Thursday, February 5, 2015

OPENING DAY: San Jose State splits a pair of nailbiters


On the opening day of the 2015 season, it was a split for San Jose State in a pair of games that went to the wire at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe.

The Spartans were up by a run over Ole Miss with one out and no one on base in the bottom of the seventh inning before the Rebels rallied for two runs and a 6-5 win in the opener Thursday.  Immediately afterwards, SJSU nearly lost a late 5-run lead before holding on to defeat BYU 9-8.

San Jose State had rallied for a 5-3 lead in the fourth inning against Ole Miss with a 4-run uprising.  Taylor Purdy came up with a 2-out RBI single in the frame en route to a 3-hit game.  After the Rebels scored on a Spartans error in the bottom of the fourth, the score remained 5-4 in favor of SJSU until the seventh.

With relief pitcher Katelyn Linford in the circle, Ole Miss rallied with one out in the bottom of the seventh.  The Rebels strung together four singles, and Linford walked a batter.  After Alyssa Invergo singled to tie the game at 5 apiece, catcher Courtney Syrett singled to right field to plate the game-winner.

Allison Lang started the first game, allowing two earned runs in four innings for SJSU, getting a no-decision.  Linford allowed six hits in 2 1/3 innings and absorbed the loss.  Ole Miss bounced back from a 2-1 loss to Oregon State earlier in the day.

The nightcap between the Spartans and BYU was a back and forth affair early until San Jose State took the lead for good in the top of the fifth.  After a 4-run top of the sixth inning, SJSU was in front 9-4 over the reigning West Coast Conference champions.  BYU, however, would rally as Sydney Broderick hit a pair of home runs, including one in the bottom of the seventh to make it a 1-run game.

The Cougars lost after winning their opener 5-4 over Virginia.