The Spartans scattered their five hits over four innings but left at least two runners on base in the second, fifth and sixth innings. The team's best chance to score may have come in the bottom of the sixth inning. Britney Helm was on second when Annica Wolfe had one of her hits of the day. Helm made the turn for home but had to retreat as the hit was too shallow in left field to score. Alex Stange then grounded out to end the rally.
Spartan pitcher Amanda Pridmore pitched her 21st complete game of the year as her record fell to 16-13. She struck out six in allowing six hits and walking four.
"I was surprised how flat we came out and played today," said Spartan head coach Peter Turner. "We did not get key hits to score our runs and gave up too many walks today. I expected NMSU to come out and play tough and their pitching kept us in check."
The two teams complete the series with a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at noon at SJSU Field. Afterwards, the five Spartan seniors will be honored with a ceremony on the Deanna Mauer Memorial Patio located just beyond the left field fence. All fans are encouraged to attend.
New Mexico State 1 San Jose State 0
New Mexico State 000 010 0 -- 1 6 0
San Jose State 000 000 0 -- 0 5 0
Walker, Newman (6) and Clifton. Pridmore and J. Garcia. WP - Walker (7-4). LP - Pridmore 16-13. Save - Newman (4). 2B - Jennings, Dodd (NMS); B. Lopez (SJS). 2 hits - Olive (NMS); Wolfe (SJS). Records - New Mexico State 23-28, 4-15; San Jose State 26-25, 8-9.
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