Spartans move ahead of UNLV to sixth in the Mountain West conference standings.
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.
After taking the series opener, the Spartans lose the next two games.
Each team has won a game in the series, setting up Sunday’s rubber match.
AT SAN JOSÉ STATE: Completed his first season with the Spartans.
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).
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… Twice selected to the West Catholic Athletic League (WCAL) second team, in 2015 and 2016… During his senior seaon, 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.