Softball Road Trippin' To Fresno State

This Week:
Fri., April 15    Fresno State    Fresno, Calif.    6:00 p.m. PDT
Sat., April 16    Fresno State (DH)    Fresno, Calif.    1:00 p.m. PDT

SPARTANS TRAVEL TO FRESNO:  San Jose State takes to the road this weekend for a 2+ hour trip to Fresno for a three-game Western Athletic Conference series with Fresno State.  The Spartans are currently tied for fifth in the conference standings with Louisiana Tech and Utah State at 2-7 record.

ABOUT FRESNO STATE:  The Bulldogs enter the weekend with a 23-11 overall record and a 7-2 WAC mark.  The team lost two of its three games at New Mexico State last weekend and are currently third in the conference standings.  Head coach Margie Wright is in her 26th year at the school and is the NCAA’s all-time winningest coach.  Haley Gilleland leads Fresno State in hitting with a .310 batting average with 35 hits, 11 RBI and 19 runs scored.  Pitcher Michelle Moses has a 2.84 ERA and a 9-9 record with a 134 strikeouts.  Mackenzie Oakes also has a 13-2 record with a 2.07 ERA and 55 strikeouts.

    Fresno State has also designated Saturday as its 8th Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Day.  The school will be accepting monetary donations for the Marjaree Mason Center.

LIVE AUDIO:  Fans in the Fresno area can listen to all three games on ESPN 790 AM in Fresno.

LIVE VIDEO:  Live video of all three games is available on the Fresno State web site at www.gobulldogs.com for a nominal fee.

LIVE STATS:  All games this weekend will have live stats available on www.gobulldogs.com, with links provided on the Spartan web site under “Live Stats.”

SPARTAN HEAD COACH:  Peter Turner is in his fifth year at San Jose State with a 118-151 coaching record.  He recorded his 100th career victory last year in a 2-1 win over New Mexico State on May 5, 2010.

LAST GAME - AT #11 STANFORD:  The Spartans rallied in the seventh inning Tuesday night at #11 Stanford, but the team left the tying run on third base in a 3-1 loss at Smith Field Stadium. 

    After falling behind 3-0, the Spartans got back-to-back hits by Sadie Coenen and Breanna Lopez to put runners on the corners.  With two outs, Annica Wolfe singled up the middle to score Coenen from third.  With runners on the second and third, Cheryl Freitas grounded out to the Cardinal short stop to end the game.

    Spartan starter Janessa Gutierrez pitched four shut out innings before allowing three runs in the fifth inning.  She allowed five hits and three walks in four-plus innings of work as her record fell to 4-3.  Reliever Elyssa Fox pitched the final two innings, allowing just one walk and striking out two.

STAYIN’ IN CALIFORNIA:  With the exception of the Louisiana Tech series on April 29 and 30, the Spartans will play the rest of their games this season in the state of California.  The team started the year in Arizona, played a tournament in Las Vegas, and have two WAC series out of the state (New Mexico State and Louisiana Tech).  Otherwise, all games this year will be played in the state of California.  After this weekend at Fresno State, the team returns home next week to face Nevada on the 22nd and 23rd.  After a trip to Louisiana, the Spartans host Hawaii the first weekend in May and then hope to travel to the 2011 WAC Softball Tournament at Fresno State.

YOUNG, WE ARE VERY YOUNG:  After losing 10 letterwinners and seven starts from last year’s team, common sense says the Spartans would be a young team.  But, the Spartans typically start five freshmen and two or three sophomores every game.  The team consists of 12 freshmen, six sophomores, five juniors and one senior and is the youngest team of head coach Peter Turner’s Spartan career.

WAC HITTERS:  In the top-20 hitters, three Spartans are ranked among the best.  Annica Wolfe leads the team with a .327 average and is 14th in the conference.  Sadie Coenen is 16th with a .324 average, while Alex Stange is 19th at .310.  Among the 20 hitters, six are freshman including Spartans Wolfe and Coenen.  There are also six seniors, four juniors, including Stange, and four sophomores.

WAC HONOREE:  Jennifer Ames was named Pitcher of the Week for February 7-13.  She pitched two complete games and recorded a save as the Spartans went 6-0 on the weekend.  Ames pitched two complete games in wins over Cal State Bakersfield, 3-1, and Santa Clara, 2-1.  She also recorded a save in another 3-1 win over the Roadrunners as she pitched two-thirds of an inning.  Ames now has three career saves.  She struck out three on the weekend.  This is the first honor this season and the second of her career for Ames.

2011 WAC TOURNAMENT:  The 2011 WAC Tournament will be played May 11-14, in Fresno, Calif., as Fresno State plays host at Bulldog Diamond.  The top six teams in the conference advance to the double elimination tournament. 

WAC TOURNAMENT TICKETS GO ON SALE:  All-session tickets for the 2011 WAC Softball Tournament are currently on sale. The all-session pass is good for all 10 games (11 if the second game on Saturday is necessary).

