The Aztecs fall twice in the state of San José
SAN JOSE, CA. – San Diego State gave up two one-point decisions to San Jose State on Sunday, losing 8-7 in Saturday’s rainy game before suffering a heartbreaking 9-8 loss in the Finals of the series at Excite Baseball Stadium.
In the regularly scheduled contest, the Aztecs (4-15, 0-6 Mountain West) were unable to hold a 6-1, 8-5 lead, as the Spartans (12-8, 5-4 MW) held off. scored three runs in the eighth inning before scoring the game winner in the ninth to complete the weekend sweep.
Deron Johnson hit a two-run homer in the third, while Tino Bethancourt and Carrigg hit solo explosions in the eighth, the latter two giving Scarlet and Black an 8-5 advantage.
However, the Spartans responded with three scorers with two outs down the frame to tie the score at 8-8, as Makana Olaso and Jack Collette hit the plate on a triple to center field by Hunter Dorraugh, who then scored. on Danny. Zimmerman’s single on the left.
In the fateful ninth, Robert Hamchuck hit a field single, while James Shimashita walked, as both runners advanced on wild pitch. Moments later, Charles McAdoo was intentionally stepped on, while Olaso swung in a 2-2 pitch. However, Hamchuck was able to head home with the decisive score on an ill-timed passed ball.
Jadon Bercovich (1-2), the Aztecs’ fourth reliever of the day, absorbed the bad luck loss after allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk against two strikeouts in 2/3 innings . Conversely, Joey Cammarata (2-0) was credited with the victory after putting the Scarlets and Blacks in the order in ninth.
Earlier, SDSU erased a 1-0 deficit in the third after Trevor Hazelhurst marked on Poncho Ruiz’s singles, while Johnson followed with a two-hit bomb over the fence on the right.
The Aztecs increased their advantage to 6-1 in the fourth, scoring three runs on a hit, two walks and an error. Hazelhurst and Caden Miller drew back-to-back walks with one out, while Carrigg followed with an RBI single to bring Hazelhurst home. After a steal of a second, Carrigg circled the bases behind Miller when Ruiz hit a field error from SJSU shortstop Theo Hardy.
The Spartans cut the margin to 6-5 in the sixth on an RBI single from Olaso, who tackled Shimashita, while Dalton Bowling followed with a three-run homer, his second of the game after going deep with a shot solo in the first.
TJ Fondtain made his first start since March 4 for SDSU, allowing five runs on six hits and a walk in six innings to go with a trio of strikeouts, while fellow Spartans Casey Spencer gave up three runs on four hits and three forward walks making way for Darren Jensen to start the fourth.
At the end of Saturday’s suspended game, the Aztecs nearly overcame a 7-2 deficit going into the eighth inning. Tyler Glowacki started with a single in the middle and quickly scored on Irvin Weems first career home run, a two-run outburst over the left field fence on a 1-0 pitch. Moments later, SDSU cut the lead to 7-5 when Brian Leonhardt trotted home from third on a double-play pitch after singular right, advancing on wild pitch and moving to third on Bethancourt’s base hit from the right side.
SJSU scored what turned out to be the winning run down the frame when McAdoo scored on Bowling’s RBI single after hitting a pitch error, while Omar Gastelum was hit by a pitch.
SDSU loaded the bases in the ninth when Carrigg hit a field single, while Ruiz and Johnson both walked. Glowacki advanced to the plate but dug in on a double play, as Carrigg touched the plate. Weems quickly followed with a hit single to Ruiz and then took second on a disallowance.
With the Scarlets and Blacks trailing 8-7, Leonhardt drew, but Brady Hill forced a flyout to end the game and collect his league-leading seventh save.
Although he allowed three runs on five hits and a walk, the former Aztec Aaron Eden (3-1) picked up the win after pitching 5.0 innings in relief from Ethan Ross, who went 3.0 innings and allowed two runs on four hits and six walks.
Kelena Sauer (1-3) was SDSU’s record pitcher, pitching 2 2/3 innings, where he gave up four runs (one earned) on four hits and five walks.
Trailing 2-0, the Aztecs charged in the top of the third when Glowacki and Leonhardt walked twice sandwiched around a Weems bunt single. A few moments later, Tino Bethancourt led Glowacki and Weems with a base hit in the middle, tying the score at 2-2.
However, the Spartans jumped ahead for good down the frame on Hardy’s two-run triple, while Dorraugh bludgeoned a two-run homer in the fifth. Hardy also tripled in seventh to drive in another race.
Weems finished with a 3-for-5 performance at the plate with three RBIs and three runs scored, while Leonhardt and Bethancourt finished with two hits apiece in the loss.
San Diego State returns to the diamond on Tuesday night when it crosses town to take on UC San Diego at Triton Ballpark. Game time is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. PT.
The Aztecs return to the Mountain West game next weekend when they host Fresno State in “America’s Finest City,” a three-game series, March 25-27 at Tony Gwynn Stadium.