Balfour throws season-high eight innings to earn first win as a Spartan.
Spartans finish over .500 at home for the first time since the 2011 season.
Spartans come back from five runs down to pick up the road win.
Spartans are 7-13 against non-conference opponents this season.
Five seniors were honored during pre-game ceremonies.
AT SAN JOSÉ STATE: Completed his second season with the Spartans... 2016 Academic All-Mountain West honoree.
2017: One of five seniors on the team... Appeared in 23 games including two as a pinch runner... Started seven out of 21 appearances on the mound... Threw 6.1 innings of shutout ball in the season debut against Northern Colorado (2/24) allowing just one hit... Struckout a career-high eight batters versus Nevada (3/19)... Pinch ran against Hawaii (3/25), down a run in the ninth inning.
2016: Led the team with 23 appearances and tied for the team lead in saves with two… Posted a 2-5 record with a 5.40 ERA… Third on the team with 60.0 innings pitched… Recorded wins against Pacific (3/1) and Fresno State (4/24)… Saved games against UC Irvine (2/20) and Saint Mary’s (5/10)… Threw a season-high 7.0 innings against UNLV (4/29)… Struck out season-high four batters against Pacific (3/1) and UNLC (4/29)… The lefty picked off two runners.
COMMUNITY COLLEGE: Spent two seasons at Palomar College in San Marcos, Calif. …A teammate of fellow Spartan Dillan Smith in 2014…Helped the Comets reach the 2015 CCCAA State Championship Final Four…As a sophomore in 2015, pitched in 19 games, starting one…Posted a 4-2 record with a 1.53 ERA and notched one save in 35.1 innings…Struck out 31 and walked 13…Named a Second Team All-Pacific Coast League (PCL) honoree.
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Santa Fe Christian Schools, a K-12 college preparatory school in Solana Beach, Calif. …Lettered four times in baseball and three times in football for the Eagles…A First Team All-Coastal League North selection as a sophomore in 2010…Also received Coastal League Pitcher of the Year honors…On the gridiron, was recognized as a second-team defender as a senior in 2011.
MORE ON GRAHAM: Majoring in philosophy… Aspires to become a firefighter or to work in sports media after graduation… Parents are Bob and Kim Gomez…Has an older brother, Garrett…Enjoys collecting socks, cooking, hiking spending time with friends and playing football and golf away from the diamond…Born in San Diego, Calif. …Now calls Carlsbad, Calif., his hometown.