SJSU baseball team says Aloha to winning streak!

Already battered Spartan Women's softball team loses Ferguson to injury. Complete Spartan Baseball and Women's Softball Coverage inside!

For the second time this season, Spartan pitcher Mike Malott has been named Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week.

Malott (5-1) tossed a complete game one-hitter and struck out a career-high eight batters against the University of Hawai'i in a 12-0 San Jose State University win on Friday.

He also earned a save against Hawai'i Pacific University in a 2-1 Spartan victory on March 26.

For the win and the save, Malott was named the Rainbow Easter Tournament's Most Outstanding Pitcher.

On the season, Malott, a sophomore from Valley Christian High School in San Jose, leads the SJSU pitching staff with a 2.94 earned run average, .201 batting average against and 46 strikeouts.

"Every outing he's gotten better and better," head coach Sam Piraro said.

Malott's first WAC Pitcher of the Week honor was announced by the conference on March 18 following a complete-game win against Sacramento State University on March 12.

Tourney Champs:

Piraro described the Spartans 8-1 overall record on the trip to Hawaii as gratifying. The Spartans (25-9, 5-4 WAC) played nine games in as many days, including a three-game conference set against the University of Hawai'i.

Following a series opening 5-1 loss to the University of Hawai'i Rainbows, SJSU won the remaining two games of the set.

The Spartans' first appearance in the Rainbow Easter Tournament culminated in a tournament title after posting a 6-0 record.

On March 27, against Hawai'i-Hilo, second baseman Gabe Lopez and third baseman Hector Zamora both had long hitting streaks snapped in a 6-5 win.

Lopez, a senior, tied Mark Saucedo's 1985 school record of 21 consecutive games with a hit.

Zamora, a junior, stretched his hitting streak to 13.

The Spartans' tournament wins came in blowouts, close games and late inning rallies. Key to those wins were the pitchers on the mound.

Piraro said the pitching staff was outstanding over the nine game stretch.

"I feel better about our pitching depth," Piraro said. "The question had been, 'who to use late in a game?' I feel comfortable about going to the bullpen."

A number of pitchers stepped up with strong performances, Piraro said, including Matt Durkin, Don Gemmell, Casey Minister, Frank Esposito, Mickey Manzo and Andy Cook.

After the tournament title win, Piraro said he held a team meeting to address the remaining season schedule.

"I talked about responding to the schedule," Piraro said. "Success lies out there."

The Spartans are scheduled to host No. 3 ranked Rice University this weekend at home in a three-game conference series, before a road game at No. 2 ranked Stanford University on April 9.

Home at last:

During the past weekend, the Spartan softball team hosted the University of Hawai'i, winning only one of four games.

The back-to-back days of doubleheaders was the first time the Spartans (14-30, 2-6 WAC) had played at SJSU Field all season.

Head coach Dee Dee Enabenter-Omidiji said a schedule quirk is why the Spartans played the Wahine four times in two days and will not travel to Hawaii this season.

"The conference coaches voted on it," Enabenter-Omidiji said. "Every team goes out there every other year."

Enabenter-Omidiji said the bright spot of the series was a 2-1 win in the first game on Sunday. The win snapped a seven-game losing streak to Hawai'i.

Pitcher Carol Forbes (10-12) won the opening game and lost the second game.

In their previous series, a non-conference doubleheader at Oregon State on March 25, SJSU lost both games and the services of freshman pitcher Brianne Ferguson.

In the second inning of the second game, Ferguson was hit in the face by a line drive. Enabenter-Omidiji said Ferguson sustained a fractured cheekbone and damage to some of her teeth. She might be out six weeks, Enabenter-Omidiji said.

Ferguson (4-17) is one of two pitchers Enabenter-Omidiji has been using regularly this season.


The Spartan softball team is scheduled to host conference opponent Louisiana Tech University on Thursday at SJSU Field.

Louisiana Tech (15-10, 1-4 WAC) in its first WAC season is the conference's most eastern school.

"With all the travel, it's a struggle for them," Enabenter-Omidiji said. "We play in a strong conference."

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