Wednesday, March 11, 2009

SDSU beats UCLA 10-6 with big rally in ninth

San Diego State posted one of its biggest rallies in the Tony Gwynn era tonight, and it came at the expense of a UCLA team that hasn't been able to do much of anything right this season.

The Aztecs rallied for six runs in the ninth inning for a 10-6 victory over the host Bruins at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The Bruins (3-11) had lost 10 straight games before Tuesday's 5-3 win over UC Santa Barbara. So much for putting that behind them. This one is going to sting for awhile.

Baseball America picked UCLA to win the Pac-10 this season, but the Bruins have stumbled out of the gate for the third straight year.

SDSU (8-6) had to rally throughout tonight's game just to have a chance in the ninth. After trailing 5-1 through five innings, the Aztecs scored once in the seventh and twice in the eighth. They came into the ninth inning trailing 6-4.

In the ninth, SDSU loaded the bases with a walk and a pair of singles. The Aztecs first run of the inning then scored on a wild pitch. Freshman first baseman Brandon Meredith drove in the tying and go-ahead runs with a double. Two more hits and a groundout produced three more runs for the Aztecs, who turned the lead over to closer Addison Reed to put the game away.

SDSU opens Mountain West Conference play this weekend with a three-game series against UNLV at Tony Gwynn Stadium. Junior right-hander Stephen Strasburg takes the mound for the Aztecs at 6 p.m. in Friday's opener.

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