May 30, 2009

Courtesy UC Irvine

IRVINE, Calif. - There will be a new champion when all is said and done with the 2009 Division I Baseball Championships as San Diego State kept its title hopes alive with a 4-1 win over the defending National Champions, Fresno State, in the first elimination game of the UC Irvine Regional on Saturday.

As an encore performance to Aztec's ace Stephen Strasburg's 15-strikeout performance in the first game of the regional Tyler Lavigne allowed one run (0 earned) on five hits in 7.2 innings on the mound. Lavigne improved his season record to 8-2 as he totaled eight strikeouts on the afternoon.

Brandon Meredith provided the offense for San Diego State has he had two homeruns which includes a two-run shot in the bottom of the first inning. Meredith went 2-for-3 on the day with two runs scored and three RBIs.

Fresno State (32-30) cut the Aztec's lead to 2-1 in its half of the fourth inning on an RBI triple by Kenny Wise to score Tom Mendonca. Wise was one of five Fresno State base runners to be left on as Lavigne struck out Gavin Hedstrom to end the threat.

Meredith's second homerun came in the fifth inning to spark a two-run effort. His solo shot was followed by a wild pitch that scored SDSU's second run of the inning.

Matt Morse started on the hill for Fresno State and lasted 4.2 innings and allowed four runs (four earned) on eight hits with three walks and a pair of strikeouts.

He gave way to Holden Sprague who gave up just one hit in 3.1 innings of work.

San Diego State totaled nine hits as a team as Mitch Blackburn joined Meredith with a multi-hit afternoon. Pat Colwell, Erik Castro, Cory Vaughn and Matt Parker all added one hit.

Danny Muno led Fresno State's offense with a 3-for-4 effort at the plate. The Bulldogs were held to just five hits on the day.

Addison Reed dropped his season ERA to 0.65 as he earned his 20th save of the season. Reed threw 1.1 innings and struck out two batters to help San Diego State defeat Fresno State for the first time in the NCAA Regional since 1990.

The Aztecs improve to 4-0 all-time against FSU in NCAA regional play.

San Diego State will play the loser of the UC Irvine/Virginia game tomorrow, May 31, at 4 pm.