|Baseball Rallies Late, Falls To New Mexico State|
SAN JOSE, Calif. - The San Jose State baseball team fought to the end Saturday, loading the bases in both the eighth and ninth innings but only got one late run, as New Mexico State defeated San Jose State, 4-2, in game two of a Western Athletic Conference series at Municipal Stadium.
San Jose State had also loaded the bases with less than two outs in the previous inning. Lopez was hit by a pitch and then Tim Quiery and Kyle Gallegos followed with one-out singles. The threat ended, however, when pinch hitter Caleb Natov grounded into a double play, keeping the score at 3-1.
The Aggies (34-20, 10-7 WAC) added an insurance run in the top of the ninth on a two-out, bases-loaded walk to Parker Hipp, making it 4-1. Hipp finished the game 2-for-4 with two RBIs, a run scored and a walk.
With Saturday's loss, San Jose State is eliminated from postseason competition.
AGGIES RALLY EARLY AGAIN
Tanner Rust brought in the Aggies' second run with a sacrifice fly. Rust would finish 2-for-3 with an RBI, one of four Aggies to have multiple hits. New Mexico State ended with 11 hits, the 30th time this season the team has had double-digit hits in a game.
Russo (2-3) took the loss in the Spartans' second straight quality start. He threw 7 2/3 innings and allowed three earned runs, scattering nine hits with six strikeouts. The left-hander retired 10 of the next 12 batters he faced after giving three hits to the first four batters he faced, and induced three double plays in the game.
"For me it's mostly focusing on controlling on what I can control," said Russo about giving up the early runs. "Later in the game I started to be able to control (my breaking ball). I went out there and did what I needed to do."
After that, Mott retired nine of the next 12 batters and at one point retired nine straight before the Spartans loaded the bases in the eighth to chase him. Scott Coffman earned his eighth save of the season despite loading the bases and allowing a run in the ninth.
The Spartans' season concludes Sunday with a 1 p.m. game against New Mexico State at Municipal Stadium. San Jose State will honor six seniors in a pregame ceremony scheduled to begin at 12:50 p.m.
New Mexico State 4, San Jose State 2 (May 19, 2012 at San Jose, Calif.)