Softball At Boise State This Weekend

This Week:
Fri., April 30 Boise State Boise, Idaho 3:00 p.m. MDT
Sat., May 1 Boise State (DH) Boise, Idaho 1:00 p.m. MDT

SOFTBALL PLAYS FINAL ROAD WAC SERIES:
San Jose State takes to the road for the final time in Western Athletic Conference play as the team travels to Boise State for a three-game series. The Spartans currently sit in fifth place in the WAC standings with a 6-9 conference record. The top-six teams advance to the 2010 WAC Tournament, May 12-15, in Las Cruces, N.M.

ABOUT BOISE STATE: The Broncos enter the weekend with a 22-28 overall record and a 9-6 WAC mark, good for third in the conference standings. Boise State went to Louisiana Tech last weekend and won two games in the three-game series, 4-2 and 3-2. Head coach Erin Thorpe is 44-58 in her second year at the school. Three Broncos are hitting .300 or better, led by Kathy Cox at .338 with 51 hits including 17 home runs. Kellie Caplan is second at .316, followed by Vanessa Alvarez at .307. Pitcher Allie Crump has a 14-15 record in 31 appearances with a 3.77 ERA and 108 strikeouts.

LIVE STATS/AUDIO: All three games this weekend will have live stats and live audio courtesy of the Boise State web site - www.broncosports.com. The audio feed can be found on Bronco Vision for free. A link to live stats is also available on the Spartan web site.

SPARTAN HEAD COACH: Peter Turner is in his fourth year at San Jose State with a 98-119 coaching record.

TEAM HOME RUN RECORD BROKEN: With a solo home run by Ursula Lopez at Utah State last Saturday, the Spartans broke the single season team home run record. Lopez's home run to left field was the 31st hit by a Spartan this season, breaking the old record of 30 set by the 2006 team and tied by the current team last Friday. Lopez hit just her second home run of the year and is one of 12 Spartan players to hit a home run this year.

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 on April 17.

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 (0.48 pg), 19th in doubles per game (1.56), 44th in stolen bases per game (1.48 pg) and 49th in scoring (5.21 runs pg).

Individually, two Spartans rank among the top-50 players in three categories. Brittany McConnell is 12th in sacrifice flies with four and 50th in RBI per game at 0.96. Amanda Pridmore is seventh in saves with four. 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 enter the weekend with 76 doubles, 10 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 weekend with 174 walks, 33 better than the record of 141 set by the 2008 team. Brittany McConnell leads the team with 28 walks, followed by Kelli Fangonilo with 17 and Natasha Hawkins with 16. Five other Spartans have drawn 10 or more walks.

TWO MORE TEAM SEASON RECORDS BROKEN OR TIED: The Spartans broke the runs scored record at Utah State and tied the RBI record at Stanford. The team begins the weekend with 251 runs scored, five better than the record of 246 set in 2008. San Jose State batters have driven in 219 runs, tying the mark also set by the 2008 team.

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.

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.

UPSET OF #11 OKLAHOMA:
The scrappy Spartans used a four-run second inning against #11 Oklahoma at the Judi Garman Classic 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 49 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
2, Kelli Fangonilo, at Utah State, 4-23-10
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 SINGLE SEASON RECORDS: San Jose State ranks in the top-10 team season records after 49 games. The team owns the doubles record with 74, home run record at 31, runs scored at 251, RBI at 219 and the walks record with 174. The Spartans have also stolen 71 bases, good for fourth place and seven away from the record of 78 set in 1993. The team entered the top-10 in hits and now stands ninth with 389. The Spartans are also fifth in total bases with 570, fifth in times hit by pitch at 21 and fifth in strikeouts by the pitching staff with 245.

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 162, slugging percentage at .540 and fielding percentage at .988. 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 third all-time in batting average at .323. Amanda Pridmore is in six pitching lists which includes tying for second in saves with seven and sixth in strikeouts with 215. 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 rank among San Jose State single season leaders. Brittany McConnell is second in RBI at 43 and walks with 28 and third in home runs with seven. Alyssa Sulay is third in runs scored at 42 and stolen bases at 19. Kelli Fangonilo is tied for second in doubles with 14, while Sarah Taylor is tied for seventh in doubles with 12. Amanda Pridmore is tied for seventh in wins with 14, third in saves with four, eighth in hit batters with 10 and 10th in strikeouts at 112.. 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 to give her sole possession of the Spartan home run record. McConnell begins the week with 34 home runs. McConnell entered the year as the San Jose State career RBI leader, and her lead continues to grow at 162.

TAYLOR NEARS 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 71 bases in 76 attempts this season. The 71 stolen bases is fourth all-time by a team, seven 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 19 steals, followed by Kelli Fangonilo with 12.

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.TV TO STREAM WAC TOURNAMENT: The WAC, in conjunction with its Web site partner JumpTV Sports, will stream the 2010 WAC Softball Tournament live from Las Cruces, N.M. Viewers can sign up by visiting www.WAC.tv.

The double-elimination tournament will be held May 12-15 at the NMSU Softball Complex with the first game beginning at 4:30 p.m. MDT on Wednesday. Every game can be viewed for a single subscription price of $14.95 that includes on-demand viewing of any of the games the following day.

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

UP NEXT: The Spartans return to SJSU Field for the final home games of the 2010 season. San Jose State faces New Mexico State in a three-game WAC series on May 7 and 8. The two teams will play a single at 3 p.m. on Friday, followed by a doubleheader on Saturday. Prior to the doubleheader, all nine Spartan seniors will be honored in a pregame ceremony.