NM State (22-28, 3-15 WAC) enters its final series looking for it first conference road win of the year. Last weekend the Aggies took two out of three games from Utah State in their last regular season home series.
San Jose State (26-24, 8-8) is seeking victories to stay improve its seeding for the 2012 WAC Softball Tournament held in Las Cruces next week, May 9-12. The Spartans are currently in fifth place but are only a game behind Nevada for the fourth seed in the tourney. SJSU suffered a sweep at BYU last weekend in its last outing.
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The all-time series between the squads is tied at 24-24 since the first meeting in 1991. NM State swept the Spartans to open WAC play last season in Las Cruces. The teams split four games in 2010 at 2-2 when SJSU knocked NM State out of the postseason with a 9-8 come-from-behind win at the 2010 WAC tournament. The Aggies closed the series gap by taking all five meetings in 2009.
NM State is 3-12 in true road games after victories at No. 14 Arizona, New Mexico and at UTEP, but remains 0-9 in conference road contests this season. San Jose State is 13-5 in home games this year.
Four active Aggies are hitting .300 or better coming into this week. They include Aggie junior Amber Olive (.371), freshman Briana Tovio-Asato (.333), freshman Malena Padilla (.321) and senior Tiare Jennings (.311).
Two Aggies also hitting above .300 this year were lost six weeks ago to knee injuries. The pair includes sophomore Kristi Covarrubia (.357) and junior Tehani Kaaihue (.303).
Olive leads the team with 19 multi-hit games this season. She also ranks No. 29 nationally as toughest to strikeout in the latest NCAA rankings. Tovio-Asato has reached base safely in each of her last 10 games to lead the squad. Sophomore Valerie Swedberg leads NM State with nine home runs this season after hitting 13 during her freshman campaign.
Freshman Karysta Donisthorpe, sophomore Celisha Walker and junior Alex Newman lead the Aggies in the circle this year.
Donisthorpe has a 6-9 record with a 3.87 ERA this season in 15 starts and 30 appearances. She has allowed 61 earned runs in over 110 innings of work and boasts a team-high 96 strikeouts.
Walker carries a 6-4 record in 2012 with a 3.08 ERA. She claims eight starts and 23 appearances this season.
Newman is 9-14 this season with a 4.48 ERA. In 129 innings pitched she has surrendered 83 earned runs. Newman leads the team with 24 starts and 36 appearances in the circle this year.
Four SJSU batters are hitting .278 or better this season at the plate. Michelle Cox averages .352 at the plate this year. She leads the team with 51 hits and 23 stolen bases. Markesha Collins is batting .288 at the dish with 40 base hits. Vanessa House is hitting .280 at the plate and is second on the team with five homers behind home run leader Breanna Lopez who is hitting .278 and has swatted seven over the fence.
SJSU is led by Amanda Pridmore in the circle; she is 16-12 overall with a 2.05 ERA in 26 starts and 33 appearances. Spartan Jennifer Ames is 3-7 on the year with a 4.43 ERA and is second on the team with 12 starts and 20 appearances.
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