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Aztecs To Retire Strasburg's Number At Season Opener

Stephen Strasburg will have his Aztec number 37 jersey retired prior to next Friday's season-opening contest against Washington.
Stephen Strasburg will have his Aztec number 37 jersey retired prior to next Friday's season-opening contest against Washington.

Feb. 9, 2012

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State baseball program has announced that it will retire the number 37 jersey worn by Stephen Strasburg in ceremonies prior to the season opener against Washington on Friday, Feb. 17. Head Coach Tony Gwynn will present the former Aztec All-American with the framed jersey that he wore during his three-year standout career on Montezuma Mesa.

The ceremony will get underway at 5:45 p.m. at Tony Gwynn Stadium prior to the contest against the Huskies that is scheduled to get underway just after 6:00 p.m. All tickets for this special night are priced at just $6.00.

Strasburg was a consensus All-American as a junior during the 2009 season when he compiled a record of 13-1 with a 1.32 earned run average. That season he struck out 195 batters in just 109 innings while walking only 19.

Strasburg was the recipient of the 2009 Golden Spikes Award as the nation's top collegiate player. He was also named the National Pitcher of the Year by the College Baseball Foundation and was presented the Dick Howser Trophy as the nation's top player. In addition, he was selected the National Player of the Year by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball.

During his Aztec career, Strasburg set SDSU and Mountain West Conference records for strikeouts in a game, season and career as well as new marks for earned run average in a season and career. He became the first pick of the 2009 Major League draft when he was selected by the Washington Nationals.

Friday's contest against Washington is the first of a three-game series between the Aztecs and Huskies to begin the 2012 campaign. The teams will also meet on Saturday (Feb. 18) at 6:00 p.m. and conclude the weekend with a game on Sunday (Feb. 19) at 1:00 p.m.