San Jose State Spartans baseball
|San Jose State Spartans|
|University||San José State University|
|Location||San Jose, CA|
|Head Coach||Dave Nakama (2nd year)|
|Home Stadium||San Jose Municipal Stadium
|College World Series Appearances|
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|1955 • 1971 • 2000 • 2002|
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The San Jose State Spartans baseball team is a varsity intercollegiate athletic team of San José State University in San Jose, California, United States. The team is a member of the Mountain West Conference, which competes in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. San Jose State fielded its first baseball team in 1890, although the current SJSU baseball media guide only provides records dating back to 1911. The team plays its home games at San Jose Municipal Stadium in San Jose, California. The Spartans are coached by Dave Nakama. The team also plays select home games at Blethen Field, located on San Jose State's south campus. In 2014, SJSU released plans to build a new baseball stadium to replace Blethen Field.
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. From 1911 through the 2013 season, the SJSU baseball team compiled a win/loss record of 1,878-1,696 (.525).
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.
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. San Jose State was eliminated after the first round of the tournament by the number four seed, the Clemson Tigers.
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The Spartans took a turn for the worse after the 2011 season, finishing 22-29. This would also be the last year for head Coach Sam Piraro, who would be replaced by Dave Nakama.
The Spartans had a very rough season under the new head coach Dave Nakama, posting a 17-41 record.
The Spartans would only win a total of two more games than they had the previous season when the 2014 season came to a close. Their final record was 19-38.
- "San Jose State Spartans". d1baseball.com.
- "SJSU Spartans Media Guide". San Jose State University.