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Warriors produce another late-rally before facing Nuts
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The Cal State Stanislaus baseball team had another late-game surge in the final inning of the Warrior’s clash against San Francisco State on Saturday to win 4-3 before losing the second game on Saturday.
The Warriors won the first game of the doubleheader with a 4-3 decision by scoring four runs in their final at-bats. Then the Gators broke a 4-4 tie in the eighth and held on to win the second game 5-4.
The four-game series split meant the Warriors entered Spring Break with a 17-16 overall and 12-11 California Collegiate Athletic Association records. San Francisco State is now 17-20, 10-14 in CCAA play.
Before resuming the CCAA season against No. 1 UC San Diego on Friday, the Warriors will play an exhibition game against the Modesto Nuts — a single-A minor league of the Colorado Rockies — on Wednesday at John Thurman Field at 7:05 p.m.
Trailing 3-0 in the seventh in a game where the Warriors were designated as the visiting team of a seven-inning game, they rallied for four runs on four straight hits against CCAA pitcher of the week Patrick Haugen.
After Thomas Shull reached on an error by the SF State second baseman and a fly out, the Stanislaus top-of-the-order went to work. Corey Conflenti, Doug Porras and David Contreras all picked up consecutive singles with Porras' hit to right platting Shull. Conflenti scored on Contreras' hit to right to make it 3-2.
Porras then scored off Michael Johnson's hot bat to tie the game. Johnson's double in the seventh was his third hit of the game as he went 3-for-4. In 14 games, Johnson went 20-for-45 (.444) with 19 RBIs.
Andrew Graves followed with a sac fly to right to score Contreras as the go-ahead run.
CSUS starter Kory Wallace faced three batters in the seventh and with two outs and a Gator on second, he gave way to Leonard Giammanco. Giammanco got Drew Andersen to fly out to center to save the game. Wallace got the win and improve to 6-3. He gave up three runs on four hits, struck out five and walked three.