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Story and photos by Liz Alper
May 11, 2018 (San Diego) - SDSU baseball has been tearing through the Mountain West and they entered tonight, their last home series of the regular season, with a strong 33-15 (15-8 MW) record. This weekend, they faced the third place San Jose State Spartans, who sit at 21-25 (11-12 MW). Senior Jake Swiech started on the mound for the Spartans against junior Harrison Pyatt for the Aztecs.
The Aztecs started early after sophomore Julian Escobedo beat a throw to first. Swiech walked freshman Casey Schmitt and sophomore Jacob Maekawa did the honors with an RBI single to left to give the Aztecs a 1-0 lead.
It would do until the third when, with runners at the corners, SJSU senior David Campbell hit a short looper to left that drove in the tying run. Sophomore Johnny Mendoza followed up with a two-RBI single that gave the Spartans a 3-1 lead.
It stayed that way till the seventh when Matt Rudick and Chase Calabuig gave the Aztecs the boost they needed. When the freshman blasted a leadoff triple to right, the senior brought him in with an RBI single to short center. But junior Justin Watland’s strikeout of Granite Hills product Jordan Verdon and catching Calabuig stealing ended the rally and the Aztecs forfeited game one of the series to the Spartans 3-2, with Pyatt taking the loss, giving him a 4-3 record on the season and the Aztecs drop to 33-16 (15-9 MW).
The Aztecs and Spartans will play a doubleheader starting at 2:00 p.m. tomorrow. Redshirt junior Justin Goosen-Brown will start for the Aztecs.