With any opportunity for San Diego State to get a top seed in the Mountain West Conference Tournament gone after Friday's 15-5 loss to Utah, I didn't expect much from today's regular season finale against the Utes.
All we got was a 10-9 SDSU win in 12 innings that included:
— Two home runs from freshman Ryan O'Sullivan — the second a three-run homer that tied the game 7-7 in the ninth inning — who moved from shortstop to the mound with two outs and the bases loaded in the 12th to get the final out for his first collegiate save.
— A controversial call in the seventh inning that led to coach Tony Gwynn's ejection, the third time he's been ejected in his seven-year coaching career. Gwynn was ejected after protesting a call on a ground ball hit by Austine Jones down the third-base that landed in foul territory but was ruled to have gone over the third-base bag. It came with the bases loaded, drove in three runs and boosted Utah's lead from 4-3 to 7-3. "That ball was five feet foul," Gwynn told the plate umpire before returning to the SDSU dugout, where further comment led to the coach's ejection.
— 21 of the 25 players on the traveling roster played in the game, nine pitchers among them.
— The 37th victory of the season, the most during the Gwynn era.
Tomorrow the Aztecs (37-19) fly to Fort Worth, Texas, where TCU will be hosting the MWC Tournament. No. 4 seed SDSU will play No. 5 seed UNLV on Tuesday in their first tournament game. Tyler Lavigne (6-1, 3.62 ERA) was held back from today's game so he could start Tuesday. SDSU ace Stephen Strasburg (12-0, 1.34 ERA) will pitch Wednesday.
Here's the MWC Tournament bracket as well as championship central from the MWC site.