Softball Opens WAC Tournament Play Wednesday

2010 WAC Softball Tournament
 May 12-15 • Las Cruces, N.M.
All Times MDT.

Wednesday, May 12
G1:  #4 Louisiana Tech vs. #5 San Jose State, 4:30 p.m.
G2:  #3 Boise State vs. #6 New Mexico State, 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 13

G3: #1 Hawai‘i vs. Winner Game 1, 11:30 a.m.
G4: #2 Fresno State 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 14

G7: Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 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 15

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

SPARTANS ENTER WAC TOURNAMENT AS #5 SEED:  San Jose State begins play this week at the 2010 Western Athletic Conference Softball Tournament in Las Cruces, N.M.  The Spartans are the fifth seed for the tournament after finished the conference season with an 8-13 record and has a 32-23 overall record.  San Jose State opens the double-elimination tournament against Louisiana Tech Wednesday afternoon, and the winner faces top-seed Hawaii Thursday morning.  The loser of the game will play late Thursday night.

ABOUT LOUISIANA TECH:  The Lady Techsters enter the tournament as the fourth seed and have a 26-19 overall record and an 11-10 WAC mark.  Amberly Waits leads the team with a .423 batting average with 55 hits and 10 home runs.  Pitcher Meghan Krieg has an 18-14 record with a 2.20 ERA and 250 strikeouts.

ABOUT HAWAII:  The Rainbow Wahine enter the tournament as the top seed with a 41-12 overall record and a 19-1 WAC mark.  Kelly Majam leads the team in hitting with a .395 batting average, 68 hits and 25 home runs.  Five Hawaii players are hitting .300 or better, and five have hit 10 or more home runs this season.  San Jose native Stephanie Ricketts leads the pitching staff with a 2.18 ERA and a 22-6 record with 134 strikeouts, while Kaia Parnaby has a 2.91 ERA and an 18-6 record with 172 strikeouts.

LIVE STATS:  All games at the tournament will have live stats on the Spartan web site at www.sjsuspartans.com under “Live”.

WAC.TV TO STREAM WAC TOURNAMENT:  The WAC, in conjunction with its Web site partner JumpTV Sports, will stream the 2010 WAC Softball Tournament live from Las Cruces, N.M.  Viewers can sign up by visiting www.WAC.tv.  Every game can be viewed for a single subscription price of $14.95 that includes on-demand viewing of any of the games the following day.

100th COACHING WIN:  Peter Turner recorded his 100th victory at San Jose State last Friday in a 2-1 win over New Mexico State at SJSU Field.  In his fourth year, he has a 100-123 coaching record.

30-WIN PLATEAU:  For just the seventh time in school history, San Jose State has recorded 30 or more wins in a season.  With 32 wins, the team has tied for the fifth-highest total, just four behind the record of 36 set by the 1989 and 2005 teams.

TEAM HOME RUN RECORD BROKEN:  With a solo home run by Ursula Lopez at Utah State, the Spartans broke the single season team home run record.  Lopez's home run to left field was the 31st hit by a Spartan this season, breaking the old record of 30 set by the 2006 team.  Lopez is one of 12 Spartan players to hit a home run this year as the Spartans enter this tournament  with 35.

FREITAS’ SAC FLY LEADS SPARTANS TO WIN:  Freshman Cheryl Freitas’ first collegiate sacrifice fly came at the most opportune time.  She drove in Markesha Collins in a 1-0 win over Fresno State on April 17. 

WAC SERIES SWEEP:  For the first time since 2006, the Spartans swept a three-game series from a WAC opponent when San Jose State won all three games at Nevada on April 9-10.  The Spartans won the games, 7-6 (8), 10-2 (5) and 11-9 over the Wolf Pack.  In 2006, San Jose State won three-game series at Utah State and at home against Nevada.

NATIONAL RANKINGS:  San Jose State ranks in the top-50 among national leaders in three categories.  The team is 10th in double plays per game (0.44 pg), 23rd in doubles per game (1.38) and 48th in stolen bases per game (1.38 pg).

    Individually, two Spartans rank among the top-50 players in two categories.  Brittany McConnell is 15th in sacrifice flies with four, while Amanda Pridmore is eighth in saves with four.  A complete listing of Spartan national rankings is on page 13.

SPARTAN DOUBLES RECORD BROKEN:  With four doubles against Louisiana Tech on April 3, San Jose State broke the single season record for doubles in a season.  The Spartans enter the tournament with 84 doubles, 18 more than the previous record of 66 set in 2005 and 2009.

PATIENCE AT THE PLATE:  The Spartans have obliterated the single season team walk record.  San Jose State begins the tournament with 184 walks, 43 better than the record of 141 set by the 2008 team.  Brittany McConnell leads the team with 28 walks, followed by Kelli Fangonilo with 19 and Natasha Hawkins with 18.  Five other Spartans have drawn 10 or more walks this season.

TWO MORE TEAM SEASON RECORDS BROKEN:  The Spartans broke the runs scored record at Utah State and the RBI record at Boise State.  The team has 276 runs scored, 30 better than the record of 246 set in 2008.  San Jose State batters have driven in 238 runs, 19 more than the record of 219 set by the 2008 team.

WINNING STREAK:  The Spartans had a 10-game winning streak in early March, the longest for San Jose State since the 1993 season when that team won 10 consecutive games.

