Spartans sweep Seattle University in double-header to take series

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Senior outfielder Vanessa House beats the throw to home in the thrid inning during the Spartans victory of the second game in Saturdays double header against Seattle University in San Jose.   Raphael Kluzniok / Spartan Daily

Senior outfielder Vanessa House beats the throw to home in the thrid inning during the Spartans victory of the second game in Saturdays double header against Seattle University in San Jose. Raphael Kluzniok / Spartan Daily

The SJSU softball team swept the Seattle University Redhawks in a double-header Saturday by scores of 10-7 and 6-3.

The offensively charged performance is the third straight Western Athletic Conference double-header sweep for the Spartans and their tenth overall in 2013.

The Spartans lost the first game of the series on Friday, but head coach Peter Turner said his team has been resilient after a loss or falling behind in a game the whole season.

“They don't let things linger, not when it comes to winning and losing,” Turner said. “They are very professional about their demeanor and I'm really proud of this team.”

The Spartans' bats were hot since the start of the first game of the double feature with the Spartans scoring five runs in the first inning and the other five over the next three innings.

Redhawks starting pitcher Richele Ashburn was pulled in the first inning after the Spartans scored their fourth run of the opening frame.

The Redhawks managed to muster their own five run inning in the third with the help of Lisa Maulden's two-run home run to make it a 7-5 ball game.

The Spartans tacked on another run in the bottom of the third and each team pushed across two runs in its fourth inning to make it 10-7 SJSU.

Spartan pitcher Amanda Pridmore came on in relief in the fifth inning and closed out the game by pitching three scoreless innings in relief, earning her seventh save of the season, the most in the nation according to SJSU Athletics.

SJSU starting pitcher Madison Fish got the win and improved her record to 4-2.

All of the Spartan starters either recorded a run or RBI in the first game and the hitting did not cool down too much for the second game.

Down early in the first inning after a solo shot by Redhawks catcher Bubba Morrow, the Spartans knotted the score on a two-out RBI single by third baseman Taylor Purdy.

The Spartans regained the lead in the third inning on after a sacrifice fly by Purdy and an RBI double by designated hitter Cheryl Freitas to make it 3-1.

Pridmore started the second game and had a good start striking out two batters in the first and second innings.

She would go on to pitch another complete game, allowing four hits, three runs, one walk, and striking out seven. She improved her record to 17-9.

The Spartan bats were the highlights of the double-header, but Turner said there were problems with the gloves.

"Two-thirds of our game was on: Hitting and pitching," he said.

Along with 20 total hits on the day, the Spartans also recorded five errors.

Turner rebuked his team for the errors and pointed out that all five errors were catching and throwing mistakes.

“It was kind of like a virus and (you've) got to stop it when it starts tumbling out of control like that,” Turner said.

Turner also said he wanted to get the bench involved more to keep players fresh as the season gets down to its final month.

“We're going through what's called the dog days and it's hard to get up every game,” he said.

The Spartans embark on a four-game road trip that starts against No. 14 Stanford on Wednesday and continues to Ruston, Louisiana on Friday to face Louisiana Tech.

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