Friday, May 22, 2009

MWC Tournament: Utah forces deciding game

San Diego State didn't have a comeback in it tonight against Utah, losing 4-1 to the Utes in the Mountain West Conference Tournament at Forth Worth, Texas.

So the Aztecs (40-20) and Utes (25-29) will come back to the field at TCU's Lupton Stadium on Saturday at 11 a.m. (San Diego time) to play for all the marbles. The winner takes the MWC's automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

SDSU right-hander Tyler Lavigne (7-2) pitched admirably on two-days' rest, pitching into the eighth inning before leaving with Utah ahead 2-1. Reliever Andrew Leary allowed two runs over the final two innings. Three Utah pitchers — normally all starters for the Utes — limited SDSU to five hits and one fourth-inning run.

I would expect Ryan O'Sullivan to start for the Aztecs since he has not yet pitched in the tournament. O'Sullivan was 4-3 during the regular season with a 5.85 ERA. The freshman right-hander from Valhalla High has been muc improved late in the season, going 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA in his last four starts.

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