Softball At Louisiana Tech This Weekend

This Week:
Fri., April 29    Louisiana Tech    Ruston, La.    6:00 p.m. CDT
Sat., April 30    Louisiana Tech (DH)    Ruston, La.    1:00 p.m. CDT

SPARTANS FINAL ROAD WAC SERIES:  San Jose State travels to Louisiana Tech this weekend for a key Western Athletic Conference series.  The two teams are currently tied with Nevada for sixth place in the conference standings and are fighting for a spot at the 2011 WAC Softball Tournament, May 11-14, in Fresno.

LIVE AUDIO/VIDEO:  This weekend’s games will have live audio and video available.  Below are the links for each.  The video requires paying a fee.

Audio - http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/latech.portal#
Video - www.latechsports.com

LIVE STATS:  All games this weekend will have live stats available on the Louisiana Tech web site at www.latechsports.com.  The Spartan web site will also have links on the “Live Stats” page.

ABOUT LOUISIANA TECH:  The Lady Techsters begin the weekend with a 12-34 overall record and a 3-12 WAC mark.  The team lost three games last weekend at conference leader New Mexico State.  Head coach Sarah Dawson is in her ninth season at the helm of the program.  Janna Frandrup is one of the team’s top hitters with a .264 batting average and 21 runs scored.  Kendra Harmon leads the team with 34 hits, while Allie Geisler has driven in 18 runs and has six home runs.  Pitcher Meghan Krieg has a 7-20 record with a 3.54 ERA.  She has struck out 219 in 178 innings pitched.

SPARTAN HEAD COACH:  Peter Turner is in his fifth year at San Jose State with a 119-156 coaching record.  He recorded his 100th career victory last year in a 2-1 win over New Mexico State on May 5, 2010.

YOUNG, WE ARE VERY YOUNG:  After losing 10 letterwinners and seven starts from last year’s team, common sense says the Spartans would be a young team.  But, the Spartans typically start five freshmen and two or three sophomores every game.  The team consists of 12 freshmen, six sophomores, five juniors and one senior and is the youngest team of head coach Peter Turner’s Spartan career.

STAYIN’ IN CALIFORNIA:  With the exception of the Louisiana Tech series this weekend, the Spartans played 14 games in April in the state of California and end the season next weekend at home with Hawaii.  The team started the year in Arizona, played a tournament in Las Vegas, and have two WAC series out of the state (New Mexico State and Louisiana Tech).  Otherwise, all games this year will be played in the state of California.  After a trip to Louisiana, the Spartans host Hawaii the first weekend in May and then hope to travel to the 2011 WAC Softball Tournament at Fresno State.

WAC HONOREE:  Jennifer Ames was named Pitcher of the Week for February 7-13.  She pitched two complete games and recorded a save as the Spartans went 6-0 on the weekend.  Ames pitched two complete games in wins over Cal State Bakersfield, 3-1, and Santa Clara, 2-1.  She also recorded a save in another 3-1 win over the Roadrunners as she pitched two-thirds of an inning.  Ames now has three career saves.  She struck out three on the weekend.  This is the first honor this season and the second of her career for Ames.

2011 WAC TOURNAMENT:  The 2011 WAC Tournament will be played May 11-14, in Fresno, Calif., as Fresno State plays host at Bulldog Diamond.  The top six teams in the conference advance to the double elimination tournament. 

WAC TOURNAMENT TICKETS ON SALE:  All-session tickets for the 2011 WAC Softball Tournament are currently on sale through the Fresno State Athletics Ticket Office. The all-session pass is good for all 10 games (11 if the second game on Saturday is necessary).

Tickets can be purchased online or over the phone at (559) 278-2647. Tickets can also be purchased at the Bulldog Diamond ticket booth starting one hour prior to the first game each day. (Cash only accepted at Bulldog Diamond).

Single day tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Tuesday, May 11.

Ticket prices are as follows:    All-Session    Single Day
Lower Box (Reserved)    $40    $15
Upper (Reserved)    $25    $9
Adult General Admission    $15    $6
Youth/Senior/College Student    $10    $4

AMES MOVES UP SAVES LIST:  With her two saves this season, Jennifer Ames is now tied for sixth all-time at San Jose State with three.
CAREER SAVES
    1.    8    Carol Forbes    2002-05
    2.    7    Amanda Pridmore    2009-10       
        7    Courtney Lewis    2003-06
    4.    5    Sabrina Quintero    1997-01
    5.    4    Roxanne Bejarano    2007-08
    6.    3    Jennifer Ames    2008-C
        3    Anne Walsh    1992
        3    Lisa Wehren    1990-93
    9.    2    Kelly Harrison    2006-07
        2    Candice Akin    1999-03
        2    Corina Lilly    1994-98

SPARTAN NOTES - HITTERS:  Annica Wolfe leads the Spartans in hitting with a.320 average and has started 45 games at third base.  Wolfe has 40 hits, 24 RBI and 14 runs scored to go with a .377 on base percentage and a .440 slugging percentage.  She had three hits against Appalachian State, San Diego, Santa Clara and New Mexico State and two hits in eight games.  She drove in four runs in a game against Santa Clara in March, three runs in the final game at New Mexico State and the Spartans’ only run at #11 Stanford.  She hit her first collegiate home run against Appalachian State and added one against Pacific and Boise State.  Wolfe has drawn 11 walks and stole a base at Cal State Bakersfield.  She begins the weekend with a three-game hitting streak.

