Spartans Fall 11-6 After Late Sac State Rally

After rain postponed the first game of a scheduled doubleheader, and delayed the start of the second, San Jose State took a 6-5 lead into the late innings, but couldn't hold on as Sacramento State exploded for six runs in the bottom of the eighth to triumph 11-6.

The last three games prior to Saturday ended with late-inning heroics, and victory, for San Jose State. It looked as though the come-from-behind magic would continue as San Jose State came back from a four-run deficit in the fourth inning to take 6-5 lead into the bottom of the eighth. However, the charmed ways didn't last as Sacramento State blew up their half of the inning for six runs, including two home runs, to take the rain-delayed 11-6 win.

SJSU senior David Berner and Sacramento State sophomore Brandon Sandoval controlled the first two innings as neither team was able to get a runner past second base. SJSU threatened in their half of the third but sophomore Craig Hertler was thrown out at home after a double-steal attempt.

Sac State got on the board in the bottom of the third after an SJSU error, a hit-batter, and a sacrifice fly helped bring in four unearned runs.

San Jose State responded in the top of the fourth with three runs, all involving junior Kyle Bellows. With freshman Josh Silver and sophomore Jason Martin on base, Bellows ripped a double down the left field line, scoring both Spartan base-runners. Bellows scored himself when he advanced to third on a wild-pitch, then came home when Anthony Bona hit a nubber to shortstop.

Sac State got one back in the bottom of the fourth to take a two-run lead.

SJSU rallied for another three runs in the top of the fifth to take a 6-5 lead. After Hertler walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch, then to third on a passed ball, senior John Shaffer walked to put runners on the corners. Martin reached on an error, allowing Hertler to score. Shaffer scored on a single by senior Jacob Bruns, and Martin scored after being sacrificed to third on a bunt by Silver, then scored on a sac fly by Bellows.

Sophomore relieve Luke Mazzanti, who came into the game in the bottom of the fifth, didn't allow a Sac State run in 3.0 innings of work. Senior Tyler Heil entered the top of the eighth in relief, and as has often been the case for the SJSU bullpen, was not able to hold he lead. Heil downed the first two Hornet batters on a strikeout and fly ball to center, but the next Sac State batter, senior Hunter Martinez, launched a shot over the right field fence to tie the game at six. A double and two walks later saw the bases loaded when senior Jeff Roth singled to right, bringing in two runs. Sophomore Derek Chung cleared the bases with a homer to left, making the score 11-6.

SJSU threatened in the top of the ninth by loading the bases, but senior Anthony Aguilera flied out to center to end the threat, and the game. Heil was tagged with the loss and the Spartans fall to 31-15. The two teams will attempt to play a doubleheader on Sunday, with the first pitch scheduled to go at 11:00 a.m.

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