Spartans Finish Series with Cal-Poly 1-2

Spartans salvage 3rd game of series against Cal-Poly-SLO, winning 11-8 with shaky relief pitching in the 9th. (MORE)

The Spartans managed to win 11-8 in the 3rd game of the series against Cal Poly. SJS had an 11-0 lead going into the bottom of the 9th and watched 8 Mustangn runs cross the plate with only one out.

The big blow was a grand slam off of reliever Mickey Manzo that got Cal Poly within 3 runs. Manzo never had good control when he came into the game and also hit a batter.

After the slam, coach Piraro replaced him with Andy Cook who proceeded to retire the next two batters to get the save.

Matt Durkin pitched 5 innings of relief after coming in for starter Don Gemmell, who went only 3 innings. Durkin pitched well early on, but started getting into trouble in the 7th and 8th innings and wound up walking 5 batters and striking out 4.

The pitching through 7 games looks unsettled. I find the only reliable relief pitchers so far are Jahseam George, Andy Cook, and Matt Durkin. We need the other guys such as Minister, Amiwero, Esposito, Lewis, and others to start pitching more effectively or else our starters will have throw more innings and that is not a good option.

As far as the starters go, Rogelstad has been good. Malott and Gemmell have been adequate.

The hitting finally came around on Sunday as we banged out 11 hits. Frandsen hit his 2nd homer of the season, a 3-run shot, and Quintero added a solo homer. Zamora has been so-so with the bat so far and needs to makem some adjustments because he's popping out too much.

Becktel is starting to hit better and Lopez is off to a ok start. Shorsher is not off to a horrible start like last year, so that is encouraging. Baker has shown that he can hit to the opposite field consistently and Bergstrom is still solid. Adams is in a funk and took a couple third strikes in the last 2 games.

The defense needs to get better going into WAC play. A couple routine plays in the infield went bad on Sun.

Because the pitching is so unsettled, we cant afford to give up extra outs to the opposition.

Spartans goto USF on Tuesday and then head to Santa Barbara for a weekend series with the UCSB Gauchos. The Gauchos won 40 games last year and were in the NCAA regionals.

However, they lost alot of players and are struggling so far in 2002.

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