Softball Hosts Fresno State This Weekend

This Week:
Fri., April 13    Fresno State    SJSU Field    3:00 p.m. PDT
Sat., April 14    Fresno State (DH)    SJSU Field    12:00 p.m. PDT

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SCHEDULE CHANGE:   Please note - Changes could be made to the San Jose State-Fresno State series this weekend because of the rain forecast for Friday in the Bay Area.  Be sure to check for any game time changes that may occur.

SPARTANS TO FACE FRESNO STATE:  San Jose State hosts Fresno State this weekend for a three-game Western Athletic Conference series.  The Bulldogs are atop the conference standings, while the Spartans are currently two games behind, tied with Louisiana Tech for third place.

LIVE STATS:  All games this week will have live stats, with links available on the San Jose State web site at, under "Live Stats."

ABOUT FRESNO STATE:  The Bulldogs enter the weekend with a 27-16 overall record and a 7-1 WAC mark atop the standings.  The team has a one-game lead over #14 Hawaii in the standings and a two-game lead over the Spartans.  Fresno State swept a WAC series from Utah State last weekend, but fell to Cal Poly 4-3 in 10 innings Monday night.  Head coach Margie Wright is in her 27th season at the school.  Brooke Ortiz leads the team with a .344 batting average, while Stesha Brazil is hitting .338 with a team-best 45 hits and 11 doubles.  Michelle Moses has a 1.99 ERA with a 17-11 record and 187 strikeouts in 175.2 innings pitched.

SPARTAN HEAD COACH:  Peter Turner is in his sixth year at San Jose State with a 142-179 coaching record.  He recorded his 100th career victory with a 2-1 win over New Mexico State on May 5, 2010.

NATIONAL RANKINGS:  Three Spartans rank among the top-100 nationally in five categories.  Jessica Garcia is tied for second in sacrifice flies with four.  Amanda Pridmore is tied for 12th in saves with three, 76th in strikeouts per seven innings at 7.0 per game and 79th in victories with 12.  Michelle Cox is 44th in stolen bases per game at 0.49.  The Spartans are 35th in doubles at 1.38 pg.

COX NAMED TO 2012 AUSTRALIAN OPEN WOMEN'S TEAM:  After playing in six games for the Aussie Spirit in March, freshman Michelle Cox was named to the 2012 Australian Open Women's Team that will compete at the ISF XIII Open Women's World Championship in Canada, July 13-22.  The team will also compete at the US World Cup of Softball VII and the Canadian Open International Fastpitch Championship.

WAC SERIES WIN AT NEVADA:  San Jose State took 2-of-3 last weekend at Nevada to win its second WAC series this season.  The Spartans opened the weekend with an 11-2 win in five innings.  Vanessa House went 4-for-4 and drove in three runs, while Michelle Cox tied a school record with four runs scored.  San Jose State dropped the second game, 2-0, before a 10-0 win in five innings in the series finale.  Amanda Pridmore pitched all three games, going 2-1 with seven strikeouts on the weekend.  Breanna Lopez hit her fourth home run of the season.

Cheryl Freitas now owns the San Jose State single-game doubles record after she hit three in the final game at Nevada.  The record was two, owned by several players.  Freitas was 3-for-3 in the game and hit four of her five doubles this season in the Nevada series.  She also became the sixth player in WAC history to hit three doubles in a WAC game.

  With one-hitters pitched each of the last two WAC weekends, the Spartans have thrown 11 one-hitters since 2000.  Amanda Pridmore pitched a 1-hitter in a 4-1 loss at #17 Hawaii, while Madison Fish pitched a one-hitter in a 7-0 win against Louisiana Tech.  It is the first time since the 2006 season that the Spartans have pitched more than one one-hitter in a season.
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    vs. Saint Mary's
March 15, 2006    Courtney Lewis    2-0 W    vs. No. Dakota State
April 7, 2006    Courtney Lewis    4-0 W    Louisiana Tech
April 7, 2007    Kelly Harrison    9-0 W    at Louisiana Tech
March 18, 2008    Deanna Mauer,
            Jennifer Ames    11-0 W    Northern Colorado
March 13, 2010    Amanda Pridmore 4-0 W    Saint Mary's
March 23, 2012    Amanda Pridmore 1-4 L    at #17 Hawaii
March 30, 2012    Madison Fish    7-0 W    Louisiana Tech

