SJSU Softball team heading to WAC Tournament

by May 7, 2013 4:17 pm Tags: , , , , , ,

The SJSU softball team became Western Athletic Conference regular season champions, giving it the top seed for the 2013 WAC  Softball Tournament.

The championship is the first since joining the conference in 1996 and the softball team is the winningest team in school history since 1989 and 2005 with a record of 39-15, and 17-4 in WAC according to SJSU Athletics. 

The softball team has achieved many records and believes it will continue to collect wins with the upcoming WAC Tournament and into the new season, according to Jennifer Heisel, athletics media relations graduate assistant.

Senior pitcher Amanda Pridmore, said she knew the team was capable of breaking the school's softball record for most wins. 

“To actually do it is kind of cool because we’ll always be that team everyone is looking up to,” she said.

The Spartans won 2-1 in eight innings and 5-2 over New Mexico State on Saturday making them the regular season champions.

Winning Saturday’s game was a surreal moment said senior outfielder Markesha Collins.

“(The win is) still barely setting in,” she said. “Afterward we were like 'We can’t believe we just did that,' especially sweeping the number one team.”

Collins said New Mexico State is a team that can be losing, then come back and take the game in the last inning.

“They’re a team that never gives up,” she said. “We knew we had to get literally every single out and we didn't celebrate until that last out.”

Pridmore led the team to victory pitching every inning of all three games against New Mexico State.

“A couple of the moms recorded the last out of the game and I literally have watched it every ten seconds since then and it still gives me the chills,” she said. “Its so hard to believe that we actually just did that.”

According to SJSU Athletics, Pridmore was named the Western Athletic Conference Softball Pitcher of the Week for the fifth time this season – During the series she also became SJSU’s career wins leader (70), single-season wins leader with a record of 26-9 and single-season strikeout leader with 238.

As a team Collins said the goals they wanted to achieve throughout the season were set and winning each series was one of those goals, as well as getting a ring.

“We knew it would come down to this last weekend so we made sure to take it one game at a time because New Mexico is a really good team,” she said.

Pridmore said going into the Western Athletic Conference as a team they focused on New Mexico State's strengths – bunting and the big hitters.

Collins said after getting their first win against New Mexico State on Friday and the first win Saturday, the team knew they could go all the way by feeding off each other’s energy.

“That’s how it’s been all season,” said Pridmore. “When someone would (play poorly), no one stayed down and everyone was there for each other, pushing each other.”

According to Pridmore, she and Collins won’t be rocking the Spartan uniform at SJSU Field next year because it’s their last season, but she knows the team will keep up the good work. 

Pridmore said the success the team achieved this season will lead them to be more driven next year, and repeat what was done this year.

“They are more than capable of doing it,” said Pridmore. “They’ll be fine as long as they play together like they have been these last few weeks.”

The SJSU softball team will begin playing in the tournament on Thursday against Texas State or University of Texas at San Antonio, according to Heisel and it will be shown on WAC.TV.

“All we have to do is win three straight games and we go to regionals,” said Collins.

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