Softball Sweeps UT Arlington Series

San Jose, Calif. – The San Jose State University softball team won both games of a Western Athletic Conference (WAC) doubleheader against UT Arlington with a 4-0 shutout and 5-4 walk-off win on Saturday, sweeping its series with the Mavericks.

It was the Spartans’ second WAC series sweep and 11th doubleheader sweep of the season.

“After this weekend, I’m really proud of this team,” Head Coach Peter Turner said. “They played well against a tough team and a tough pitcher. They could have called it a day after we won the first game today, but they didn’t.”

SPARTANS SHUTOUT MAVERICKS

In game one, big, timely hits led San Jose State (34-14, 12-3) to victory. In the third, a two-out single by Devin Caldwell drove in BranDee Garcia for the game-winning 1-0 run. Markesha Collins’ started the fourth inning with a triple, and was driven in on the next play by Annica Wolfe for the 2-0 score. Vanessa House’s two-run homer two batters later gave San Jose State the final 4-0 score.

Allison Lang (6-3) earned her third-career complete-game shutout, scattering three hits while striking out three. Turner said of Lang’s performance, “We needed her to give us a game like that. She did an outstanding job the entire game. She had good command and mixed her pitches well.”

Callie Collins (2-13) suffered the loss for the Mavericks (18-24, 3-12 WAC), as she allowed five hits, striking out three and walking two.

COME-FROM-BEHIND VICTORY FOR SAN JOSE STATE

Game two came down to the wire for San Jose State. Said Turner, “In the last inning, our hitters rose to the occasion and found a way to get it done by creating traffic and getting the big hits we needed.”

Michelle Cox and BranDee Garcia started the inning off by hitting back-to-back singles trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the seventh. Devin Caldwell, the third batter of the inning, drove in Cox with a groundout for the 4-3 score. Two batters later, BranDee Garcia was able to score when UT Arlington shortstop Nina Villanueva committed an error, tying the score at four. Jessica Garcia singled in Markesha Collins from second for the walk-off 5-4 run.

Amanda Pridmore improved her record to 21-9, striking out three in three innings of relief work. Madison Fish, who started the game, pitched 4.0 innings, striking out two while allowing seven hits. UT Arlington’s Teri Lyles (16-10) scattered eight hits and allowed three earned runs, striking out one batter.

On the day, Wolfe led the Spartans at the plate, going 2-for-5 with two RBI. Said Turner, “Wolfe came in and did a really good job today. These pitchers were tailored to her hitting style.”

The Spartans remain in second place in the WAC standings behind New Mexico State. The team travels to Texas State on Friday, April 26, for a 2:00 p.m. (PDT) game, followed by an 11:00 a.m. (PDT) doubleheader on Saturday, April 27. 

 

WAC Games

April 20, 2013

San Jose, Calif.

 

Game One

 San Jose State 4, UT Arlington 0

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 UT Arlington........ 000 000 0 -  0  3  2      (18-23, 3-11 WAC)

 San Jose State...... 001 300 X -  4  5  1      (33-14, 11-3 WAC)

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 Pitchers: UT Arlington - Collins, Callie and Forshaw, Rachel. San Jose State - Lang, Allison and Morentin, Dorothy.

 Win-Lang, Allison(6-3)  Loss-Collins, Callie(2-13) 

 HR SJSU - House, Vanessa.

 

Game Two

 San Jose State 5, UT Arlington 4

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 UT Arlington........ 002 110 0 -  4  8  4      (18-24, 3-12 WAC)

 San Jose State...... 110 000 3 -  5  8  3      (34-14, 12-3 WAC)

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Pitchers: UT Arlington - Lyles, Teri and Forshaw, Rachel. San Jose State - Fish, Madison (5);  Pridmore, Amanda(5) and Garcia, Jessica; Morentin, Dorothy.

 Win-Pridmore, Amanda(21-9)  Loss-Lyles, Teri(16-10)

 Fish faced 1 batter in the 5th.