April 9, 2009

Rankings are from CBI Composite Poll

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Strasburg strikes out 13 as San Diego State stops UNLV

UC Irvine outlasts Long Beach State; Oregon State stops Arizona


In Las Vegas, Stephen Strasburg struck out 13 in six innings as No. 24 San Diego State defeated UNLV 15-4 Thursday in the opener of their Mountain West series at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. Strasburg (7-0) allowed seven hits, one walk and one run. Easton Gust had three hits, including a triple, and four runs as the Aztecs (7-3, 24-11) claimed sole possession of first place. Erik Castro had three hits, including a three-run homer, and five RBI for SDSU. Ryan O’Sullivan had three hits, including a double, and scored three for the Aztecs. SDSU scored at least three in four of the first six innings in building a 15-1 lead. The Rebels (4-6, 15-17) scored three in the ninth. J.J. Sferra had three hits for UNLV. Scott Berke had two hits and two RBI for the Rebels.


No. 8 UC Irvine 3, Long Beach State 2 (12)

In Irvine, Calif., Dillon Bell drove in the game-winner with a base hit in the bottom of the 12th as UCI nipped LBSU in the opener of their Big West series. Steve Tinoco had a sac fly in the first for the Dirtbags (2-2, 14-15). The Anteaters (6-1, 20-9) tied it in the third before LBSU took a 2-1 lead on an RBI triple by Devin Lohman in the sixth. UCI evened it in the bottom of the frame on a run-scoring single by Jordan Leyland. Tommy Reyes had two hits for the Anteaters. Jonathan Jones had three hits and a run for the Dirtbags.


No. 20 Oregon State 9, Arizona 5

In Tucson, Ariz., Ryan Ortiz went 4 for 5 to lead OSU past Arizona in the Pac-10 series opener at Sancet Stadium. Logan Lotti had an RBI double to snap a 5-5 tie in a four-run eighth for the Beavers (6-1, 19-6). OSU added a run in the ninth for the final margin. Joey Wong and Stefen Romero both had two hits for the Beavers. Dillon Baird had three hits and two RBI for the Wildcats (2-8, 13-15). Bryce Ortega had three hits and two runs for Arizona.


No. 6 Cal State Fullerton 4, Cal State Northridge 4 (12)

In Northridge, Calif., the Big West series opener between Fullerton and Northridge was suspended after 12 innings due to darkness. The game will be completed Friday at 1:30 prior to the second game of the series at 3 p.m. The Matadors tied the game in the bottom of the ninth as Richard Cates drew a two-out walk and eventually scored on a wild pitch. The Titans had taken the lead in the top of the ninth as Khris Davis doubled and scored on a sac fly.


No. 21 Cal Poly 12, Pacific 7

In Stockton, Calif., J.J. Thompson had a three-run homer in a six-run sixth, one of four dingers for his team, as Cal Poly topped Pacific in the Big West series opener at Klein Family Field. Thompson had three hits and knocked in four for the Mustangs (4-3, 23-7). Ryan Lee extended his hit streak to 20 for Cal Poly. J.B. Brown (3 for 4, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI) and Nick Longmire (3 for 5, 2 R) led the offense for the Tigers (4-3, 11-17).


No. 22 TCU 9, Texas-Pan American 1

In Edinburg, Texas, Matt Carpenter homered twice as TCU topped UTPA. Chris Ellington had an RBI double and scored in a two-run third for the Horned Frogs (20-10). Carpenter went deep in the fifth and eighth as TCU built an 8-1 lead. Carpenter had three walks and scored four. Ellington had three hits and two runs. Matt Vern added two hits and three RBI. Jordan Rutenbar had one hit and one RBI for the Broncs (6-28).


Gonzaga 14, No. 23 San Diego 2

In Spokane, Wash., Matt Fields fanned seven in 7.2 innings as Gonzaga stopped USD in the opener of their WCC series. Fields (5-1) allowed two runs to the league’s leading offense. Ernesto Ortiz had a two-run double to cap a six-run third as the Zags (5-2, 22-9) took a 7-2 lead. Drew Heid had four hits and two RBI for Gonzaga. Ryan Wiegand drove in three for the Bulldogs. James Meador had two hits and two RBI for the Toreros (6-1, 22-12).