San Jose State Spartans
2022 San Jose State Spartans baseball team
San Jose State interlocking logo.svg
Founded1890 (1890)
UniversitySan Jose State University
Head coachBrad Sanfilippo (5th season)
ConferenceMountain West
LocationSan Jose, California
Home stadiumSan Jose Municipal Stadium
(Capacity: 4,200)
NicknameSpartans
ColorsGold, white, and blue[1]
     
College World Series appearances
2000
NCAA Tournament appearances
1955, 1971, 2000, 2002

The San Jose State Spartans baseball team represents San José State University in NCAA Division I college baseball as a member of the Mountain West Conference.[2]

San Jose State fielded its first baseball team in 1890, although the current SJSU baseball media guide only provides records dating back to 1911.[3][4][5][6] The team plays its home games at San Jose Municipal Stadium in San Jose, California. The team formerly played select home games at Blethen Field, which was located on San Jose State's south campus.[6] In 2014, SJSU released plans to build a new baseball stadium to replace Blethen Field.[7]

History

The team first took the field in 1890. Known back then as the Normalites, the men's baseball beat a local high school team in the first recognized game.[3] From 1911 through the 2013 season, the SJSU baseball team compiled a win–loss record of 1,878–1,696 (.525).[6]

From 1965–2021, 104 Spartans were taken in the Major League Baseball draft and 19 were signed by MLB teams. As of 2021, seven former Spartans are active professional baseball players in both major and minor leagues.[8][9]

The Spartan baseball team has made NCAA Tournament appearances in 1955, 1971, 2000 and 2002. In 2000, the team advanced to the College World Series.[6]

From 1997–2013, the SJSU baseball team competed in the Western Athletic Conference, earning three WAC pennants in 1997, 2000 and 2009.[6]

Under head coach and SJSU alumnus Sam Piraro (1987–2012), the SJSU baseball team reached the 30-win mark 17 times (including five 40+ wins seasons) and appeared in the national rankings 47 times.[6]

The SJSU baseball team has fielded 16 All-Americans including four first-team selections.[6]

All-time record vs. current Mountain West teams

As of the conclusion of the 2019 NCAA Division I baseball season:

Opponent Won Lost Tied Percentage
Air Force 19 22 0 .463
Fresno State 91 168 0 .351
Nevada 93 90 0 .508
New Mexico 13 21 1 .386
San Diego State 22 63 0 .259
UNLV 33 44 0 .429
Totals 271 408 1 .391

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San Jose State in the NCAA Tournament

The Spartans are 7–10 (.412) all-time in the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship.

Year Rounds Results
1955 Fresno Regional Fresno Regional
Won 9–2 vs. Pepperdine
Won 3–1 @ Fresno State
Lost 4–9 @ Fresno State
Lost 1–5 @ Fresno State
1971 Santa Clara Regional Santa Clara Regional
Lost 0–5 @ Santa Clara
Lost 1–3 @ Santa Clara
2000 Waco Regional
Houston Super Regional
College World Series
Waco Regional
Won vs. Florida 4–1
Won vs. Texas State 5–2
Lost vs. Florida 7–8
Won vs. Florida 2–1
Houston Super Regional
Won @ Houston 5–3
Lost 2–5 @ Houston
Won 3–2 @ Houston
College World Series
Lost vs. Clemson 6–10
Lost vs. Louisiana–Lafayette 3–6
2002 Palo Alto Regional Palo Alto Regional
Lost 3–6 vs. Long Beach State
Lost 1–9 vs. CSU Fullerton

Major League Baseball

San José State has had 96 Major League Baseball draft selections since the draft began in 1965.[11]

Making it to Omaha

Under the direction of head coach Sam Piraro, the Spartans played in the College World Series in 2000 in Omaha, Nebraska. The eight teams who accompanied the Spartans in Omaha were Clemson, Florida State, Louisiana State, Stanford, Texas, Louisiana-Lafayette, and the University of Southern California.[12] San Jose State was eliminated after the first round of the tournament by the number four seed, the Clemson Tigers.[12]

See also

References

  1. ^ "2020–21 San Jose State Spartans Men's Basketball Quick Facts" (PDF). SJSUSpartans.com. January 14, 2021. Retrieved June 7, 2021.
  2. ^ "San Jose State Spartans". d1baseball.com.
  3. ^ a b "SJSU sports have 100-year history « Spartan Daily Spartan Daily". Spartandaily.com. Retrieved 2015-07-13.
  4. ^ "San Jose State Spartans Official Athletic Site". Sjsuspartans.com. Retrieved 2015-07-13.
  5. ^ "San Jose State Spartans Official Athletic Site". Sjsuspartans.com. Retrieved 2015-07-13.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g "SJSU Spartans Media Guide". San Jose State University.
  7. ^ http://www.sjsu.edu/fdo/docs/SJSU_South_Campus_Facilities_Development_Plan_Optimized.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  8. ^ "Drafted Players". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved 18 February 2022.
  9. ^ "Alumni Report". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved 18 February 2022.
  10. ^ "2017–18 San José State Spartans Baseball Team Media Guide". Athletics at San José State University. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  11. ^ "MLB Amateur Draft Picks who came from 'San Jose State University (San Jose, CA)'". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  12. ^ a b "College World Series history: Past champions and game recaps – Omaha.com – The Omaha World-Herald". Dataomaha.com. Retrieved 2015-07-13.