Senior Weekend Will Yield Regular Season Champion

THIS WEEK:

New Mexico State      
SJSU Field              
San Jose, Calif.

May 3   New Mexico State*              3:00 p.m.
May 4   New Mexico State* (DH)   12:00 p.m.

(All times in PDT)

SAN JOSE STATE BATTLES FOR REGULAR SEASON TITLE: San Jose State (36-15, 14-4 WAC) hosts first-place New Mexico State this weekend at SJSU Field for its final Western Athletic Conference (WAC) series of the year. They play the Aggies in a single game on Friday, May 3 at 3:00 p.m. (PDT) and a doubleheader on Saturday, May 4 at 12:00 p.m. (PDT).

New Mexico State and San Jose State have secured the first-two spots in the conference. San Jose State must sweep the series to be crowned the WAC regular season champion, while New Mexico State must win two of the three games to be the regular season champion. As the top-two teams in the conference, the Aggies and Spartans earned a bye on the first day of the 2013 WAC Tournament.  

The 2013 Spartans are tied for the most wins in school history (36 in 1989 and 2005) after winning its series at Texas State, 2-1. Already the program’s all-time leader in WAC wins, San Jose State enters the weekend with 14.

The Spartans and Aggies are tied in their all-time series, 26-26. Last year, New Mexico State won the regular season finale series, 2-1. The Aggies shutout the Spartans, 1-0, in the first game, and the teams split a doubleheader.

SENIOR DAY: Five San Jose State softball players will be honored Saturday afternoon after playing in their final games at SJSU Field.  Markesha Collins, Cheryl Freitas, BranDee Garcia, Vanessa House, and Amanda Pridmore will participate in the ceremony that will take place after game two on Saturday. The ceremony will take place on the Deanna Mauer Memorial Patio, just outside the left field fence. All Spartan fans are encouraged to give these five players a final send-off.

SPARTANS’ WINNING WAYS: Upon winning its series against Texas State, 2-1, the 2013 Spartans became just the second team in program history to win six conference series (1991) and are the first team to win its first six conference series. Successful all season, the Spartans are tied for the most wins in San Jose State softball history, winning at least 36 games for just the third time (1989, 36-26; 2005, 36-25). For a complete listing of the 2013 Spartans’ place in the record books, turn to page seven.

LIVE STATS: Live stats for this week’s games will be available on SJSUSpartans.com by clicking on the Live Stats button in the homepage’s upper right-hand corner.

NEW MEXICO STATE AGGIES: The Aggies (35-15, 16-2 WAC), the first-place team in the WAC, are coming off of their fourth series sweep of the year, shutting out Seattle U, 8-0 and 2-0, and winning 9-7. Reigning WAC Hitter of the Week Staci Rodriguez leads the WAC in RBI (62), home runs (20) and total bases (126) with a team-high .840 slugging percentage. Amber Olive leads New Mexico State at the plate (.403), getting a WAC-best 71 hits (on 176 at bats) and scoring 39 runs, also a WAC-high. Alex Newman has seen the most action in the circle for the Aggies, striking out 77 with five shutouts in 173.2 innings pitched. In her 10th year as New Mexico State’s head coach is Kathy Rodolph.

SAN JOSE STATE HEAD COACH: Peter Turner is in his seventh year at the helm of the Spartans’ program with a 178-200 record. He earned his 150th-career victory in San Jose State’s 2013 season opener, a 12-2 win over Portland State on February 2.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: Three Spartans rank among the top-100 nationally in 13 categories. Amanda Pridmore is listed in eight categories. She also has the second-most career saves (17) among active pitchers. A complete listing is available on page 15. San Jose State is in the top-100 nationally in eight categories:

                34           Triples per Game                   .25

                38           Win/Loss Percentage          .706

                72           ERA                                       2.68

                79           Doubles per Game              1.29

                87           Stolen Bases per Game     1.14

                93           Batting Average                   .286

                95           Fielding Percentage            .962

                96           Scoring                                  4.75

PRIDMORE CARVES NAME IN RECORD BOOKS: Amanda Pridmore, in her final season, has set or matched four San Jose State pitching records.  Her sixth save of the season in the second UTSA game (3/30) eclipsed the San Jose State single-season save record. She begins the New Mexico State series with seven saves this season and 17-career saves. Pridmore eclipsed the San Jose State career strikeout record at Louisiana Tech when she threw her 645th batter, passing Carol Forbes’ (2002-05) previous record of 644-career strikeouts. Pridmore also surpassed San Jose State’s single-game strikeout record of 15 on March 16, when she struck out 17 batters in a 4-0 seven-inning shutout of Marist. Pridmore’s 17 strikeouts are tied for the 31-most strikeouts in a single seven-inning game in NCAA Division I history. Pridmore tied for the most innings pitched in a single game with her 14-inning performance in the UT Arlington series opener.

