Spartans Claim 4-3 Win in 12th in Resumed Game

Brett Morgan's bunt in the sixth inning was UC Davis' first hit of the game. (Mark Honbo)
 
Brett Morgan's bunt in the sixth inning was UC Davis' first hit of the game. (Mark Honbo)
 

Feb. 21, 2012

Final Stats

SAN JOSE, Calif. - San Jose State scored a run in the bottom of the 12th inning to claim a 4-3 win on Tuesday at Blethen Field in San Jose, over three months after the original Feb. 21 game was halted due to darkness.

On Feb. 21, Aggie pitcher Spencer Koopmans retired the side in the bottom of the 11th as the UC Davis baseball team headed to the 12th inning tied with San Jose State 3-3.

As darkness approached, the game was called with the conclusion finally coming Tuesday at Blethen Field.

With two outs in the bottom of the 12th, Nick Schulz drew a walk then moved to second on a single into left field by Kyle Gallegos. Michael Reiling's base hit up the middle brought Schulz home from second to give San Jose State the 4-3 win.

The Spartans struck early, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning, while holding UC Davis hitless until the sixth inning. Andre Mercurio led off for the Spartans by drawing a walk, then moved to second on a single from Michael Gerlach. Mercurio would come around to score on an RBI base hit by Anthony Bona, giving San Jose State a 1-0 lead.

Gerlach would score the second Spartan run of the winning after Jacob Valdez hit a hard grounder to first. Aggie first baseman Eric Johnson was unable to get a hold of it and Gerlach crossed home on the error.

Using a rotation of pitchers, San Jose State held the Aggies hitless until Brett Morgan's attempt at a sacrifice bunt turned into a base hit in the sixth inning. With Adam Young on first, Morgan laid down a bunt along the third base line, then beat out Tyler Christian's throw to reach first safely. Ryan Allgrove followed that with an RBI single to left field which allowed Young to score from second.

 

 

Allgrove moved to third on a wild pitch by San Jose State pitcher Jason Kafka, then scored when David Popkins sent a base hit into the gap into right field. Popkins would steal second, then score UC Davis' third run of the inning after a single from Nick Lynch and UC Davis rallied for the 3-2 lead.

Trailing by a run, Bona scored the equalizer for San Jose State after Schulz hit a hard ground ball up the middle. Bona singled to center field to reach base, then moved to second on a base hit by second baseman Jacob Valdez before coming around to score on the Schulz RBI single.

With the game tied at three in the bottom of the eighth inning, Aggie reliever Craig Lanza retired the side, then got UC Davis out of a jam in the ninth by forcing Christian into a pop up with two outs and runners on first and second. Lanza was replaced by Spencer Koopmans in the tenth inning, who walked the first batter he faced, but Koopmans struck out Zack Jones and Young fielded Mercutio's line drive to end the inning.

Koopmans retired the side in the 11th before the game was suspended in the top of the 12th inning.

UC Davis' five hits came from five different batters while Valdez led San Jose State with a 3-for-6 performance.