As Jared Leaf continues his recovery in a San Jose hospital, several people in and around the San Jose State football program are keeping the Spartans' junior linebacker in their thoughts.
"He has all my prayers, and everybody's supporting him and is behind him," former SJSU linebacker Keith Smith said. "Hopefully he's going to be OK."
Leaf suffered second-degree burns to his skin after racing through his burning apartment on Wednesday night. Recovery time is unknown, but coach Ron Caragher doesn't expect the injuries to be career-threatening.
Leaf was one of three recipients of the team's Outstanding Scout Team award last year and was expected to play a lead role for the defense in 2014. He earned the starting middle linebacker job coming out of spring practice.
"It's tragic for this to happen to a special young man," Caragher said. "He's so talented in many ways."
Nevada offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich, who was at Hawaii for one season with Leaf, tweeted: "Send your prayers to my man Jared Leaf, SJSU linebacker. One of the most enjoyable recruiting experiences." Quinton Perry had a three-run double in Santa Clara's four-run first inning, but the Broncos (17-23, 8-8) fell to visiting Loyola Marymount (25-17, 13-6) 6-5 in West Coast Conference baseball. A wild pitch and an ensuing throwing error by San Jose State enabled San Diego State (30-12, 11-8 Mountain West) to score two runs in the bottom of the 11th inning for a 3-2 baseball win over the Spartans (12-30, 6-15). Cheridan Hawkins pitched a four-hitter to lead No. 1 Oregon (42-5, 15-1 Pac-12) to a 7-0 softball win at Stanford (27-19, 3-13). Defending conference champion Cal is in second place after the conclusion of play on the first day of the Pac-12 men's golf championships at The Gallery Golf Club in Marana, Arizona. The Bears, Colorado and USC were the only teams to have each of its players finish all 36 scheduled holes. Stanford was in the lead, four shots ahead of Cal, when play was suspended. Stanford's Mariko Tumangan shot a 5-under-par 67 to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Pac-12 women's golf championships at Trysting Tree Golf Club in Corvallis, Oregon. The Cardinal is in second place, one stroke behind UCLA. Two San Jose State golfers remain in the top 10, and the Spartans are fourth after two rounds at the Mountain West women's championship at the Dinah Shore Tournament Course at the Mission Hills Golf Club in Rancho Mirage. Regan De Guzman is tied for fifth after shooting an even-par 72, and has a 1-over 145 for two rounds. Megan Osland moved up to a tie for 10th place at 149 after shooting a 75. Daniel Semmler of San Jose State fired four birdies in an even-par round to open the Mountain West men's golf championship in Tucson, Arizona, and sits in a tie for 11th.
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Mac Williamson and Mitch Delfino had run-scoring hits in the San Jose Giants' five-run seventh, and they went on to beat visiting Bakersfield 5-3.
Wire services contributed to this report.