San Jose-The Spartan softball offense was limited to just two hits Friday afternoon as San Jose State fell to Hawaii 8-0, in five innings at SJSU Field.
Britney Helm got the first Spartan hit in the third inning of the game with a double to right field to put runners at second and third with one out. Markesha Collins had reached base on a Hawaii error. Both were left stranded on the bases as the Spartans struck out and grounded out.
The second hit came in the fourth inning as Alex Stange dropped a bloop single just over second base. But the next batter, Annica Wolfe, hit into a double play to end the inning.
Hawaii scored in each of the first three innings to take an 8-0 lead and ended the game with eight hits. The Rainbow Wahine were also patient at the plate as Spartan pitchers walked five in the game.
Spartan staring pitcher Elyssa Fox pitched the first 1.1 innings, allowing four hits and five earned runs. Alex Molina pitched the next inning and allowed one hit and three runs. Janessa Gutierrez pitched the final 2.2 innings and allowed just three hits and no runs.
"My concern is walking too many batters," said Spartan head coach Peter Turner. "That set up everything today. We cannot win by walking five batters, then they are going to execute and score runs."
The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 12 p.m. Prior to the game the Spartan softball program will honor former player Deanna Mauer who was killed in a car accident last week in Southern California. Fans are encouraged to be seated by 11:45 a.m. to be a part of the ceremony.
Hawaii 8 San Jose State 0
Hawaii 233 00 -- 8 8 0
San Jose State 000 00 -- 0 2 0
Ricketts and Kilebenstein. Fox, Molina (2), Gutierrez (3) and Schatz and Morentin. WP - Ricketts (20-11). LP - Fox (5-14). HR - Iwata (H). 3B - Jensen (H). 2B - Gonzalez (H); Helm (SJS). 2 hits - Gonzalez (H). 3 RBI - Jensen, Iwata (H). Records - Hawaii 34-16, 12-7; San Jose State 19-33, 5-14.
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