Sunday, March 15, 2009

SDSU sweeps UNLV; USD beats Rice

San Diego State completed a three-game sweep of UNLV in the opening week of Mountain West Conference play with a lopsided 15-2 win over the Rebels.

Right fielder Cory Vaughn led the way with a 4-for-4 performance that included his third home run of the season and produced seven RBI. Vaughn singled in the first and third innings, tripled in the fifth, walked in the sixth and hit a three-run homer in the seventh.

SDSU starting pitcher Tyler Lavigne (3-0) remained unbeaten, allowing three hits and one earned run over five innings.

The Aztecs (11-6, 3-0 MWC) have now won fur straight games. UNLV (11-6, 0-3) was riding an eight-game winning streak before coming to town.


It was bad enough that USD lost Friday night to Rice on a one-hitter. Then the Toreros had to wait through a Saturday weather postponement and a three-hour, eight-minute rain delay today before getting the best of the No. 9-ranked Owls in an 8-0 shutout win at Rice's Reckling Park.

USD made it all worth the wait when A.J. Griffin came on in the second inning for starter Matt Thomson and pitched eight innings of three-hit ball. Griffin (1-1) struck out eight and walked three in the longest outing of his career.

Freshman Bryan Haar led USD with three RBI. Teammates Chris Engell and James Meador each added two RBI for the Toreros. Meador's came on a two-run homer in the ninth.

The rain forced USD (9-9) and Rice (10-5) to shorten the series from four games to three.

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