Spartans look homesick in loss

By Taylor Lupetti:

San Jose State dropped everything it had on the field tonight, including the win.

The No. 10-ranked Cal State Fullerton Titans (10-5) defeated the SJSU Spartans 6-1 Tuesday evening.

The Spartans left home high on a victory over the University of the Pacific Tigers last Tuesday, but their strides slowed down the further they traveled from San Jose.

This loss marked the fourth consecutive defeat for SJSU as the team went 0-3 in New Mexico this past weekend.

San Jose State (6-9) was buried in the dirt right off the bat when Fullerton’s Taylor Bryant homered down the left-field line take the lead 2-0 in the first inning.

As the game progressed, Bryant proved to be SJSU’s kryptonite, knocking in another run in the third. The outfielder contributed to half of the Titan’s runs.

Titan’s pitcher Joe Willis started and threw five shutout innings before being relieved by Maxwell Gibbs and later Eric Cha who gave up the Spartans’ only run of the game.

Junior Shane Timmons ended the shutout in the eighth with an RBI single that sent outfielder Corey Olivet across the plate. Timmons went 2-4, bringing his average up to .236.

Freshman Kellen Strahm continued his tear with an infield single, extending his hitting streak to 12 games.

Outfielder Chris Williams was the only Spartan with an extra base hit. While he is hitting only .208, he leads the team with six extra-base hits.

SJSU’s junior Cameron Keup’s started the game, but lasted just two innings after conceding four runs — all earned.  

The Spartans sent out seven other pitchers who gave up a combined two runs over eight innings.

Following their four losses in a row, the Spartan’s will be sent home for their game against the University of Nevada on Friday night at 7 p.m.

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