Spartans Wrap Up Season On Senior Day

SAN JOSE, Calif. - San Jose State honored six seniors Sunday playing their final game in a Spartans jersey, as New Mexico State completed a three-game Western Athletic Conference sweep with a 15-2 win in seven innings at Municipal Stadium.
 
Anthony Bona, Michael DiRocco, Esteban Guzman and Michael Reiling all made the final starts of their San Jose State playing careers, and pitchers Andy Hennessey and Sean Martin made relief appearances in their final games. Bona went 2-for-3 and DiRocco finished 1-for-3. Guzman, Martin and Hennessey combined to throw three innings against the Aggies with two strikeouts.
 
New Mexico State (35-20, 11-7 WAC) clinched a share of the WAC title and the No. 1 seed at next week's WAC Tournament by run-ruling the Spartans (22-29, 5-13 WAC) with six extra base hits and a strong outing from starter Michael Ormseth. Every Aggies starter had at least one base hit, seven different Aggies drove in at least one run and nine different players scored.
 
Ormseth (8-2) went six innings and gave up one run while scattering five hits with four strikeouts and no walks. Guzman (1-3) took the loss in 2 1/3 innings with four earned runs on five hits.

SPARTANS SCORE TWICE

The Spartans got on the board in the fourth inning and cut the Aggies' lead to 6-1 with a two-out RBI single by Tim Quiery. Nick Schulz came in to score after leading off the inning with a hit-by-pitch and moving to second on Bona's first hit of the game, a one-out single to center field.

San Jose State then showed some fight in their final turn at bat for the second straight day. Facing the possibility of a run-rule shortened game trailing 15-1 in the seventh, Quiery led off with a sharp single to center. DiRocco reached on an error in his final at-bat as a San Jose State Spartan and so did Reiling, as he was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out.

Pinch hitter Richie Johnson lifted a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Quiery, but the 2012 season would come to a close after that, as pinch hitter Anthony Rodriguez fouled out to Rust at first base to end the game.

AGGIES OFFENSE GIVES COMPLETE EFFORT

San Jose State used seven pitchers Sunday. As a group they gave up eight walks and struck out four. The Aggies' leadoff man Tanner Waite drew four of those walks, though he scored just once. Five of the Spartans' arms gave up runs, with three of them surrendering four runs apiece.

The Aggies had five players with multiple hits Sunday, led by Tanner Rust's 4-for-4 day with a triple, two RBIs and three runs scored. Kurt Snowley was 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored, and nine-hole hitter Bryce Griffin went 3-for-4 while driving in a run and scoring twice.

New Mexico State had the leadoff runner reach in every inning from the third to the seventh, and they scored runs in each of those innings. The Aggies sprung out to a 5-0 lead in the third, added an insurance run in the fourth and made it 9-1 with three runs in the fifth.

They would tack on two more for a 10-run, 11-1 lead in the sixth thanks to a two-run homerun by Robert Lecount, his only hit of the game. The Aggies tacked on four more runs in the top of the seventh by loading the bases with no outs and getting RBI singles from Snowley, Griffin and Bryan Karraker - also his only hit of the game. Kyle Phillips had a sacrifice fly in the inning, part of his three RBIs for the game.

New Mexico State 15, San Jose State 2 (May 20, 2012 at San Jose, Calif.)
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New Mexico State.... 005 132 4 - 15 18  1      (35-20, 11-7 WAC)
San Jose State....... 000 100 1 -  2  6  0      (22-29, 5-13 WAC)
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Pitchers: New Mexico State - Michael Ormseth; Trey Ross(7); Evan Mott(7) and Zac Fisher. San Jose State - Guzman, Esteban; Martin, Sean(3); Hassna, Kyle(4); Bradshaw, Drew(5);
Contrades, Kalei(5); Jones, Zack(7); Hennessey, Andy(7) and DiRocco, Michael.
Win-Michael Ormseth (8-2)  Loss-Guzman, Esteban (1-3)  T-2:54  A-477
HR NMSU - Robert Lecount (12).
Weather: Sunny, 80 F, 14 mph to Left
Bradshaw faced 2 batters in the 5th.