|Spartans Split Results With UC Davis|
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Though the calendar reads May, the San Jose State baseball team grabbed a win Tuesday over UC Davis in a continuation of a February game and nearly came back to win the makeup of a March rainout, as the Spartans split two results with the Aggies, winning 4-3 in 12 innings and falling 12-9.
FEBRUARY GAME RESUMED
Tuesday's first contest was resumed in the top of the 12th inning with the score tied 3-3. The game was suspended due to darkness on Feb. 21. Kalei Contrades pitched a perfect 12th inning to complete a four-inning outing that began three months ago. He would earn what counted as his first victory of the season in what was his debut appearance on Feb. 21 by throwing four shutout frames with four strikeouts and no walks.
The Spartans (22-26) put together a two-out rally in the bottom half of the 12th to ensure the game would not drag on any longer. Nick Schulz drew a two-out walk, his fifth walk in the game, and Kyle Gallegos hit a two-out single to move Schulz into scoring position. Mike Reiling then came up for his first at-bat of the game after entering as a defensive replacement in the top half of the inning three months ago.
Reiling would chop a ball over the mound and past both middle infielders into short center field, scoring Nick Schulz from second and winning the game for the Spartans, 4-3.
Schulz finished the game going 1-for-1 with five walks. Jacob Valdez was 3-for-6 with an RBI in that game. Andre Mercurio drew three walks as the Spartans had 11 free passes in the game, including one hit-by-pitch, as a team.
MARCH RAINOUT PLAYED OUT
The two teams were also rained out on March 17, pushing that game to Tuesday afternoon. UC Davis (22-28) took advantage of five Spartans errors, all of which occurred from the fourth to seventh innings, to score 12 runs and take a commanding 12-3 lead after the seventh.
San Jose State would not lie down, though. The Spartans rallied for six runs in the bottom of the ninth and brought the tying run to the plate before finally grounding out to end the game at 12-9.
The Spartans batted around in the ninth as pinch hitter Richie Johnson drew two walks in the inning, the first of which began the rallying frame. The Spartans' first four batters all reached base and would all eventually score. Pinch hitter Jon Nelson drove in the Spartans' first run in the ninth with an RBI single through the opposite side of the infield on a two-strike count.
Matt Lopez brought in a run on a sacrifice fly to make the score 12-5, but it was the Spartans' second out. No matter - as pinch hitter Michael DiRocco drove in two runs with an RBI single up the middle and Tim Quiery hit a double to deep center field off the glove of Brett Morgan.
It was the third straight contest the Spartans had gotten production off the bench. Sunday the team got both of its runs on RBI hits, including a homerun, from pinch hitters. In Tuesday's continuation of the Feb. 21 game, it was the defensive replacement Reiling driving in the winning run. In Tuesday's second game, the Spartans got three RBIs and two runs scored from substitutions as they went a collective 2-for-5 with three walks and two hit-by-pitches.
Johnson drew his second walk of the inning on a nine-pitch at-bat with two outs that included three foul balls, bringing Contrades to the plate as the tying run. Contrades fell behind in the count 0-2 and took a close breaking ball before grounding out on a chopper to the mound, ending the game.
AGGIES BUILD A LEAD
UC Davis scored two runs in the second inning off of Spartans starter D.J. Slaton (1-5) for a 2-0 advantage. An RBI double by Morgan brought in Scott Kalush, who had drawn a one-out walk. Morgan would later score on an RBI groundout by Tino Lipson.
Slaton would surrender two runs on one hit and three walks with one strikeout in two innings of work. Meanwhile, UC Davis starter Ben Burke (2-4) scattered five hits and gave up two runs with three strikeouts and three walks in 5 2/3 innings for the win.
Paul Politi's second homerun of the season in the third, a solo shot high over the batter's eye in straight-away center field, pushed the Aggies' lead to 3-0. The Spartans chipped away a bit at their deficit in the fourth inning after a leadoff double by Schulz, his ninth of the year. Schulz moved to third on a groundout and scored on a sacrifice fly by Caleb Natov, making the score 3-1.
That's when UC Davis took control. The Aggies scored three runs in each of the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to take a commanding 12-2 lead. Spartans reliever Mike Aldrete was charged with six runs, though only two of them earned.
The Aggies also got some production from their bench in Tuesday's second game. Ryan Allgrove hit a pinch-hit, two-out, three-run double to left-center field in the top of the fifth to put the Aggies up 6-1. They would take a 9-1 lead in the sixth inning thanks in part to two infield errors. Another error in the seventh inning allowed two runs to score after a single on the ground got past the left fielder Quiery.
San Jose State continues its final homestand of the season with a three-game series at Municipal stadium against New Mexico State. The series begins at 6 p.m. Friday, as the Spartans look to qualify for their seventh consecutive Western Athletic Conference Tournament.
San Jose State 4, UC Davis 3 (Feb 21, 2012 at San Jose, Calif.)
UC Davis 12, San Jose State 9 (May 15, 2012 at San Jose, Calif.)