/10) after their performances at the Kajikawa Classic. Collins was 9-for-16 (.563) with a double, a home run, three RBI and three runs scored over the six games. Collins also posted three multi-hit games, stole two bases and walked four times. Lang threw a two-hit shutout in her first-career complete game, allowing just two hits with one walk in 6.0 innings of work. She struck out three with a no-hitter through the first five and 2/3 innings, facing just three batters over the minimum.

Amanda Pridmore’s first Pitcher of the Week honor in 2013 was for Feb. 18-24, after she went 2-0 with a save in four appearances. In 15.1 innings, she posted a 0.91 ERA, 25 strikeouts and held opponents to a .143 batting average.

Pridmore opened the week with a save against Fresno State (2/22). She then struck out 10 in 5.0 innings of work against Saint Mary's (2/23), which she followed with a career-high 13 strikeouts in a complete-game win over St. John's (2/24).

Pridmore’s second honor was for her six appearances at the San Diego Classic II during March 11-17, when she went 4-1 with a save. In 27.2 innings of work, she posted a 0.51 ERA, 44 strikeouts and held opponents to a .120 batting average, pitching 24.2 shutout innings. In her two appearances on March 16, she pitched 12 innings of shutout softball, yielded just two singles, struck out 25 of the 42 batters she faced and was the winning pitcher in both games. In a 4-0 complete game shutout against Marist (3/16), she had a San Jose State single-game record 17 strikeouts, tying her for the 31-most in a single seven-inning game in NCAA Division I history.

The following week, March 18-24, Pridmore was named the WAC Pitcher of the Week again after she led San Jose State to its first 3-0 opening of WAC play. In 22.2 innings of work, she posted a 0.71 ERA with 13 strikeouts and held opponents to a .162 batting average.

Michelle Cox was named the WAC Hitter of the Week for April 1-7 after she hit .615 with a double, her first-career home run, three RBI and three stolen bases. She posted a .667 on-base percentage and a .923 slugging percentage.

WIN STREAK MATCHES SECOND-LONGEST IN PROGRAM HISTORY: San Jose State’s 10-game win streak from March 15-March 27 matched the second-longest in program history, achieved in 2010 and 1993.

SINGLE-SEASON SAVE RECORD BROKEN: Amanda Pridmore’s sixth save of the season in the second UTSA game (3/30) eclipsed the San Jose State single-season save record. She earned three saves in four games: at Sacramento State (3/27) and in both games of the UTSA doubleheader (3/30). Already the career leader in saves (set in 2012), Pridmore now has 17, nine more than second-ranked Carol Forbes (2002-05).

PRIDMORE’S RECORD-SETTING PERFORMANCE: On March 16, Amanda Pridmore struck out 17 batters in a 4-0 seven-inning shutout of Marist, surpassing San Jose State’s single-game strikeout record of 15, originally set by Deanna Mauer in a 3-0 win over Saint Mary’s on February 23, 2008, and tying her for the 31-most in a single seven-inning game in NCAA Division I history. 

ONE-HITTERS SINCE 2000: In a 1-0 shutout of Southern Utah (3/2), Amanda Pridmore pitched the 12th one-hitter since 2000. It was the third of her career.

One-Hitters in San Jose State Softball History Since 2000

March 30, 2001 Sabrina Quintero                            1-0 W                   at UC Riverside

Feb. 17, 2005      Carol Forbes                                    1-0 W                   at Grambling State

March 5, 2005   Carol Forbes                                    1-0 W                   at Sacramento State

Feb. 10, 2006      Kelly Harrison                                6-0 W                   at Sacramento State

March 15, 2006 Courtney Lewis                               2-0 W                   vs. Saint Mary’s

April 7, 2006      Courtney Lewis                               4-0 W                   vs. North Dakota State

April 7, 2007      Kelly Harrison                                9-0 W                   Louisiana Tech

March 18, 2008 Deanna Mauer, Jennifer Ames   11-0 W                 at Louisiana Tech

March 13, 2010 Amanda Pridmore                          4-0 W                   Northern Colorado

March 23, 2012 Amanda Pridmore                          4-1 L                    Saint Mary’s

March 30, 2012 Madison Fish                                   7-0 W                   at No. 17 Hawai’i

March 2, 2013   Amanda Pridmore                          1-0 W                   vs. Southern Utah

HITTING STAFF NOTES:

Devin Caldwell has 32 starts on second base in 39 games. She is 29-for-90 (.322 batting average) with a .389 slugging percentage and .390 on base percentage this season with 22 runs and six RBI. She had seven multi-hit games, including a season-high three hits against Pacific (3/2) and five two-run games. She had a six-game hit streak (Feb. 17-24) and back-to-back doubles at Pacific and Southern Utah (3/2), and scored runs in three consecutive games (3/15-16) at the San Diego Classic II. Caldwell hit two triples in the first game against Utah State (3/23), when she when 2-for-3 with two runs, and in the doubleheader against Seattle U (4/6), was 3-for-5 with three runs and a RBI.