Pridmore is on the verge of breaking another record. She enters the week with 219 strikeouts this season, 11 shy of Carol Forbes’ (2002-05) 230 strikeouts in 2005.

WALKING ABOUT: Markesha Collins set the program’s single-season walk record with her 31st walk at Louisiana Tech, passing Brittany McConnell’s 2010 and Kasey Igarta’s 2007 record of 30 walks. In the Texas State series, she drew her 81st-career walk, passing Kara Kanney’s (1996-00) record of 80-career walks. She enters the weekend with 33 walks on the season, walking 0.67 times each game, the 56th-best amount nationally.

COX STEALS RECORD: In the UT Arlington series opener, Michelle Cox broke the San Jose State single-game stolen base record with four. Her 20 stolen bases this season are the fifth-most in the program’s history. After just two seasons, Cox sits sixth all-time with her 46-career stolen bases.

SINGLE-SEASON SAVE RECORD BROKEN: Amanda Pridmore’s sixth save of the season in the second UTSA game (3/30) eclipsed the San Jose State single-season save record. She earned three saves in four games: at Sacramento State (3/27) and in both games of the UTSA doubleheader (3/30).

Already the San Jose State career leader in saves (set in 2012), she has the second-most career saves among active pitchers in NCAA Division I softball. Pridmore has 17, nine more than second-ranked Carol Forbes (2002-05).

WIN STREAK MATCHES SECOND-LONGEST IN PROGRAM HISTORY: San Jose State’s 10-game win streak from March 15-March 27 matched the second-longest in program history, achieved in 2010 and 1993.

PRIDMORE’S RECORD-SETTING PERFORMANCE: On March 16, Amanda Pridmore struck out 17 batters in a 4-0 seven-inning shutout of Marist, surpassing San Jose State’s single-game strikeout record of 15, originally set by Deanna Mauer in a 3-0 win over Saint Mary’s on February 23, 2008. She tied for the 31-most strikeouts in a single seven-inning game in NCAA Division I history.  

COX NAMED TO AUSTRALIAN OPEN WOMEN’S TEAM: Sophomore outfielder Michelle Cox was one of 21 players selected to play on the 2013 Australian Open Women’s Team. The team will compete on July 10-14 at the World Cup of Softball VIII in Oklahoma City, Okla., and the Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch Women’s International Championship in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, July 16-22. One of four players currently competing in the NCAA (Georgia Casey, Oklahoma; Simone Freeman, Oklahoma State; Kaia Parnaby, Hawai’i), Cox was a member of the 2012 and 2011 Australian Open Women’s Teams.

ONE-HITTERS SINCE 2000: In a 1-0 shutout of Southern Utah (3/2), Amanda Pridmore pitched the 12th one-hitter since 2000. It was the third of her career.

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, at Sacramento State

March 15, 2006   Courtney Lewis          2-0 W, vs. Saint Mary’s

April 7, 2006         Courtney Lewis         4-0 W, vs. North Dakota State

April 7, 2007         Kelly Harrison            9-0 W, Louisiana Tech

March 18, 2008   Deanna Mauer, Jennifer Ames         11-0 W, at Louisiana Tech

March 13, 2010   Amanda Pridmore     4-0 W, Northern Colorado

March 23, 2012   Amanda Pridmore     4-1 L, Saint Mary’s

March 30, 2012   Madison Fish             7-0 W, at No. 17 Hawai’i

March 2, 2013     Amanda Pridmore     1-0 W, vs. Southern Utah

WAC WEEKLY HONORS: Markesha Collins and Allison Lang swept WAC weekly honors the first week of the season (2/4-2/10) after their performances at the Kajikawa Classic. Collins was 9-for-16 (.563) with a double, a home run, three RBI and three runs scored over the six games. Collins also posted three multi-hit games, stole two bases and walked four times. Lang threw a two-hit shutout in her first-career complete game, allowing just two hits with one walk in 6.0 innings of work. She struck out three with a no-hitter through the first five and 2/3 innings, facing just three batters over the minimum.

