San Jose, Calif. - After taking 2-of-3 at Fresno State last weekend, San José State softball heads back out on the road this week looking to keep its momentum going with a three-game Mountain West Conference series at New Mexico starting on Friday night.
San José State Spartans (29-15, 9-6 MW)
New Mexico Lobos (20-20, 6-9 MW)
April 28 - 5:00 p.m., April 29 - 1:00 p.m., April 30 - 12:00 p.m. (MT)
Lobo Softball Field (1,500) - Albuquerque, N.M.
Live Stats and Streaming Video at www.sjsuspartans.com
SCOUTING THE LOBOS
New Mexico enters the week with a 20-20 record, 6-9 in conference play and in fifth place in the Mountain West standings. The Lobos lost two of three last week at Utah State last week.
Its .309 team batting average is the fourth best in the league and ranks 30th in the nation. Shelby Franc leads the team and the MW with a .435 average (47-for-108). She also leads her team with a .488 on base percentage. Jasmine Casados, batting .414 (53-for-128), leads the Lobos and ranks second in the league in hits.
In the circle, Tess McPherson (8-10) has started 22 of the team’s 40 games. She has eight complete games, two shutouts and a 4.26 ERA with 58 strikeouts in 113.1 innings. Opposing batters are hitting .285 off her this season. Jensen Main has a 7-6 record in 15 starts. In 78.0 innings she has struck out 25 and walked 28 and opponents are hitting .342 off her.
Seventh-year head coach Erica Beach brought a 112-147 record, in six years at New Mexico, into the 2017 season.
In the all-time series, New Mexico leads the Spartans 16-14. In games played in Albuquerque, SJSU is 2-5. In San Jose, the Spartans hold slime 8-7 advantage and in games at a neutral site its an even 4-4. In the nine meetings since becoming Mountain West opponents, San Jose State has won seven of the nine meetings including taking two of three at New Mexico in 2015, the last time the teams met on the Lobos home field.
ENTZMINGER TAKING THEM FOR THE TEAM
For Emma Entzminger (Jr., INF, Victoria, B.C., Canada) it’s all about the team and helping any way she can. Last year she was hit by opposing pitchers 12 times, the third most in a season for a Spartan. Fast forward to 2017 and she appears to continue to be a prime target for opposing pitchers. This year Entzminger has been plunked 15 times, one off Jessie Hufstetler’s single-season record for a Spartan. On a national level, she ranks 19th as the most hit batter in Division I.
In the 13 games Entzminger has been hit this year, in two games she was hit twice, SJSU is 10-3, so pitchers feel free to come inside when she is up to bat!
On the career list, Entzminger ranks second being hit, a total of 32 times in a little less than three years. Hufstetler holds the school’s career record with 37 HBPs.
CLARK IS PUTTING IT IN PLAY
When it comes to putting the ball in play only three hitters in the NCAA are better than Spartan Cassidy Clark (Fr., INF, Fresno, Calif.). Clark is the toughest hitter to strikeout on the team, in the Mountain West and is the fourth toughest hitter to K in the NCAA. In 109 at bats, she has fanned exactly once. She went 65 straight at-bats to start her career without striking out. Then after a K-ing in her first at-bat against Princeton (3/23) has strung together 43 more without a strikeout.
Clark .507 on base percentage ranks 45th in the nation and third in the Mountain West.
LINNY AND SOME LISTS
With 19 wins entering this week, Katelyn Linford (Sr., RHP, San Ramon, Calif.) is ranked fourth on the single-season list with Carol Forbes, who won 19 games in 2003. Amanda Pridmore holds the single season record with 29 victories in 2013. Her four saves tie her with Pridmore (2010) for fifth place on the programs single-season saves list.
For her career, Linford’s 45 wins and 361 strikeouts are the fifth most for a Spartan as is her 5.49 strikeouts per seven innings. In addition, she ranks in the top-10 in appearances (113), starts (75) and innings pitched (460.0).
WINNING IS HABIT FORMING
With the Spartans 4-3 victory over Fresno State on April 22, head coach Peter Turner secured his program’s fifth straight winning season. In Turner’s first six seasons at the helm of the San José State program, he had one winning season and one in which the team was 28-28.
Including games played through last weekend, in the last four-plus seasons, Turner’s teams are 166-99, a .626 winning percentage.
In 2014 he became the program’s all-time leader in victories and earlier this season, reached the 300-wins for his career.
LINFORD NO-HITS NEVADA
Katelyn Linford (Sr., RHP, San Ramon, Calif.) tossed the first no-hitter of her collegiate career in the team’s 8-0 five-inning win over Nevada (3/18). She allowed two base runners (a hit batter in the second and a walk in the third for the only blemishes to her line), but did not allow them to advance past first base. She struck out seven in what was her seventh consecutive complete-game victory. The no-no was the 12th in SJSU Softball history.
SETTING THEM DOWN DOUBLE DIGITS AT A TIME
In the first three years at San José State, Katelyn Linford (Sr., RHP, San Ramon, Calif.) had one game of double-digit strikeouts, a 4-1 victory over New Mexico last season in which she set down 12 Lobos hitters. This year, as the clear number one pitcher on the staff, Linford has already recorded four, including most recently a 10-strikeout performance against Colorado State.
Linford leads the Mountain West with 167 strikeouts, the sixth most in a season for a Spartan. In 166.0 innings, she is averaging 7.04 strikeouts per seven innings pitched. If she continues at this pace, she would eclipse Amanda Pridmore’s San José State record of 6.79 strikeouts per seven innings set in 2013.
JENNER HAVING A SEASON
Chelsea Jenner (Sr., OF, Abbotsford, B.C., Canada) is having the type of senior season players dream about. A lifetime .293 hitter, she is batting .387 so far this season and has set career highs in hits (35), doubles (8), triples (1), homers (2), RBIs (14), slugging percentage (.567), walks (6), on base percentage (.423), putouts (42) and assists (4).