Sadie Coenen has a .306 batting average with a .398 on base percentage and a .405 slugging percentage in 40 games played.  Coenen is the team’s starting left fielder and has 34 hits on the year.  She has scored 24 runs and drawn 17 walks.  Coenen leads the team with nine doubles and has one of the team’s two triples.  She had a five-game hitting streak ended last weekend and had a seven-game hitting streak in March. 

Alex Stange, the Spartan starter at first base, is hitting .301 on the year with a .351 on base percentage and a .412 slugging percentage.  She has a team-best 41 hits to go with 18 runs scored and 20 RBI.  Stange has 10 multiple-hit games including three hits against Cal State Northridge (3-for-5), Cal State Bakersfield (3-for-3), Utah State (3-for-3) and Nevada (3-4).  She had two four-game hitting streaks in March.  Stange had the game-winning double to drive in two runs in a win over Idaho State.  She hit her home runs of the season against Albany, New Mexico State and Fresno State.  Stange has six doubles on the year, drawn 11 walks and stole a base against Santa Clara in March.

BranDee Garcia is hitting .283 on the season with 39 hits and 20 runs scored.  She has driven in 15 runs including two against Santa Clara, Troy, UC Davis and Nevada.  She hit her home runs against Mississippi and at Fresno State.  Garcia had three hits against Santa Clara and in wins against Boise State and Nevada.  She added two hits in six games and had two five-game hitting streaks earlier this season.  She has 15 walks including three in a game against Santa Clara in March and two against UC Davis.  Garcia has stolen seven bases and had two against UC Davis.  Garcia is the starter at second base, short stop or the outfield.

Cheryl Freitas leads the team with four home runs as she is hitting .277 this season.  She has 31 hits, 23 runs scored, and 24 RBI.  She is tied for the team lead with nine doubles on the year.  Freitas has a .371 on base percentage and a .482 slugging percentage.  She has drawn 15 walks and stole three bases.  Freitas had three hits against Cal State Bakersfield and Troy and two hits in seven games.  She drove in four runs against Cal State Northridge, three RBI against Santa Clara and New Mexico and two RBI in three other games.  Freitas has had a three-game hitting streak three times this season.  She had two doubles and had two walks in the first game of doubleheader against Utah State.

Amanda Schatz has played in 36 games and started 33, all but two at catcher.  She is hitting .260 on the year with 26 hits, eight runs and 12 RBI.  Schatz is third on the team with eight doubles.  She hit her first collegiate home run in a win at Cal State Bakersfield and added another at Fresno State  Schatz also has seven walks, a .321 on base percentage and a .400 slugging percentage.  She has recorded two hits in seven games.

Britney Helm leads the team in runs scored with 26, walks with 25 and stolen bases at nine.  The Spartans starting centerfielder, Helm is hitting .258 with 34 hits and 11 RBI.  She has started all 44 games played.  She has five doubles on the year and hit two home runs in a loss at Pacific in February.  Her only triple of the year came in the first game against Utah State.  Helm recorded two hits in six games.  She drove in four runs at Pacific and had three walks against Portland State and Albany.  Helm had a six-game hitting streak stopped at Stanford and another stopped in game one at New Mexico State.

Jessica Garcia has a .207 batting average with 25 hits, 18 RBI and 12 runs scored.  She hit her first collegiate home run against Troy and added another at New Mexico State.  Garcia has drawn 12 walks and hit two sacrifice flies - Arizona State and Santa Clara.  She had two hits against Santa Clara and Pacific in February.  Garcia had three RBI against Troy and two at New Mexico State.  She has started 42 of her 47 games played, starting either at catcher, second base, third base or the outfield.

Breanna Lopez is hitting .230 in 34 games played.  She has 17 hits on the year including three in a win over Nevada and two at Cal State Bakersfield.  She begins the weekend with a four-game hitting streak.  Lopez has driven in 14 runs this year including three against Nevada and two in four games.  She scored two runs against Troy.  Her doubles came against Idaho State and Nevada and had a home run against Troy.

Jacqueline Zepeda has played in 33 games, starting 28 at short stop.  She has a .221 batting average, .270 on base percentage and a .294 slugging percentage.  Zepeda has 15 hits, six runs scored and eight RBI.  She recorded two hits in four games - at UNLV,  against Arizona, at New Mexico State and versus Boise State.  Her doubles came against Arizona and Boise State.  Zepeda has five walks and three stolen bases and drove in two runs against Arizona and New Mexico State.

