Fresno, Calif.-The Spartan softball team used a seventh-inning rally in game one and got a solo home run from Alex Stange in game two Saturday in a pair of games at Fresno State. San Jose State lost the first game, 2-1, in nine innings, followed by a 6-1 loss in game two of a Western Athletic Conference doubleheader.
In the first game, the Spartans were down 1-0 headed into the seventh inning. Amanda Schatz led off the inning with a single to left field. Markesha Collins then reached base as pinch runner Lauren Shanks was out at first. With one out, Annica Wolfe had one of her two hits in the game with a double to center field to score Collins from first. Stephanie Ziemann pinch ran for Wolfe, but she was left stranded at third as the Spartans grounded out twice to end the inning.
The Spartans left base runners on base in the eighth and ninth innings before Fresno State scored in the winning run in the ninth. In the eighth, Breanna Lopez was left stranded after singling up the middle with two outs. Cheryl Freitas drew a walk with two outs in the ninth before being left on base.
Spartan starter Elyssa Fox pitched the first 4.1 innings, allowing just six hits and one unearned run while striking out three. Janessa Gutierrez pitched the final 3.2 innings, giving up five hits and just the one earned run as her record fell to 4-4.
In game two, San Jose State's only run came in the seventh inning as Alex Stange hit her third home run of the season to left field. BranDee Garcia and Jacqueline Zepeda had the Spartans other two hits of the game.
Jennifer Ames pitched the first four innings, allowing eight hits and six runs, four earned before being replaced by Alex Molina who pitched the final two innings and allowed only one hit.
The Spartans return to SJSU Field next weekend for a three-game series with Nevada. Friday's game begins at 3 p.m., followed by a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 12 p.m.
Fresno State 2 San Jose State 1 9 innings
San Jose State 000 000 100 -- 1 6 2
Fresno State 010 000 001 -- 2 11 1
1 out, 3 LOB when game ended.
Fox, Gutierrez (5) and Schatz. Oakes and Stiglich. WP - Oakes (14-2). LP - Gutierrez (4-4). 2B - Wolfe (SJS). 4 hits - Ortega (FS). 2 hits - Wolfe (SJS); Gilleland (FS). Records - San Jose State 16-28, 2-9; Fresno State 25-11, 9-2.
Fresno State 6 San Jose State 1
San Jose State 000 000 1 -- 1 3 1
Fresno State 123 000 X -- 6 9 1
Ames, Molina (5) and J. Garcia. Moses and Stiglich. WP - Moses (11-9). LP - Ames (6-14). HR - Stange (SJS). 2B - Ortega (FS). 2 hits - Moses, Angene, Ortiz (FS). Records - San Jose State 16-29, 2-10; Fresno State 26-11, 10-2.
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