Amanda Pridmore’s first Pitcher of the Week honor in 2013 was for Feb. 18-24, after she went 2-0 with a save in four appearances. In 15.1 innings, she posted a 0.91 ERA, 25 strikeouts and held opponents to a .143 batting average. Pridmore opened the week with a save against Fresno State (2/22). She then struck out 10 in 5.0 innings of work against Saint Mary's (2/23), which she followed with a then-career-high 13 strikeouts in a complete-game win over St. John's (2/24).

Pridmore’s second honor was for her six appearances at the San Diego Classic II during March 11-17, when she went 4-1 with a save. In 27.2 innings of work, she posted a 0.51 ERA, 44 strikeouts and held opponents to a .120 batting average, pitching 24.2 shutout innings. In a 4-0 complete game shutout against Marist (3/16), she set a San Jose State single-game record with 17 strikeouts, tying her for the 31-most in a single seven-inning game in NCAA Division I history.

The following week, March 18-24, Pridmore was named the WAC Pitcher of the Week again after she led San Jose State to its first 3-0 opening of WAC play. In 22.2 innings of work, she posted a 0.71 ERA with 13 strikeouts and held opponents to a .162 batting average.

Pridmore’s fourth honor of the season was for April 15-21 against UT Arlington. She pitched 17 shutout innings during the series, holding opponents to a .158 batting average. In the series’ first game (4/19), she earned the win after striking out 11 in 14 innings, which was tied for the most innings pitched in San Jose State history. In the series finale, she threw three innings in relief to pick up the win, allowing one hit and striking out three.

Michelle Cox was named the WAC Hitter of the Week for April 1-7 after she hit .615 with a double, her first-career home run, three RBI and three stolen bases. She posted a .667 on-base percentage and a .923 slugging percentage.

NOTES FROM THE PLATE:

Devin Caldwell is hitting .311 (40-for-131) in 42 starts and 49 games played on second base. She has a .359 slugging percentage and .359 on base percentage with 26 runs and 13 RBI. She has nine multi-hit games, including a season-high three hits three times (Pacific, 3/2; UT Arlington, 4/19; Texas State, 4/26), six two-run games, and three two-RBI games (UT Arlington, Game 2, 4/20; Hawai’I, 2/15). She had a six-game hit streak (Feb. 17-24), back-to-back doubles at Pacific and Southern Utah (3/2), and scored runs in three-consecutive games (3/15-16) at the San Diego Classic II. Caldwell hit two triples in the first game against Utah State (3/23), when she when 2-for-3 with two runs, and in the backside of a doubleheader against Seattle U (4/6), she was 3-for-5 with three runs and a RBI.

Markesha Collins is the WAC’s co-leader in walks (33), the 56th-most in the nation, and the Spartans in homeruns (9), RBI (34), total bases (96), doubles (10), triples (3), slugging percentage (.653) and on base percentage (.484). She set the San Jose State single-season record for walks in a season in the first game of the Louisiana Tech doubleheader (4/13). She also tied Kara Kanney’s (1996-2000) program record of 80-career walks with the 80th of her career in the final Louisiana Tech game.

Collins has started 49 games for the Spartans as either an outfielder or designated hitter and is hitting .361 (53-for-147). She has 14 multi-hit games, seven multi-RBI games and six multi-run games (season-high three runs twice; at Louisiana Tech, 4/12 and 4/13). Her longest hit streak of the season lasted seven games (Feb. 14-22). She walked multiple times in seven games, walking a season-high three times in the first game of the Louisiana Tech doubleheader (4/13). She drove in a career-high six RBI against Idaho State (2/23), and was perfect at the plate in four games (4-for-4 against Fresno State, 2/22; 3-for-3 against Nevada, 3/1; 2-for-2 at Louisiana Tech, 4/12; 1-for-1 at Louisiana Tech, 4/13). Collins blasted homeruns in back-to-back games (against Idaho State, 2/17, and Fresno State, 2/22), and hit her first-career triple in the second game of the Seattle U doubleheader (4/6). She also has stolen eight bases. Collins was named the WAC Hitter of the Week for Feb. 4-10 after going 9-for-16 (.563) with a double, a home run, three RBI and three runs scored over six games.

