Spartan Train Keeps on Rolling in 5-1 Win

Tyler Heil pitched the first complete game of his career and threw a rare feat - no strikeouts and no walks - and San Jose State didn't miss a beat after winning the Western Athletic Conference regular season championship in the first game. SJSU concluded the day with a 5-1 win in the second game to sweep the doubleheader.

Is he a pitcher? Is he an infielder? Is he a utility player? In his video spot today on the Municipal Stadium scoreboard, San Jose State senior pitcher Tyler Heil seemed to "forget" that one of his many duties this season was on the mound. However, the Wolfpack of Nevada must wish he would have stayed in the field as they could find few cracks in his pitching arsenal and the Spartans took the second game of Saturday's doubleheader 5-1.

Heil had a lot of help in a stellar Spartan offensive and defensive effort led by Kyle Bellows. The junior shortstop got the scoring in gear in the bottom of the first inning with his eighth home run of the year, a shot over the left field fence. Nevada had threatened in their half of the opening stanza but Shaun Kort was tagged out at home on a pin-perfect thrown from SJSU senior left fielder John Shaffer.

San Jose State added to their lead with a four run third. After sophomore Anthony Aguilera grounded out, sophomore Tommy Gale started the onslaught with a line drive shot to left-center for a single. Sophomore Jason Martin followed in suit with a single of his own to center. With runners on first and second and no outs, Shaffer game to the plate. In the first offering from Nevada starter Brock Stassi, Shaffer squared to bunt, but didn't connect. On the next pitch Stassi beaned Shaffer, and SJSU had the bases loaded with one out and Bellows at the plate. He notched his second RBI of the day with a single to left, scoring Gale.

Junior Corey Valine followed with a single to right that scored Martin and Shaffer, and moving Bellows to third. Junior Karson Klauer popped up to shallow right-center field. As Bellows tagged Aaron Henry slipped attempting to make the throw home, and Bellows easily scored. Sophomore Danny Steinstra flied out to center to end the inning with SJSU up 5-0.

Nevada finally got on the board in the fifth when Joe Kohan sent a 1-2 pitch over the left field fence. It would be the final score of the day. Prior to Kohan's home run, Heil had retired 11 Wolfpack batters in succession.

Bellows was a rock of the defense. In the sixth inning, Wolfpack junior Westley Moss his a hard grounded towards Bellows. The Spartan shortstop booted the ball, but it popped up right in front of him, which he barehanded and threw to first to get the out.

SJSU threatened to score in the bottom of the sixth, putting runners on first and second, but they failed to get them any further. Those runs weren't necessary anyway as three hard grounders to the infield in the bottom of the seventh provided an easy 1-2-3 inning, and the win, for San Jose State.

The final game of the series, and of the WAC regular season, will be played on Sunday at Municipal Stadium. Starting pitchers haven't been announced by the time this was published. There has been no update on the status of SJSU senior Ryan Shopshire. Also on Sunday, San Jose State will honor their senior members, who will be playing their final regular season games as Spartans. Game time is scheduled for 1:00.



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