Softball Back To Utah For Four Games

This Week:
Thurs., April 26    Utah Valley    Orem, Utah    4:00 p.m. MDT
Fri., April 27    Brigham Young    Provo, Utah    6:00 p.m. MDT
Sat., April 28    Brigham Young (DH)    Provo, Utah    1:30 p.m. MDT

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SPARTANS TRAVEL BACK TO UTAH FOR PIVOTAL WAC GAMES:  San Jose State travels back to the state of Utah for four games this weekend including a pivotal conference series.  The team will play its final non-conference game of the regular season Thursday at Utah Valley.  The Spartans then play at Brigham Young on Friday and Saturday for a three-game Western Athletic Conference series between the third and fourth-place teams in the standings.  San Jose State is currently fourth in the WAC standings, just one game behind BYU and three behind leader Fresno State.  

GARCIA NAMED WAC HITTER OF THE WEEK:  After a very strong hitting week, Jessica Garcia was named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the week for April 16-22, after helping the Spartans to a 3-1 record last week.
     Garcia, the Spartans' starting catcher, hit .563 for the week (9-of-16) with three doubles, one home run and 13 RBI last week. She posted a .588 on-base percentage and a .938 slugging percentage as the Spartans defeated No. 16 Stanford and went 2-1 at Utah State. Garcia had multiple hits in all three games at Utah State and drove in the tying run in the bottom of the seventh inning against No. 16 Stanford. She tied the San Jose State single-game record for doubles with three in the final game of the Utah State series, becoming the seventh player in WAC history to hit three doubles in a WAC game. In the Spartans' 11-2 win over the Aggies, Garcia drove in four runs, and in the 9-1 six-inning win, she drove in five runs as she hit her second home run of the season.

LIVE TV:  All three games of the San Jose State-BYU series will be broadcast on BYUtv.  The channel is carried on multiple outlets.  On satellite, BYUtv is found on DirecTV channel 374 and DISH Network channel 9403.  On Comcast Digital, BYUtv is found on 228.  On the internet, fans can watch at

LIVE STATS:  All games this week will have live stats, with links available on the San Jose State web site at, under "Live Stats."

ABOUT UTAH VALLEY:  The Wolverines enter Thursday's game with a 27-19-1 overall record and split a four-game series with Weber State last weekend.  Head coach Todd Fairbourne is in his 14th year at the school and just picked up his 400th career win with a 5-4, 12 inning win over Weber State last Saturday.  Jamie North leads the team with a .330 batting average, while Amanda Robinson is hitting .328 with 44 hits and 10 home runs.

ABOUT BRIGHAM YOUNG:  The Cougars begin the weekend with a 32-13 overall record and 9-4 WAC mark, good for third in the standings and one game ahead of the Spartans.  The team swept a doubleheader from Southern Utah, 13-5 (5) and 7-2 on Tuesday.  Head coach Gordon Eakin is in his 10th season at the school.  Delany Willard leads the WAC with a .455 batting average with 60 hits, 36 runs scored and 69 RBI.  Pitcher Tori Almond has a 2.32 ERA with an 11-3 record and 101 strikeouts, while Hannah Howell has a 2.51 ERA with a 16-7 record and 98 strikeouts.

SPARTAN HEAD COACH:  Peter Turner is in his sixth year at San Jose State with a 146-181 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 eighth in sacrifice flies with four and 89th in RBI per game at 0.84.  Amanda Pridmore is 27th in saves with three and 68th in wins with 16.  Michelle Cox is 42nd in stolen bases per game at 0.47.  The Spartans are 47th in doubles at 1.30 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.
    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 & GARCIA BREAK DOUBLES RECORD:  In a year of breaking old records, the San Jose State single game doubles record sat at two for many years before being broken and then tied this season.  Cheryl Freitas broke San Jose State single-game doubles record after she hit three in the final game at Nevada. Freitas was 3-for-3 in the game and hit four of her five doubles this season in the Nevada series.
    Jessica Garcia then went out in the final game of the Utah State series to hit three doubles in the game to tie her teammate for the record.  Garcia was 3-for-4 in the game at the plate.
    In accomplishing this feat, Freitas and Garcia also became just the sixth and seventh players in WAC history to hit three doubles in a WAC game.

ONE-HITTERS SINCE 2000:  With one-hitters pitched each of the first 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 Utah State 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:  Besides Jessica Garcia, three other 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.

COX TIES SJSU GAME RECORD TWICE, COLLINS MATCHES FEAT:  Another record that had not been neared since 2005, two different Spartans have tied the school record for runs scored in a game this season.  Michelle Cox tied the record with four runs scored just three games into the season against Cal Poly.  Cox then tied the record again with four runs scored in the first game against Nevada.  Markesha Collins then tied the record at Utah State with four runs scored in the second game of the series.  The record was set by former Spartan Courtney Lewis against Louisiana Tech on May 14, 2005.

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 - 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.  

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 tie for third place.
  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 fourth in stolen bases on the San Jose State single season list.  She begins the week with 20 and needs one to move into a tie for second and 10 to tie Noleana Woodard's record of 30 set in 1989.
    Amanda Pridmore is fifth in strikeouts with 153, her best season of her career.  She needs five to tie for fourth place and 16 for third place.  Carol Forbes holds the school record with 230 in 2005.
    Pridmore is also tied for sixth in wins with 16.  She needs two more to tie for fourth and nine to tie the school record of 25 set by Carol Forbes in 2005.
    In other pitching categories, Pridmore tops the strikeout/7 inning list at 6.62 and is tied for ninth in hit batters with 10.

COLLINS TAKES A WALK, CLIMBING SEASON LIST:  Leadoff hitter Markesha Collins leads the Spartans in walks with 25 and is sixth on the San Jose State single season walk list.  She needs two to tie for fourth and five to tie the school record of 30 set by Brittany McConnell (2010) and Kasey Igarta (2007).  Collins has collected two walks in six 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 20 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 seven.

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 .983 fielding percentage, good for seventh all-time.  Stange has 693 putouts, 47 assists and 13 errors in her three-plus years.  She is also ninth in putouts with 693 and third in double plays turned (since 2000) with 30, one shy of second place.  Joining Stange on the list is BranDee Garcia who is tied for ninth with 16 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.