Michelle Cox leads the WAC in stolen bases (20), and San Jose State in runs scored (37), hits (58), triples (3) and batting average (.369, 58-for-157). She has started 49 games and played in 50 games in either the outfield, at first base or pinch hitting, posting 21 RBI, a .441 on base percentage and a .465 slugging percentage. She had a season-high 12-game hit streak (3/29-4/19), the longest for any Spartan this season and the third-longest in the WAC. Cox has 15 multi-hit games, 10 multi-run games and four multi-RBI games. She was the WAC Hitter of the Week for 4/1-4/7 after hitting .615 (8-for-13) with a double, her first-career homerun (against Seattle U, 4/5), three RBI and three stolen bases. In the first game against Utah State (3/23), Cox had a double and a triple, yielding four RBI, and against Idaho State (2/23), she went 3-for-4 with two runs, an RBI and a double.

Sharon-Renae Estrada has five starts and 20 games in the infield, as designated hitter, and as a pinch hitter. She has five hits on 22 at bats. She hit one double (Louisiana Tech, 4/12), the first of her career. At Sacramento State (3/27), she was 2-for-4 with an RBI, the first of her career. Her second-career RBI came in the first Seattle U game (4/6). Her first career hit was a single to center field against Saint Mary’s (2/23). She was hit by a pitch against Hawai’i (2/15) and versus Utah State (3/23), and walked in four-consecutive games (4/6-4/13). 

Cheryl Freitas is hitting .306 (34-for-111) and has started 37 games as either an infielder or designated hitter, and pinch hit in six games. She has a .414 on base percentage and a .468 slugging percentage. She had an eight-game hit streak (3/1-3/16) and two three-game run streaks (2/22-23, 3/1-3/2). Freitas has seven multi-RBI games, eight multi-hit games and three multi-run games. In the first Utah State game (3/23), she went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a double, and at Louisiana Tech (4/12), she was 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI. She was the Spartans' leading hitter at the Libby Matson Tournament, going 7-for-15 with six RBI and five runs, and led all hitters at the tournament in runs and total bases (12).

BranDee Garcia has 42 starts in 45 games played as San Jose State’s shortstop. She is hitting .208 (21-for-101) with a .292 on base percentage and a .386 slugging percentage. She has nine stolen bases, 30 runs, four homeruns and 12 RBI. She has four multi-RBI and four multi-run games. She scored runs in seven-consecutive games (2/17-3/1) and had a season-long five-game hit streak (3/17-3/26). Garcia had a season-best two hits against Nevada (3/1) with a solo homer and scored a 2013-high three runs. She was 1-for-2 with two runs and RBI each against Utah State (game one, 3/23) and had two RBI with a double in two at bats against New Mexico (2/8).

Jessica Garcia has started 48 of 49 games as the Spartans’ catcher or third baseman. She is hitting .243 (34-for-140) with 27 RBI, 17 runs, a .314 on base percentage and a .364 slugging percentage. She had a season-long seven-game hit streak (4/5-4/13), and has seven multi-hit games (including a season-high three hits against Fairfield, 3/16) and nine multi-RBI games (drove in a season-high three runners four times). She led the team at the plate at the San Diego Classic II, posting a .389 batting average (7-for-18) with two doubles, eight RBI and a homerun. Garcia had her first home run of the season, which brought in two runners, in the first game against St. John’s (2/24). Against Nevada (3/1), her lone at bat was a double that brought in three runners. She had a double in each of the Seattle U games (4/5 and 4/6).

Vanessa House is hitting .286 (40-for-140) in 48 starts and 50 games in the outfield for San Jose State. She has scored 26 runs and three homeruns, and has recorded 24 RBI, a .436 slugging percentage, a .402 on base percentage, and 13 stolen bases. She had a season-long six-game hit streak (3/3-3/16), has nine multi-hit games, eight multi-RBI games, and scored three runs twice (Portland State, 2/7; Fairfield, 3/16). House drove in a career-high four runners against Idaho State (2/23), when she went 3-for-3 with two doubles and a triple. She went 2-for-3 five times and was perfect at the plate three times. She had back-to-back doubles against Oregon State and Cal Poly (2/10) and stole two bases in the second St. John’s game (2/24).

Jessie Hufstetler is hitting .330 (37-for-112) with 13 runs, 22 RBI, seven doubles and two homers, alongside a .398 on base percentage and .446 slugging percentage. She has started 39 of 40 games at first base or designated hitter. She has eight multi-hit games (season-high three hits in the second Texas State game, 4/26), five multi-RBI games and three multi-run games. Her longest hit streak of the year was six games (3/3-3/16). Hufstetler’s two homeruns came in back-to-back games (UCLA, 2/16; Idaho State, 2/17). In the second UTSA game (3/30), she was 2-for-3 with an RBI and walked, and against CSU Northridge (2/22), she drove in a season-best three RBI. She was a perfect 2-for-2 twice: against Nevada (3/1) and Idaho State (2/17).

