San Jose-The Spartan softball team broke out for 12 runs on 15 hits in game two of a Western Athletic Conference doubleheader against Nevada Saturday to win 12-4 in six innings. San Jose State lost the first game 1-0 after getting just five hits.
In the 12-4 win, BranDee Garcia was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI and had a double. Breanna Lopez and Alex Stange each went 3-for-4 from the plate. Lopez drove in three runs, two in the second inning with a single up the middle. Stange scored a run and drove in a run and hit a double to lead off the fifth inning.
Eight Spartans had hits in the game, five extra-base hits. Cheryl Freitas hit her first triple of the season in the fifth inning to score Stange. Annica Wolfe score two runs including the final run of the game on a fielder's choice. Markesha Collins had a double in the second to drive in a run. Kailey Mertz came off the bench in the sixth inning for her only hits. Jacqueline Zepeda singled in the second inng and later scored on the BranDee Garcia double.
Pitcher Janessa Gutierrez pitched six innings of relief after Elyssa Fox faced the first three batters of the game. After allowing just one hit, a home run, in the first inning, Gutierrez settled in and allowed just two Nevada base runners the rest of the game (walk and error). She pitched six innings, walked one, struck out two and faced just 21 batters.
"I thought the team did a really good job working together and getting outs," said Gutierrez. "During the game, I was hitting my spots, getting ground balls and doing my job."
"This win was key for us in keeping our goal alive of playing at the WAC Tournament," said Spartan head coach Peter Turner. "If we lost that game, our ray of hope would have faded.
"I started Fox in the second game, thinking she could 3-4 innings, but they got to her early. I knew I had to bring in Janessa. After she allowed the home run, she really shut down the Nevada hitters. They hit a couple of hard balls, but our defense made the plays. I thought our defense was superb, especially Jackie at short stop because she anchors that position nicely for a freshman."
In game one, the Spartans got just five hits but hit into two double plays and left five runners standing in the 1-0 loss. San Jose State's best shot of scoring came in the seventh inning. Amanda Schatz started the inning with a single to right center, followed by a Stange single to left field. Wolfe then hit into a fielder's choice as Nevada got the out at third. Freitas was then called out on the infield fly rule, and Collins struck out.
Fox pitched her fifth complete game of the season as her record fell to 4-12. She allowed just six hits and faced 25 batters.
San Jose State is now 17-31 overall and 3-12 in the WAC. The Spartans are tied for sixth in the conference standings with Louisiana Tech and Nevada. The top-six teams advance to the WAC Tournament on May 11-14 in Fresno.
Nevada 1 San Jose State 0
Nevada 001 000 0 -- 1 6 0
San Jose State 000 000 0 -- 0 5 0
Darby and Venable. Fox and Schatz. WP - Darby (12-20). LP - Fox (4-12). Records - Nevada 12-28, 3-11; San Jose State 16-31, 2-12.
San Jose State 12 Nevada 4 6 innings
Nevada 400 000 -- 4 4 3
San Jose State 050 115 -- 12 15 1
2 outs, 1 runner LOB when game ended.
Darby, Craig (2) and Venable. Fox, Gutierrez (1) and Schatz. WP - Gutierrez (5-4). LP - Darby (12-21). HR - Lastrapes (N). 3B - Freitas (SJS). 2B - Patrick (N); B. Garcia, B. Lopez, Stange, Collins (SJS). 3 hits - B. Garcia, B. Lopez, Stange (SJS). 3 RBI - B. Lopez (SJS). 2 RBI - Patrick, Lastrapes (N); B. Garcia (SJS). Records - Nevada 12-29, 3-12; San Jose State 17-31, 3-12.
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