Day turned to night on Tuesday while San Jose State senior reliever Jack Adams was on the mound. Adams racked up 6.2 innings of work — the most innings he's pitched in his college career — as the Spartans exploded for three runs in the bottom of the eighth, aided by some erratic Gael pitching, and held on as Saint Mary's threatened in the top of the ninth to win 6-4.
Saint Mary's wasted no time getting on the board. In the top of the first as freshman phenom Troy Channing hit his 19th home run of the season with junior Anthony Alioti on base to put the Gaels up 2-0.
San Jose State responded on their half of the first when sophomore Craig Hertler scored from third on a passed ball. Saint Mary's countered in their next at-bat when freshman Chris Murphy's sacrifice fly to left-center field was deep enough to score sophomore Greg Ditmer.
The Spartans threatened on several occasions, and finally connected in the sixth. Saint Mary's freshman relief pitcher Markus Melgosa loaded the bases with no outs when he beaned SJSU sophomore Jason Martin. The next batter, senior Jacob Bruns pinch-hitting for senior catcher Anthony Aguilera, hit a grounder to second base, which turned into a double-play but scored Martin to cut the Gael lead to 3-2.
It was the bottom of the eighth when things fell apart for Saint Mary's sophomore pitcher Alex Scmarzo. After getting the first two outs in quick succession, Schmarzo proceeded to surrender back-to-back singles to junior Corey Valine and Martin. Then, he hit Jacob Bruns and sophomore Bryson Rahier, scoring freshman Michael Reiling, who had come in to pinch run for Valine. Schmarzo then walked sophomore Craig Hertler and senior John Shaffer, bringing in two more Spartan runs without a hit. The SJSU lead was now 6-3.
Saint Mary's put runners on second and third with nobody out. Adams kept the next two hitters in the infield, which scored one run, before striking out sophomore Justin Fazio to end the game.
For the Spartans it was the second-straight come from behind victory, and the second time in a row an SJSU pitcher went 6-plus innings in relief to pick up the win.
"I was very pleased with Jack Adams. We needed our pitching to step up for us," SJSU head coach Sam Piraro said after the game. "We had planned to use more (pitchers). We did not think Jack would have the staying power that he did tonight. He had great stuff, and I can't tell you what an outstanding lift he gave us."
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