WAC SERIES WINS:  With the two wins over Louisiana Tech, the Spartans won a home WAC series for the first time since the 2009 season when the team took 2-of-3 from Boise State and Utah State.  
    On the road, the last Spartan WAC series win came at Nevada last week when the team won 2-of-3.
    The Spartans last swept a WAC series during the 2010 season when San Jose State won three games at Nevada.

PLAYING DOWN UNDER:  Michelle Cox played for the Aussie Spirit at the 2012 International Softball Challenge against Japan, March 21-24, in Canberra.  Cox rejoined her Spartan teammates in Hawaii on Saturday for the final two games of the series.
    At the Challenge, Cox played in the first six games of the series.  She scored three runs and had a pinch hit.

WAC WEEKLY HONORS:  Three Spartans have received WAC Hitter or Pitcher of the Week honors this season.  Amanda Pridmore received pitching honors on March 12 after pitching in four relief appearances, posting a 0.00 ERA with 11 strikeouts in 9.1 innings pitched and three saves, and in the process became the San Jose State career saves leader with 10.
    Vanessa House and Madison Fish were then honored on April 2 as the hitter and pitcher of the week for the performances in the sweep of Louisiana Tech.  House hit .571 with six RBI, a .625 on-base percentage and a 1.000 slugging percentage.  In the first game, she took the first pitch she saw in the 10th inning over the centerfield fence for a three-run home run and give San Jose State a 4-2 win.  In the second game, House was 3-for-3 with three RBI and a stolen base.
    Fish pitched her first complete-game shutout in a 7-0 win over Louisiana Tech.  Making just her fourth start of the season, she held the Lady Techsters to a .043 batting average, walked two and struck out two in 25 batters faced.

SPARTAN CAREER SAVES LEADER:  Amanda Pridmore tied then broke the San Jose State career saves record on March 10.  She begins the week with 10 saves after tying the record against UC Santa Barbara, breaking the record against James Madison and adding another save against Cal Poly.  Pridmore broke the record of eight set by Carol Forbes from 2002-05.

HITTING STREAK RECORD BROKEN:  Just 26 games into her freshman season, Michelle Cox broke one of the hardest San Jose State records to break - hitting streak record.  Cox started the record with a hit against Utah on February 17, tied the record with 17 consecutive games against James Madison and added to the streak with hits against Cal Poly and Colorado State to set the new record at 19 games.  Cox ended the streak against  #10 Stanford as she went 0-for-3.  She broke the record held by Pat Martinez who hit in 17 consecutive games in 1995.  The NCAA record for consecutive games with a hit is 43, set by Sara Graziano from Coastal Carolina, April 8, 1993-March 24, 1994.

LOPEZ MOVES UP CAREER HOME RUN LIST:  Breanna Lopez moved into fourth all-time with a home run in the third game at Nevada.  Lopez needs four more to tied for third place.  Former Spartan Brittany McConnell holds the school record with 35 from 2006-10.
  1.    35    Brittany McConnell    2006-10
  2.    27    Kara Kanney    1996-00
  3.    14    Sarah Smith    2005-08
  4.    10    Breanna Lopez    2009-C
    10    Kelli Fangonilo    2008-10
    10    Noleana Woodard    1989-93
  7.    9    Jessica Guillen    2003-06
    9    Carlie Hill    2003-06
    9    Maya Garcia    1996-99
      9    Victoria Ruelas    1995-97

SINGLE SEASON LISTS:  Michelle Cox is currently tied for fourth in stolen bases on the San Jose State single season list.  She needs three to move into a tie for second and 12 to tie Noleana Woodard's record of 30 set in 1989.
    Amanda Pridmore is eighth in strikeouts with 131.  She needs 11 to tie for seventh place and 20 for sixth place.  Carol Forbes holds the school record with 230 in 2005.

