March 10, 2001
John Fagan hit a two-run home run and Gabe Lopez hit a solo homer to lead San Jose State University to a 4-1 win over Illinois Saturday afternoon at Municipal Stadium.
The victory, the sixth straight and 13th this season for San Jose State, gives head coach Sam Piraro 467 career wins. Piraro, now in his 15th season, is tied with Gene Menges, who coached at San Jose State from 1970-86.
The Spartans grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first when Lopez led off with an infield single and eventually scored on Junior Ruiz' single.
Illinois tied the score in the second when Rob Fischer singled and later scored on Andy Hilligoss' sacrifice fly.
Fagan put the Spartans back in front with his home run in the fourth inning, his third homer of the season. Also scoring was Zack Zwissig, who tripled.
Lopez' home run came with one out in the fifth. It was also his third homer this year.
Jeremy Rogelstad tossed his second consecutive complete game to improve to 2-1. Rogelstad allowed nine hits, did not walk a batter and struck out six. San Jose State also turned six double plays in the game.
"It was a good series for us," said Piraro, whose team also defeated Illinois 3-2 Friday night. "Illinois is an excellent ballclub. Our ballclub played well.
"Those are two good wins for San Jose State because we had to play at a high level," Piraro said.
The Fighting Illini head next to Fresno State where they will compete in the Johnny Quik Classic during the upcoming week of spring break.