In the top of the ninth on April 12, San Jose State senior reliever Jack Adams came in with the bases loaded and no outs for Louisiana Tech. The Spartans clinging to a one-run lead. He promptly dispatched the Bulldogs' threat and secured the SJSU victory. On Tuesday night against Saint Mary's it took him a bit longer - 6.2 innings to be exact, before he once again mowed down the last hitter. It was the longest outing in his college career. "I came in just to see how long I could go," Adams said. "I was throwing strikes and getting ground balls when I needed them."
Adams wasn't expected to go the distance when he entered the game in the second inning. Starter Steve Connolly, in his first start as a Spartan, gave up three runs. Going into the eighth inning SJSU was down 5-3 when, with two outs, they rallied for three runs with a little help from erratic Gaels pitching. The comeback reinvigorated Adams. "It was great to see the team rally like that," he said. "It pumped me up to go back out there in the ninth and finish it off."
And that's exactly what he did. Saint Mary's threatened, scoring a run and putting runners on second and third, but the veteran gun struck out pinch-hitter Justin Fazio to end it. "I just wasn't going to let him hit," Adams said. "The last slider I threw I gave it everything I had."
Adams played a little defense himself, actually knocking down two comeback shots with his body. "The first one hit me in the wrist," he said. "The next one I got a nice hopper right into my glove. We do a ton of those in practice and it is really helpful."
Other highlights for Adams include downing 10-straight batters, and retiring the sides in order in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings.
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