The Silver Bullet

An opinion in popular sports

Spartans watch season end.

The San Jose State Spartans watched their last strike go over the plate, ending their season and their chances in the WAC championship tournament. After strong arming LA-TECH in the opening round, then advancing over the Nevada Wolfpack to the quarters, top-seeded Fresno State stood up and swatted the Spartans back to reality.

In the night side of the Sparto double-day, the Spartans were reunited with the host squad Nevada Wolfpack. Talk about an exciting contest. The Spartans took control early in the second inning by putting up a quick three against the Wolfpack. Nevada would charge back putting up a monster 6 in the bottom half and chasing starter Brandon Hennessy. The Spartans would put up back-to-back homers to tie the score just a half inning later. Spartan Seniors

With the score 6-6 and only the middle of the third, it looked like we had a barnburner on tap. The dramatics would mellow for now. Loren Moneypenny, on one day’s rest, came in and held solid long relief only allowing two runs. The Spartan bats were quieted by Mario Rivera of Nevada who would go on to pitch six solid innings in relief of already gone Nevada starter Colton.

Unfortunately the Spartans ran out of time, and kept watching their oppurtunities fizzle  by. The Spartans came to bat in the top of the ninth down four runs. After a quick out, Ryan Angel and Kyle Bellows hit back-to-backs, again and closed the margin to two. DH Massmun doubled and the Spartans needed a big play to bring home the tying run that was coming to the plate.  With a full count, Greg Fyfe watched strike three from Wolfpack’s Matt Renfree. The last batter in Karson Klauer came to the plate. With the count two and two, Karson laid off and watched the Spartan season come to an end.

In this tournament, though, the Spartans showed, like they have in many sports this year, that they are still a team to consider. SJSU made the final three in the tournament and were just a few strikeouts going the other way from the Championship matchup. BUT, they fell to the Nevada Wolfpack 11-9 and will have to wait another year to make their mark in the WAC.

Fyfe and Klauer watched the third strike go by representing the tying run and the extension of the Spartan season. They were the only players to go down looking for the Spartans all game. The Spartan will continue to watch from the stands, knowing their season and hopes of the College World Series are gone.

Ultimately, They just watched their chance go by.       Strike Three.


May 27, 2007 - Posted by | Baseball, San Jose State University, SJSU, Sports

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