Alyssa Martinez has played in 13 games with seven starts as a pinch hitter and runner or shortstop for the Spartans. Her first-career hit was against California (2/16), and her second hit of the year was a double against Fairfield (3/16). She has also drawn three walks.

Dorothy Morentin has six starts as the Spartans’ catcher and an additional 14 appearances as a catcher or pinch hitter. Two of her three hits this season came at Sacramento State (3/27), where she was 2-for-3 with a double and RBI. She drove in her other RBI this season against Harvard (3/15), and was 1-for-3 with a walk. She had a season-high six put outs twice: against California (2/16) and at Sacramento State.

Briana Pontecorvo has eight starts in 14 games for the Spartans as a pinch hitter, at first base or as the designated hitter. She had two of her four hits, two of her four walks, and her three RBI this season on the same day back-to-back games (2/8: CSU Northridge and New Mexico). Against CSU Northridge (2/8), she hit her first-career double and she was perfect at the plate (1-for-1) against Sacramento State (3/26).

Taylor Purdy has started 20 of 22 games in the infield. In the Seattle U doubleheader (4/6), she was 3-for-7 with two runs and drove in three of her four RBI this season. The first multi-hit game of her career was against CSU Northridge (2/8), when she was 2-for-3, and had a second two-hit game in the first Seattle U game (4/6). Versus Portland State (2/7), she scored two runs and stole her only base of the season. She had a season-high three-game hit streak (4/6-4/10).

Nicole Schultz is batting .277 (28-for-101) in 33 starts and 44 games played for the Spartans in the outfield, at third base, or as a pinch runner. She has recorded 14 runs and 11 RBI, five doubles and two homeruns. She has six multi-hit games, three multi-RBI games, and one two-run game (second Texas State game, 4/26), and had runs (3/26-3/30) in four-consecutive games, and one double and one or two RBI in three-consecutive games (3/26-3/29). In the home-and-home with Sacramento State (3/26 and 3/27), she was 5-for-7 with two runs, scored her second homerun of the season, hit two doubles and drove in four. Against UCLA (2/16), Schultz was 2-for-3 with her first-career homerun. She had two RBI against Fairfield (3/16) and the walk-off run against Long Beach State (3/17).

Marissa Toy has pinch run in 23 games played, scoring six runs. She had runs in three consecutive games (2/16-23). She has appeared at the plate twice: once against Hawai’i (2/15), when she played second base, and once in the first game against Seattle U (4/6).

Casey Watt has one start in 31 games played as a pinch runner and hitter, outfielder, at first base or designated hitter. She is hitting .176 (3-for-17) with seven runs, four RBI, two doubles and two stolen bases. Against Sacramento State (3/26), her lone hit was a two-run double, and she scored a run. Her first-career hit was a double to center field against Saint Mary’s (2/23), which drove in a run. She stole a base against Massachusetts (3/15) and in the second Seattle U game (4/6), and was hit by a pitch against Hawai’i (2/15).

Annica Wolfe has started 24 of 30 games played at third base or as the designated hitter. She is 16-for-60 (.267) with eight RBI, three runs and 13 walks. She had two three-game hit streaks (2/15-2/16; 3/30-4/6), and walked in six-consecutive games (2/16-2/23). She drove in an RBI in three-consecutive games (4/13-4/20). She has three two-hit games: in the second game of the Louisiana Tech doubleheader (4/13), where one of her hits was her only double of the season, versus New Mexico (2/8), and in the second UT Arlington game (4/20). She went 1-for-2 with a run and RBI against Marist (3/16).

NOTES FROM THE CIRCLE:

Madison Fish has a 4-2 record in 12 starts and 17 appearances. She has 18 strikeouts in 47.1 total innings with a 5.18 ERA. She struck out a season-high four batters in six innings in the second game of a doubleheader against UTSA (3/30). In 6.1 innings at Sacramento State (3/27), she struck out three and allowed three hits in the 5-2 victory. Appearing as a pinch runner, she scored her first-career run against Santa Clara (4/3).

