San Jose State Pitching Leads the WAC

San Jose State heads into the Napa Auto Parts Western Athletic Conference Tournament on Thursday against Nevada leading, or near the top, in several pitching categories. Head coach Sam Piraro talks about what it will take from his staff to win the tournament.

If you followed the San Jose State baseball team throughout the 2009 season you would know that pitching, especially from the bullpen, struggled at times. However, the group came on strong at the end to become a major factor in the Spartans winning the Western Athletic Conference regular season crown.

SJSU heads to the WAC Tournament in Honolulu, Hawai'i with two pitchers - seniors David Berner and Anthony Vega - having topped the league in several categories for 2009*:

  • Earned Run Average - David Berner (3.00)
  • Innings Pitched - David Berner (90.0)
  • Strike Outs - David Berner (81)
  • Opposing Batting Avg. - David Berner (.226)
  • Saves - Anthony Vega (8)
  • Appearances - Anthony Vega (24)
  • Games Finished - Anthony Vega (15)
  • Games in Relief - Anthony Vega (22 T)
  • Batters Struck Out Looking - Anthony Vega (23)

Senior David Berner had the lowest ERA in the WAC at 3.00
In addition, junior Max Peterson finished runner-up in opposing batting average at .251, and in games started at 13. He also came in fourth in ERA at 4.34, tied for third in wins along with Berner at seven, and was fourth in strikeouts with 62.

Senior Ryan Shopshire took third in strikeouts with 63.

SJSU head coach Sam Piraro talked about his pitching on Sunday after the Spartans completed a four-game sweep of Nevada to win the WAC regular season title.

"To win the tournament we're going to need at least six arms and maybe seven," Piraro said. "I'm pretty sure about four of them, but not about the other two or three. I'm hoping that Berner's arm is feeling better, obviously he's a key guy for us. Shopshire should be fresh because he didn't pitch this weekend."

The Spartan leader said that he feels this team has more pitching depth then the last SJSU team to win the WAC, which was in 2000. That team went on to the College World Series in Omaha.

Game One in the WAC Tournament begins at 11:00 a.m. local time. For a printable WAC Tournament Bracket click here

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*Stats Courtesy of the WAC

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