Markesha Collins has seen action in 34 games this year, starting 18 including all three last week in the outfield. She is hitting .204 on the season with 10 hits and 10 runs scored.  Last weekend against Nevada, Collins was 3-for-3 in the first game with a single, double and her first home run of the season.  She added another hit (a double), runs scored and RBI in the final game of the series.  Collins had two hits against Idaho State including a double, drawn 10 walks on the year and stolen four bases.

Stephanie Ziemann has played in 44 games and started 21, all in the outfield.  She is hitting .131 with eight hits, six runs scored and five RBI.  She hit a double against Appalachian State and her first collegiate home run against Cal State Northridge.  Ziemann has also drawn 12 walks this year including two against San Diego and Troy.  Her only stolen base came against Cal State Bakersfield.

Dorothy Morentin has seen action in 10 games, mostly as a pinch hitter or replacement catcher.  She recorded her first collegiate hit against Cal State Bakersfield and drove in two runs in that game.  Morentin also had a hit and scored a run against Nevada.

Cristina Menjivar has seen action in nine games.  She is hitting .308 with four hits and two RBI.  Menjivar had two hits and drove in two runs in a win over Santa Clara in March.  She scored a run in a pinch-hitting role at Cal State Bakersfield.

Kailey Mertz is hitting .308 in 13 plate appearances.  She has four hits on the year including a double against Idaho State.  She scored a run at Cal State Bakersfield and against UC Davis and drawn four walks this year.  Mertz had a hit, runs scored and an RBI in a home game against UC Davis.  She has seen action at third base, first base and as a pinch hitter.

Nikki Chapman has played in nine games this year  She has a .188 batting average with three hits, one runs scored and one RBI.  She also drew three walks.

Brianna Yray has appeared in 15 games and started once in the outfield (vs. Cal State Bakersfield).  She scored a run against Cal State Northridge, Santa Clara and Nevada.  Yray also stole a base against Cal State Bakersfield.

Lauren Shanks has seen time in 15 games this year, mostly as a pinch runner.  She has scored eight runs, stole one base against UC Davis in April and struck out twice.

PITCHING STAFF NOTES:
Jennifer Ames begins the weekend with a 6-15 record and a 4. 41 ERA.  She has pitched in 24 games and 131.2 innings this season and has 10 complete games.  Ames has struck out 54 batters on the season.  She also has two saves on the year - Appalachian State and Cal State Bakersfield.  Ames was the WAC Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 14-20.

Five or More Strikeouts This Season
5    vs. Portland State (Feb. 12) L, 3-5
5    vs. New Mexico (March 16) W, 3-1
5    vs. Idaho State (March 22) W, 4-3

Elyssa Fox enters the weekend with a 4-12 record and a 4.42 ERA in 24 appearances.  She has started 16 games and pitched five complete games this season.  Fox tied her career high with nine strikeouts in a complete-game win over Albany.  She leads the team with 57 strikeouts in 84.0 innings pitched.  Fox’s only shutout of the season was an 8-0 win over Santa Clara.  She pitched two innings of relief against #11 Stanford and held them to just one hit and struck out two of the seven batters faced.

Five or More Strikeouts This Season
9    vs. Albany (Mar. 12) W, 3-2
6    vs. Cal State Northridge (Feb. 11) L, 8-9
6    at UNLV (Mar. 6) L, 2-5
5    vs. Kansas (Mar. 5) L, 2-4

Janessa Gutierrez has a 5.28 ERA in 24 appearances with a 5-4 record.  She has started five games and pitched one complete game, a 6-2 win over Cal State Bakersfield.  She struck out four batters against Appalachian State. Gutierrez picked up wins in relief against Idaho State, UC Davis and Nevada.  Against the Wolf Pack, she pitched six innings, allowing one hit and one run to score while striking out two.  After the first inning, Gutierrez did not allow a hit the rest of the game.  She started against Stanford and pitched four innings, allowing five hits and three runs in the 3-1 loss.

Alex Molina has pitched in 17 games and started four times - Cal State Bakersfield (W), Santa Clara (W), UC Davis (ND) and Utah State (ND).  She has a 2-0 record in 40.0 innings pitched with a 5.60 ERA and 15 strikeouts.  Molina struck out five batters against Santa Clara in March and three versus UC Davis and Utah State.

UP NEXT:  The Spartans return to SJSU Field for the final WAC series of the year.  The team hosts 2010 Women’s College World Series participant Hawaii on May 6 and 7.  Friday’s single game begins at 3 p.m., followed by a doubleheader on Saturday starting at noon.  Prior to the doubleheader, senior Elyssa Fox will be honored as she plays her final home games in a Spartan uniform.