Spartan Baseball Opens Season With Win.

Spartan Pitcher Jeremy Rogelstad pitched a "gem" yesterday in a 9 to 1 win over St Marys at Municipal Stadium.

Rogelstad, a 6-foot-7, 205-pound right-hander, is a power pitcher who can fool batters with his movement. He has a fastball that reaches the low 90s, a slider and a changeup.

That's exactly what he did yesterday as he pitched 8 flawless innings in a 9 to 1 win over visiting St Marys.

The Spartans (1-0) scored three runs in the fifth and four runs in the seventh innings. Rogelstad received the win for the Spartans allowing four hits, one walk and striking out three and never allowed more than one runner on base each inning.

For St. Mary's (0-1), senior Mike Byer took the loss giving up seven runs (six earned) on eight hits with four walks and five strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings pitched.

Third baseman, Hector Zamora, scored two RBI on one hit in the seventh inning. In his first trip to the plate as a Spartan, Bryan Baker, hit a two run pinch-hit homerun in the eighth inning to score two Spartan runs.

The Spartans will travel to St. Mary's for a 1:00 p.m. game on Saturday, the second of the three game series. The series finale is at Blethen Field on Sunday in San Jose with a 1:00 p.m. start time.

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Rogelstad was the projected No. 1 starting pitcher for the Spartans and was supposed to play a vital role in the Spartans' College World Series run. But a stress fracture to his right foot ended his 2000 campaign, forcing him to endure a full season of rehabilitation and being a spectator.

If yesterday was any indication, the future looks bright for Rogelstad in 2002.

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