San Diego – The three-time defending Mountain West Conference champion San Diego State Aztecs (0-3) hosted the #14 Oregon Ducks (3-0) on the opening weekend of the NCAA baseball season at Tony Gwynn Stadium, losing all three games to the visiting Ducks.
The Aztecs lost game one of the season 8-2 on Friday night in front of a large crowd on the Mesa. The game, however was much closer than the final score portrays. Marcus Reyes (Junior/Rancho Buena Vista HS San Diego) pitched well and kept the Aztecs in contention against the 14th ranked team in the nation. Reyes went seven innings giving up two runs on four hits while striking out five. He also allowed two runners to reach base via the walk.
Cole Irvin (redshirt Junior/Servite HS/Yorba Linda, CA) was solid through seven innings of his own for the University of Oregon. Irvin went seven innings allowing six hits with nine strikeouts and didn’t give up a run.
With the game tied two-all headed to the top of the ninth, Oregon loaded the bases and was able to get six runs to cross the plate to secure the opening night victory.
Game two on Saturday didn’t go much better for the Aztecs as they dropped the middle game 10-5.
Cody Thompson (RS Junior/Bishop Alemany HS/Granada Hills, CA) took the loss for the Aztecs as he struggled to get through three innings allowing five runs on just four hits and walking four.
Oregon sophomore Matt Krook out of San Mateo, CA struggled in his first start of the season for the Ducks. Krook managed to go four innings allowing four runs (two earned) on four hits and three walks while striking out six Aztecs. Kyle Robeniol (Freshmen/Alta Loma, CA) took the Ducks the final five innings. In the first appearance of his collegiate career, Robeniol went five strong innings allowing one run on five hits to go with three strikeouts and two walks.
Game three of the weekend series went better for the Aztecs. However Oregon still managed to edge SDSU 4-3.
Aztec Junior pitcher Brett Seeburger (Vista HS) went five and 1/3 innings on Sunday afternoon allowing one run and five hits. Seeburger also struck out five Ducks.
David Peterson (Sophomore/Denver, CO) went five innings allowing one run on five hits with three strikeouts.
Each team put four pitchers out on Sunday with Oregon finally breaking through in the top of the eighth inning of Aztec Senior Brian Heldman (Round Rock, TX) for two runs before getting the go ahead fourth run off Dominic Purpura (Junior/ Hinsdale, ILL). Stephen Nogosek (Junior/Roseville, CA) notched his first save of the season for the Ducks, shutting the Aztecs down for the final inning and two-thirds.
SDSU will travel to UC Irvine (2-2) on Tuesday. First pitch: 6:30pm
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