#1-Softball Opens WAC Tournament Against UTSA

THIS WEEK:

WAC Tournament                            Ruston, La.

Wednesday, May 8

G1:  #4 Texas State 0, #5 UTSA 6

G2:  #3 LA Tech 1, #6 UT Arlington 0

Thursday, May 9

G3: #1 San Jose State vs. UTSA            11:30 a.m.

G4: #2 New Mexico State vs. LA Tech        2:00 p.m.

G5: UT Arlington vs. Loser Game 3            4:30 p.m.

G6: Texas State vs. Loser Game 4             7:00 p.m.

Friday, May 10

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 11

G10: Winner of Game 7 vs. Winner Game 9 2:00 p.m.

#G11: Winner 10 vs. Loser Game 10          5:00 p.m.

#If Necessary

(All times CDT)

TOP-RANKED SPARTANS OPEN WAC TOURNAMENT THURSDAY: The San Jose State University softball team travels to Ruston, La., for the 2013 WAC Tournament as the top-ranked club after winning the conference’s regular season title May 4th.  The Spartans earned a bye for the tournament’s first day, and play UTSA, the winner of Game 1, on Thursday, May 9th, at 11:30 a.m. (CDT).

The Spartans needed to sweep first-place New Mexico State in their final regular season series May 3 and 4 to capture the WAC regular season championship, and did just that. They beat the Aggies 2-1 on Friday, May 3, and swept Saturday’s doubleheader with a 2-1 win in eight innings and 5-2 victory to claim the regular season title.

SPARTANS’ HISTORIC SEASON: San Jose State’s regular season title was the first conference title in the program’s 27-year history.  The 2013 Spartans garnered the most wins in school history (39), and are the only team to have won all of its conference series. They have also swept the most conference series with three sweeps (Utah State, UT Arlington, New Mexico State).

PRIDMORE CARVES NAME IN RECORD BOOKS: Amanda Pridmore, in her final season, has set or matched seven San Jose State pitching records.

In the final home series of her career, against New Mexico State, Pridmore eclipsed Carol Forbes’ (2002-05) single-season wins (25 in 2005) and strikeout (230 in 2005) records, and Forbes’ career wins record with her 69th-career win, a 2-1 eight-inning victory in the first game of the New Mexico State doubleheader. She enters the WAC Tournament with 26 wins and 238 strikeouts on the season, and 70-career wins.

Pridmore tied for the most innings pitched in a single game with her 14-inning performance in the UT Arlington series opener (4/19).

She eclipsed the San Jose State career strikeout record at Louisiana Tech (4/12) when she fanned her 645th batter, passing Forbes’ previous record of 644-career strikeouts. Pridmore now has 693 strikeouts heading into the WAC Tournament.

Her sixth save of the season in the second UTSA game (3/30) set the San Jose State single season save record. She begins the WAC Tournament with seven saves this season and 17-career saves.

Pridmore surpassed San Jose State’s single-game strikeout record of 15 on March 16 when she struck out 17 batters in a 4-0 seven-inning shutout of Marist. Pridmore’s 17 strikeouts are tied for the 31-most strikeouts in a single seven-inning game in NCAA Division I history.

LIVE VIDEO:  All games at the 2013 WAC Tournament will be streamed on WAC.tv.  Fans pay a one-time fee of $9.95 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 SJSUSpartans.com, under "Live Stats."

UTSA ROADRUNNERS: The Roadrunners (26-24, 9-12 WAC) secured the #5 seed by winning one of three games against UT Arlington last weekend. Darien Blake is the team’s best hitter, averaging .364 (51-for-140) with 23 runs. Megan Low’s .530 slugging percentage and 31 RBI are the most for the Mavericks. Haylee Staton (14-9) has spent the most time in the circle for UTSA, posting a 2.49 ERA while striking out 119 in 171.1 innings pitched. In the Spartans’ season series against the Roadrunners, San Jose State dropped the series opener, 7-6, but bounced back with a doubleheader sweep: 2-0 and 3-2 wins. In her second season as the Roadrunners’ head coach is Amanda Lehotak.

SAN JOSE STATE HEAD COACH: 2013 WAC Coach of the Year Peter Turner is in his seventh year at the helm of the Spartans’ program with a 178-200 record. He earned his 150th-career victory in San Jose State’s 2013 season opener, a 12-2 win over Portland State on February 2.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: Three Spartans rank among the top-100 nationally in 12 categories. Amanda Pridmore is listed in eight individual pitching categories. She has the second-most career saves among active pitchers (17), and the second-most saves in the nation (7). A complete listing is available on page 15. San Jose State is in the top-100 nationally in seven categories:

     Rank        Category              Statistics

     30           Triples per Game            .25

     33           Win/Loss Percentage     .706

     64           ERA                             2.68

     79           Fielding Percentage        .964

     91           Doubles Per Game          1.28

     96           Batting Average             .284

     98           Stolen Bases per Game   1.09

SAN JOSE STATE AT THE WAC TOURNAMENT:  San Jose State is making its seventh appearance at the WAC Tournament and has a 5-13 record at the tournament. The Spartans have never begun the WAC Tournament as the first seed. The highest seed before this season was second in 2006 when the team went 0-2. The Spartans’ best tournament appearances were in 2007 and 2010 when the team went 2-2 each year.

