Fri., April 20 Utah State (DH) Logan, Utah 2:00 p.m. MDT
Sat., April 21 Utah State Logan, Utah 12:00 p.m. MDT
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SPARTANS TRAVEL TO UTAH STATE: San Jose State spends the first of two weekends in the state of Utah. This weekend, the Spartans play a three-game Western Athletic Conference series at Utah State. The teams will play a doubleheader on Friday, followed by a single game on Saturday. San Jose State enters the weekend in fourth place in the WAC standings with a 6-4 record, 2.5 games behind leader Hawaii.
LIVE STATS: All games this week will have live stats, with links available on the San Jose State web site at www.sjsuspartans.com, under "Live Stats."
ABOUT UTAH STATE: The Aggies enter the weekend with a 14-28 overall record and a 2-10 WAC mark, seventh in the standings. The team lost three games last weekend at Brigham Young. Head coach Carissa Millsap-Kalaba is in her third season at the school. Christine Thomsen leads the team with a .412 batting average with 49 hits, seven doubles and four home runs. Shelbi Tyteca leads the pitching staff with a 4.82 ERA with a 4-7 record, while Mandy Harmon is 7-14 with a 4.86 ERA and 88 strikeouts.
SPARTAN HEAD COACH: Peter Turner is in his sixth year at San Jose State with a 144-180 coaching record. He recorded his 100th career victory with a 2-1 win over New Mexico State on May 5, 2010.
NATIONAL RANKINGS: Three Spartans rank among the top-100 nationally in five categories. Jessica Garcia is tied for fourth in sacrifice flies with four. Amanda Pridmore is 21st in saves with three, 89th in wins with 13 and 90th in strikeouts per seven innings at 6.9 per game. Michelle Cox is 49th in stolen bases per game at 0.49. The Spartans are 55th in doubles at 1.31 pg.
COX NAMED TO 2012 AUSTRALIAN OPEN WOMEN'S TEAM: After playing in six games for the Aussie Spirit in March, freshman Michelle Cox was named to the 2012 Australian Open Women's Team that will compete at the ISF XIII Open Women's World Championship in Canada, July 13-22. The team will also compete at the US World Cup of Softball VII and the Canadian Open International Fastpitch Championship.
7th INNING RALLY IN UPSET OF #16 STANFORD: Jessica Garcia drove in the tying run, and Michelle Cox scored the winning run on a throwing error as San Jose State defeated #16 Stanford, 2-1, Tuesday afternoon at SJSU Field.
Trailing 1-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh, the first two Spartan batters reached base. Markesha Collins singled to right field, and Cox drew a walk from Stanford pitcher Teagan Gerhart. Garcia then singled to center field to score Collins from second. Cox came around from first and scored as the throw from the Cardinal centerfielder was offline to the plate.
Amanda Pridmore improved her record to 14-9 on the season after pitching three innings in the game.
The Spartans last defeated Stanford on May 8, 2002, when San Jose State won the second game of a doubleheader, 1-0, at SJSU Field.
FREITAS BREAKS DOUBLES RECORD: Cheryl Freitas now owns the San Jose State single-game doubles record after she hit three in the final game at Nevada. The record was two, owned by several players. Freitas was 3-for-3 in the game and hit four of her five doubles this season in the Nevada series. She also became the sixth player in WAC history to hit three doubles in a WAC game.
ONE-HITTERS SINCE 2000: With one-hitters pitched each of the last two WAC weekends, the Spartans have thrown 11 one-hitters since 2000. Amanda Pridmore pitched a 1-hitter in a 4-1 loss at #17 Hawaii, while Madison Fish pitched a one-hitter in a 7-0 win against Louisiana Tech. It is the first time since the 2006 season that the Spartans have pitched more than one one-hitter in a season.
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 vs. Saint Mary's
March 15, 2006 Courtney Lewis 2-0 W vs. No. Dakota State
April 7, 2006 Courtney Lewis 4-0 W Louisiana Tech
April 7, 2007 Kelly Harrison 9-0 W at Louisiana Tech
March 18, 2008 Deanna Mauer,
Jennifer Ames 11-0 W Northern Colorado
March 13, 2010 Amanda Pridmore 4-0 W Saint Mary's
March 23, 2012 Amanda Pridmore 1-4 L at #17 Hawaii
March 30, 2012 Madison Fish 7-0 W Louisiana Tech
WAC SERIES WINS: With the two wins over Louisiana Tech, the Spartans won a home WAC series for the first time since the 2009 season when the team took 2-of-3 from Boise State and Utah State.
On the road, the last Spartan WAC series win came at Nevada last week when the team won 2-of-3.
The Spartans last swept a WAC series during the 2010 season when San Jose State won three games at Nevada.
PLAYING DOWN UNDER: Michelle Cox played for the Aussie Spirit at the 2012 International Softball Challenge against Japan, March 21-24, in Canberra. Cox rejoined her Spartan teammates in Hawaii on Saturday for the final two games of the series.
At the Challenge, Cox played in the first six games of the series. She scored three runs and had a pinch hit.
WAC WEEKLY HONORS: Three Spartans have received WAC Hitter or Pitcher of the Week honors this season. Amanda Pridmore received pitching honors on March 12 after pitching in four relief appearances, posting a 0.00 ERA with 11 strikeouts in 9.1 innings pitched and three saves, and in the process became the San Jose State career saves leader with 10.
Vanessa House and Madison Fish were then honored on April 2 as the hitter and pitcher of the week for the performances in the sweep of Louisiana Tech. House hit .571 with six RBI, a .625 on-base percentage and a 1.000 slugging percentage. In the first game, she took the first pitch she saw in the 10th inning over the centerfield fence for a three-run home run and give San Jose State a 4-2 win. In the second game, House was 3-for-3 with three RBI and a stolen base.