WAC HONOREES:  Two San Jose State players have been honored by the WAC earlier this year.  Jennifer Ames was named Pitcher of the Week in February, while Kelli Fangonilo was named the Player of the Week earlier this month.         
    Ames went 2-0 at the UTEP Invitational in her two starts and pitched in two other relief appearances. She struck out five in each of her complete-game victories. Ames allowed just one earned run in 14.2 innings pitched for a 0.48 ERA.

      Fangonilo hit .600 (7-of-15) with a double, one homer, five runs scored and seven RBI in four games at the Hornet Round Robin.   After starting the weekend without a hit against Charlotte in game one on March 6, Fangonilo's bat broke loose.  She had at least two hits in each of the next three games, including a 4-for-4 effort against Sacramento State in a second game on March 6.

UPSET OF #11 OKLAHOMA:
  The Spartans used a four-run second inning  against #11 Oklahoma at the Judi Garman Classic to take an early 5-0 lead in the game and held on for a 5-4 win.  San Jose State scored all four runs with two outs including a bases-clearing double by Ursula Lopez to drive in three.

    Starting pitcher Jaclyn Imhof pitched the first 5.1 innings of the game, striking out four and walking two to improve her record to 7-4.  Amanda Pridmore pitched the final 1.2 innings, striking out three for her second save of the season.

SINGLE GAME TEAM SCHOOL RECORDS SET/TIED:  The Spartans have tied or broke four single game school records this season.  The team tied the runs in a game record with 16 against Northern Colorado on February 27 and broke the RBI mark with 16 in that game.  San Jose State tied the doubles record with five against Northern Colorado on February 13.  The team tied the home run record with four against Saint Mary’s.
Runs - Tied - 16, vs. Northern Colorado, Feb. 27
RBI - Broke - 16 - vs. Northern Colorado, Feb. 27
Doubles - Tied - 5 - vs. Northern Colorado, Feb. 13
Home Runs - Tied - 4 - vs. Saint Mary’s, March 13

SPARTAN GAME RECORDS TIED:  This season, San Jose State has tied four individual game school records - hits, doubles, home runs and walks.  Listed below are the records.
Hits - 4, Kelli Fangonilo, at Sacramento State, 3-6-10
Doubles - 2, Sarah Taylor, vs. Seattle, 2-12-10
        2, Kelli Fangonilo, vs. CSU Bakersfield, 2-19-10
        2, Sarah Taylor, vs New Mexico, 2-26-10
        2, Kelli Fangonilo, at Utah State, 4-23-10
Home Runs - 2, Brittany McConnell, vs. N. Colorado, 2-27-10
    (Just the ninth time in school history that a Spartan has hit two home runs in a game)
Walks - 3, Kayla Hayes, vs. Utah Valley, 2-12-10
    3, Natasha Hawkins, vs. Louisiana Tech, 4-2-10
    (Just the 8th & 9th  players in school history to record three walks in a Spartan game)

TEAM SINGLE SEASON RECORDS:  San Jose State ranks in the top-10 in 11 team season records.  The team owns seven records already - runs scored (276), doubles (84), home runs (35), RBI (238), total bases (633), walks (184) and hit by pitch (28).  In other categories, the Spartans are fourth in hits (430), third in stolen bases (76), tied for fifth in wins (32), and fourth in strikeouts by the pitching staff (275). 

If the season ended today, this team would tie the record for the best batting average (.282) and own the records for slugging percentage (.415) and on base percentage records (.366). 

CAREER LEADERS:  10 different Spartans ranks among 26 San Jose State career categories.  Brittany McConnell leads the group, ranking in 14 categories including the school records for home runs at 35, RBI at 164, slugging percentage at .537 and fielding percentage at .989.  Sarah Taylor ranks in 10 categories including second in runs scored with 125 and stolen bases at 54.  Kelli Fangonilo is in 10 categories including fourth all-time in batting average at .322.  Amanda Pridmore is in seven pitching lists which includes tying for second in saves with seven, fifth in strikeouts with 237 and 10th in wins with 24.  Natasha Hawkins is in five lists including three fielding categories.  A complete listing of all categories can be found on pages 14-15.

SINGLE SEASON LEADERS: 
Five Spartans rank among San Jose State single season leaders.  Brittany McConnell is second in RBI at 45 and walks with 28 and third in home runs with eight.  Alyssa Sulay is third in runs scored at 42 and second in stolen bases at 21.  Kelli Fangonilo is second in doubles with 15, while Sarah Taylor and Ursula Lopez are tied for seventh in doubles with 12.  Amanda Pridmore is fifth in wins with 16, third in saves with four, sixth in hit batters with 12 and seventh in strikeouts at 134.  A complete list is on page six.

McCONNELL SETS TWO SPARTAN CAREER RECORDS:  In her senior year, Brittany McConnell is etching her name in the top spot in two San Jose State career categories.  She also is creating separation from the second-place player to be sure no one comes near her.  On February 19, she hit her first home run of the season to give her sole possession of the Spartan home run record.  McConnell begins the tournament with 35 home runs.  McConnell entered the year as the San Jose State career RBI leader, and her lead continues to grow at 164.

TAYLOR SECOND IN CAREER RUNS SCORED:  Sarah Taylor sits in second place among San Jose State players in career runs scored.  She has 125 runs, five behind Valeri Quintero who amassed 130 runs from 1994-97. 

SPEEDY ON THE BASES:  The Spartans have stole 76 bases in 82 attempts this season.  The 76 stolen bases is third all-time by a team, two away from the school record of 78 set by the 1993 team.  Alyssa Sulay leads the team with 211 steals, followed by Kelli Fangonilo with 13.