SJSU Blows Huge Lead, Loses 9-8 to Stanford

San Jose State started out strong against Stanford on Tuesday night at the Sunken Diamond in Palo Alto. It looked as though SJSU would finally take a win without having to come from behind. But once again the Spartans found themselves in a hole, and this time they couldn't recover, relinquishing a 7-1 advantage before losing 9-8.

The tables were turned on San Jose State at the Sunken Diamond in Palo Alto as the Spartans were the victims of a come-from-behind rally. After jumping out to a 7-1 lead against Stanford, SJSU surrendered seven unanswered runs and dropped to 32-16 on the season with the 9-8 loss.

While SJSU fell behind, they nearly fought back and pulled of another comebacker. However, after a Corey Valine home run in the top of the ninth to pull the Spartans back within one, senior John Shaffer popped out with Breyon Canez on second. "It went down to the last pitch," SJSU head coach Sam Piraro said. "We had a runner in scoring position (at the end)."

San Jose State jumped out to a two-run lead in the second inning when junior Karson Klauer scored on freshman Anthony Bona's grounder to second. Valine slid home safely on senior Anthony Aquilera's sacrifice fly to right-center field.

Stanford countered with a run in their half of the second when Ben Clowe tagged Trevor Gibson, who had come in to relieve starter Max Peterson, with a home run over the left field fence.

Then the Spartans went to work. In the top half of the third they sent 11 batters to the plate, and five scored, including three on junior Kyle Bellows rocket over the fence in left-center. Bellows's fourth dinger of the season put SJSU ahead 5-1. The Spartans weren't done. A Stanford throwing error allowed Valine to score from second, and consecutive hit batter forced home Aguilera to put SJSU ahead 7-1.

Stanford didn't waste any time chipping away at the SJSU lead. They punched one home in the bottom of the third, and three in the bottom of the fourth to close within two. In the fifth they tied it with two more runs.

Then the pitchers took control. SJSU sophomore Luke Mazzanti held the Cardinal scoreless through the sixth and seventh innings. After getting one out the eighth, Mazzanti was relieved by senior Jack Adams. Adams has been rock-solid recently in relief, but he walked the fist batter he faced, and a wild pitch put runners on second and third. Colin Walsh knocked a single to right center that scored both runners, and out Stanford ahead for good.

"I didn't feel out pitchers did as good a job as I'd like them to do," Piraro said. "Certainly the guys that came in the second through the fifth. They didn't do the job they needed to do."

San Jose State travel to New Mexico State this weekend for a four-game series against the Aggies.

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