Markesha Collins leads the WAC in walks (26), the 52-most in the nation, and the Spartans in batting average (.379, 44-for-116), homeruns (6), RBI (28), total bases (71), slugging percentage (.612) and on base percentage (.497). She has started 39 games for the Spartans as either an outfielder or designated hitter. She has 12 multi-hit games, six multi-RBI games and three two-run games. Her longest hit streak of the season lasted seven games (Feb. 14-22). She drove in a career-high six RBI against Idaho State (2/23), and was perfect at the plate in two games (4-for-4 against Fresno State, 2/22; 3-for-3 against Nevada, 3/1). Collins blasted back-to-back home runs (against Idaho State, 2/17, and Fresno State, 2/22), and hit her first-career triple in the second game of the Seattle U doubleheader (4/6). She has also stolen seven bases. Collins was named the WAC Hitter of the Week for Feb. 4-10 after going 9-for-16 (.563) with a double, a home run, three RBI and three runs scored over the six games.

Michelle Cox leads the WAC in runs (33) and San Jose State in triples (3), the 40-most nationally, and stolen bases (15). She has started 40 games in either the outfield or at first base, posting a .346 batting average (44-for-127), 16 RBI, a .420 on base percentage and a .457 slugging percentage. She is in the midst of a season-long seven-game hit streak (3/29-present) and a five-game run streak, and has had 11 multi-hit and 10 multi-run games. She was the WAC Hitter of the Week for 4/1-4/7 after hitting .615 (8-for-13) with a double, her first-career homerun (against Seattle U, 4/5), three RBI and three stolen bases. In the first game against Utah State (3/23), Cox’s two hits on three at bats were a double and a triple, yielding four RBI, and against Idaho State (2/23), when she went 3-for-4 with two runs, an RBI and a double.

Sharon-Renae Estrada has three starts and 13 games in the infield, as designated hitter, and has pinch hit. She has four hits on 19 at bats. At Sacramento State (3/27), she was 2-for-4 with an RBI, the first of her career. Her second-career RBI came in the first Seattle U game (4/6). Her first career hit was a single to center field against Saint Mary’s (2/23). She was hit by a pitch against Hawai’i (2/15) and versus Utah State (3/23), and was walked in both games of the Seattle U doubleheader (4/6).

Cheryl Freitas has started 31 games as either an infielder or designated hitter, and pinch hit in three games. She has a .414 on base percentage, a .484 slugging percentage and is 30-for-91 (.330). She had an eight-game hit streak (3/1-3/16), the longest for any Spartan this season, and two three-game run streaks (2/22-23, 3/1-3/2). Freitas has seven multi-RBI games, six multi-hit games and two multi-run games. In the first Utah State game (3/23), she went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a double. She was the Spartans' leading hitter at the Libby Matson Tournament, going 7-for-15 with six RBI and five runs, and led all hitters at the tournament in runs and total bases (12).

BranDee Garcia is hitting .221 (17-77) with a .302 on base percentage and a .442 slugging percentage in 33 starts and 36 games as San Jose State’s shortstop. She has four homeruns, three multi-RBI and two multi-run games. She scored runs in seven-consecutive games (2/17-3/1) and had a season-long five-game hit streak (3/17-3/26). Garcia was 1-for-2 with two runs and RBI each against Utah State (game one, 3/23), had two RBI with a double in two at bats against New Mexico (2/8) and solo homer and a stolen base against Nevada (3/1).

Jessica Garcia has started 40 games as the Spartans’ catcher or third baseman. She has a .230 batting average (26-for-113), 21 RBI, 15 runs, a .307 on base percentage, a .354 slugging percentage, and is tied for the most doubles on the Spartans with eight. She has six multi-hit games (including a season-high three hits against Fairfield, 3/16) and seven multi-RBI games (drove in a season-high three runners four times). She led the team at the plate at the San Diego Classic II, posting a .389 batting average (7-for-18) with two doubles, eight RBI and a homerun. She also had a 2013-long four-game hit streak at the tournament. Garcia had her first home run of the season, which brought in two runners, in the first game against St. John’s (2/24). Against Nevada (3/1), her lone at bat was a double that brought in three runners. She had a double in each of the Seattle U games (4/5 and 4/6).

