Softball Opens WAC Tournament Play Wednesday

2012 WAC Tournament
May 9-12 * Las Cruces, N.M. All Times MDT

Wednesday, May 9
G1:  #4 San Jose State vs. #5 Nevada, 4:30 p.m.
G2:  #3 Fresno State vs. #6 Louisiana Tech, 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 10
G3: #1 Hawai'i vs. Winner Game 1, 11:30 a.m.
G4: #2 Brigham Young vs. Winner Game 2, 2:00 p.m.
G5: Loser Game 2 vs. Loser Game 3, 4:30 p.m.
G6: Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 4, 7:00 p.m.

Friday, May 11
G7: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 2:00 p.m.
G8: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 4:30 p.m.
G9: Loser Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 12
G10: Winner of Game 7 vs. Winner Game 9, 2:00 p.m.
#G11: Winner 10 vs. Loser Game 10, 5:00 p.m.

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SPARTANS HEAD TO WAC TOURNAMENT AS FOURTH SEED:  San Jose State travels to the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Tournament this week in Las Cruces, N.M.  The Spartans enter the tournament as the fourth seed after finishing the WAC season with a 9-10 record and has a 27-26 overall record.  San Jose State opens the double-elimination tournament against Nevada Wednesday afternoon.  The winner faces top-seeded Hawaii in the first game on Thursday, while the loser plays in the final game Thursday night.

LIVE VIDEO:  All games at the 2012 WAC Tournament will be streamed on  Fans pay a one-time fee of $14.95 to watch all games of the tournament.

LIVE STATS:  All games this week will have live stats, with links available on the San Jose State web site at, under "Live Stats."

  The Wolf Pack enter the tournament with a 21-34 overall record and a 9-12 WAC mark, good for the fifth seed.  The team was swept over the weekend by Brigham Young but won series from Utah State (2-1), New Mexico State (2-1) and Louisiana Tech (2-1).  Head coach Matt Meuchel is in his fourth year at the helm of the program.  Karley Hopkins leads the team with a .333 batting average with 61 hits and 31 runs scored.  Karlyn Jones leads the pitching staff with a 3.58 ERA and 9-5 record with 83 strikeouts and leads the nation in fewest walks allowed per seven innings at 0.58 per game (9).  Mallary Darby has a 10-16 record with a 3.83 ERA and 109 strikeouts.
    San Jose State leads the overall series, 24-16, and won 2-of-3 this year to win the series in Nevada, April 6-7.  The Spartans won the first game 11-2, as Vanessa House was 4-for-4 at the plate, and Jessica Garcia drove in five runs.  Nevada held the Spartans to just one hit to win 2-0.  Cheryl Freitas hit three doubles in the final game for a 10-0 win in five innings.

 The Rainbows begin the tournament with a 43-5 overall record and won the WAC regular season title with a 17-3 WAC mark.  The team swept a three-game series at Utah State over the weekend.  Head coach Bob Coolen is in his 21st season at the school.  Jessica Iwata leads the team at the plate with a .390 batting average, 53 hits, 51 RBI and 13 home runs.  Hawaii's pitching staff leads the nation with a 1.04 ERA.  Kaia Parnaby has a 0.95 ERA with a 16-2 record and 118 strikeouts in 117.1 innings pitched.  Stephanie Ricketts has a 1.09 ERA with a 27-3 record and 211 strikeouts in 198.2 innings pitched.
    Hawaii leads the overall series, 71-27, and won two of the three games this season in Honolulu.  The Rainbows won the first game 4-1, on just one hit allowed by Amanda Pridmore.  The Spartans won game two, 4-2, led by a three-run home run by Breanna Lopez.  San Jose State was then no-hit in 8-0 loss.

SPARTAN HEAD COACH:  Peter Turner is in his sixth year at San Jose State with a 148-186 coaching record.  He recorded his 100th career victory with a 2-1 win over New Mexico State on May 5, 2010.

