Senior Weekend As Softball Hosts New Mexico State

This Week:
Fri., May 7 New Mexico State SJSU Field 3:00 p.m. PDT
Sat., May 8 New Mexico State (DH) SJSU Field 12:00 p.m. PDT

SOFTBALL HOSTS FINAL WAC SERIES OF SEASON: San Jose State hosts New Mexico State this weekend in the final Western Athletic Conference games of the year. The Spartans begin the weekend in fifth place in the WAC standings and have clinched a spot in the 2010 WAC Softball Tournament next week in Las Cruces, N.M.

SENIORS TO BE HONORED: Nine Spartan seniors will be honored Saturday before playing their final home games of their career. Being honored prior to the first game Saturday are Mallory Bair, Danni Brown, Kelli Fangonilo, Krysha Fitzgerald, Natasha Hawkins, Ursula Lopez, Brittany McConnell, Alyssa Sulay and Sarah Taylor. This year’s class will graduate with three of the best hitters in school history - Fangonilo, McConnell and Taylor, and seven players will be listed in at least one career category when their career ends. Two of the best fielders in school history are also among this class - McConnell and Hawkins.

ABOUT NEW MEXICO STATE: The Aggies enter the weekend with a 25-25 overall record and a 5-13 WAC mark. The team swept its final home WAC series last weekend over Utah State and are currently in sixth place in the conference standings. Head coach Kathy Rodolph is in her seventh year at the school with a 184-212 record and a 380-304 coaching record in 12 seasons. Kylie Randall leads the team in hitting with a .376 with 64 hits. Hoku Nohara is second with a .371 batting average and 13 doubles. Four pitchers have 50 or more innings pitched led by Carissa Theis with 83.2 innings as she has a 6-9 record with a 6.02 ERA and a team-high 62 strikeouts. Torrey Schroeder has a 10-10 record with a 5.74 ERA and 56 strikeouts.

LIVE STATS: All three games this weekend will have live stats on the Spartan web site at www.sjsuspartans.com under “Live”.

SPARTAN HEAD COACH: Peter Turner is in his fourth year at San Jose State with a 99-121 coaching record. He is just one win shy of his 100th Spartan win.

30-WIN PLATEAU: For just the seventh time in school history, San Jose State has recorded 30 or more wins in a season. With 31 wins, the team has the sixth-highest totals, just five behind the record of 36 set by the 1989 and 2005 teams.

TEAM HOME RUN RECORD BROKEN: With a solo home run by Ursula Lopez at Utah State, 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. Lopez is one of 12 Spartan players to hit a home run this year as the Spartans enter this weekend’s series with 34.

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-75 among national leaders in four categories. The team is seventh in double plays per game (0.46 pg), 14th in doubles per game (1.58), 47th in stolen bases per game (1.40 pg) and 73rd in batting average (.284).

Individually, two Spartans rank among the top-50 players in three categories. Brittany McConnell is 13th in sacrifice flies with four, while Amanda Pridmore is eighth in saves with four. A complete listing of Spartan national rankings is 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 82 doubles, 16 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 179 walks, 38 better than the record of 141 set by the 2008 team. Brittany McConnell leads the team with 28 walks, followed by Kelli Fangonilo with 18 and Natasha Hawkins with 17. Five other Spartans have drawn 10 or more walks.

TWO MORE TEAM SEASON RECORDS BROKEN:
The Spartans broke the runs scored record at Utah State and the RBI record at Boise State. The team begins the weekend with 265 runs scored, 19 better than the record of 246 set in 2008. San Jose State batters have driven in 230 runs, 11 more than the record of 219 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 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: 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 broke the RBI mark with 16 in that game. 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.
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 in 11 team season records. The team owns five records already - runs scored (265), doubles (82), home runs (34), RBI (23) and walks (179). In other categories, the Spartans are tied for eighth in hits (408), tied for second in total bases (604), tied for fourth in hit by pitch (23) tied for third in stolen bases (73), sixth in wins (31), and fourth in strikeouts by the pitching staff (256).

If the season ended today, this team would own the record for the best batting average (.284), slugging percentage (.420) and on base percentage records (.369).

CAREER LEADERS: 10 different Spartans ranks among 26 San Jose State career categories. Brittany McConnell leads the group, ranking in 12 categories including the school records for home runs at 35, RBI at 164, slugging percentage at .539 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 10 categories including third all-time in batting average at .324. Amanda Pridmore is in seven pitching lists which includes tying for second in saves with seven, sixth in strikeouts with 215 and tied for 10th in win with 23. Natasha Hawkins is in five lists including three fielding categories. A complete listing of all categories can be found on pages 12-13.

SINGLE SEASON LEADERS: Five Spartans rank among San Jose State single season leaders. Brittany McConnell is second in RBI at 45 and walks with 28 and third in home runs with eight. Alyssa Sulay is third in runs scored at 42 and stolen bases at 20. Kelli Fangonilo is second in doubles with 14, while Sarah Taylor and Ursula Lopez are tied for seventh in doubles with 12. Amanda Pridmore is fifth in wins with 15, third in saves with four, sixth in hit batters with 11 and ninth in strikeouts at 117. 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 35 home runs. McConnell entered the year as the San Jose State career RBI leader, and her lead continues to grow at 164.

TAYLOR NEARS CAREER RECORD: Sarah Taylor 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 73 bases in 78 attempts this season. The 73 stolen bases is tied for third all-time by a team, five away from the school record of 78 set by the 1993 team. Alyssa Sulay leads the team with 20 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.

UP NEXT: The Spartans travel to the 2010 WAC Softball Tournament hosted by New Mexico State in Las Cruces, N.M., May 12-15. Final seeding for the tournament will be decided this week. Hawaii has clinched the regular season WAC title and will be the top-seed at the tournament.