Vanessa House has started 39 of San Jose State’s 41 games this season. She is tied for the most doubles on the Spartans with eight, and is 33-for-113 (.292) on the season with 23 runs, 16 RBI, a .398 slugging percentage, a .412 on base percentage, and 10 stolen bases. She had a season-long six-game hit streak (3/3-3/16), has eight multi-hit games, five multi-RBI games, and scored three runs twice (Portland State, 2/7; Fairfield, 3/16). House drove in a career-high four runners against Idaho State (2/23), when she went 3-for-3 with two doubles and a triple. She went 2-for-3 five times and was perfect at the plate three times. She had back-to-back doubles against Oregon State and Cal Poly (2/10) and stole two bases in the second St. John’s game (2/24).

Jessie Hufstetler is hitting .304 (28-for-88) with 12 runs, 21 RBI, five doubles and two homers, alongside a .371 on base percentage and .424 slugging percentage. She has started 33 of 34 games at first base or designated hitter. She had six two-hit games, five multi-RBI games and three multi-run games. Her longest hit streak of the year was six games (3/3-3/16). Hufstetler’s two homeruns came in back-to-back games (UCLA, 2/16; Idaho State, 2/17). In the second UTSA game (3/30), she was 2-for-3 with an RBI and walked and against CSU Northridge (2/22), she drove in a season-best three RBI. She was a perfect 2-for-2 twice: against Nevada (3/1) and Idaho State (2/17).

Alyssa Martinez has played in 12 games with six starts as a pinch hitter and runner or shortstop for the Spartans. Her first-career hit was against California (2/16), and her second hit of the year was a double against Fairfield (3/16). She has also drawn three walks.

Dorothy Morentin has four starts as the Spartans’ catcher and an additional 10 appearances as a catcher or pinch hitter. Two of her three hits this season came at Sacramento State (3/27), where she was 2-for-3 with a double and RBI. She drove in her other RBI this season against Harvard (3/15), and was 1-for-3 with a walk. She had a season-high six put outs twice: against California (2/16) and at Sacramento State.

Briana Pontecorvo has six starts in 11 games for the Spartans as a pinch hitter, at first base or as the designated hitter. She had two of her three hits, two of her four walks, and her three RBI this season on the same day back-to-back games (2/8: CSU Northridge and New Mexico). Against CSU Northridge (2/8), she hit her first-career double and she perfect at the plate (1-for-1) against Sacramento State (3/26).

Taylor Purdy has started 17 of 19 games in the infield. In the Seattle U doubleheader (4/6), she was 3-for-7 with two runs and drove in three of her four RBI this season. Her first multi-hit game of her career was against CSU Northridge (2/8), when she was 2-for-3,  and versus Portland State (2/7), she scored two runs and stole her only base of the season. She had back-to-back hits twice: against Harvard (3/15) and Fairfield (3/16), and the second St. John’s game (2/24) and Nevada (3/1).

Nicole Schultz has 25 starts in 35 games for the Spartans in either the outfield or as a pinch runner. She is batting .280 (21-for-75) with 11 runs and RBI, five doubles and two homeruns. She had four multi-hit games, and had runs (3/17-3/22),  doubles and RBI (3/26-3/29) in three-consecutive games. In the home-and-home with Sacramento State (3/26 and 3/27), she was 5-for-7 with two runs, her second homerun of the season, two doubles and four RBI. Against UCLA (2/16), Schultz was 2-for-3 with her first-career homerun. She had two RBI against Fairfield (3/16) and the walk-off run against Long Beach State (3/17).

Marissa Toy has pinch run in 17 games, scoring six runs. She had runs in three consecutive games (2/16-23). She has appeared at the plate twice: once against Hawai’i (2/15), when she played second base, and once in the first game against Seattle U (4/6).

Casey Watt is hitting .231 (3-for-13) with five runs, four RBI, two doubles and two stolen bases in one start in 24 games as a pinch runner and hitter, outfielder, at first base or designated hitter. Against Sacramento State (3/26), her lone hit was a two-run double, and she scored a run. Her first-career hit was a double to center field against Saint Mary’s (2/23), which drove in a run. She stole a base against Massachusetts (3/15) and in the second Seattle U game (4/6), and was hit by a pitch against Hawai’i (2/15).

