June 1, 2013
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Behind a dominating pitching performance from junior lefty Dylan Covey, the 25th-ranked University of San Diego baseball team ended the season for San Diego State University Saturday afternoon with a 6-3 win in an elimination game at the UCLA Regional.
With the win, the Toreros improve to 36-24 overall, and will advance on to another elimination game on Saturday against the loser of the Cal Poly and UCLA game. With the loss, the Aztecs finish the season with a 31-31 overall record.
Covey (5-4) had his longest outing of the season, as he went 7.2 innings, while allowing three runs, and scattering four hits. Covey kept the normally potent SDSU bats at bay, and retired 10 of 11 batters at one point in the game. Freshman right-hander Troy Conyersthen came on to pick up a save, as he allowed no runs on one hit in 1.1 innings of work. SDSU's starting pitcher Michael Cederoth (3-9) was saddled with the loss for the Aztecs, as he allowed four runs, three earned, on two hits in 4.1 innings of work.
The Aztecs got on the scoreboard first, as they scored one run on two hits in the top of the second inning. Ryan Muno doubled off the right field fence and moved to third on a Matt Munoz groundout to the second baseman. Brad Haynal then drove on Muno with a RBI single to centerfield to give the Aztecs a 1-0 lead.
SDSU then doubled their lead in the top of the third inning, as they scored one run on a Muno sacrifice fly to left, which scored Greg Allen, who led off the frame with a walk, to move the score to 2-0.
The Toreros exploded offensively in the bottom of the fifth inning. Dillon Checkal led off the frame with a single up the middle and moved to second when AJ Robinson was hit by a pitch. After Checkal moved to third on a Kris Bryant fly out to right field, back-to-back walks to Austin Bailey and Connor Joe scored Checkal for the first run. Austin Green the ripped a single through the left side to push across the next two runs. On the same play, the SDSU left fielder committed a fielding error, which allowed Joe and Green to move to third and second. Andrew Danielthen hit a rocket shot to left field, that fell into the left fielder's glove near the warning track, which scored Joe from third, then the SDSU shortstop committed a throwing error on a throw to third, which allowed Green to come home for the final run of the inning to give USD a 5-3 lead.
The Toreros then tacked on another run in the bottom of the sixth inning. With two outs, Robinson got things started with a single to centerfield, and he moved to second when Bryant was hit in the head with a pitch. Bailey then hit a bloop single to left field, scoring Robinson to give USD a 6-3 lead.
SDSU then took back a run in the top of the eighth inning, on a Tyler France RBI single to center field, and on the same play, a second run nearly scored, but USD centerfielder Louie Lechich uncorked a throw from centerfield that hosed Muno at the plate to retire the side and leave the score at 6-3.
Offensively for the Toreros, Green led the way, as he went 1-for-4 with two RBI, while six other Toreros recorded one hit a piece.