SJSU drops a 1-0 pitchers duel to Fresno St.

San Jose State senior pitcher David Berner was nearly perfect when, with one out in the top of the ninth and clinging to a shutout, he was pulled by Spartans head coach Sam Piraro. Fresno State proceeded to score the only run of the night on their way to a 1-0 victory at Municipal Stadium in the opener of a four-game weekend series.

It was a chilly spring evening at Municipal Stadium in San Jose, where a scoreless pitching dual was finally broken in the top of the ninth as Fresno State downed San Jose State 1-0 in the opening stanza of a four-game weekend series.

San Jose State senior pitcher David Berner was throwing the heat past Fresno State batters. However, Berner was unable to see it through. "I felt good today, but at the end I was getting a little dehydrated," Berner said. "I'm fighting a bit of a flu."

Berner got the first out of the inning when he got Danny Muno to hit back to the mound. At that point Spartans head coach Sam Piraro made his way to the mound to talk to his starting pitcher. "He asked me how I felt and I told him I was a little dizzy," Berner said. "It was getting hard to locate my pitches so he wanted to put a fresh arm in."

Senior right-hander Anthony Vega was called in to finish the game, and promptly surrendered a double to Dusty Robinson that was just barely fair down the third-base line. He then got Alan Ahmady to fly to center before intentionally walking Tom Mendonca. Jake Johnson then singled to left, scoring Robinson, which would be the difference in the game.

San Jose State had a chance in its half of the ninth as Danny Steinstra singled with two out. Tyler Heil pinch-hit for Anthony Aguilera and grounded to third to end the contest.

One bright spot for the Spartans occurred in the top of the sixth inning. With two out and Fresno State's Ryan Allgrove on second, Robinson knocked a shot to left field. SJSU left fielder John Shaffer scooped up the roller and fired a rocket to home, where Aguilera put the tag on a sliding Robinson to end the threat. "(Robinson) hit the ball hard to me and I knew they'd be sending the (Allgrove) home because there were two outs," Shaffer said. "So I just tried to make a good throw and we got him."

Matt Morse went the distance for the Bulldogs and picked up the win. Vega falls to 0-4 with the loss. San Jose State is now 27-13 on the season.

Both teams meet again on Saturday with a doubleheader on the card. A special day is in store as San Jose State honors head coach Sam Piraro in recognition of his 700 head coaching victories. SJSU head football coach Dick Tomey will be on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Game time is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.

For a complete game recap and box score, please visit SJSUSpartans.com



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