Justin Goossen-Brown allows one run in eight innings pitched with nine strikeouts
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April 6, 2019 (Reno) - Behind Julian Escobedo's 3-for-4 performance and Justin Goossen-Brown's eight-inning start, the San Diego State baseball team defeated Nevada, 6-2, on Saturday night. Now with the series tied, the Aztecs improved to 17-14 (6-6 Mountain West), while the Wolf Pack drop to 16-14 (6-8 MW).
After allowing a first-inning run, Goossen-Brown held the Wolf Pack scoreless for the remaining seven innings of his outing and finished his night with nine strikeouts while only allowing one walk and four hits.
Goossen-Brown settled in dominating fashion, keeping Nevada hitless over his final 4.2 innings pitched.
The SDSU lineup was held scoreless for the first five innings, but a four-run sixth inning provided Goossen-Brown with more than enough run support. Casey Schmitt tied the game at 1-1 with a single scoring Matt Rudick, while in the next at bat, Angelo Armenta scored both Schmitt and Escobedo on a 2-RBI down the left field line. SDSU capped the sixth-inning scoring with a Mike Jarvis RBI double, allowing Armenta to cross home plate.
In the ensuing inning, Escobedo drove home Devyn Lopez and Ryan Orr on a single to bring the score to 6-1.
The Wolf Pack ended a run of seven consecutive scoreless innings with a single run in the ninth, bringing the score to its final 6-2.
SDSU's 2-3-4 hitters of Escobedo, Schmitt, and Armenta all recorded multi-hit showings, while Escobedo and Armenta both drove in two runs apiece.
On the mound for Nevada, Owen Sharts fell to 2-6 on the year with seven hits and four runs allowed over six innings pitched.
- Justin Goossen-Brown's eight innings stands as the longest outing by an Aztec this season and the longest since Goossen-Brown threw a nine-inning complete game against San Jose State on May 12, 2018.
- SDSU is 6-1 this season in Goossen-Brown's seven starts and 9-3 when Goossen-Brown makes a pitching appearance.
- Matt Rudick extended his on-base to 25 games.
- SDSU improves to 13-2 and has won nine games in a row when out-hitting their opponent.
- SDSU pitching recorded their 18th 10+ strikeout game of the season.
- Julian Escobedo recorded his team-leading sixth multi-RBI game of the season.
- SDSU is 40-12 in their last 52 games following a loss.
- SDSU is 50-9 in their last 59 games when scoring five or more runs.
The rubber game between the Aztecs and Wolf Pack is scheduled for Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Casey Schmitt is set to make the start on the mound for SDSU.