Tickets can be purchased online or over the phone at (559) 278-2647. Tickets can also be purchased at the Bulldog Diamond ticket booth starting one hour prior to the first game each day. (Cash only accepted at Bulldog Diamond).

Single day tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Tuesday, May 11.

Ticket prices are as follows:    All-Session    Single Day
Lower Box (Reserved)    $40    $15
Upper (Reserved)    $25    $9
Adult General Admission    $15    $6
Youth/Senior/College Student    $10    $4

AMES MOVES UP SAVES LIST:  With her two saves this season, Jennifer Ames is now tied for sixth all-time at San Jose State with three.
CAREER SAVES
    1.    8    Carol Forbes    2002-05
    2.    7    Amanda Pridmore    2009-10       
        7    Courtney Lewis    2003-06
    4.    5    Sabrina Quintero    1997-01
    5.    4    Roxanne Bejarano    2007-08
    6.    3    Jennifer Ames    2008-C
        3    Anne Walsh    1992
        3    Lisa Wehren    1990-93
    9.    2    Kelly Harrison    2006-07
        2    Candice Akin    1999-03
        2    Corina Lilly    1994-98

SPARTAN NOTES - HITTERS:  Annica Wolfe leads the Spartans in hitting with a.327 average and has started 39 games at third base.  She has .381 on base percentage and a .458 slugging percentage.  She has 35 hits, 21 RBI and 12 runs scored.  Wolfe had three hits against Appalachian State, San Diego, Santa Clara and New Mexico State and two hits in seven games.  She drove in four runs in a game against Santa Clara in March and three runs in the final game at New Mexico State.  She drove in the Spartans’ only run at #11 Stanford.  She hit her first collegiate home run against Appalachian State and added one against Pacific and Boise State.  Wolfe has drawn 10 walks and stole a base at Cal State Bakersfield.

Sadie Coenen has a .324 batting average with a .415 on base percentage and a .431 slugging percentage in 37 games played.  Coenen is the team’s starting left fielder and has 33 hits on the year.  She has scored 24 runs and drawn 16 walks.  Coenen leads the team with nine doubles and has one of the team’s two triples.  She started the weekend with a four-game hitting streak and had a seven-game hitting streak in March. 

Alex Stange, the Spartan starter at first base, is hitting .310 on the year with a .367 on base percentage and a .405 slugging percentage.  She has 36 hits to go with 15 runs scored and 18 RBI.  Stange has nine multiple-hit games including three hits against Cal State Northridge (3-for-5), Cal State Bakersfield (3-for-3) and Utah State (3-for-3).  She has had two four-game hitting streaks in March.  Stange had the game-winning double to drive in two runs in a win over Idaho State.  She hit her home runs of the season against Albany and New Mexico State and has five doubles on the year.  Stange has drawn 11 walks and stole a base against Santa Clara in March.

Cheryl Freitas leads the team with four home runs as she is hitting .286 this season.  She has 28 hits, 23 runs scored, and 21 RBI.  She is tied for second on the team with eight doubles on the year.  Freitas has a .379 on base percentage and a .490 slugging percentage.  She has drawn 13 walks and stole three bases.  Freitas had three hits against Cal State Bakersfield and Troy and two hits in six games.  She drove in four runs against Cal State Northridge, three RBI against Santa Clara and New Mexico and two RBI in three other games.  Freitas has had a three-game hitting streak three times this season.  She had two doubles and had two walks in the first game of doubleheader against Utah State.

BranDee Garcia is hitting .275 on the season with 33 hits and 17 runs scored.  She has driven in 11 runs including two against Santa Clara, Troy and UC Davis.  She hit her only home run of the year against Mississippi.  Garcia had three hits against Santa Clara and in a win against Boise State and added two hits in six games.  She had two five-game hitting streaks earlier this season.  She has 15 walks including three in a game against Santa Clara in March and two against UC Davis last week.  Garcia has stolen seven bases and had two last week against UC Davis.  Garcia is the starter at second base but can start at short stop. 

Britney Helm leads the team in runs scored with 24, walks with 21 and stolen bases at nine.  The Spartans starting centerfielder, Helm is hitting .270 with 31 hits and 11 RBI.  She has started all 38 games played.  She has five doubles on the year and hit two home runs in a loss at Pacific in February.  Her only triple of the year came in the first game against Utah State.  Helm recorded two hits in six games.  She drove in four runs at Pacific and had three walks against Portland State and Albany.  Helm had a six-game hitting streak stopped at Stanford and another stopped in game one at New Mexico State.

Jessica Garcia has a .220 batting average with 24 hits, 17 RBI and 12 runs scored.  She hit her first collegiate home run against Troy and added another at New Mexico State.  Garcia has drawn 11 walks and hit two sacrifice flies - Arizona State and Santa Clara.  She had two hits against Santa Clara and Pacific in February.  Garcia had three RBI against Troy and two at New Mexico State.  She has started 38 of her 41 games played, starting either at catcher, second base, third base or the outfield.