NATIONAL RANKINGS:  Three Spartans rank among the top-100 nationally in five categories.  Jessica Garcia is tied for 15th in sacrifice flies with four.  Amanda Pridmore is 35th in saves with three and 89th in wins with 17.  Michelle Cox is 32nd in stolen bases per game at 0.52.  The Spartans are 76th in doubles at 1.21 pg, and 88th in stolen bases at 1.06 pg.

SPARTANS AT THE WAC TOURNAMENT:  San Jose State is making its sixth appearance at the WAC Tournament and have a 5-10 record at the tournament.  The Spartans best year's came in 2007 and 2010 when the team went 2-2 each year. New Mexico State

  2006       2009  
L Hawaii 3-1   L Boise State 8-4
L New Mexico State 5-0   L New Mexico State 6-1
  2007       2010  
L Fresno State 5-0   W Louisiana Tech 6-5
W Utah State 9-1   L Hawaii 6-5
L New Mexico State 3-1   W New Mexico State 9-8
L Nevada 2-1   L Boise State 6-5
W Utah State 8-2        
L Nevada 5-0        
L Hawaii 12-4        

COX NAMED TO 2012 AUSTRALIAN OPEN WOMEN'S TEAM:  After playing in six games for the Aussie Spirit in March, freshman Michelle Cox was named to the 2012 Australian Open Women's Team that will compete at the ISF XIII Open Women's World Championship in Canada, July 13-22.  The team will also compete at the US World Cup of Softball VII and the Canadian Open International Fastpitch Championship.

7th INNING RALLY IN UPSET OF #16 STANFORD:  Jessica Garcia drove in the tying run, and Michelle Cox scored the winning run on a throwing error as San Jose State defeated #16 Stanford, 2-1, on April 17 at SJSU Field.
    Trailing 1-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh, the first two Spartan batters reached base.  Markesha Collins singled to right field, and Cox drew a walk from Stanford pitcher Teagan Gerhart.  Garcia then singled to center field to score Collins from second.  Cox came around from first and scored as the throw from the Cardinal centerfielder was offline to the plate.
    The Spartans last defeated Stanford on May 8, 2002, when San Jose State won the second game of a doubleheader, 1-0, at SJSU Field.

FREITAS & GARCIA BREAK DOUBLES RECORD:  In a year of breaking old records, the San Jose State single game doubles record sat at two for many years before being broken and then tied this season.  Cheryl Freitas broke San Jose State single-game doubles record after she hit three in the final game at Nevada. Freitas was 3-for-3 in the game and hit four of her five doubles this season in the Nevada series.
    Jessica Garcia then went out in the final game of the Utah State series to hit three doubles in the game to tie her teammate for the record.  Garcia was 3-for-4 in the game at the plate.
    In accomplishing this feat, Freitas and Garcia also became just the sixth and seventh players in WAC history to hit three doubles in a WAC game.

ONE-HITTERS SINCE 2000:  The Spartans have thrown 11 one-hitters since 2000, including one each of the first two WAC weekends this season.  Amanda Pridmore pitched a 1-hitter in a 4-1 loss at #17 Hawaii, while Madison Fish pitched a one-hitter in a 7-0 win against Louisiana Tech.  It is the first time since the 2006 season that the Spartans have pitched more than one one-hitter in a season.
One-Hitters in San Jose State Softball History Since 2000
March 30, 2001    Sabrina Quintero 1-0 W    at UC Riverside
Feb. 17, 2005    Carol Forbes    1-0 W    at Grambling State
March 5, 2005    Carol Forbes    1-0 W    at Sacramento State
Feb. 10, 2006    Kelly Harrison    6-0 W    vs. Saint Mary's
March 15, 2006    Courtney Lewis    2-0 W    vs. No. Dakota State
April 7, 2006    Courtney Lewis    4-0 W    Louisiana Tech
April 7, 2007    Kelly Harrison    9-0 W    at Louisiana Tech
March 18, 2008    Deanna Mauer, Jennifer Ames    11-0 W    Northern Colorado
March 13, 2010    Amanda Pridmore 4-0 W    Saint Mary's
March 23, 2012    Amanda Pridmore 1-4 L    at #17 Hawaii
March 30, 2012    Madison Fish    7-0 W    Louisiana Tech

