Second Place Softball Hosts UT Arlington

THIS WEEK:

UT Arlington      SJSU Field               San Jose, Calif.

April 19             UT Arlington*                      3:00 p.m.
April 20             UT Arlington* (DH)            12:00 p.m.

(All times in PDT)

SAN JOSE STATE LOOKING TO WIN FIFTH-STRAIGHT WAC SERIES: San Jose State (31-14, 9-3 WAC) hosts UT Arlington, the seventh-seeded team in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), this weekend at SJSU Field for a 3:00 p.m. (PDT) game on Friday, April 19, and a 12:00 p.m. (PDT) doubleheader on Saturday, April 20.

The Spartans, the second-place team in the WAC, are one of two teams to win its first four conference series after a 12-0 six-inning shutout and 4-2 victory at Louisiana Tech.

San Jose State will look for a repeat of its only meeting with the Mavericks, an 11-1 win in the 1994 National Invitational Softball Tournament.

SPARTANS HIT 30-WIN PLATEAU FOR EIGHTH TIME: For the eighth time in San Jose State softball history, the Spartans have won at least 30 games. The Spartans’ last 30-plus win season was in 2010, when the team won 34 games. For a complete listing of the 2013 Spartans’ place in the record books, turn to page seven.

RECORD-SETTING WEEKEND: At Louisiana Tech, Amanda Pridmore and Markesha Collins set career and single-season San Jose State records. Amanda Pridmore set the San Jose State record for career strikeouts in the Spartans’ first game at Louisiana Tech (4/12), throwing her 645th strikeout and surpassing Carol Forbes’ (2002-05) previous record of 644-career strikeouts. Pridmore’s 200 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. 

With six walks during the Louisiana Tech weekend, Markesha Collins eclipsed the program’s single-season walks record of 30. Originally set by Kasey Igarta in 2007, and tied by Brittany McConnell in 2010, Collins’ 31st walk of the year, her third of the game, in the first game of the Louisiana Tech doubleheader broke the record. She starts the weekend with 33 walks.

Collins also tied Kara Kanney’s (1996-2000) program record of 80-career walks with the 80th of her career in the final Louisiana Tech game.

LIVE STATS: Live stats for this week’s games will be available on SJSUSpartans.com by clicking on the Live Stats button in the homepage’s upper right-hand corner.

UT ARLINGTON MAVERICKS: The Mavericks (18-21, 3-9 WAC) snapped its nine-game losing streak after an eight-inning 1-0 win over Texas State on April 13. UT Arlington has the WAC’s lowest earned run average (2.06), as pitching duties are split between Teri Lyles (16-7), who has a team-best 1.70 ERA in 152.2 innings pitched, and Callie Collins (2-12), with a team-high 103 strikeouts in 119.0 innings of work. Meagan Michele leads the team at the plate, going 35-for-112 (.313) with 17 runs, seven doubles, three homers and 17 RBI. In her first year as UT Arlington’s head coach is Kristie Fox.

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 eight categories, including her position as the nation’s active career leader in saves (17) and having the most saves in the nation (7). A complete listing is available on page 14. San Jose State is in the top-100 nationally in seven categories:

                27           Triples per Game                   .27

                47           Win/Loss Percentage          .689

                62           Doubles per Game               1.36

                73           Fielding Percentage             .964

                80           ERA                                      2.79

                85           Batting Average                   .288

                93           Scoring                                 4.87

COX NAMED TO AUSTRALIAN OPEN WOMEN’S TEAM: Sophomore outfielder Michelle Cox was one of 21 players selected to play on the 2013 Australian Open Women’s Team. The team will compete on July 10-14 at the World Cup of Softball VIII in Oklahoma City, Okla., and the Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch Women’s International Championship in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, July 16-22. One of four players currently competing in the NCAA (Georgia Casey, Oklahoma; Simone Freeman, Oklahoma State; Kaia Parnaby, Hawai’i), Cox was a member of the 2012 and 2011 Australian Open Women’s Teams.

2013 SPARTANS ONE OF PROGRAM’S BEST TEAMS IN LEAGUE PLAY: The 2013 season marks the first time in program history San Jose State won its first four conference series of the season, and just the second time the Spartans won four WAC series. The last time the Spartans won four WAC series was 2006 (2-1 against New Mexico State and Louisiana Tech, 3-0 against Nevada and Utah State). San Jose State has won five-or-more conference series three times, all during its time in the Big West: five series wins in 1989 and 1990, and six series wins in 1991.

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 then-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 San Jose State career leader in saves (set in 2012), she is tied for the most career saves among active pitchers in NCAA Division I softball. Pridmore 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. She tied for the 31-most strikeouts 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 NOTES:

Devin Caldwell as 36 starts on second base in 43 games. She is 32-for-105 (.305 batting average) with a .371 slugging percentage and .371 on base percentage this season with 24 runs and seven 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), 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), she was 3-for-5 with three runs and a RBI.

Markesha Collins leads the WAC in walks (32), the 30th-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 set the San Jose State single-season record for walks in a season at Louisiana Tech, walking for the 31st time in 2013, her season-high third walk of the game, in the first game of the Louisiana Tech doubleheader (4/13). She also tied Kara Kanney’s (1996-2000) program record of 80-career walks with the 80th of her career in the final Louisiana Tech game.

Collins has started 43 games for the Spartans as either an outfielder or designated hitter. She has 13 multi-hit games, six multi-RBI games and five multi-run games (season-high three runs twice; at Louisiana Tech, 4/12 and 4/13). 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 four games (4-for-4 against Fresno State, 2/22; 3-for-3 against Nevada, 3/1; 2-for-2 at Louisiana Tech, 4/12; 1-for-1 at Louisiana Tech, 4/13). Collins blasted homeruns in back-to-back games (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 six games.

