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May 18, 2012 > Men's Baseball: Mission San Jose readies for final week of regular season

Men's Baseball: Mission San Jose readies for final week of regular season

Submitted By Kenny Jacoby, Photos by Dan Mark

The Mission San Jose [MSJ] varsity baseball team split two games last week, falling just short to Kennedy on Wednesday and defeating American on Friday.

Despite beating Kennedy 11-3 the last time they played, MSJ fell short. Kennedy pitcher Fabio Torres kept the MSJ offense off balance with effective off-speed pitches. He gave up three earned runs on five hits and struck out six. Brandon Facha also pitched a complete game for MSJ, but gave up four runs (two earned) on 12 hits and two strikeouts.

The lead shifted back and forth throughout the game, starting with Kennedy going up 1-0 in the bottom of the third inning. In the top of the fifth, MSJ responded with two runs to put MSJ on top 2-1. In the bottom of the fifth, however, Kennedy again moved ahead 3-2.

In the top of the seventh, with two outs and a 2-1 count, Scott Havard hit a hard ground ball between the third baseman and shortstop for a single to drive home Jacoby and tie the game. Singles and an error led to bases loaded with two outs in the final frame. Pablo Artero hit a ground ball past a diving Andresen to score the winning run, sealing the win over MSJ 4-3.

MSJ bounced back with a win on Friday against American to even out their league record at 5-5. Kyle Welker pitched strong six innings for MSJ allowing four runs (none earned) on five hits, one walk, and one strikeout. MSJ's bats struck early and often against American, MSJ's offense exploded in the bottom of the third putting MSJ up 5-2.

American could not recover from the deficit, and MSJ added on more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to make the score 7-2. American scored two runs in the top of the sixth on a four-error inning by the normally reliable MSJ defense, but MSJ rebutted with a run in the bottom of the sixth, making the score 8-4, the final tally.

MSJ will face two tough opponents in their last two regular season games next week. They will play at Washington on Wednesday at 4 p.m., and end the regular season at home against Newark Memorial on Friday at 4 p.m.

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