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Story and photos by Liz Alper
May 13, 2018 (San Diego) - Aztecs baseball picked the perfect day to have Senior Day on: Mother’s Day and it turned out to be their last home game of the season as well. The Aztecs looked to take the series against San Jose State with junior Tevin Cadola on the mound for the Spartans against senior Jorge Fernandez for the Aztecs. Fun fact: all of the Aztec baseball seniors are either criminal justice or social science majors. No in-betweens with them, is there?
The Spartans wanted revenge for yesterday’s doubleheader sweep and they got it early. With runners at first and second, sophomore Johnny Mendoza singled to score senior Shane Timmons and SJSU led 1-0.
They got more in the second when junior Sawyer Pittman streamlined a pitch to left for an RBI double that scored Helix product Connor Konishi to make it 2-0 Spartans.
The Aztecs finally got on the board with senior Patrick Henry alum David Hensley’s sac fly in the third that scored freshman Casey Schmitt to make it 2-1.
SDSU got its act together in the fourth when sophomore Julian Escobedo launched an RBI double to center that scored junior Chad Bible to tie the game.
But it wouldn’t last long because in the fifth, Mendoza crushed a two-run homer to left to give the Spartans a 4-2 lead again and kick Fernandez out of the game.
Junior Dean Nevarez tried his luck in the seventh and went yard over the left center field wall for his sixth home run of the year to make it a one-run game again. Freshman Matt Rudick provided the game-tying run with a double that scored sophomore Jacob Maekawa. The Aztecs couldn’t get the walk off and we went to extra innings tied at four.
Extras didn’t last long, however, as in the 10th after senior Jacob Erickson was relieved by Schmitt, Mendoza lined a single to right that scored two runs and the Spartans managed to split the series with the Aztecs at two games apiece with a 6-4 win. Erickson takes the loss out of the bullpen
The Aztecs go back on the road for their last regular season series against Nevada on Friday at 6:00 p.m.