Ending five-game skid, San Jose State baseball beats Santa Clara 4-2

Returning home from a week-long road trip, San Jose State snapped a five-game losing streak by beating Santa Clara 4-2 on Wednesday night.

In baseball, San Jose State snapped a five-game losing streak on Wednesday night by beating county rival Santa Clara 4-2.

Winning starter Zach Wallace, relievers Jaiden France and Hilario Tovar, and closer Joseph Balfour combined for 8.2 scoreless innings. The pitching rotation gave up no walks, a first on the season, while striking out nine batters. France also pitched a season high four innings.

On Mar. 24, France gave up three hits and a run in an 8-7 loss at Hawaii. In contrast, France pitched six strikeouts and two hits on Wednesday.

“When you tell [players] that they need to be better, and they respond that way, that’s college baseball at its best,” said San Jose State head coach Jason Hawkins.

San Jose State ended the first inning with a 3-0 lead. With the bases loaded and one out, Shane Timmons scored the first run off an RBI single. David Campbell and Kyle Morrison drove in the next two runs both off walks.

In the seventh inning, San Jose State extended its lead to 4-0 off a Shane Timmons RBI single to center that scored Joe Stefanki, who earlier had a left center double.

Balfour entered in the ninth inning as closer. After getting a leadoff out, Balfour gave up three hits, including a two-out, two-run homer off Tyler Meditz. Prior to the Meditz homer, Jake Brodt hit a double to right field and attempted to reach third, only to be tagged out by Campbell on the throw from shortstop Aaron Pleschner.

“It was a [well] hit ball in the gap, and our outfielder Chris Williams did a great job of getting it to the cutoff man, Kyle Morrison, and he made a perfect throw,” said Campbell about the Brodt double.

San Jose State resumes Mountain West Conference play with a three-game series at San Diego State that begins on Friday night. As of Wednesday night, San Jose State and Fresno State are tied for third place in the MW, as both have 5-4 conference records. San Diego State is at second place with a 6-3 conference record.

"To say we're in that position is pretty awesome," remarked Hawkins about San Jose State getting an opportunity to move up to second place.

Notes:

  • France had previous Division I experience at Grambling State in 2015 as a freshman before transferring to a junior college for the 2016 season. At Grambling State, France had four games pitching 5.0 or more innings. 
  • After this game, Santa Clara holds a 131-88 all-time series advantage over San Jose State. 
  • This is San Jose State's first win over Santa Clara since Apr 15, 2014 when San Jose State won 10-7 in Santa Clara. San Jose State's last home win over Santa Clara was a 13-12 win on Mar. 3, 2012, during Sam Piraro's final season as head coach.

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