The San Jose State softball team shutout the Santa Clara Broncos 4-0 yesterday, but in some ways Spartan head coach Peter Turner was expecting more.
“It's kind of tough when we come out here and play during the week and we're back in school after the vacation and to get excited enough to dismantle teams, and we didn't dismantle this ball club,” Turner said.
The Spartans improve to an overall record of 27-11 while the Broncos fall to 5-27.
Starting pitcher for the Spartans Amanda Pridmore was not just dealing with coming back to class, but coming off an illness according to Turner.
You couldn't tell at the beginning of the game where she retired the entire starting lineup over three one-two-three innings.
The Broncos had a chance to get on the board in the sixth inning with two outs and runners in scoring position, but Pridmore struck out the last batter to get out of the jam.
She went on to pitch all seven innings for the Spartans and recorded her eleventh career complete game shutout.
“It wasn't her best performance, but it was good enough that she got out of the jams, and she knows that,” Turner said.
Pridmore allowed four hits, one walk, hit one batter, and struck out five to improve her record to 16-8.
Spartan shortstop BranDee Garcia committed an error in the fourth inning on a grounder that popped up off her glove hitting her in the face, but made up for it with a running catch for the last out of the inning and an impressive backhand grab and throw to first in the sixth inning.
On the offensive side, Spartan baserunners were aggressive and stole three bases.
Turner said changes were made in the top of the lineup to give more opportunities for the fast players to steal, and it paid off.
Leadoff hitter Vanessa House stole one and Michelle Cox, who was second in the lineup, stole two.
Spartan leftfielder Markesha Collins, who leads the team in five batting categories, said she was also trying to be aggressive in batter's box.
Collins said she was unhappy with her recent performances offensively and wanted to get back to how she was hitting in the beginning of the season.
“I'm just working on being aggressive and she was throwing me a lot of strikes so I was just swinging,” Collins said.
The Spartans scored three runs in the fifth inning where runners were able to advance three times because of wild pitches.
Collins was the only player with more than one hit and there was only one extra-basehit by Broncos first baseman Kelly Scribner.
“It was a very uninspired performance by both ball clubs. It looked like two tired ball teams,” Turner said.
Despite his disappointment in the lackluster performance and concerns about Pridmore's pitching, Turner believes his team will be ready for WAC play over the weekend as long as they play together.
“We're a blue collar team. We all need to contribute and grind it out… we have a lot of ponies, not just one horse,” Turner said.
Collins said the win provides motivation and confidence for their upcoming series against WAC opponents Seattle University.
“These are definitely one of those games we need to win,” Collins said.
The Spartans begin league play again on Friday, April 5 against Seattle at SJSU field.