San Jose-Senior Elyssa Fox pitched one of her best games of the season in her final time in the circle for San Jose State Saturday afternoon at SJSU Field. The Spartans rallied in the sixth and seventh innings but fell short in a 3-1 loss to Hawaii in the final game of a Western Athletic Conference doubleheader. Hawaii won the first game 11-1 in five innings.
Fox pitched just her six complete game of the season in the loss. She allowed just six hits, three runs and one walk. Fox struck out eight batters including five consecutive over the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. She ends the season leading the team with 73 strikeouts.
In finishing her Spartan career, Fox moves into 10th place all-time at San Jose State in strikeouts with 151. She also is ninth in strikeouts per seven inning game at 4.46 per game.
"Elyssa threw a good game today," said Spartan head coach Peter Turner. "She limited the damage after giving up two runs in the first inning. She came back and threw great the rest of the game. Striking out eight batters against a team we know can hit the ball was a good performance. I am proud of the way Fox finished her Spartan career."
The Spartans got on the board in the sixth inning as Britney Helm drew a walk with one out to get on base. Markesha Collins the doubled to left center to score Helm. Breanna Lopez came to the plate and hit what looked to be extra bases and drive in a run. But a spectacular catch by Hawaii's left fielder Alex Aguirre as she ran into the fence robbed the Spartans of a run.
Amanda Schatz then singled through the right side to put runners on the corner. Alex Stange then hit a ball that careened on the first basemen's glove but was fielded by the Hawaii second baseman and threw to first for the final out of the inning.
San Jose State also had a runner on base in the seventh inning as Cheryl Freitas doubled to center field. However, she was left on second as the next two batters could not advance her.
In the first game, Hawaii used a four-run fourth and a five-run fifth inning to win 11-1 in five innings. The Spartans lone run came in third inning. With two outs, Schatz doubled to center field. With Kaily Mertz pinch running for Schatz, Stange reached on an error by the Hawaii first baseman that allowed Mertz to score from second base.
Starting pitcher Jennifer Ames pitched the first four innings, allowing seven runs and eight hits while striking out two. Alex Molina pitched one inning in relief and struck out one.
San Jose State finishes the 2011 season with a 19-35 overall record and a 5-16 WAC record.
Hawaii 11 San Jose State 1
Hawaii 110 45 -- 11 11 1
San Jose State 001 00 -- 1 2 1
Parnaby and Kilebenstein. Ames, Molina (5) and Schatz. WP - Parnaby (12-5). LP - Ames (7-16). HR - Majam, Iwata, Aguirre (H). 2B - Majam (H), Schatz (SJS). 3 hits - Iwata (H). 2hits - Majam, Jensen (H). 5 RBI - Iwata (H). 3 RBI - Majam (H). 2 RBI - Pagaduan (H). Records - Hawaii 35-16, 13-7; San Jose State 19-34, 5-15.
Hawaii 3 San Jose State 1
Hawaii 200 001 0 -- 3 6 0
San Jose State 000 001 0 -- 1 5 0
Ricketts and Kliebenstein. Fox and Schatz. WP - Ricketts (21-11). LP - Fox (5-15). HR - Majam, Iwata, Rodriguez (H). 2 hits - Iwata (H); Freitas (SJS). Records - Hawaii 36-16, 14-7; San Jose State 19-35, 5-16.
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