Softball Downed By No. 15/16 Stanford

Stanford, Calif. – Outfielders Markesha Collins blasted her seventh homerun of the season and Michelle Cox extended her hit streak to eight games, but the San Jose State University softball team fell to No.15/16-Stanford, 7-1, in a non-conference game on Wednesday.

Going for their 30th win of the season, the Spartans (29-13) had six hits compared to Stanford’s 10.

Collins’ homer off of relief pitcher Kelsey Stevens was offset by Jenna Rich’s two solo homers.

“I was pleased with our hitting and our approach at the plate,” Head Coach Peter Turner said. “They were hitting the ball extremely hard, harder than we have hit Stanford in a long time.”

In the first inning, reigning Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Hitter of the Week Cox extended her hit streak to eight, tying the longest hit streak by a Spartan this season, with her single.

The Spartans scored their only run of the game in the fifth. Collins’ seventh homerun is the fifth-highest total in San Jose State history.

The Cardinal (28-12) scored at least one run in each of the first five innings, building a 7-0 lead. Rich hit homeruns in the third and fourth innings, and right fielder Cassandra Roulund went 3-for-4 and drove in the game’s first two runs with a two-out double.

Cardinal starting pitcher Teagan Gerhart (16-6) threw 5.0 shutout innings, scattering five hits and striking out one. Twice, in the first and fifth innings, San Jose State had two runners on base, but did not score. Said Turner, “We hit the ball extremely well against great pitching.”

Starter Allison Lang (5-2) took her first loss since February 16 for San Jose State, giving up three runs on four hits in 1.2 innings pitched. The Spartans would use four pitchers: Madison Fish, Jordan Sauceda and Berlyn Rippentrop scattered six-combined hits and walked two. In the first game of her career, Rippentrop was the only Spartan to not give up a run and strike out a Stanford batter.

“I’m extremely confident in this team,” said Turner. “I like what I saw tonight. We will build on our strong hitting and with the rest I gave (pitcher) Amanda Pridmore tonight, she will be ready to go for this weekend.”

San Jose State heads to Louisiana Tech for a WAC series on Friday, April 12, at 4:00 p.m. before a doubleheader on Saturday, April 13, at 11:00 a.m. 


April 10, 2013
Stanford, Calif.

Stanford 7, San Jose State 1


San Jose State...... 000 001 0 -  1  6  3      (29-13)

Stanford............ 212 110 X -  7 10  0      (28-12)


Pitchers: San Jose State - Lang, Allison; Fish, Madison(2); Sauceda, Jordan(4);

Rippentrop, Berlyn(6) and Garcia, Jessica; Morentin, Dorothy. Stanford - Gerhart, T.; Stevens(6)

and Plaza.

Win-Gerhart, T.(16-6)  Loss-Lang, Allison(5-2) 

HR SJSU - Collins, Markesha.