Amanda Schatz has played in 30 games and started 27, all but two at catcher.  She is hitting .268 on the year with 22 hits, six runs and 11 RBI.  Schatz is second on the team with eight doubles.  She hit her first collegiate home run in a win at Cal State Bakersfield.  Schatz also has six walks, a .333 on base percentage and a .402 slugging percentage.  She has recorded two hits in seven games.

Jacqueline Zepeda has played in 29 games, starting 25 at short stop.  She has a .210 batting average, .265 on base percentage and a .290 slugging percentage.  Zepeda has 13 hits, five runs scored and eight RBI.  She recorded two hits in four games - at UNLV,  against Arizona, at New Mexico State and versus Boise state.  Her doubles came against Arizona and Boise State.  Zepeda has five walks and three stolen bases.  She drove in two runs against Arizona and New Mexico State.

Breanna Lopez is hitting .193 in 29 games played.  She has 11 hits on the year including two at Cal State Bakersfield and starts the weekend with a three-game hitting streak.  Lopez has driven in 11 runs this year including two in four games.  She scored two runs against Troy.  Her only double of the year came against Idaho State and had a home run against Troy.

Markesha Collins has seen action in 29 games this year. She is hitting .150 on the season with six hits and six runs scored.  She had two hits against Idaho State including a double.  Collins has also drawn eight walks on the year and stolen four bases.

Stephanie Ziemann has played in 34 games and started 19, all in the outfield.  She is hitting .143 with eight hits, six runs scored and five RBI.  She hit a double against Appalachian State and a her first collegiate home run against Cal State Northridge.  Ziemann has also drawn 10 walks this year including two against San Diego and Troy.  Her only stolen base came against Cal State Bakersfield.

Cristina Menjivar has seen action in eight games.  She is hitting .333 with four hits and two RBI.  Menjivar had two hits and drove in two runs in a win over Santa Clara in March.  She scored a run in a pinch-hitting role at Cal State Bakersfield.

Dorothy Morentin has seen action in eight games, mostly as a pinch hitter or replacement catcher.  She recorded her first collegiate hit against Cal State Bakersfield and drove in two runs in that game. 

Kailey Mertz is hitting .250 in nine games played.  She has three hits on the year including a double against Idaho State  She scored a run at Cal State Bakersfield and drawn four walks this year.  Mertz had a hit, runs scored and an RBI in a home game against UC Davis.  She has seen action at third base, first base and as a pinch hitter.

Nikki Chapman has played in nine games this year  She has a .188 batting average with three hits, one runs scored and one RBI.  She also drew three walks.

Brianna Yray has appeared in 14 games and started once in the outfield (vs. Cal State Bakersfield).  She scored a run against Cal State Northridge and Santa Clara.  Yray also stole a base against Cal State Bakersfield.

Lauren Shanks has seen time in 12 games this year, mostly as a pinch runner.  She has scored seven runs, one stolen base against UC Davis in April and struck out twice.

PITCHING STAFF NOTES:
Jennifer Ames begins the weekend with a 6-12 record and a 4. 09 ERA.  She has pitched in 22 games and 119.2 innings this season and has 10 complete games.  Ames has struck out 49 batters on the season.  She also has two saves on the year - Appalachian State and Cal State Bakersfield.  Ames was the WAC Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 14-20.

Five or More Strikeouts This Season
5    vs. Portland State (Feb. 12) L, 3-5
5    vs. New Mexico (March 16) W, 3-1
5    vs. Idaho State (March 22) W, 4-3

Elyssa Fox enters the weekend with a 4-11 record and a 4.85 ERA in 20 appearances.  She has started 13 games and pitched four complete games this season.  Fox tied her career high with nine strikeouts in a complete game win over Albany.  She leads the team with 52 strikeouts in 70.2 innings pitched.  Fox’s only shutout of the season was an 8-0 win over Santa Clara.  She pitched two innings of relief against #11 Stanford Tuesday night and held them to just one hit and struck out two of the seven batters faced.

Five or More Strikeouts This Season
9    vs. Albany (Mar. 12) W, 3-2
6    vs. Cal State Northridge (Feb. 11) L, 8-9
6    at UNLV (Mar. 6) L, 2-5
5    vs. Kansas (Mar. 5) L, 2-4

Janessa Gutierrez has a 6.18 ERA in 21 appearances with a 4-3 record.  She has started five games and pitched one complete game, a 6-2 win over Cal State Bakersfield.  She struck out four batters against Appalachian State. Gutierrez picked up wins in relief against Idaho State and UC Davis.  She started against Stanford and pitched four innings, allowing five hits and three runs as her record fell to 4-3.

Alex Molina has pitched in 15 games and started four times - Cal State Bakersfield (W), Santa Clara (W), UC Davis (ND) and Utah State (ND).  She has a 2-0 record in 35.1 innings pitched with a 5.94 ERA and 15 strikeouts.  Molina struck out five batters against Santa Clara in March and three versus UC Davis and Utah State.

UP NEXT:  The Spartans return to SJSU Field for a three-game WAC series against Nevada.  The two teams play a single game on Friday, April 22 at 3 p.m., followed by a doubleheader on Saturday, April 23, at 12 p.m.