WAC Champions!!!

San Jose, Calif. - The San Jose State University softball team won 2-1 in eight innings and 5-2 over New Mexico State Saturday afternoon to sweep the season series and win the 2013 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Regular Season Championship.

This WAC Championship is the first for San Jose State (39-15, 17-4 WAC) since joining the conference in 1996-97. The 2013 Spartans did not lose a WAC series this season, and are the winningest team in school history.

“This championship is as important as anything I have ever accomplished,” said head coach Peter Turner. “It has been a pleasure to coach these young ladies this season, and they deserve this championship for how well they have played all season.”

SENIORS LEAD SPARTANS TO GAME ONE VICTORY

The Spartans needed extra innings in game one as the seniors came through for the team. San Jose State scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning as Devin Caldwell scored from second base on a Cheryl Freitas single. New Mexico State responded in the top of the fifth inning with a run to tie the game at 1-1.

In the eighth and with one out, senior BranDee Garcia singled up the middle and advanced to second on a Caldwell ground out.  After Michelle Cox drew a walk, senior Markesha Collins singled to right center and Garcia scored from second to give the Spartans the 2-1 win.

SPARTANS' TAKE EARLY LEAD IN GAME TWO

The Spartans struck early in game two as senior Cheryl Freitas hit her fourth home run of the season in the first inning to drive in three and give San Jose State an early 3-0 lead. 

New Mexico State (35-17, 16-4 WAC) responded in the top of the second with a two-run home run by Emma Adams to get the Aggies to within one at 3-2.

San Jose State then added a run in the bottom of the second as Nicole Schultz scored on a BranDee Garcia double to left center. The Spartans scored the fifth run of the game in the bottom of the fifth as Freitas tripled down the left field line to score Collins for the final 5-2 score.

PRIDMORE STRONG IN HER LAST GAMES AT SJSU FIELD

Senior Amanda Pridmore pitched two complete games in her final appearances in a Spartan uniform on SJSU Field. In her 15 innings pitched today, she walked one batter and allowed 14 hits. She improves her record to 26-9 on the season and after striking out 13 batters on the day, has struck out a program-best 238 batters this season.

“Pridmore got out of some quick innings,” Turner said. “She pitched 22 innings this weekend, and that is one example of how hard this team competes.”

Alex Newman (22-10) suffered both losses for New Mexico State. In game one, she scattered five hits, fanning two batters and walking two, and in game two, she allowed three runs on three hits in 0.1 inning. Makayla McAdams and Celisha Walker relieved Newman, allowing a combined six hits, with four strikeouts and one walk.

San Jose State now enters the 2013 WAC Tournament as the #1 seed next week at Louisiana Tech. The team begins play on Thursday, May 9.  All games will be shown on WAC.TV.

 

WAC Games
May 4, 2013
SJSU Field

Game One

San Jose State 2, New Mexico State 1     8 innings

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New Mexico State.... 000 010 00 -  1  6  0      (35-16, 16-3 WAC)

San Jose State...... 000 100 01 -  2  5  0      (38-15, 16-4 WAC)

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Pitchers: New Mexico State - Newman, Alex and Ruiz, Alyssa. San Jose State - Pridmore, Amanda and Garcia, Jessica.

Win-Pridmore, Amanda(25-9)  Loss-Newman, Alex(22-10)  T-1:47  A-398

 

Game Two

San Jose State 5, New Mexico State 2

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New Mexico State.... 020 000 0 -  2  8  0      (35-17, 16-4 WAC)

San Jose State...... 310 010 X -  5  9  0      (39-15, 17-4 WAC)

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Pitchers: New Mexico State - Newman, Alex; McAdams, Makayla(1); Walker, Celisha(5) and

Reedy, Tatum. San Jose State - Pridmore, Amanda and Garcia, Jessica.

Win-Pridmore, Amanda(26-9)  Loss-Newman, Alex(22-11)  T-1:30  A-398

HR NMSTATE - Adams, Emma.

HR SJSU - Freitas, Cheryl.