|Greg Allen boosts his|
batting average to .333.
It was a lead SDSU (4-5) needed when Santa Clara (4-5) responded with three runs of its own in the bottom of the eighth on a three-run homer by Matt Ozanne. The Aztecs put any thoughts of a Broncos comeback to rest when they brought in freshman closer Bubba Derby with one out in the eighth.
Derby walked the first hitter he faced, Casey Munoz, but then he struck out Zach Looney and catcher Brad Haynal threw out Munoz trying to steal second to get out of the inning.
Derby retired the Broncos in order in the ninth. He struck out C.J. Jacobe looking, then got Kyle DeMerritt on a grounder to third base before striking out Stephen Takahashi looking to end the game. Derby earned his third save of the season.
|Ethan Miller picks up|
his second win in relief.
Senior right-hander Travis Pitcher made his first start of the season for SDSU, but was relieved with two outs in the second inning by senior right-hander Ethan Miller after Santa Clara had cut the Aztecs' lead to 2-1 and put two more runners on base.
Miller (2-0) struck out Kert Woods to end the second inning, then pitched four more shutout innings before giving way to junior right-hander Justin Hepner in the seventh. Miller allowed just three hits over 4.1 innings with five strikeouts and one walk.
The Aztecs return home for a three-game weekend series Friday-Sunday against Seton Hall at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The Pirates are off to an 0-5 start following two losses to North Carolina and three losses to East Tennessee State. The first 500 fans at Friday night's opener will receive Tony Gwynn Jr. replica jersey shirts.