Fish pitched her first complete-game shutout in a 7-0 win over Louisiana Tech. Making just her fourth start of the season, she held the Lady Techsters to a .043 batting average, walked two and struck out two in 25 batters faced.
SPARTAN CAREER SAVES LEADER: Amanda Pridmore tied then broke the San Jose State career saves record on March 10. She begins the week with 10 saves after tying the record against UC Santa Barbara, breaking the record against James Madison and adding another save against Cal Poly. Pridmore broke the record of eight set by Carol Forbes from 2002-05.
HITTING STREAK RECORD BROKEN: Just 26 games into her freshman season, Michelle Cox broke one of the hardest San Jose State records to break - hitting streak record. Cox started the record with a hit against Utah on February 17, tied the record with 17 consecutive games against James Madison and added to the streak with hits against Cal Poly and Colorado State to set the new record at 19 games. Cox ended the streak against #10 Stanford as she went 0-for-3. She broke the record held by Pat Martinez who hit in 17 consecutive games in 1995. The NCAA record for consecutive games with a hit is 43, set by Sara Graziano from Coastal Carolina, April 8, 1993-March 24, 1994.
LOPEZ MOVES UP CAREER HOME RUN LIST: Breanna Lopez moved into fourth all-time with a home run in the third game at Nevada. Lopez needs four more to tied for third place. Former Spartan Brittany McConnell holds the school record with 35 from 2006-10.
SJSU CAREER HOME RUNS
1. 35 Brittany McConnell 2006-10
2. 27 Kara Kanney 1996-00
3. 14 Sarah Smith 2005-08
4. 10 Breanna Lopez 2009-C
10 Kelli Fangonilo 2008-10
10 Noleana Woodard 1989-93
7. 9 Jessica Guillen 2003-06
9 Carlie Hill 2003-06
9 Maya Garcia 1996-99
9 Victoria Ruelas 1995-97
SINGLE SEASON LISTS: Michelle Cox is currently tied for fourth in stolen bases on the San Jose State single season list. She needs three to move into a tie for second and 12 to tie Noleana Woodard's record of 30 set in 1989.
Amanda Pridmore is tied for seventh in strikeouts with 142. She needs nine to tie for sixth place and 16 for fourth place. Carol Forbes holds the school record with 230 in 2005.
Pridmore is also tied for fourth in wins with 18. She needs just one win to move into third and seven to tie the school record of 25 set by Carol Forbes in 2005.
COLLINS TAKES A WALK: Leadoff hitter Markesha Collins leads the Spartans in walks with 22 and is tied for seventh on the San Jose State single season walk list. She needs two to tie for sixth and eight to tie the school record of 30 set by Brittany McConnell (2010) and Kasey Igarta (2007). Collins has collected two walks in five games this season.
DOUBLES RECORD BROKEN: The Spartans broke the game school record for doubles with six in a 9-1 win over CSU Bakersfield on February 25, breaking the old record of five set in seven games. Amanda Schatz hit two doubles, while Alex Stange, BranDee Garcia, Nicole Schultz and Vanessa House each contributed to the record. Schatz and Stange each drove in three runs in the game.
HITS RECORD SET: The Spartans broke one of the oldest school records on the books with 20 hits against Idaho State on February 19. The 20 hits broke the record of 18 set against Oregon on March 26, 1986. In the game against Idaho State, seven players recorded multiple hits led by Michelle Cox was 4-for-5 from the plate. Markesha Collins and Vanessa House each had three hits including a three-run home run for House. Four other had two hits - Jessica Garcia, Annica Wolfe, Alex Stange and Nicole Schultz.
STEALIN' A RECORD: Michelle Cox leads the Spartans with 18 stolen bases and tied the San Jose State single-game stolen base record. She had three against Cal Poly in February and tied six other Spartans who had accomplished the feat.
MOVIN' ON UP: Pitchers Amanda Pridmore and Jennifer Ames are both listed on the San Jose State career strikeouts top-10. Pridmore, who moved into fourth in the first game of the year, is currently third with 396 and needs 59 strikeouts to move into second place all-time. Ames moved onto the list in the first tournament and is currently ninth with 181 strikeouts. A complete listing can be found on page six.
COX TIES SJSU GAME RECORD TWICE: Freshman Michelle Cox has tied the San Jose State game record for runs scored with four in two games. Just three games into the season, she tied the record with four runs scored against Cal Poly. Cox then tied the record again with four runs scored in the first game against Nevada. Cox tied the record set by former Spartan Courtney Lewis against Louisiana Tech on May 14, 2005.
SJSU CAREER LEADERS: Pitchers Amanda Pridmore and Jennifer Ames rank among the best Spartan pitchers in 11 categories. Pridmore ranks in 10 categories, while Ames is listed in six categories.
STANGE AMONG CAREER FIELDING LEADERS: Senior Alex Stange is among the top-10 fielders in San Jose State history. She has a .982 fielding percentage, good for seventh all-time. Stange has 677 putouts, 45 assists and 13 errors in her three-plus years. She is also ninth in putouts with 677 and third in double plays turned (since 2000) with 29, two shy of second place. Joining Stange on the list is BranDee Garcia who is tied for 10th with 15 double plays turned.
2012 WAC TOURNAMENT: The 2012 WAC Tournament will be played May 9-12, in Las Cruces, N.M., as New Mexico State plays host. The top six teams in the conference advance to the double elimination tournament.
UP NEXT: The Spartans return to the state of Utah for four more games. The team plays at Utah Valley for a single game on Thursday, April 26. The Spartans then play a three-game series at Brigham Young with a single game on Friday, April 27, and a doubleheader on Saturday, April 28.