WAC SERIES WINS:  With the two wins over Louisiana Tech, the Spartans won a home WAC series for the first time since the 2009 season when the team took 2-of-3 from Boise State and Utah State. 
    On the road, the last Spartan WAC series win came at Utah State when the team won 2-of-3.
    The Spartans last swept a WAC series during the 2010 season when San Jose State won three games at Nevada.

PLAYING DOWN UNDER:  Michelle Cox played for the Aussie Spirit at the 2012 International Softball Challenge against Japan, March 21-24, in Canberra.  Cox rejoined her Spartan teammates in Hawaii on Saturday for the final two games.  At the Challenge, Cox scored three runs and had a pinch hit.

WAC WEEKLY HONORS:  Four Spartans have received WAC Hitter or Pitcher of the Week honors this season.  Amanda Pridmore received pitching honors on March 12 after pitching in four relief appearances, posting a 0.00 ERA with 11 strikeouts in 9.1 innings pitched and three saves, and in the process became the San Jose State career saves leader with 10.
    Vanessa House and Madison Fish were then honored on April 2 as the hitter and pitcher of the week for the performances in the sweep of Louisiana Tech.  House hit .571 with six RBI, a .625 on-base percentage and a 1.000 slugging percentage.  In the first game, she took the first pitch she saw in the 10th inning over the centerfield fence for a three-run home run and give San Jose State a 4-2 win.  In the second game, House was 3-for-3 with three RBI and a stolen base.
    Fish pitched her first complete-game shutout in a 7-0 win over Louisiana Tech.  Making just her fourth start of the season, she held the Lady Techsters to a .043 batting average, walked two and struck out two in 25 batters faced.
    Jessica Garcia was named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Hitter of the week for April 16-22.  She hit .563 for the week (9-of-16) with three doubles, one home run and 13 RBI. She posted a .588 on-base percentage and a .938 slugging percentage as the Spartans defeated #16 Stanford and went 2-1 at Utah State. Garcia drove in the tying run in the bottom of the seventh inning against #16 Stanford. She tied the San Jose State single-game record for doubles with three in the final game of the Utah State series, becoming the seventh player in WAC history to hit three doubles in a WAC game.

COX TIES SJSU GAME RECORD TWICE, COLLINS MATCHES FEAT:  Another record that had not been neared since 2005, two different Spartans have tied the school record for runs scored in a game this season.  Michelle Cox tied the record with four runs scored just three games into the season against Cal Poly.  Cox then tied the record again with four runs scored in the first game against Nevada.  Markesha Collins then tied the record at Utah State with four runs scored in the second game of the series.  The record was set by former Spartan Courtney Lewis against Louisiana Tech on May 14, 2005.

SPARTAN CAREER SAVES LEADER:  Amanda Pridmore tied then broke the San Jose State career saves record on March 10.  She has 10 saves after tying the record against UC Santa Barbara, breaking the record against James Madison and adding another save against Cal Poly.  Pridmore broke the record of eight set by Carol Forbes from 2002-05.

HITTING STREAK RECORD BROKEN:  Just 26 games into her freshman season, Michelle Cox broke one of the hardest San Jose State records - hitting streak record.  Cox started the record with a hit against Utah on February 17, tied the record with 17 consecutive games against James Madison and added to the streak with hits against Cal Poly and Colorado State to set the new record at 19 games.  Cox ended the streak against  #10 Stanford as she went 0-for-3.  She broke the record held by Pat Martinez who hit in 17 consecutive games in 1995. 

