SJSU Baseball Breaks Record With 44th Win!

Spartan Thunder.com has brought to you this record breaking story, while the San Jose Mercury News has failed yet again to give the Spartans it's due and justified coverage of SJSU baseball.

Your 23rd ranked San Jose State Spartans(44-15, 20-9 WAC) rallied from deficits twice Friday afternoon to down the University of Nevada(25-31, 10-19 WAC) 8-6 to win the second game of a three-game Western Athletic Conference series that will close out the 2002 regular season.

SJSU's 5-1 win at municipal stadium on Thursday, coupled with yesterday's victory give SJSU a school record 44 wins for the season! Congratulations Coach Piraro and to the hard working boys in blue!

The Spartans also set new season records with 453 runs and 627 hits, breaking records set in 1997 and 1978.

Wolf Pack starter James Holcomb walked three batters in the bottom of the first inning and all three scored as SJSU held a 3-2 lead after one inning of play. Recovering from a 2-0 deficit early in the game, and then again from a 6-3 deficit in the fifth inning, the Spartans pulled within one in their half of the fifth inning, retook the lead in the seventh and added a clinching run in the eighth inning.

"I thought that was an example of what type of team we have. Coming from behind after getting down early, staying with it and not giving up," remarked Spartan skipper Sam Piraro on the winningest team in school history. "That has been the characteristic of this ballclub all season."

As noted above, the Spartans took the lead for good with a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Frandsen hit a one out solo home run to knot the score at 6-6. Next Baker doubled to right center and Adams followed with an RBI single to give the Spartans the lead 7-6.

SJSU's clinching insurance run in the bottom of the eighth came on two hits. Right fielder, Travis Becktel reached on an infield single and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by center fielder, Dino Quintero. Corrick was retired on a fly ball to left field, but Lopez followed with an RBI single to give the Spartans the two run cushion, 8-6.

The wolf pack threatened in the top of the ninth when Nevada's Pullins started off the inning with a single through the left side of the infield.

Nevada got a couple more players on the bases, but then SJSU brought Mike Malott out of the bullpen to close out the game. Nevada's Hass flew out to left field to end the game.

Cook(4-2) pitched four scoreless innings to earn his fourth win of the year and Malott retired the final two batters of the game to record his third save of the season.

"Andy Cook came in and did an outstanding job keeping us in the ballgame and Malott came in and did a great job under pressure," added Piraro. "We had some big hits late in the game. Frandsen's home run was big, Baker had a big hit, Adams and Lopez got key hits. It was a team effort all the way across the board."

The blue boys conclude the 2002 regular season today at Municipal stadium at 11 AM, as freshman right hander Matt Durkin (10-2, 2.49 ERA) will face righty Darrell Rasner (6-7, 3.69 ERA).

Congratulatins again to SJSU baseball for breaking yet another SJSU milestone with the most wins in school history!


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