Allison Lang is 6-3 with a 2.94 ERA in 13 starts and four complete games with an additional five appearances, totaling 66.2 innings. She has struck out 26 batters and has allowed 73 hits and 28 earned runs. She was named the WAC Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 4-10 after she allowed just two hits with one walk in 6.0 shutout innings of work in her first-career complete game against New Mexico (2/8). Lang posted her second shutout of the season in a complete game against CSU Northridge (2/22), when she allowed three hits with two walks in seven innings. Her third shutout of the season was in game one of the UT Arlington doubleheader (4/20), when she allowed three hits in seven innings. Against California (2/16), she had a season-best five strikeouts.

Amanda Pridmore has a 23-9 record in 24 starts and 42 appearances with a 1.66 ERA and a WAC-best 219 strikeouts. She set the San Jose State record for career strikeouts at Louisiana Tech (4/12) when she threw her 645th strikeout. Nationally, she has the second-most saves with seven, a single-season San Jose State record, and is the WAC leader in the category with 17. In the national active career list, she is second in career saves (17), 11th in pitching appearances (158), 16th in innings pitched (788.1) and 29th in games started (106). This season, she has the 24th-most strikeouts, 18th-most victories (23), 31st-most shutouts (6) and the 39th-lowest ERA in the nation. Pridmore leads the WAC in opposing batting average (.189), saves, appearances, innings pitched (206.2) and wins. She posted a season-high 31 shutout innings from 3/14-22. She had three saves in four games: at Sacramento State (3/27), and in both games of a doubleheader at UTSA (3/30). She also had a one-hitter against Southern Utah (3/2), with 5.2 perfect innings.

Pridmore is a four-time WAC Pitcher of the Week honoree. Pridmore was honored for April 15-21 when she pitched 17 shutout innings, holding UT Arlington to a .158 batting average. In the series’ first game (4/19), she earned the win after striking out 11 in 14 innings, which was tied for the most innings pitched in San Jose State history. In the series finale, she threw three innings in relief to pick up the win, allowing one hit and striking out three. She was honored for March 18-24 after she earned all three wins for San Jose State and, in 22.2 innings of work, posted a 0.71 ERA with 13 strikeouts and held opponents to a .162 batting average. Pridmore was honored for March 11-17 when she went 4-1 with a save in 27.2 innings of work, posting a 0.51 ERA, 44 strikeouts and holding opponents to a .120 batting average. In a 4-0 complete game shutout against Marist (3/16), she had a San Jose State single-game record 17 strikeouts, tying her for the 31-most in a single seven-inning game in NCAA Division I history. She was also the WAC Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 18-24 after going 2-0 with a save in 15.1 innings, posting a 0.91 ERA, 25 strikeouts and holding opponents to a .143 batting average.

Eight or More Strikeouts This Season

17           vs. Marist (3/16)                 W, 4-0

13           vs. Southern Utah (3/1)      W, 5-0

13           vs. St. John’s (2/24)           W, 3-1

12           vs. Utah Valley (2/15)         L, 4-1

11           vs. UT Arlington (4/19)       W, 1-0 (14)

10           vs. Saint Mary’s (2/23)       W, 10-2

8              vs. Faifield (3/16)               W, 7-4

8              at Louisiana Tech (4/18)   W, 4-2

Berlyn Rippentrop has seen 1.0 inning of work for the Spartans, allowing one hit and striking out her first-career batter in the loss at #15 Stanford.

Jordan Sauceda is 3-1, has started two games in the circle for San Jose State - against Cal Poly (2/10) and Idaho State (2/23), and appeared in seven additional games, totaling 23.1 innings pitched. She has eight strikeouts and a 6.00 ERA, allowed 31 hits and 20 runs while walking 13. She earned her first-career win against Idaho State, when she allowed a season-low five hits and one run.

2013 WAC TOURNAMENT: The 2013 WAC Tournament takes place in Ruston, La., May 8-11. Hosted by Louisiana Tech, the conference’s top six teams advance to the double elimination tournament.

UP NEXT: San Jose State travels to Ruston, La., for the 2013 WAC Tournament, May 9-11. As one of the top-two teams in the conference, the Spartans earned a bye for the tournament’s first day. If the Spartans wins this weekend’s series, they play the winner of a game between the fourth- and fifth-place team on Thursday, May 9, at 11:30 a.m. (CDT). If San Jose State loses the series, they face the winner of a game between the third- and sixth-place team on May 9 at 2:00 p.m. (CDT). A complete bracket will be announced following the final WAC game on Saturday, May 4.