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HORNET BATS STYMIED AS SAN JOSE STATE EVENS SERIES WITH FRIDAY VICTORY

HORNET BATS STYMIED AS SAN JOSE STATE EVENS SERIES WITH FRIDAY VICTORY

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Following a thrilling walk-off win in extra innings on Thursday night in the series opener, the Sacramento State offense was stymied in game two of its series with San Jose State on Friday night, managing only one hit in a 12-0 seven-inning loss to the Spartans at Excite Ballpark in San Jose, Calif.

The loss put an end to the Hornets' five-game winning streak as they fell to 29-24 on the year, while San Jose State collected 16 hits to improve to 28-26 overall with the win.

Three Spartan pitchers combined on the one-hit shutout as Sacramento State managed only six baserunners for the game. San Jose State starter Ethan Ross (1-4) retired the first five hitters he faced and worked around a hit batter and a walk to carry a no-hitter into the fifth.

Freshman Jeffery Heard then broke up the bid with a single to left to lead-off the fifth as the Hornets loaded the bases in the inning, but came up empty.

Meanwhile San Jose State jumped ahead early with two runs in the second and added a single run in the third before opening the floodgates with an eight-run fourth inning. The Spartans capped the scoring with a single run in the fifth before the game was ended early by the run rule.

Senior Nick Iwasa drew a pair of walks from the lead-off spot in the lineup, while Heard's single extended his hitting streak to a career-high seven games — the longest active streak by a Hornet following the game.

The series — and the 2022 regular season — comes to a close on Saturday evening in San Jose as the two teams meet in the finale at Excite Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 4:05 p.m.