Softball At Stanford & Utah State This Week

This Week:
Wed., April 21 Stanford Palo Alto, Calif. 6:00 p.m. PDT
Fri., April 23 Utah State (DH) Logan, Utah 2:00 p.m. MDT
Sat., April 24 Utah State Logan, Utah 11:30 p.m. MDT

SOFTBALL ON THE ROAD AGAIN: San Jose State begins the first of two weeks on the road. The Spartans play its final non-conference game at #8 Stanford Wednesday night. San Jose State then goes to Logan, Utah, for a three-game Western Athletic Conference series at Utah State this Friday and Saturday. The team plays a doubleheader on Friday and a single game on Saturday.

ABOUT #10 STANFORD: The Cardinal enter Wednesday night’s game with a 30-9 overall record including a 16-2 home record. The team lost a three-game series at Arizona this past weekend. Head coach John Rittman is in his 14th year at the school. Alissa Haber leads the team in hitting with a .450 batting average, 40 runs scored and 54 hits. Pitcher Teagan Gerhart has a 1.67 ERA to lead the staff with a 22-6 record and 171 strikeouts.

ABOUT UTAH STATE: The Aggies enter the week with a 14-23 overall record and a 3-10 WAC mark, good for seventh in the conference standings. The team hosts Utah Valley in a doubleheader Tuesday afternoon and plays at Weber State in a doubleheader Wednesday afternoon before the Spartans visit Logan. Head coach Carissa Millsap-Kalaba is in her first year at the school after coaching at Biola for five seasons. Simone Hubbard leads the team in hitting with a .338 batting average, while Nicole Tindal leads the team with 34 hits and eight doubles. Pitcher Kate Greenough has a 4.37 ERA with a 7-12 record and 77 strikeouts.

LIVE STATS/VIDEO: Wednesday night’s game at Stanford will have live stats available on www.gostanford.com. A link is also available on the Spartan web site under “Live”. A live webcast is also available on the Stanford web site.

SPARTAN HEAD COACH: Peter Turner is in his fourth year at San Jose State with a 97-116 coaching record.

FREITAS’ SAC FLY LEADS SPARTANS TO WIN: Freshman Cheryl Freitas’ first collegiate sacrifice fly came at the most opportune time. She drove in Markesha Collins in a 1-0 win over Fresno State last Saturday. Freitas, who has played in 25 games, is hitting .306 this season and has driven in five runs.

TEAM HOME RUN RECORD TIED: When Breanna Lopez hit a solo home run against Fresno State last Friday, the Spartans tied the single season team home run record. San Jose State starts the week with 30 home runs, tying the record set by the 2006 team. This season, 12 different players have hit at least one home run.

WAC SERIES SWEEP: For the first time since 2006, the Spartans swept a three-game series from a WAC opponent when San Jose State won all three games at Nevada on April 9-10. The Spartans won the games, 7-6 (8), 10-2 (5) and 11-9 over the Wolf Pack. In 2006, San Jose State won three-game series at Utah State and at home against Nevada.

NATIONAL RANKINGS:
San Jose State ranks in the top-50 among national leaders in four categories. The team is sixth in double plays per game (0.47 pg), 13th in doubles per game (1.62), 42nd in scoring (5.44 runs pg), and 43rd in stolen bases per game (1.49 pg).


Individually, three Spartans rank among the top-50 players in three categories. Brittany McConnell is tied for 10th in sacrifice flies with four and 45th in RBI per game at 0.98. Amanda Pridmore is fifth in saves with four, while Alyssa Sulay is 50th in runs scored per game at 0.93. A complete listing of all Spartan national rankings can be found on page 14.

SPARTAN DOUBLES RECORD BROKEN: With four doubles against Louisiana Tech on April 3, San Jose State broke the single season record for doubles in a season. The Spartans begin the week with 73 doubles, seven more than the previous record of 66 set in 2005 and 2009.

PATIENCE AT THE PLATE: The Spartans have obliterated the single season team walk record. San Jose State begins the week with 161 walks, 20 better than the record of 141 set by the 2008 team. Brittany McConnell leads the team with 27 walks, followed by Kelli Fangonilo with 16 and Natasha Hawkins with 15. Four other Spartans have drawn 10 or more walks.

WINNING STREAK: The Spartans had a 10-game winning streak in early March, the longest for San Jose State since the 1993 season when that team won 10 consecutive games.

WAC HONOREES: Two San Jose State players have been honored by the WAC earlier this year. Jennifer Ames was named Pitcher of the Week in February, while Kelli Fangonilo was named the Player of the Week earlier this month.

Ames went 2-0 at the UTEP Invitational in her two starts and pitched in two other relief appearances. She struck out five in each of her complete-game victories. Ames allowed just one earned run in 14.2 innings pitched for a 0.48 ERA.

Ames opened the week by striking out three in two relief innings against UTEP. On Friday, she struck out one of the two batters she faced in relief in a win over Weber State, then pitched a complete-game six-hitter in a win over New Mexico a few hours later. She closed out the weekend with a complete-game three-hitter in the win over Weber State.

Fangonilo hit .600 (7-of-15) with a double, one homer, five runs scored and seven RBI in four games at the Hornet Round Robin. After starting the weekend without a hit against Charlotte in game one on March 6, Fangonilo's bat broke loose. She had at least two hits in each of the next three games, including a 4-for-4 effort against Sacramento State in a second game on March 6.

On Sunday against the Hornets, she was 3-for-4 with five RBI, including a three-run home run. She also scored three runs in the game. Fangonilo wrapped up the weekend with two hits in a 3-2 win over Charlotte.

