Lopez Hits Game-Winner On Senior Day

San Jose, Calif.-On Senior Day, Breanna Lopez made sure that the day would be a memorable one for her, hitting a walk-off home run in a 1-0 San Jose State win over New Mexico State at SJSU Field.  The Spartans lost the second game 8-0 in six innings, in the Western Athletic Conference doubleheader.

 

Leading off the bottom of the seventh inning, Lopez took an 0-1 pitch from Aggie pitcher Karysta Donisthorpe over the fence in left field, easily clearing the fence for her eighth home run of the year.  The run was all San Jose State needed to pick up the ninth WAC win of the season.

 

Lopez's eighth home run of the year moved her into a tie for third with former Spartan Brittany McConnell on the San Jose State single season list.  Lopez also moved into a tie for third on the San Jose State career home run list with 14, tying former Spartan Sarah Smith.

 

Michelle Cox made a tremendous impact on the Spartan offense in both games as the team had just four hits in each game.  Cox was a perfect 5-for-5 on the day with a walk and three stolen bases.  She now has 26 stolen bases on the season and is just four away from the school record of 30 set by Noleana Woodard in 1989.

 

"Bre came up big for us today, and Cox is getting hot again at the plate," said Spartan head coach Peter Turner.  "We are not hitting the ball really well right now not going to win many games by getting just one run in 20 innings.  Hopefully this will be behind us as we head to the WAC Tournament.  I did tell the team that ending this season with a winning record is a very big positive since we are a very young team."

 

Five seniors played their final games at SJSU Field on Saturday - Jennifer Ames, Lopez, Amanda Schatz, Lauren Shanks and Alex Stange.  All were four or five year member of the Spartan team.  The five players were honored after the doubleheader with a ceremony on the Deanna Mauer Memorial Patio.

 

San Jose State enters the 2012 WAC Tournament as the fourth seed and will play fifth-seed Nevada on Wednesday, May 9, at 4:30 p.m. MDT.  The winner of the game will play the top seed on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. MDT, while the loser will play Thursday at 4:30 p.m. MDT.  All games will have live stats and video on WAC.tv.

 

WAC Games

SJSU Field

 

San Jose State            1            New Mexico State            0

New Mexico State            000            000            0            --            0            5            0

San Jose State                        000            000            1            --            1            4            0

Donisthorpe and Clifton.  Pridmore and J. Garcia.  WP - Pridmore (17-13).  LP - Donisthorpe (6-10).  HR - B. Lopez (SJS).  3 hits - Cox (SJS).  Records - San Jose State 27-25, 9-9; New Mexico State 23-29, 4-16.

 

New Mexico State            8            San Jose State            0            6 innings

New Mexico State            100            502            --            8            12            0

San Jose State                        000            000            --            0            4            2

Newman and Clifton.  Ames, Fish (4), Sauceda (6) and J. Garcia and Morentin.  WP - Newman (10-14).  LP - Ames (3-8).  HR - Jennings (NMS).  3B - Olive (NMS).  2B - Jennings, Dodd (NMS).  3 hits - Dodd (NMS).  2 hits - Olive, Jennings, Tovio-Asato (NMS); Cox (SJS).   3 RBI - Dodd (NMS).  2 RBI - Jennings (NMS).  Records - New Mexico State 24-29, 5-16; San Jose State 27-26, 9-10.

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