Schulz Homers Against Aggies In Game One Loss

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Zac Fisher's third inning, two-run homerun Friday night was the two-run advantage New Mexico State would need, as the Aggies beat San Jose State 3-1 in game one of a Western Athletic Conference series at Municipal Stadium.

Fisher skied his sixth homerun of the year over the right-center field wall with one out in the third to put the Aggies (33-20, 9-7 WAC) up 3-0. That would help them stay ahead when the Spartans' Nick Schulz hit his fourth homerun of the season, a solo shot to lead off the sixth. Schulz led San Jose State (22-27, 5-11 WAC) with a 2-for-3 night.

"I was just trying to have quality at-bats," said Schulz. "He left one over the dish and I got a pretty good swing on it. I got into a little slump (last weekend) but I try to take it day-by-day, pitch-by-pitch. I knew my hard work was going to pay off somehow."
 
STRONG OUTING FOR MELERO

Johnny Melero (2-7) had a new career-long outing Friday night for the Spartans with the first nine-inning complete game of his career. The sophomore struck out six and walked none while giving up three runs on seven scattered hits. Melero faced one over the minimum in retiring 19 of the last 21 batters he faced.

Melero has gone at least eight innings on three separate occasions this season. He has thrown back-to-back complete games in his last two starts, including an eight-inning outing at Nevada on May 11. In his last two games he has posted an ERA of 3.70 with 10 strikeouts and no walks and a WHIP (walks plus hits per inning) of 1.06.
 
Ryan Beck (5-5) got the win for the Aggies, going 7 2/3 innings with five strikeouts and five walks. Scott Coffman earned his seventh save of the year, a four-out scoreless appearance to end the game.

New Mexico State took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning on a two-out RBI single up the middle by Fisher. Bryan Karraker came around to score after hitting a one-out double to straight-away center field.

Fisher drove in all three of the Aggies' runs with a 2-for-4 night, scoring once himself. Karraker also went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

San Jose State honored head coach Sam Piraro in a pre-game ceremony with a gold glove trophy to commemorate the 800th major college win of his career, which he earned at Fresno State on April 14. The glove recognized the defensive prowess Piraro's teams, who eight times in the last 13 seasons have been the WAC's top-rated defensive squad.

The series continues at 1 p.m. Saturday with game two at Municipal Stadium. New Mexico State's Adam Mott is projected to pitch for the Aggies. San Jose State's starter is still to be determined.

New Mexico State 3, San Jose State 1 (May 18, 2012 at San Jose, Calif.)
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New Mexico State.... 102 000 000  -  3  7  0      (33-20, 9-7 WAC)
San Jose State........ 000 001 000  -  1  3  1      (22-27, 5-11 WAC)
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Pitchers: New Mexico State - Ryan Beck; Scott Coffman(8) and Zac Fisher. San Jose State - Melero, Johnny and Gallegos, Kyle.
Win-Ryan Beck (5-5)  Save-Scott Coffman (7)  Loss-Melero, Johnny (2-7)  T-2:14  A-328
HR NMSU - Zac Fisher (6).
HR SJSU - Schulz, Nick (4).
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