Fresno, Calif. – The San José State University baseball team (15-25-1, 8-13-1 MW) lost to Fresno State (21-21, 10-10 MW), 8-3, in the second game of the three game series on Saturday night at Beiden Field.
The series is knotted at one game apiece following Friday’s 6-3 series opening win by the Spartans, setting up Sunday’s rubber match.
The Bulldogs jumped on SJSU starter Jake Swiech early, scoring four runs on four hits, a walk and a wild pitch in the first inning.
Swiech settled down in the next two frames, retiring six straight Bulldogs but gave up four more hits in the fourth inning, allowing three runs before being replaced by Zach Wallace.
Fresno State starter Ricky Tyler Thomas dominated the Spartans, not allowing a hit in 7.0 innings of work while striking out eight. Despite not allowing a Spartan hit, Thomas did allow a run.
In the seventh, SJSU loaded the bases with Michael Breen (0-for-3, R, BB) and Shane Timmons (1-for-3, R, BB) drawing walks followed by Chris Williams (1-for-2, R, RBI, BB) getting hit by a pitch. Johnny Mendoza (0-for-3, RBI) reached on a fielder’s choice, scoring Breen. But that is all the Spartans could muster against Thomas before he was replaced by Mark Reece in the eighth.
The Spartans first hit of the game came against Reece in the eighth when pinch-hitter Kyle Blakeman hit an infield single.
SJSU would add two more runs in the ninth on back-to-back doubles by Timmons and Williams, along with an error by Reece.
San José State was out hit by Fresno State, 13-3.
Thomas earned the win for the Bulldogs improving his record to 4-3 while Swiech was saddled with the loss to drop to 1-4.
The rubber match of the series is set for Sunday, April 30. Starting pitchers for both sides are TBA. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. PT.