Las Cruces, N.M.—San Jose State remains alive in the 2010 Western Athletic Conference Softball Tournament as the Spartans came back from a 6-0 deficit to defeat New Mexico State, 9-8, Thursday afternoon. San Jose State fell into the elimination bracket after a 16-8 loss in six innings to top-seed Hawaii earlier in the day. San Jose State now plays Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. MDT/3:30 p.m. PDT.
The Spartans fell behind 6-0 after two innings but slowly chipped away at the Aggie lead. Kelli Fangonilo was key in the San Jose State comeback as she went 3-for-4 from the plate with three runs scored, two RBI and her sixth home run of the season. Fangonilo also tied the school record for doubles in a season with her 16th of the year in the sixth inning. She tied Elisa Barrios who hit 16 doubles in 2005. Fangonilo is now tied for third with 39 doubles in her career.
Breanna Lopez continued her hot hitting on Thursday as she went 2-for-3 three in the win with two RBI. In three games at the tournament, Lopez, as the designated player, is hitting .556 with five hits in nine at bats, three runs scored and seven RBI. She has also walked twice.
In the win, Brittany McConnell tied the San Jose State single season walk record. Her walk in the sixth inning was her 30th of the season and tied the record set by Kasey Igarta in 2007. McConnell is also second all-time in walks with 75, five behind the record set by Kara Kanney from 1996-2000.
Fangonilo got the scoring started for San Jose State as she homered to left center in the third inning driving in Morgan Otto who started the inning with a walk. Fangonilo also started the fifth inning with a single to right field and eventually scored on an Ursula Lopez double to center field.
The Spartans got four runs on six hits in the fifth inning to take a 7-6 lead. After Lopez drove in Fangonilo, Breanna Lopez then singled to left field to score Julianne Aiello from third. Natasha Hawkins then singled to left field to score Ursula Lopez. After a pitching change, Alyssa Sulay recorded the four consecutive hit to drive in Markesha Collins who was pinch running for Breanna Lopez.
New Mexico State responded with two runs in the top of the sixth inning to take an 8-7 lead, before San Jose State came to bat in the bottom of the inning. Fangonilo again led off the inning, this time with her 16th double of the year. After advancing on a wild pitch, Fangonilo scored on an Aiello single to center. Aiello eventually scored the game-winning run on a Breanna Lopez single down the left field line.
Amanda Pridmore improved her record in the circle to 18-11 with her 17th complete game of the year. Her 18 wins ties Corina Lilly for the fourth-highest total in a season in school history. Pridmore allowed eight hits and eight runs and walked eight but struck out four in the win.
In the first game of the day, the Spartans lost to the top-seed and #23 Hawaii 16-8 in six innings. San Jose State jumped on the Rainbow Wahine in the top of the first inning with three runs. Fangonilo started the game with a single and eventually scored on a Hawaii error. McConnell and Breanna Lopez scored on a Natasha Hawkins single to right field.
Hawaii responded to the Spartan offense with three runs in the first and two in the second inning to take a 5-3 lead. Melissa Gonzalez drove in all five runs as she hit home runs in each inning.
San Jose State responded in the third inning with four runs to take a 7-5 lead. McConnell drove in Otto on a sacrifice fly for the first run. Breanna Lopez then hit her fourth home run of the season to score Aiello and Ursula Lopez for the lead.
Hawaii then scored in every inning remaining including five in the fifth and four in the sixth for the win. The Spartan pitchers gave up six home runs to the Rainbow Wahine as Hawaii broke the NCAA single season home run record.
Three Spartan pitchers saw action in the game. Pridmore started the game and allowed the first five runs of the game in 1.1 innings of work. Jennifer Ames pitched the next 2.2 innings and allowed three runs on four hits. Jaclyn Imhof pitched the final 1.1 innings and took the loss as her record fell to 10-6 on the season.
San Jose State continues play in the elimination bracket with a game Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. MDT/3:30 p.m. PDT. The Spartans play the winner of the Louisiana Tech-Boise State game currently underway. If San Jose State wins, the team will play the loser of the Hawaii-Fresno State game at 7 p.m. MDT/6 p.m. PDT.
Las Cruces, N.M.
Hawaii 16 San Jose State 8 6 innings
San Jose State 304 010 -- 8 6 1
Hawaii 321 154 -- 16 16 3
Pridmore, Ames (2), Imhof (4) and McConnell. Ricketts, Parnaby (6) and Grimes. WP – Ricketts (23-6). LP – Imhof (10-6). Save – Parnaby (2). HR – B. Lopez (SJS); Majam, Gonzalez 2, Aguirre, Pu`u-Warren, Grimes (H). 2B – Iwata, Gonzalez 2 (H). 4 hits – Gonzalez (H). 2 hits – Garcia (SJS); Majam, Iwata, Rodriguez, Aguirre, Pu`u-Warren (H). 6 RBI – Gonzalez (H). 3 RBI – B. Lopez (SJS); Rodriguez, Aguirre (H). 2 RBI – Hawkins (SJS); Majam (H). Records – San Jose State 33-24; Hawaii 42-12.
San Jose State 9 New Mexico State 8
New Mexico State 240 002 0 -- 8 11 2
San Jose State 002 142 X -- 9 13 1
Theis, Villalobos (4), Newman (5), Williard (6) and Clifton. Pridmore and McConnell. WP – Pridmore (18-11). LP – Theis (8-10). HR – Nohara 2 (NMS). 2B – Randall, Jennings (NMS); Fangonilo, U. Lopez, Sulay (SJS). 3 hits – Fangonilo (SJS). 2 hits – Jones, Jennings, Nohara, Mardoa (NMS); Aiello, U. Lopez, B. Lopez, Hawkins, Sulay (SJS). 5 RBI – Nohara (NMS). 2 RBI – Fangonilo, B. Lopez, Sulay (SJS). Records – New Mexico State 27-28; San Jose State 34-24.
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