Michelle Cox leads the WAC in runs scored (35) and San Jose State in triples (3), the 53-most nationally, and stolen bases (16). She has started 44 games in either the outfield or at first base, posting a .357 batting average (50-for-140), 20 RBI, a .428 on base percentage and a .464 slugging percentage. She is in the midst of an 11-game hit streak (3/29-present), the longest for any Spartan this season and the second-longest in the WAC.  Cox had 13 multi-hit games, 10 multi-run games and four multi-RBI 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 had a double and a triple, yielding four RBI, and against Idaho State (2/23), she went 3-for-4 with two runs, an RBI and a double.

Sharon-Renae Estrada has five starts and 19 games in the infield, as designated hitter, and as a pinch hitter. She has five hits on 22 at bats. She hit one double (Louisiana Tech, 4/12), the first of her career. 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 four-consecutive games (4/6-4/13). 

Cheryl Freitas has started 34 games as either an infielder or designated hitter, and pinch hit in four games. She has a .436 on base percentage, a .474 slugging percentage and is 32-for-97 (.330). She had an eight-game hit streak (3/1-3/16) and two three-game run streaks (2/22-23, 3/1-3/2). Freitas has seven multi-RBI games, seven multi-hit games and three multi-run games. In the first Utah State game (3/23), she went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a double, and at Louisiana Tech (4/12), she was 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI. 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 .214 (18-for-84) with a .298 on base percentage and a .429 slugging percentage. She has six stolen bases, 24 runs, four homeruns and 12 RBI in 36 starts and 39 games as San Jose State’s shortstop. She has four homeruns, three multi-RBI and three 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 hit a season-best two hits against Nevada (3/1) with a solo homer and scored a 2013-high three runs. She was 1-for-2 with two runs and RBI each against Utah State (game one, 3/23) and had two RBI with a double in two at bats against New Mexico (2/8).

Jessica Garcia has started 44 games as the Spartans’ catcher or third baseman. She leads the Spartans in doubles (9) and has a .246 batting average (31-for-126), 26 RBI, 16 runs, a .314 on base percentage and a .381 slugging percentage. Currently in the midst of a season-long seven-game hit streak, she has seven multi-hit games (including a season-high three hits against Fairfield, 3/16) and nine 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. 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 42 of 44 games in the outfield for San Jose State this season. She is hitting 35-for-120 (.292) with 24 runs, 20 RBI, a .417 slugging percentage, a .415 on base percentage, and 11 stolen bases. She had a season-long six-game hit streak (3/3-3/16), has eight multi-hit games, six 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-92) 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 13 games with seven 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 11 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 was perfect at the plate (1-for-1) against Sacramento State (3/26).

Taylor Purdy has started 20 of 22 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. The first multi-hit game of her career was against CSU Northridge (2/8), when she was 2-for-3, and had a second two-hit game in the first Seattle U game (4/6). Versus Portland State (2/7), she scored two runs and stole her only base of the season. She had a season-high three-game hit streak (4/6-4/10).

Nicole Schultz has 27 starts in 38 games for the Spartans in the outfield, at third base, or as a pinch runner. She is batting .287 (23-for-80) with 12 runs and 11 RBI, five doubles and two homeruns. She had five multi-hit games, and had runs (3/26-3/30) in four-consecutive games, and doubles and RBI in three-consecutive games (3/26-3/29). 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 20 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 .214 (3-for-14) with six runs, four RBI, two doubles and two stolen bases in one start out of 27 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 21 of 26 games this season at third base or as the designated hitter. She is 13-for-52 with six 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). She has two two-hit games: in the second game of the Louisiana Tech doubleheader (4/13), where one of her hits was her only double of the season, and versus New Mexico (2/8). 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 10 starts and 15 appearances. She has 16 strikeouts in 42.2 total innings with a 5.25 ERA. She struck out a season-high four batters in six innings in the second game of a doubleheader against UTSA (3/30). 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 5-3 with a 2.91 ERA in 11 starts and three complete games, totaling 53.0 innings. She has struck out 19 batters and has allowed 62 hits and 29 runs. She was named the WAC Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 4-10 after she allowed just two hits with one walk in 6.0 shutout innings of work in her first-career complete game against New Mexico (2/8). 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 19-9 record in 22 starts with a 1.82 ERA and a WAC-best 200 strikeouts. She set the San Jose State record for career strikeouts at Louisiana Tech (4/12) when she threw her 645th strikeout. Nationally, she has the most saves with seven, a single-season San Jose State record, and is the active NCAA Division I career leader in the category with 17. She has the 15th-most strikeouts, 18th-most victories (19), and 32nd-most shutouts (5) in the nation. Pridmore leads the WAC in opposing batting average (.193), saves, appearances (38), games started (22), innings pitched (181.0) 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

8              at Louisiana Tech (4/18)      W, 4-2

Berlyn Rippentrop has seen 1.0 inning of work for the Spartans, allowing one hit and striking out her first-career batter in the loss at #15 Stanford.

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 six additional games, totaling 20.2 innings pitched. She has seven strikeouts and a 6.10 ERA, allowed 29 hits and 18 runs while walking 11. 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 travels to Texas State on Friday, April 26, for its final WAC road series on the season. The Spartans face the Bobcats on Friday at 2:00 p.m. (PDT) and Saturday, April 27, for an 11:00 a.m. (PDT) doubleheader.