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May 11, 2012 > Men's Baseball: MSJ Bounces Back

Men's Baseball: MSJ Bounces Back

Submitted By Kenny Jacoby

Mission San Jose (MSJ) varsity baseball had a bounce-back week, defeating both Irvington and Leadership, increasing its bid for NCS championship qualification.

In their final game against a Division 1 team, MSJ beat Irvington at home 7-6 in nine innings - MSJ's second extra innings victory against Irvington this season. Brandon Facha started the game for MSJ and pitched six innings. Kevin Kim started for Irvington, and lasted three and one-third innings before being relieved. Both starting pitchers received no-decisions, as the game was decided long after each of them was taken out.

A 2-1 score in favor of Irvington remained until the bottom of the fourth inning when MSJ exploded with a five-run inning to take the lead 6-2. Irvington put together late rallies in the sixth and seventh innings to send the game into extra innings. Kyle Welker scored the winning run for MSJ with a final score of 7-6.

MSJ got off to a flat start against Leadership. Leadership posted a run in the first and third innings, off wild pitches from Welker. In the bottom of the third, however, MSJ's bats came alive as MSJ put up five runs on the board, to put MSJ ahead 5-2.

In the bottom of the sixth, Patrick Yang, Fuhs, Jones, Andresen and Jacoby helped MSJ score four more runs, setting the score at 10-2. This would be all MSJ needed, as Fuhs pitched a scoreless top of the seventh to seal the MSJ victory. A spectacular acrobatic diving catch from Yang in right field highlighted MSJ's defense in the game.

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