Jack Adams on His First College Complete Game

Jack Adams possibly threw his final regular season game as a Spartan on Friday, and he saved the best for last. The senior right-hander pitched the first complete game of his collegiate career to lead SJSU to a 3-2 win over Nevada in a crucial Western Athletic Conference contest. Adams, along with coach Tom Kunis, comment on the evening's performance.

On April 28 against Saint Mary's, San Jose State senior pitcher Jack Adams threw 6.2 innings of relief. He said after the longest showing of his career at the time that he felt like he could have gone longer. On Friday against Nevada, in a crucial WAC contest, he proved his point. Adams went the distance for the first time in his college career in what could possibly be his last regular season game as a Spartan, to get the 3-2 win.

"Tonight I just wanted to go all night. I've never done it before and it's something I've always wanted to do and there's nothing you wanna do more than go out with a bang," Adams said. "Obviously I was getting fatigued in the last innings but I kept telling myself that I was fine."

Let's get the numbers out of the way. Nine innings, 107 pitches, seven hits, two earned runs, seven strikeouts, one base on balls. Those are pretty good numbers, but Adams, who improved to 3-1 on the season, didn't feel like he was on top of his game.

"Today I didn't have my great stuff but I felt like I competed really well," he said. "It's one of those things where you tell yourself you just gotta bear down and be even better. I play little mental games telling myself I'm strong and to keep going."

Nevada jumped out to a two run lead early in the game. After the Adams settled down and no Wolfpack base runner crossed the plate for the rest of the game. Some great defense and clutch offense contributed to the outcome. A string of key double plays shortchanged Nevada threats. On the offensive side the Spartans had some difficulty capitalizing on scoring chances early on, stranding runners in several innings. However, the bats came alive late.

"They have a lot of left-handed hitters and they're always up on the plate," Adams said. "So it's an opportunity to strike back when you can get that double play. They were just huge." "Nevada is a good team all around," Adams said. "For us to come back and fight and get those runs, the only thing I can do is come out and push myself that much harder."

Associate head coach Tom Kunis, taking the helm on Friday in place of head coach Sam Piraro, who sat out a one-game suspension for being ejected on Tuesday against Stanford, said that his senior hurler's performance ranked with the best of the 2009.

"That was as good a performance as we've had all year," Kunis said. "He didn't have his best stuff but he attacked the hitters and made pitches when he had to make them. Next thing ya know he's in the ninth inning and coming away with the win. The reason why it's one of the best performances is because he didn't have his best stuff today."

Kunis said he never seriously considered pulling Adams. He did make one visit to the mound in the top of the sixth when the Wolfpack were threatening with runners on first and second, with one out, and designated hitter Brock Stassi at the plate.

"I gave him a breather and told him to focus, and pointed out what his strengths are," Kunis said. "I told him 'You can beat this guy and you can win this game. You gotta start right now to win this game'." Stassi promptly hit into a double play to end the threat.

After a complete-game outing it could be difficult for Adams to see any action in the weekend series, especially if the Spartans clinch the WAC regular season championship with a win today. The staff will most likely want to save him for the Conference Tournament, which begins Thursday is Hawai'i. Adams will remain prepared in case he is called upon.

"I'm going to be doing a lot of running," he said. "I'll ice (his arm) up and then we'll see how it pans out."

SJSU battles Nevada again today in a doubleheader. The first game is scheduled for 1:00, with the nightcap set to go off at 4:40. The magic number for SJSU is one, so a win in either game clinches the top seed in the conference tournament.



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