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With the loss in its non-conference finale, a second straight defeat overall, San Jose State drops to 35-18 overall. Stanford improves to 26-21. The Cardinal thus sweep the annual two-game home-and-home set for 2009, having edged the Spartans in another tight one-run affair, 9-8, at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond exactly one week earlier.
The winning run scored on a one-out single to right field by Stanford's Kellen Kiilsgaard in the top of the 13th. The sophomore rightfielder had already seemingly won the game for the Cardinal with a two-out RBI single through the right side to give his team a 5-4 lead in the top of the ninth, but the Spartans, down to their last out, pushed across a run in the bottom half, on a wild pitch for the second time on the night.
The 13th began with junior Kyle Bellows, the Spartans' starting shortstop, striking out Colin Walsh. Defensive replacement Jeff Whitlow then doubled to left center for his second hit of the night, and moved to third on a Toby Gerhart single, just ahead of Kiilsgaard's game-winner. With runners at first and second, and into his third inning of work in what was still a very effective collegiate pitching debut, Bellows still managed to battle back and strike out senior first baseman Brent Milleville swinging, and get Ben Clowe to foul out to rightfielder Jacob Bruns.
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