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The Aztecs showed on Tuesday night that they still have the Toreros number in the regular season. Last year, these two teams opened the season at the grand opening of USD’s new Fowler Park. At that time, No. 12 USD was looking for a memorable start in their new park. However, the upset-minded SDSU squad came in and swept the three-game series in convincing fashion. USD got their revenge in the NCAA Regionals in Los Angeles which ended SDSU’s 2013 season.The rivalry was reignited last night with the Aztecs continuing their regular season success against No. 24 USD with an 8-5 win. Over the last four regular season matchups, the Aztecs are 4-0 and have outscored the Toreros 25-11, each game coming when the Toreros were ranked nationally.
Greg Allen led off the Aztecs’ first inning with a single and stolen base to get in scoring position. Tim Zier promptly knocked a single to center, driving home Allen. The Aztecs never looked back.They broke the game wide open with six runs in the third, which expelled USD starting pitcher Ryan Olson from the game after just 2.1 innings. An Allen single, Zier hit-by-pitch and Seby Zavala infield hit loaded the bases for Ty France, who did what he does best: drive in runs. His single to left scored two runners, giving him a team-high 14 RBIs. After a Spencer Thornton base hit filled the bases with Aztecs again, a walk to Tyler Adkison and a subsequent passed ball allowed two more runs to cross the plate, making it 5-0. Freshman Andrew Brown had a big day, topping off the Aztecs’ third with a two-RBI single to center. He would later hit a solo homerun, his first as an Aztec.
However, the Aztec defense, or lack thereof, kept USD in the game. Just two of the five runs scored by the Toreros were earned. The Aztecs committed four errors over the course of the game, including a dropped fly ball by Thornton with two outs, which allowed two unearned runs to score.
The SDSU pitching staff was phenomenal. Starter Brett Seeburger lasted only three innings but only allowed one earned run and four hits. TJ Kendzora relieved Seeburger and tossed 4.2 innings, giving up only one earned run and three hits, while striking out three. Michael Cederoth is settling into his new spot as the closer. He picked up his fourth save on 1.1 innings pitched without allowing a hit.
W: Kendzora (1-0) 4.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, ER, 3 K, 2 BB
L: Olson (0-1) 2.1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, K, BB
S: Cederoth (4) 1.1 IP, 0 H, 2 K
The crosstown rivals will meet again for another one-game series at USD on April 1. The Aztecs start a home series against Mountain West Conference foe Nevada this weekend, while the Toreros travel to Oklahoma State to face the Cowboys.