Senior Day Friday Highlights Softball Weekend

This Week:
Fri., May 6    Hawaii    SJSU Field    3:00 p.m. PDT
Sat., May 7    Hawaii (DH)    SJSU Field    12:00 p.m. PDT

SPARTANS FINAL WAC SERIES:  San Jose State returns to SJSU Field this weekend for the final Western Athletic Conference series of the season.  The Spartans host Hawaii who is currently fourth in the conference standings after sweeping New Mexico State last weekend.  San Jose State is currently sixth in the WAC standings after winning 2-of-3 last weekend at Louisiana Tech.  The Spartans have a one-game lead over Louisiana Tech and would win the tiebreaker if the two teams finished tied.

LIVE STATS:  Live statistics are available for all three games this weekend on the Spartan Athletics web site at www.sjsuspartans.com, and click on “Live Stats”.

SENIOR DAY:  Senior pitcher Elyssa Fox will be honored after Friday’s single game with Hawaii.  Fox is a three-year member of the Spartan team after playing her first season at Cuesta College.  Fox struck out nine batters twice in her career - this year in a complete game win over Albany and in the 2009 season with a 7-1 win over Santa Clara.

REMEMBERING DEANNA MAUER: 
The Spartan softball program suffered a tragic loss last Wednesday, April 27, as former pitcher Deanna Mauer died after being rear-ended in a multi-car crash in Southern California.  Mauer was just 23 years-old.
    Mauer pitched at San Jose State in 2008 and 2009 after transferring from Central Arizona College.  She holds the school record for strikeouts ina game with 15 against Saint Mary’s in 2008.  Mauer ranks sixth all-time in strikeouts with 223 in just two seasons.
    The Spartans will be honoring Mauer throughout the weekend.  The team will observe a moment of silence before games each day and a special presentation will happen before Saturday’s doubleheader.  Fans are encouraged to arrive early as the presentation will take place at approximately 11:50 a.m.

ABOUT HAWAII: 
The Rainbow Wahine enter the weekend with a 33-16 overall record and an 11-7 WAC mark.  The team swept a three-game series from New Mexico State last weekend.  Head coach Bob Coolen is in his 25th year at the school and took the 2010 team to the Women’s College World Series.  Sophomore Jessica Iwata leads the team in hitting with a.340 average with 51 hits, 12 home rums and 38 runs scored.  Junior pitcher Stephanie Ricketts has a 1.68 ERA with a 19-11 record and 231 strikeouts.  Ricketts, from San Jose, pitched at Archbishop Mitty during her high school days.

SPARTAN HEAD COACH: 
Peter Turner is in his fifth year at San Jose State with a 121-157 coaching record.  He recorded his 100th career victory last year in a 2-1 win over New Mexico State on May 5, 2010.

WAC SERIES WIN!!: 
The Spartans won their first WAC series of the year after sweeping a doubleheader at Louisiana Tech last Saturday. The Spartans lost the first game, 2-1, on Friday after rallying in the seventh inning.  The team won two games on Saturday with 4-1 and 5-3 wins.  The wins give San Jose State the tiebreaker over the Lady Techsters if the two teams tie in the conference standings.

WAC TOURNAMENT SCENARIOS:  San Jose State has a one-game lead on the sixth and final spot into the 2011 WAC Softball Tournament.  The Spartans hold the tiebreaker with Louisiana Tech after winning the season series last weekend but do not hold the tiebreaker with Nevada.  Louisiana Tech plays at Utah State this weekend, and the Spartans should know the scenario by the end of Friday.  Louisiana Tech will play a doubleheader that day and if they win one game on Friday, San Jose State must win at least one of three from Hawaii.  If Louisiana Tech sweeps Utah State, San Jose State must win two games to tie.  Nevada plays three games at Fresno State.  If Nevada wins two or three games, San Jose State must win two games to advance to the tournament.

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, the Spartans played 14 games in April in the state of California and end the season 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. 

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 TO STREAM 2011 TOURNAMENT:  The WAC, in conjunction with its Web site partner NeuLion, announced it will stream the 2011 WAC Softball Tournament live from Fresno, Calif. Viewers can sign up by visiting www.WAC.tv. The double-elimination tournament will be held May 11-14 at Bulldog Diamond on the campus of Fresno State with the first game beginning at 4:30 p.m. (PT) on Wednesday. Every game of the
tournament can be viewed for a single subscription price of $14.95, which will include on-demand viewing of any of the games the following day. More information and how to subscribe to any of these video streaming events can be found at www.WAC.tv.