UPSET OF #11 OKLAHOMA: The scrappy Spartans used a four-run second inning Friday night against #11 Oklahoma to take an early 5-0 lead in the game and held on for a 5-4 win. San Jose State scored all four runs with two outs including a bases-clearing double by Ursula Lopez to drive in three.

Starting pitcher Jaclyn Imhof pitched the first 5.1 innings of the game, striking out four and walking two to improve her record to 7-4. Amanda Pridmore pitched the final 1.2 innings, striking out three for her second save of the season.

SINGLE GAME TEAM SCHOOL RECORDS SET/TIED: Now 42 games into the season, the Spartans have tied or broke four single game school records this season. The team tied the runs in a game record with 16 against Northern Colorado on February 27 and also broke the RBI mark with 16 in that game. Earlier in the season, San Jose State tied the doubles record with five against Northern Colorado on February 13. The team tied the home run record with four against Saint Mary’s on March 13.

Runs - Tied - 16, vs. Northern Colorado, Feb. 27
RBI - Broke - 16 - vs. Northern Colorado, Feb. 27
Doubles - Tied - 5 - vs. Northern Colorado, Feb. 13
Home Runs - Tied - 4 - vs. Saint Mary’s, March 13

SPARTAN GAME RECORDS TIED: This season, San Jose State has tied four individual game school records - hits, doubles, home runs and walks. Listed below are the records.

Hits - 4, Kelli Fangonilo, at Sacramento State, 3-6-10
Doubles - 2, Sarah Taylor, vs. Seattle, 2-12-10
2, Kelli Fangonilo, vs. CSU Bakersfield, 2-19-10
2, Sarah Taylor, vs New Mexico, 2-26-10
Home Runs - 2, Brittany McConnell, vs. N. Colorado, 2-27-10
(Just the ninth time in school history that a Spartan has hit two home runs in a game)
Walks - 3, Kayla Hayes, vs. Utah Valley, 2-12-10
3, Natasha Hawkins, vs. Louisiana Tech, 4-2-10
(Just the 8th & 9th players in school history to record three walks in a Spartan game)

TEAM NEARING SEASON RECORDS: San Jose State ranks in the top-10 team season records after 45 games. The team already owns the doubles record with 73, home run record at 30 and the walks record with 161. San Jose State has 214 RBI, good for second highest in a season and five away from the record of 219 set in 2008. The team has scored 245 runs, the second-highest total in a year and one away from tying the record. The Spartans have also stolen 67 bases, good for fifth place and 11 away from the record of 78 set in 1993.

CAREER LEADERS:
10 different Spartans ranks among 23 San Jose State career categories. Brittany McConnell leads the group, ranking in 12 categories including the school records for home runs at 34, RBI at 160, slugging percentage at .545 and fielding percentage at .989. Sarah Taylor ranks in 10 categories including second in runs scored with 125 and stolen bases at 54. Kelli Fangonilo is in nine categories including fourth all-time in batting average at .320. Amanda Pridmore is in five pitching lists which includes tying for second in saves with seven and sixth in strikeouts with 206. Natasha Hawkins is in five lists including three fielding categories. A complete listing of all categories can be found on pages 12 and 13.

SINGLE SEASON LEADERS: Five Spartans already rank among San Jose State single season leaders after 45 games. Brittany McConnell is third in home runs with seven and third in RBI with 41 and walks at 27. Alyssa Sulay is tied for sixth in runs scored with 40 and tied for third in stolen bases with 18. Sarah Taylor and Kelli Fangonilo are tied for sixth in doubles with 12. Amanda Pridmore is tied for seventh in wins with 14 and third in saves with four. A complete list is on page six.

McCONNELL SETS TWO SPARTAN CAREER RECORDS:
In her senior year, Brittany McConnell is etching her name in the top spot in two San Jose State career categories. She also is creating separation from the second-place player to be sure no one comes near her. On February 19, she hit her first home run of the season which gave her sole possession of the Spartan home run record. McConnell begins the week with 34 home runs, seven better than the next Spartan. McConnell entered the year as the San Jose State career RBI leader, and her lead continues to grow at 160, 44 better than Kara Kanney

TAYLOR NEARING CAREER RECORD: Sarah Taylor currently sits in second place among San Jose State players in career runs scored. She has 125 runs, five behind Valeri Quintero who amassed 130 runs from 1994-97.

SPEEDY ON THE BASES:
The Spartans have stole 67 bases in 72 attempts this season. The 67 stolen bases is fifth all-time by a team, 11 away from the school record of 78 set by the 1993 team. The 1987 team was caught stealing seven times in 22 attempts. Alyssa Sulay leads the team with 18 steals, followed by Kelli Fangonilo with 10.

2010 WAC TOURNAMENT: The 2010 WAC Tournament will be played May 12-15, in Las Cruces N.M., as New Mexico State plays host at the NM State Softball Complex. The top six teams in the conference advance to the double elimination tournament.

WAC TOURNAMENT TICKETS FOR SALE: All-session tickets for the 2010 WAC Softball Tournament are now available for purchase. All tickets are general admission and can be purchased online at ticketmaster.com (which includes a 2.75 per ticket service charge) or through the Pan American Center Ticket Office at (575) 646-1420.
All-Session Single Day
Adult $25 $12
Senior (65 years+) $20 $10
Youth (18 yrs & under) $10 $5
WAC Students (w/ valid ID) $10 $5

WAC PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL: The eight WAC coaches voted on the preseason poll in January. The coaches picked the Spartans sixth this season after San Jose State finished sixth 2009 with a 6-15 record.
Team Pts.
1. Fresno State (6) 48
2. Nevada (1) 41
3. Hawai‘i 34
4. New Mexico State (1) 29
5. Louisiana Tech 28
6. San Jose State 19
7. Boise State 18
8. Utah State 7