Annica Wolfe has started 20 of 23 games this season at third base or as the designated hitter. She is 10-for-46 with five RBI, three runs and 12 walks. She had two three-game hit streaks (2/15-2/16; 3/30-4/6), and walked in six-consecutive games (2/16-2/23). She drove in an RBI in both games of the Seattle U doubleheader (4/6). Against New Mexico (2/8), she went 2-for-4 and drove in one RBI and she went 1-for-2 with a run and RBI against Marist (3/16).

PITCHING STAFF NOTES:

Madison Fish has a 4-2 record in nine starts and 13 appearances. She has 15 strikeouts in 38.1 total innings with a 4.93 ERA. She struck out a season-high four batters in the second game of a doubleheader against UTSA (3/30) in six innings. At Sacramento State (3/27), she struck out three and allowed three hits in 6.1 innings in a 5-2 victory. Appearing as a pinch runner, she scored her first-career run against Santa Clara (4/3).

Allison Lang is 5-1 with a 2.40 ERA in 10 starts and three complete games, totaling 49.2 innings. She has struck out 19 batters and has allowed 54 hits and 23 runs. She was named the WAC Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 4-10 after, in her first-career complete game against New Mexico (2/8), she allowed just two hits with one walk in 6.0 shutout innings of work. Lang had her second shutout of the season in a complete game against CSU Northridge (2/22), when she allowed three hits with two walks in seven innings. Against California (2/16), she had a season-best five strikeouts.

Amanda Pridmore has a 17-9 record in 20 starts with a 1.89 ERA and a WAC-best 186 strikeouts, striking out her 600th-career batter against Utah State (3/22). Nationally, she has the most saves with seven, a single-season San Jose State record, and has the 14-most strikeouts, 15-most victories (17), and 45-most shutouts (4). Pridmore leads the WAC in strikeouts, opposing batting average (.192), saves, appearances (35), games started (20), innings pitched (166.2) and wins. She posted a season-high 31 shutout innings from 3/14-22. She had three saves in four games: at Sacramento State (3/27), and in both games of a doubleheader at UTSA (3/30). She also had a one-hitter against Southern Utah (3/2), with 5.2 perfect innings.

Pridmore is a three-time WAC Pitcher of the Week honoree. She was honored for March 18-24 after she earned all three wins for San Jose State and, in 22.2 innings of work, posted a 0.71 ERA with 13 strikeouts and held opponents to a .162 batting average. Pridmore was honored for March 11-17 when she went 4-1 with a save in 27.2 innings of work, posting a 0.51 ERA, 44 strikeouts and holding opponents to a .120 batting average. In a 4-0 complete game shutout against Marist (3/16), she had a San Jose State single-game record 17 strikeouts, tying her for the 31-most in a single seven-inning game in NCAA Division I history. She was also the WAC Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 18-24 after going 2-0 with a save in 15.1 innings, posting a 0.91 ERA, 25 strikeouts and holding opponents to a .143 batting average.

Eight or More Strikeouts This Season

17           vs. Marist (3/16)                W, 4-0

13           vs. Southern Utah (3/1)    W, 5-0

13           vs. St. John’s (2/24)          W, 3-1

12           vs. Utah Valley (2/15)      L, 4-1

10           vs. Saint Mary’s (2/23)    W, 10-2

8             vs. Faifield (3/16)             W, 7-4

Jordan Sauceda is 3-0, has started two games in the circle for San Jose State - against Cal Poly (2/10) and Idaho State (2/23), and appeared in five additional games, totaling 18.2 innings in the circle. She has seven strikeouts and a 6.00 ERA in 18.2 innings, allowed 27 hits and 16 runs while walking 10. She earned her first-career win against Idaho State, when she allowed a season-low five hits and one run.

2013 WAC TOURNAMENT: The 2013 WAC Tournament takes place in Ruston, La., May 8-11. Hosted by Louisiana Tech, the conference’s top six teams advance to the double elimination tournament.

UP NEXT: San Jose State hosts UT Arlington for a three-game WAC series on April 19 and 20. They play a 3:00 p.m. (PDT) game on Friday and a noon doubleheader on Saturday, April 20. The Spartans and Mavericks have only met once in the programs’ histories, an 11-1 San Jose State victory in 1994.