Spartans are eliminated from the Mountain West Tournament with two big innings by UNLV.
Every Spartan starter crossed home plate with a run scored.
Four pitchers scattered eight hits and the bottom of the batting order came through offensively.
The Spartans are one win away from qualifying for the Mountain West Tournament.
Spartans move into sole possession of third place in the Mountain West.
AT SAN JOSÉ STATE: Completed his second season with the Spartans.
2018: Appeared in 49 games, started 45 at catcher...Hit primarily out of the seventh spot in the order…Caught runners stealing a Mountain West leading 20 times…In conference games, he was ranked third in sac bunts with six and 15th in RBI’s at 24…Batted .288 and drove in 34 runs on 46 hits this season…Second on the team in multi-RBI games with 11…Season-high four hits at the Mountain West Tournament versus UNLV (5/26) and at San Diego State (5/13)…11 RBI, eight hit weekend against San Diego State (5/11-5/13); two-RBI (5/11), four-RBI (5/12), and a season-high five-RBI (5/13). (Game-by-Game Statistics).
2017: Appeared in 20 games, starting in 13... Started seven games behind the plate and six as the designated hitter... Made his Spartan debut versus BYU (2/23) as a pinch hitter... Started his first game against Pacific (3/7)... Collected his first hit versus Santa Clara (4/4)... Had an on-base percentage of .424... Collected eight RBI on 13 hits... Season-high three hits versus UNLV (5/18)... Collected a pair of two RBI games against Saint Mary’s (4/18) and Grand Canyon (5/9)... Had four extra base hits, including a triple against Fresno State (4/30)...Threw out 3-of-10 would be base stealers.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2016 graduate of Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, Calif. … Three-time letter winner in baseball playing for coach Mike Oakland… Team captain his senior year… 2015 & 16 West Catholic Athletic League (WCAL) second team choice… During his senior season, collected 20 hits, 16 RBI and scored 14 runs... As a junior, hit .299 with 23 hits, 21 RBI, scored 15 runs and hit one homerun.
MORE ON JOHNNY: Aspires to be a professional baseball player or a police detective after graduation… Enjoys hunting and hanging out with family and friends in his free him… Parents are Rick and Angelica Mendoza… Has an older sister, Lizette, and a younger brother, Niko… Native of Mountain View, Calif. … Now calls Sunnyvale, Calif., his hometown.