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.308 average and has started 48 games at third base.  Wolfe has 41 hits, 24 RBI and 14 runs scored to go with a .372 on base percentage and a .421 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 13 walks and stole a base at Cal State Bakersfield. 

Alex Stange, the Spartan starter at first base, is hitting .299 on the year with a .346 on base percentage and a .408 slugging percentage.  She has a team-best 44 hits to go with 18 runs scored and 21 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 and begins the weekend with a five-game hitting streak.  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 seven doubles on the year, drawn 11 walks and stole a base against Santa Clara in March.

Sadie Coenen has a .293 batting average with a .383 on base percentage and a .388 slugging percentage in 42 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 has nine doubles and has one of the team’s three triples.  She had a five-game hitting streak ended at Fresno State and had a seven-game hitting streak in March. 

Amanda Schatz has played in 39 games and started 36, all but two at catcher.  She is hitting .291 on the year with 32 hits, nine runs and 14 RBI.  Schatz tied for first on the team in doubles at 10.  She hit her first collegiate home run in a win at Cal State Bakersfield and added another at Fresno State  Schatz also has eight walks, a .350 on base percentage and a .436 slugging percentage.  She recorded three hits in the final game at Louisiana Tech and has two hits in eight games.  Schatz begins the weekend on a three-game hitting streak.  Last weekend, she raised her batting average 31 points after going 6-for-10 at the plate with two RBI and two doubles.

Cheryl Freitas leads the team with four home runs as she is hitting .286 this season.  She has 34 hits, 24 runs scored and 25 RBI.  She is tied for the team lead with 10 doubles on the year.  Freitas has a .383 on base percentage and a .487 slugging percentage.  She has drawn 17 walks and stole three bases.  Freitas had three hits against Cal State Bakersfield and Troy and two hits in eight 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.

BranDee Garcia is hitting .272 on the season with 40 hits and 21 runs scored.  She has driven in 16 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 16 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.

Britney Helm leads the team in runs scored with 27, walks with 25 and stolen bases at nine.  The Spartans starting centerfielder, Helm is hitting .259 with 37 hits and 13 RBI.  She has started all 47 games played.  She has six 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 begins the weekend with a five-game hitting streak and had a six-game hitting streak stopped at Stanford and another stopped in game one at New Mexico State.

Jessica Garcia has a .202 batting average with 25 hits, 18 RBI and 14 runs scored.  She hit her first collegiate home run against Troy and added another at New Mexico State.  Garcia has drawn 13 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 43 of her 50 games played, starting either at catcher, second base, third base or the outfield.

Breanna Lopez is hitting .226 in 37 games played.  She has 19 hits on the year including three in a win over Nevada and two at Cal State Bakersfield.  Lopez has driven in 16 runs this year including three against Nevada and two in five games.  She scored two runs against Troy.  Her doubles came against Idaho State and Nevada and had a home run against Troy.  Lopez had a four-game hitting streak stopped last weekend at Louisiana Tech.

Jacqueline Zepeda has played in 36 games, starting 29 at short stop.  She has a .214 batting average, .273 on base percentage and a .286 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 37 games this year, starting 20, all in the outfield. She is hitting .185 on the season with 10 hits and 11 runs scored.  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 11 walks on the year and stolen four bases.

Stephanie Ziemann has played in 47 games and started 21, all in the outfield.  She is hitting .129 with eight hits, seven 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 18 games this year, mostly as a pinch runner.  She has scored nine runs, stole one base against UC Davis in April and struck out twice.

PITCHING STAFF NOTES:
Jennifer Ames begins the weekend with a 7-15 record and a 4. 24 ERA.  She has pitched in 26 games and 138.2 innings this season and has 11 complete games.  Ames has struck out 56 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 5-13 record and a 4.28 ERA in 26 appearances.  She has started 18 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 64 strikeouts in 93.1 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
5    at Louisiana Tech (April 29) L, 1-2

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 19 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 43.2 innings pitched with a 5.13 ERA and 17 strikeouts.  She recorded her first collegiate save at Louisiana Tech after pitching the final 2.2 innings of game three and allowed just one hit.  Molina struck out five batters against Santa Clara in March and three versus UC Davis and Utah State.

UP NEXT:  The Spartans hope to play at the 2011 WAC Softball Tournament, May 11-14, in Fresno.  If the Spartans are the sixth seed, the team would play the third seed on Wednesday, May 11 at 7 p.m.  The winner plays on Thursday at 2 p.m., while the loser would play at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.