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Aztecs Hand No. 23 Kentucky First Loss Of The Season

Matt Parker had a three-run homer and five RBI in the win over Kentucky on Thursday,
Matt Parker had a three-run homer and five RBI in the win over Kentucky on Thursday,

March 4, 2010

SAN DIEGO - San Diego State got another fine pitching performance from All-American Addison Reed and flexed some muscle on offense as it defeated 23rd-ranked Kentucky, 12-4, Thursday night at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The win improved SDSU's record to 4-6 while the loss was the first of the season for the Wildcats as they fell to 7-1.

The contest was a matchup of highly-rated pitchers featuring Reed and UK's 6-9 hard-throwing right-hander Alex Meyer. Although each was touched up for early runs, it was Reed who came out on top at the end of the evening.

San Diego State wasted little time in taking the lead as a single by Jomel Torres in the bottom of the first was followed by a home run to left by Brandon Meredith. It was the second homer in two games for the Aztec right fielder, who had four hits in Tuesday night's contest at UC Riverside.

After Kentucky tied the game in its half of the second on a two-out two-run double by Cory Farris, The Aztecs answered right back with two of their own in the bottom of the frame. A single by Matt Parker plus walks to Mitch Blackburn and Torres loaded the base with two out for Meredith, who this time delivered a two-RBI single to right to make it 4-2.

From that point it was all Aztecs as Parker providing some timely hitting with RBI singles in the third and fifth plus a three-run homer off reliever Kyle Jackson in the seventh that made it a 10-2 contest at the time. The Aztec catcher ended the night with four hits, five RBI and a pair of runs scored.

Freshman left fielder Jordan Van Hoosier chipped in with two hits, scored three times and stole three bases while Cory Vaughn also recorded a single, double and run scored. Meredith had the two hits with four RBI while Chris Wilson had a two-run single in the eighth to extend his hitting streak to seven games.

On the mound, Reed went six innings, allowing two runs on five hits with a walk and six strikeouts as he picked up his second victory of the year to improve to 2-1. Kentucky's Meyer (2-1) pitched into the fifth inning before leaving the game as he surrendered seven runs on eight hits and was saddled with the loss.

Up next for San Diego State is a short two-game series with Monmouth that begins with a contest on Friday, March 5, at 6:00 p.m. at Tony Gwynn Stadium.