|Sunbirds Defeat Spartans At Blethen Field|
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Fresno Pacific scored 14 runs on 17 hits Tuesday against San Jose State to win the Tuesday afternoon affair, 14-5, over the Spartans at Blethen Field.
Tuesday's game was the Spartans' fourth in five days. San Jose State (19-17) used seven pitchers and 16 position players in an attempt to keep everyone fresh for this weekend's Western Athletic Conference series versus Sacramento State at Municipal Stadium.
Fresno Pacific's Wilson Ashford (4-4) went five innings and gave up three runs on five hits, striking out two for the victory. D.J. Slaton (1-4) gave up two runs in the first inning on two hits and a hit-by-pitch to take the loss.
BACK AND FORTH SCORING
San Jose State's Tyler Christian hit a pinch-hit, three-run homerun off the first pitch he saw in the fifth inning to make the score 4-3. It was Christian's first homer of the season and first for the Spartans by a player other than Nick Schulz. Christian finished the day 2-for-3 with three RBIs, one of three different Spartans to gather two hits on Tuesday.
Fresno Pacific would put the Spartans right back in a hole, however, in the top of the sixth with six runs, three earned, off of Drew Bradshaw, to push its lead to 10-3.
Gerlach went 2-for-4 on Tuesday with an RBI. It was his second straight multi-hit performance and third in his last four games. It also extended his hitting streak to five games. He has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games dating to April 3 at San Francisco.
San Jose State created opportunities to score in the third, fourth and eighth innings, but the team would head to the dugout with no runs in each occassion after a double play groundout ended all three threats. The Spartans loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth, only to get a strikeout and a double play to end the threat.
The Spartans got the leadoff batter on base five times Tuesday but only scored runs in one of those innings. Schulz led off the sixth with a single and Matt Lopez followed with a double, and the Spartans grounded out twice in a row to bring them home.
The Spartans resume WAC play at home this weekend when they host Sacramento State for a three-game series beginning at 6 p.m. Friday at Municipal Stadium.
Fresno Pacific 14, San Jose State 5 (Apr 24, 2012 at San Jose, Calif.)