Baseball Season Abruptly Ends With Two Losses

SJS losses to Long Beach St 6-3 in game one of the regionals, and then are eliminated in post season regional action by CS Fullerton 9-1.

SJSU Eliminated from Post Season play.

June 01, 2002 - STANFORD, Calif. - David Fischer homered and drove in two runs and Jordan DeJong pitched a six-hitter as Cal State Fullerton defeated San Jose State 9-1 on Saturday in an NCAA Regional elimination game.

DeJong (11-3) shut down the Spartans (45-17) to improve to 4-0 in his last six appearances.

Shane Costa scored twice and had two hits for the fourth-seeded Titans (37-21), including an RBI single in the third that gave the Titans a 3-1 lead.

Jahseam George (9-2) allowed five runs - four earned - in 6 1-3 innings as the Spartans committed three errors in the ballgame.

George lost for the first time since an 8-2 loss to Rice on April 6, eight starts ago.

Cal State Fullerton took an early 1-0 lead on Jeff Comfort's RBI single in the first, but Kevin Frandsen tied it with a single of his own in the bottom of the inning.

The Titans came back to score twice in the top of the second when Nick Fitzgerald scored one of his two runs on a San Jose State error and Costa followed with his single, driving home David Munoz.

DeJong escaped his most threatening situation in the fifth after the Spartans loaded the bases with two outs. He got Frandsen to groundout to second to get out of the inning.

Cal State Fullerton added one run in the seventh, three in the eighth in a two-out rally and one in the ninth to put the game out of reach.

The Spartans, whose season ended with their second loss in two days, finished the year with a school record in wins.

Postgame Quotes:

CAL STATE FULLERTON

Head Coach George Horton Opening Statement ...

"Not to state the obvious, but we're tickled that we're still alive. We bounced back after a difficult and emotional game last night. We came up with a big effort today."

On fatigue after last night's game ...

"We had a couple of guys borderline late for breakfast - the [7 a.m.] wake-up call didn't go as smoothly as we wanted. But when the National Anthem came on, there was a spark and we found the energy to play solid baseball for nine innings."

Starting Pitcher Jordan DeJong On his complete game ...

"I knew going in that after the 13 innings last night that ate up our bullpen, I just wanted to give everything I had. We jumped out to an early lead, and I wanted to establish throwing strikes early and try to eat up innings. I knew they'd let me tough it out."

Designated Hitter David Fischer On playing in Sunken Diamond ...

"It's a good park [for hitters] when the wind is blowing out, but it was blowing in. But everyone enjoys this park."

SAN JOSE STATE

Head Coach Sam Piraro Opening Statement ...

"We're obviously disappointed that we're leaving. I didn't feel that we played the kind of baseball today that we have played over the course of the season. Your opponent has a lot to do with that and Cal State Fullerton was tremendous.

They took advantage of every situation that needed to be taken advantage of, and at this time of the year - that's what it's all about: making mistakes and capitalizing on mistakes. Cal State Fullerton did a tremendous job of that today and they were the better team."

On Jordan DeJong's performance ...

"It was very frustrating. We were trying to get back in the game and we would get the bases loaded and have guys in scoring position and come up empty handed. You have to come up with something and we didn't and that gave Fullerton the momentum and they took it from there."

On his reflections about the season ...

"45 wins is a lot of wins. But I really wanted us to play better [in the postseason]. When you play a team like Cal State Fullerton or Long Beach and they don't make a lot of mistakes, frustration kicks in at a certain point and I think that took us out of our game. I'm hoping our younger players learn from [the experience]."

Second Baseman Gabe Lopez On San Jose State's hitting during the Regional relative to the past few weeks ...

"You have to give credit to Cal State Fullerton and Long Beach. We faced good pitching all year and we didn't expect anything different coming into the postseason. But, like coach said, we didn't play postseason baseball."

Catcher Adam Shorsher On reflections about the season ...

"It's going to take a couple of weeks before I can really reflect on how outstanding this season really was. It's a real disappointment to come in here and not play the type of baseball we're capable of."

Postgame Notes:

CAL STATE FULLERTON

In 24 NCAA Tournament appearances, the Titans have never gone winless.

CSU-Fullerton's David Fischer extended his hitting streak to 13 games and moved into a three-way tie for the team home run lead with five. Jordan DeJong pitched his second complete game of the year, the other was March 3rd against USC.

Jason Corapci, who was hit by a pitch last night, was diagnosed with a minor concussion and will not play for the remainder of the weekend.

Shane Costa was hit by a pitch for the 26th time this season, he is now tied for 11th place on the NCAA all-time single season list.

SAN JOSE STATE

The Spartans marked a school record with 45 victories this season, its most since the team won 43 games in 1990.

This appearance marked the second postseason berth in the last three years for the Spartans. The team set eight school records this season. San Jose State is now 7-10 all-time in post season play.

Spartans lose 1st game in regional action.

May 31, 2002 - STANFORD, Calif. - Paul McAnulty doubled twice and drove in three runs and Daniel Eisentrager pitched six solid innings as Long Beach State defeated San Jose State 6-3 on Friday in a first round NCAA Regional game.

Brad Davis, Jeremy Reed and Mike Hofius also each had two hits as the second-seeded 49ers (38-19) won their eighth straight and 10 of 12 overall.

Gabe Lopez and Hector Zamora hit home runs on consecutive pitches from Eisentrager to give the third-seeded Spartans (45-16) a 2-0 lead.

Eisentrager (10-3) did not allow a runner past first base afterwards. He allowed five hits over six innings in winning his fifth straight. Carlos Muniz pitched two innings and Chris Demaria pitched the ninth to seal the victory.

Matt Durkin (11-3) allowed four runs _ three earned _ on five hits over three innings as his three-game winning streak came to an end. He walked three and struck out one.

Long Beach State took the lead with three runs in the third. Kevin Randel and Reed walked ahead of McAnulty's two-run double. David followed with an RBI single. McAnulty extended his hitting streak to 16 games with the hit. He doubled home another run in the eighth.

The 49ers scored an unearned run in the first when Nick Orlandos came home on a throwing error. Hofius hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

Bryan Baker hit a two-out home run in the ninth for the Spartans.

San Jose State, which had a four-game winning streak snapped, set a school record in wins this season.

The Stanford Regional is the only one of the 16 four-team tournaments across the country to feature four nationally-ranked teams.


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