COLLINS TAKES A WALK:  Leadoff hitter Markesha Collins leads the Spartans in walks with 21 and is 10th on the San Jose State single season walk list.  She needs one to tie for seventh and nine to tie the school record of 30 set by Brittany McConnell (2010) and Kasey Igarta (2007).  Collins has collected two walks in five games this season.

DOUBLES RECORD BROKEN: The Spartans broke the game school record for doubles with six in a 9-1 win over CSU Bakersfield on February 25, breaking the old record of five set in seven games.  Amanda Schatz hit two doubles, while Alex Stange, BranDee Garcia, Nicole Schultz and Vanessa House each contributed to the record.  Schatz and Stange each drove in three runs in the game.   

HITS RECORD SET:  The Spartans broke one of the oldest school records on the books with 20 hits against Idaho State on February 19. The 20 hits broke the record of 18 set against Oregon on March 26, 1986.  In the game against Idaho State, seven players recorded multiple hits led by Michelle Cox was 4-for-5 from the plate.  Markesha Collins and Vanessa House each had three hits including a three-run home run for House.  Four other had two hits - Jessica Garcia, Annica Wolfe, Alex Stange and Nicole Schultz.

STEALIN' A RECORD:  Michelle Cox leads the Spartans with 18 stolen bases and tied the San Jose State single-game stolen base record.  She had three against Cal Poly in February and tied six other Spartans who had accomplished the feat.

MOVIN' ON UP:  Pitchers Amanda Pridmore and Jennifer Ames are both listed on the San Jose State career strikeouts top-10.  Pridmore, who moved into fourth in the first game of the year, is currently third with 385 and needs 70 strikeouts to move into second place all-time.  Ames moved onto the list in the first tournament and is currently ninth with 181 strikeouts.  A complete listing can be found on page six.

COX TIES SJSU GAME RECORD TWICE:  Freshman Michelle Cox has tied the San Jose State game record for runs scored with four in two games.  Just three games into the season, she tied the record with four runs scored against Cal Poly.  Cox then tied the record again with four runs scored in the first game against Nevada.  Cox tied the record set by former Spartan Courtney Lewis against Louisiana Tech on May 14, 2005.

SJSU CAREER LEADERS:  Pitchers Amanda Pridmore and Jennifer Ames rank among the best Spartan pitchers in 11 categories.  Pridmore ranks in 10 categories, while Ames is listed in six categories.  A compete list is found on page 6.

STANGE AMONG CAREER FIELDING LEADERS:  Senior Alex Stange is among the top-10 fielders in San Jose State history.  She has a .982 fielding percentage, good for eighth all-time.  Stange has 667 putouts, 44 assists and 13 errors in her three-plus years.  She is also ninth in putouts with 667 and third in double plays turned (since 2000) with 29, two shy of second place.  Joining Stange on the list is BranDee Garcia who is tied for 10th with 15 double plays turned.

2012 WAC TOURNAMENT:  The 2012 WAC Tournament will be played May 9-12, in Las Cruces, N.M., as New Mexico State plays host.  The top six teams in the conference advance to the double elimination tournament.  

TOUGH START TO THE SCHEDULE:  San Jose State was tested in the first 10 games of the season as five of the team's first 10 opponents were ranked in the top-25 of both national softball preseason polls. At the Kajikawa Classic, the team faced defending national champion Arizona State, Washington, Oregon and Texas A&M.  The team then faced #1/3 California to give the team a true test in Las Vegas for one of the toughest starts to the season San Jose State has had in the 27 years of the program.

UP NEXT:  The Spartans play four games next week.  The team hosts #15 Stanford in a non-conference game on Tuesday, April 17, beginning at 4 p.m.  San Jose State then makes the first of two trips to Utah in back-to-back weeks.  The team plays at Utah State on Friday, April 20 (doubleheader) and Saturday, April 21 (single game).