LOPEZ MOVES UP CAREER HOME RUN LIST:  With a home run on Saturday, Breanna Lopez is tied for third with 14 home runs, tying with Sarah Smith.
  1.    35    Brittany McConnell    2006-10
  2.    27    Kara Kanney    1996-00
  3.    14    Breanna Lopez    2009-C   
    14    Sarah Smith    2005-08
  5.    10    Kelli Fangonilo    2008-10
    10    Noleana Woodard    1989-93
  7.    9    Jessica Guillen    2003-06
    9    Carlie Hill    2003-06
    9    Maya Garcia    1996-99
      9    Victoria Ruelas    1995-97

SINGLE SEASON LISTS:  Michelle Cox is second in stolen bases on the San Jose State single season list with 26 and needs four to tie Noleana Woodard's record of 30 set in 1989. Right now, Cox has the fifth-best batting average at .366 and would break the season record for on-base percentage at .449.
    Breanna Lopez moved up the single season home run list and is tied for third with eight and needs three to for second.
    Jessica Garcia is fifth in RBI with 38, needing one for fourth and four for third, and tied for eighth in walks with 22.
    Amanda Pridmore is second in strikeouts with 175, her best season ever. Pridmore is also sixth in wins with 17, tops the strikeout/7 inning list at 6.52, seventh in complete games at 22 and is tied for ninth in hit batters with 10.

COLLINS TAKES A WALK, CLIMBING SEASON LIST:  Leadoff hitter Markesha Collins leads the Spartans in walks with 25 and is sixth on the San Jose State single season walk list.  She needs two to tie for fourth and five to tie the school record of 30 set by Brittany McConnell (2010) and Kasey Igarta (2007).  Collins has collected two walks in six games this season.

DOUBLES RECORD BROKEN: The Spartans broke the game school record for doubles with six in a 9-1 win over CSU Bakersfield on February 25, breaking the old record of five set in seven games.  Amanda Schatz hit two doubles, while Alex Stange, BranDee Garcia, Nicole Schultz and Vanessa House each contributed to the record.  Schatz and Stange each drove in three runs in the game.  

HITS RECORD SET:  The Spartans broke one of the oldest school records on the books with 20 hits against Idaho State on February 19. The 20 hits broke the record of 18 set against Oregon on March 26, 1986.  In the game against Idaho State, seven players recorded multiple hits led by Michelle Cox who was 4-for-5 from the plate.  Markesha Collins and Vanessa House each had three hits including a three-run home run for House.  Four other had two hits - Jessica Garcia, Annica Wolfe, Alex Stange and Nicole Schultz.

STEALIN' A RECORD:  Michelle Cox leads the Spartans with 26 stolen bases and tied the San Jose State single-game stolen base record.  She had three against Cal Poly in February and tied six other Spartans who had accomplished the feat.

MOVIN' ON UP:  Pitchers Amanda Pridmore and Jennifer Ames are both listed on the San Jose State career strikeouts top-10.  Pridmore, who moved into fourth in the first game of the year, is currently third with 429 and needs 26 strikeouts to move into second place all-time.  Ames moved onto the list in the first tournament and is currently ninth with 185 strikeouts. 

SJSU CAREER LEADERS:  Pitchers Amanda Pridmore and Jennifer Ames rank among the best Spartan pitchers in 11 categories.  Pridmore ranks in 10 categories, while Ames is listed in six categories. 

STANGE AMONG CAREER FIELDING LEADERS:  Senior Alex Stange is among the top-10 fielders in San Jose State history.  She has a .983 fielding percentage, good for sixth all-time.  Stange has 714 putouts, 47 assists and 13 errors in her three-plus years.  She is also ninth in putouts with 714 and second in double plays turned (since 2000) with 31.  Joining Stange on the list is BranDee Garcia who is tied for ninth with 16 double plays turned.