Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly suggested that San Jose State became disqualified from the Mountain West Tournament after being swept by San Diego State last week.
SAN FRANCISCO — In the final non-conference road game of the season, San Jose State baseball lost in walk-off fashion 3-2 to San Francisco at Benedetti Diamond, following a 15-0 shutout on Friday.
Reliever Josh Goldberg (2-5) took the loss; Benji Post got the win. Jake Swiech pitched in the first seven innings for seven hits and two earned runs.
San Francisco starter Grant Goodman held San Jose State hitless through the first two innings, and San Francisco took a 1-0 lead in the third off a Matt Sinatro RBI double.
In the fourth inning, San Jose State got two on base thanks to singles by Joe Stefanki and Aaron Pleschner, but the inning ended with a Johnny Mendoza popup and Kyle Morrison being caught stealing second base. Stefanki singled to deep right, as the ball bounced off the outfield net and back in the park. Because Benedetti Diamond is near a residential area, the tall nets protect surrounding homes. That hit could have been a homer in other ballparks that do not have tall nets.
San Jose State tied the game 1-1 in the fifth with a two-out, bases-loaded, full-count walk by Shane Timmons. However, San Francisco took back the lead 2-1 in the sixth off an Allen Smoot RBI single.
Again, San Jose State loaded the bases in the seventh, starting with back to back singles by Morrison and Kellen Strahm. Because relief pitcher Joey Steele mistimed his attempt to grab a bunt, he awarded Strahm a free infield single. Williams loaded the bases after a pitch from new reliever Joey Carney hit him on the foot. Timmons had a bases-loaded walk to tie the game 2-2. However, a suicide squeeze play attempted by Williams and Strahm ended up being an inning-ending double play.
San Francisco would follow with its own bad base-running decision when Perry attempted to gain an extra base off a single but was tagged out on the throw from first base to second.
Three singles off Goldberg in the bottom of the ninth loaded the innings with one out. Immediately, reliever Zach Tanner walked Harrison Bruce in four pitches to end the game.
The series against San Francisco continues with two games in San Jose on Sunday and Monday at Municipal Stadium, both at 7 p.m. After that, San Jose State wraps up the regular season with one more conference series at UNLV beginning on Thursday. However, San Jose State (8-17-1 MW) was officially eliminated from contention for the Mountain West Tournament on Friday after Air Force beat San Diego State 9-1. This year's tournament will include only the top four teams in the standings; San Jose State entered the week two and a half games behind fourth-place Air Force.