Freitas, Imhof Lead Spartans To Win Over Fresno State

San Jose—Freshman Cheryl Freitas made her first sacrifice fly of her college career the most important as it led the winning run against Fresno State Saturday afternoon in a 1-0 Western Athletic conference win at SJSU Field. The Spartans dropped the first game of the day 4-0.

With one out in the top of the sixth inning, freshman Markesha Collins singled deep to the short stop to reach base. Alyssa Sulay then singled to right field and advanced to second on the throw to third trying to get Collins who was safe. After a pitching change, Kelli Fangonilo drew a walk to load the bases and bring Freitas to the plate. She flied out to centerfield, scoring Collins from third base for the only run of the game.

“I went up to the plate knowing that coach had confidence in me in that situation really helped,” said Freitas. “Coach always says to look for something to hit and hit it as hard as you can.”

Spartan starting pitcher Jaclyn Imhof threw just her second shutout of the season as she improved her record to 9-5 on the year. She allowed eight hits and three walks while striking out two.

The defense also came up big for the Spartans in the second game. The team turned three double plays that included stopping a potential Fresno State rally in the third inning. Bulldog Haley Gilleland started the inning with a triple to centerfield. The next batter, Andrea Ortega, then hit a ball to Ursula Lopez who was playing at first. Lopez looked the runner back then threw to Natasha Hawkins at first. Gilleland then broke for home, and Hawkins’ throw to Spartan catcher Breanna Lopez nailed Gilleland before she could reach the plate.

In the first game, the Spartans were only able to generate three hits and left six runners stranded in the 4-0 loss. The team also drew five walks but could not capitalize on the base runners.

Spartan starter Amanda Pridmore pitched the first 5.1 innings of the game, allowing seven hits and four earned runs. She struck out five and did not walk a Bulldog. Jennifer Ames pitched the final 1.2 innings, allowing two hits and one walk and struck out one.

“I am really proud of my freshmen for stepping up in the second game,” said Spartan head coach Peter Turner. “I started three freshman in game two and were all part of the reason why we won the game. That is going to go a long way in our future success.

“I was also pleased with our pitching and defense this weekend. I was disappointed with our hitting all weekend and need to get that back on track for the last 10 games of the year.”

San Jose State now plays it next seven games on the road beginning this Wednesday night at Stanford with a single game beginning at 6 p.m. The team then plays at three-game series at Utah State next Friday and Saturday.

WAC Games
SJSU Field

Fresno State 4 San Jose State 0

Fresno State 100 003 0 -- 4 9 0
San Jose State 000 000 0 -- 0 3 0

Melloh and Stiglich. Pridmore, Ames (6) and McConnell and B. Lopez. WP – Melloh (12-8). LP – Pridmore (14-5). HR – Moses 2 (FS). 2B – Angene (FS); B. Lopez (SJS). 3 hits – Gilleland (FS). 2 hits – Moses (FS). 4 RBI – Moses (FS). Records – Fresno State 30-13, 9-2; San Jose State 28-16, 4-7.

San Jose State 1 Fresno State 0

Fresno State 000 000 0 -- 0 8 0
San Jose State 000 001 x -- 1 5 0

Oakes, Moses (6) and Stiglich and Griffin. Imhof and B. Lopez. WP – Imhof (9-5). LP – Oakes (11-6). 3B – Gilleland (FS). 2B – Ortega (FS). 2 hits – Ortega, Coronado (FS). Records – Fresno State 30-14, 9-3; San Jose State 29-16, 5-7.

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