Softball Wins Series At Louisiana Tech

Ruston, La.-Amanda Schatz went 5-of-7 from the plate Saturday, and Jennifer Ames pitched a complete-game 6-hitter as San Jose State swept a pair of Western Athletic Conference games at Louisiana Tech, 4-1 and 5-3.

 

The Spartans now take a one-game lead over Louisiana Tech for sixth place in the standings with a 5-13 conference record.  The top-six teams advance to the 2011 WAC Tournament in Fresno on May 11-14.

 

The first game found the Spartans down 1-0 after three innings.  In the fifth inning, Cheryl Freitas doubled to center field and eventually scored on a Britney Helm double.  Helm also drove in Jessica Garcia who had reached base on a Louisiana Tech error.

 

San Jose State added to its lead in the seventh inning with two runs.  With two outs, Stephanie Ziemann was hit by a pitch.  Breanna Lopez then reached base on an error and Ziemann scored.  After Schatz walked, Alex Stange singled to score Markesha Collins who pinch ran for Lopez.

 

Ames pitched her 11th complete game of the season, allowing just six hits and one earned run.  She struck two of the 30 batters faced as her record improved to 7-15.

 

In the second game, San Jose State used a four-run third inning to take a 4-1 lead.  With one out, the team got four conecutive singles from Helm, BranDee Garcia, Lopez and Schatz.  Stange then doubled to left center and with two outs, Freitas single to score Schatz for the team's 4-1 lead.

 

The Spartans added a run in the fifth inning as Lopez started the inning with a single.  Schatz then hit one of her two doubles on the day to score pinch runner Jessica Garcia.

 

Spartan starter Elyssa Fox picked up her fifth win of the year, pitching 4.1 innings and allowing three hits and three runs while striking out two.  Alex Molina picked up her first collegiate save as she pitched 2.2 innings and allowed just one hit and struck out one.

 

In the sweep on Saturday, San Jose State won its first WAC series of the season.  The Spartans are now 19-32 on the season and host Hawaii next weekend.

 

WAC Games

Ruston, La.

 

San Jose State            4            Louisiana Tech            1

San Jose State                        000            020            2            --            4            5            1

Louisiana Tech            001            000            0            --            1            6            5

Ames and Schatz.  Krieg and Doiron.  WP - Ames (7-15).  LP - Krieg (8-21).  2B - Helm, Schatz, Freitas (SJS); Knowles (LT).  2 hits - Schatz (SJS); Harmon (LT).  2 RBI - Helm (SJS).  Records - San Jose State18-32, 4-13; Louisiana Tech13-35, 4-13.

 

San Jose State            5            Louisiana Tech            3

San Jose State                        004            010            0            --            5            11            1

Louisiana Tech            100            020            0            --            3              4            0

Fox, Molina (5) and Schatz.  Jones, Frandrup (3), Krieg (6) and Doiron.  WP - Fox (5-13).  LP - Jones (0-5).  Save - Molina (1).  HR - Frandrup, Knowles (LT).  2B - Schatz, Stange (SJS); Kipp (LT).  3 hits - Schatz (SJS).  2 hits - Lopez, Freitas (SJS); Kipp (LT).  2 RBI - B. Lopez, Schatz (SJS); Knowles (LT).   Records - San Jose State 19-32, 5-13; Louisiana Tech 13-36, 4-14.

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