 

2006

 

 

 

2009

 

L

Hawai’i

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

Hawai’i

16-8

W

New Mexico State

3-1

 

W

New Mexico State

9-8

L

Nevada

2-1

 

L

Boise State

6-5

             
 

2008

 

 

 

2012

 

W

Utah State

8-2

 

W

Nevada

9-6

L

Nevada

5-0

 

L

Hawai’i

5-1

L

Hawai’i

12-4

 

L

Fresno State

4-3

 

WALKING ABOUT: Markesha Collins set the program’s single-season walk record with her 31st walk at Louisiana Tech, passing Brittany McConnell’s 2010 and Kasey Igarta’s 2007 record of 30 walks. In the Texas State series, she drew her 81st-career walk, passing Kara Kanney’s (1996-00) record of 80-career walks. She enters the tournament with 34 walks on the season.

COX STEALS RECORD: In the UT Arlington series opener, Michelle Cox broke the San Jose State single-game stolen base record with four. Her 20 stolen bases this season are the fifth-most in the program’s history. After just two seasons, Cox sits sixth all-time with her 46-career stolen bases.

WIN STREAK MATCHES SECOND-LONGEST IN PROGRAM HISTORY: San Jose State’s 10-game win streak from March 15-March 27 matched the second-longest in program history, achieved in 2010 and 1993. The 1992 team set the record in by winning 11-consecutive games.

COX NAMED TO AUSTRALIAN OPEN WOMEN’S TEAM: Michelle Cox was one of 21 players selected to play on the 2013 Australian Open Women’s Team. The team will compete on July 10-14 at the World Cup of Softball VIII in Oklahoma City, Okla., and the Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch Women’s International Championship in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, July 16-22. One of four players currently competing in the NCAA (Georgia Casey, Oklahoma; Simone Freeman, Oklahoma State; Kaia Parnaby, Hawai’i), Cox was a member of the 2012 and 2011 Australian Open Women’s Teams.

WAC WEEKLY HONORS: Markesha Collins and Allison Lang swept WAC weekly honors the first week of the season (2/4-2/10) after their performances at the Kajikawa Classic. Collins was 9-for-16 (.563) with a double, a home run, three RBI and three runs scored over the six games. Collins also posted three multi-hit games, stole two bases and walked four times. Lang threw a two-hit shutout in her first-career complete game, allowing just two hits with one walk in 6.0 innings of work. She struck out three with a no-hitter through the first five and 2/3 innings, facing just three batters over the minimum.

Amanda Pridmore’s first Pitcher of the Week honor in 2013 was for Feb. 18-24, after she went 2-0 with a save in four appearances. In 15.1 innings, she posted a 0.91 ERA, 25 strikeouts and held opponents to a .143 batting average.

Pridmore opened the week with a save against Fresno State (2/22). She then struck out 10 in 5.0 innings of work against Saint Mary's (2/23), which she followed with a then-career-high 13 strikeouts in a complete-game win over St. John's (2/24).

Pridmore’s second honor was for her six appearances at the San Diego Classic II during March 11-17, when she went 4-1 with a save. In 27.2 innings of work, she posted a 0.51 ERA, 44 strikeouts and held opponents to a .120 batting average, pitching 24.2 shutout innings. In her two appearances on March 16, she pitched 12 innings of shutout softball, yielded just two singles, struck out 25 of the 42 batters she faced and was the winning pitcher in both games. In a 4-0 complete game shutout against Marist (3/16), she had a San Jose State single-game record 17 strikeouts, tying her for the 31-most in a single seven-inning game in NCAA Division I history.

The following week, March 18-24, Pridmore was named the WAC Pitcher of the Week again after she led San Jose State to its first 3-0 opening of WAC play. In 22.2 innings of work, she posted a 0.71 ERA with 13 strikeouts and held opponents to a .162 batting average.

Pridmore’s fourth honor of the season was for April 15-21 against UT Arlington. She pitched 17 shutout innings during the series, holding opponents to a .158 batting average. In the series’ first game (4/19), she earned the win after striking out 11 in 14 innings, which was tied for the most innings pitched in San Jose State history. In the series finale, she threw three innings in relief to pick up the win, allowing one hit and striking out three.

Two weeks later, Pridmore received her fifth Pitcher of the Week honor of 2013 for April 29 – May 5 against New Mexico State. She pitched every inning of the three-game set, leading the Spartans to a series sweep over the previously first-place Aggies. Pridmore went 3-0 with a 1.27 ERA and 19 strikeouts over 22 innings. During the series, Pridmore became San Jose State’s career wins leader (70), single-season wins leader (26) and single-season strikeout leader (238). She also led the Spartans to the program record for wins in a season (39).

Michelle Cox was named the WAC Hitter of the Week for April 1-7 after she hit .615 with a double, her first-career home run, three RBI and three stolen bases. She posted a .667 on-base percentage and a .923 slugging percentage.