The SAMMYS were handed out for academic, athletics and community service excellence.
The Spartans have at least two ways to qualify for the upcoming Mountain West Tournament.
The Spartans look to make up for a 5-2 loss to the Gaels earlier in the season.
The Spartans face a critical MW series against the second-place Aztecs.
Tyler LaTorre was named a San José State University Assistant Baseball Coach in 2017. La Torre comes to San Jose after serving two seasons at San Francisco State. He was the team’s pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.
In his first season with the Spartans, LaTorre coached the team’s pitching staff to their lowest ERA since 2012. In his first season working with Andrew Mitchel, the baseball program received its second conference pitcher of the year honor in school history under LaTorre. It was also the first time in 14 years a San José State pitcher had more than 100 strikeouts in a single season.
LaTorre worked with 11 newcomers on the pitching staff in his first season, and it was the first time two Spartan pitchers recieved All-Mountain West honors since San José State joined the conference in 2013 (Mitchel, first team; Fineas Del Bonta-Smith, second team).
LaTorre brings nearly a decade of professional baseball experience to the Spartans. He began his professional career with the San Francisco Giants organization in 2006. He won a league championship with the 2007 Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, short-season Class A team in the Northwest League. In 2009, he won another league championship with the Class A San Jose Giants.
LaTorre was the recipient of the 2008 Nettle Rappe “Good Guy” in the community Award. The honor is awarded to the San Jose Giants player who is exemplary on and off the field.
He participated in two major League spring trainings for the World Champion San Francisco Giants in 2011 & 2013.
Presently, LaTorre is a catcher for the Italian National Team. The team competed in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, and won the 2012 European Championship.
LaTorre received his Bachelors of Arts in communications, and a minor in education from UC Davis in 2006.
Tyler and his wife, Stacey, have a daughter named, Arabella, and reside in Aptos, California.