Spartan Baseball Holds Off Charging UOP Tiger

Donato Giovanatto ignites a late inning rally with a leadoff single. He went on to a crucial score on McKimmy's double that skirted down the left-field line. Ryan Angel had three hits and scored three times as the San Jose State Spartan hard-ballers won a 7-6 victory over the University of the Pacific in Stockton.

San Jose, Calif. - San Jose State was leading 5-1 and held off the University of the Pacific, 7-6, in the finale of a three-game non-conference baseball series at Klein Family Field on Sunday.

It was the Spartans' first-ever appearance at the Tigers den, which opened in April of 2006.

Marcus McKimmy and Aaron Loewenthal each went 2 for 4 with two RBIs for the Spartans (14-8), who took a 7-4 lead into the bottom of the eighth.

The Spartans led 2-1 before opening things up with a three-run fourth inning.

Pacific (6-17-1) scored two runs and had the potential tying run at third with one out, but Spartans reliever Scott Sobczak escaped by getting a force-out at the plate and a strikeout.

The teams will meet one more time this season, again in Stockton, on Tuesday, April 17.

San Jose State begins a six-game home stand over a stretch of eight days this Tuesday night, March 20, against Southern Utah University.

First pitch of the Spartans' final tune-up for the 2007 Western Athletic Conference season is set for 6:00 p.m. at San Jose Municipal Stadium.

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