|2013 Spartans Shut Out Alumni, 7-0|
San Jose, Calif. -- It was a perfect day for baseball under the sunshine at Blethen Field, as the 2013 San Jose State baseball team topped the a team of its Alumni 7-0 in an exhibition game.
The Spartans broke a scoreless tie in the third inning by putting up five runs on four hits against the Alumni starter Matt Durkin (2002-04). San Jose State went on to score a run in both the seventh and eighth innings, and rode a solid collective pitching effort to victory.
Freshman Ross Slaney got the starting nod from head coach Dave Nakama and struck out three batters in five shutout innings. Drew Bradshaw was first out of the pen in the sixth followed by James Glawe in the seventh and John Oberholtzer in the eighth. Willy Reel pitched the ninth inning and left the final alumni hitter looking at a called third strike.
"We wanted to have fun and keep the game moving by throwing strikes," said Slaney. "I had a good changeup working for me today, but I also want to work on my fastball command."
Third baseman Kalei Contrades got the bats going for San Jose State with a single in the third inning. A Matt Lopez walk and Jon Nelson hit by a pitch loaded the bases for the designated hitter Tim Quiery.
Quiery, who had two hits on the day, belted a two-run double to left-center. Nick Schulz continued the rally with an RBI-single and then scored along with Quiery on a Jacob Valdez double. The score after three was 5-0 Spartans.
The alumni lineup, featuring Spartan hitting greats: Jason Martin (2008-11), Kyle Bellows (2007-09) and Adam Shorsher (2000-02), was held scoreless on five hits. Danny Stienstra (2008-11), Craig Hertler (2008-11), Michael Reiling (2009-11), Huck Hibberd (1983-84), Anthony Aguilera (2008-09) and Scott Niheu (2004) were also in the lineup throughout the day.
"This was a great day for our athletes to have fun and build relationships with our alumni," Nakama said. "We played a lot of different guys, and they all played hard. That is all you can ask for."
In the seventh inning, center fielder Andre Mercurio scored from third on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Dane Lund. Mike Simonini touched home in the eighth after a throwing error by the alumni catcher for the final score of 7-0.
"We came out with a lot of energy today," Mercurio said. "Our goal is to go out and play hard every game, and we did that today."
Opening Day of the 2013 regular season is Friday, February 15 as the Spartans hosts the Pacific Tigers. First pitch in San Jose Municipal Stadium is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.