Oklahoma Uses Long Ball To Defeat Aztecs 5-2
Feb. 21, 2010
SAN DIEGO - Oklahoma got three home runs and a run-scoring triple as it downed San Diego State, 5-2, Sunday afternoon at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The victory allowed the Sooners to remain perfect on the young season at 4-0 while the Aztecs fell to 0-4.
Junior lefty Craig Rasmussen made his first start of the campaign for SDSU, and after breezing through the opening inning was touched up for a pair of runs in the second. A two-out double by OU first baseman Drew Harrison was followed by a home run to left by Elliott Blair. Subsequent solo homers by Ricky Eisenberg and Harrison in the third and fourth respectively gave the visitors a 4-0 advantage.
Meanwhile, Sooner starting hurler Bobby Shore retired 14 of the first Aztec hitter he faced with SDSU's lone base runner coming when Brandon Meredith reached first on an OU fielding error. The no-hit bid was broken up by Matt Parker's two-out double in the fifth. An ensuing single by Blair Moore brought Parker home with SDSU's first run of the day.
Oklahoma regained its four-run lead with a marker in the top of the eighth on a leadoff single by Danny Black and a triple by Eisenberg that reached the fence in right center field.
An opening walk to Mitch Blackburn started SDSU's half of the ninth and he would later score on Cory Vaughn's RBI single to make it a 5-2 score line, but that's as close as the Aztecs would get the rest of the way.
OU's Shore, who went seven innings, picked up the win after allowing a single run on five hits along with a walk and five strikeouts. Rasmussen suffered the loss after giving up four runs on six hits in his four innings of work..
San Diego State returns to action on Tuesday, Feb. 23, when it hosts UC Riverside at 6:00 p.m. (PT) at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The Highlanders are coming off a season-opening three-game sweep of Brigham Young at home this past weekend.