Aztecs allow season-high 17 hits in 10-2 loss
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May 10, 2019 (Fresno) - San Diego State had a four-game winning streak come to a close after a 10-2 loss to Fresno State on Friday night. With the loss, the Aztecs are now 2.5 games behind the Bulldogs for first place in the Mountain West with a conference record of 14-10 (30-20 overall). The Bulldogs improve to 31-13-1 with a 16-7-1 league mark while extending their win streak to five.
SDSU opened the game with back-to-back base hits with a Matt Rudick single and a Julian Escobedo double, but both were left stranded in scoring position to end the top of the first. Fresno State carried that momentum into their half of the first, scoring five runs for an early 5-0 lead.
Fresno State scored another run in the fourth before Zach Ashford hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning to stretch the lead to 8-0.
After Fresno State ace Ryan Jensen held the Aztecs scoreless for the first six innings, a leadoff double by Jaden Fein in the top of the seventh set up SDSU's first run of the night with the freshman later scoring on a Ryan Orr groundout.
Fresno State extended their lead to 10-1 after Nolan Dempsey hit a two-run home run to left-center in the eighth. Facing a nine-run deficit, Mike Jarvis drove in Angelo Armenta on a single to left to give the Aztecs their second run of the night.
Both Rudick and Armenta went 2-for-4 at the plate to account for four of SDSU's seven hits.
Justin Goossen-Brown fell to 5-4 on the season after a five-inning start. Fresno State's Ryan Jensen improved his record to 9-1, allowing one earned run over his seven-inning, 100-pitch outing.
Christian Winston performed well out of the Aztec bullpen, recording a pair of shutout innings with four strikeouts and two hits allowed.
- SDSU's allowed a season-high 17 hits (previous season-high: 15 vs. Nevada 3/10/19, vs. San Jose State 5/14/19)
- Matt Rudick extended his Mountain West on-base streak to 36 games. Rudick also recorded his team-leading 19th multiple-hit game of the season.
- SDSU falls to 8-4 in games which Justin Goossen-Brown has started this season.
SDSU looks to even their series against Fresno State tomorrow night at 6:00 p.m. RHP Michael Paredes (2-2, 4.89 ERA) is set to make the start for the Aztecs, while the Bulldogs will send RHP Davis Moore (7-1, 4.16 ERA) to the hill.