Masterson too much for Frogs in 6-0 loss
April 28, 2006
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - San Diego State's Justin Masterson was nearly unhitable as he stifled the Frogs offense in a 6-0 Aztec win in the series opener Friday night at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The shutout victory by San Diego State snaps a string of 126 games of scoring at least one run, dating back to a 4-0 loss to Baylor on April 27, 2004. Steven Trout was 2-for-4 in the contest.
The Frogs only real threat came in the ninth inning when they loaded the bases on hits from Kervin, Trout and Matt Carpenter. Masterson worked out of the jam getting Andrew Walker to ground out to the shortstop to end the game.
TCU starter, Jake Arrieta worked out of numerous jams in his six innings of work. After getting the first two batters in first, a bloop double off the bat of Paul Smyth ignited a two out rally in which they loaded the bases. Arrieta got the Aztecs' leading home run hitter, Tim O'Brien, to line out to Ryan Pack in center field, leaving the bases loaded.
The Aztecs stranded a runner in each of the next three innings before pushing across a run in the fifth inning. Quintin Berry worked a lead-off walk and moved to second on an error by Arrieta that put two on with nobody out. Arrieta got Smyth to pop out and Brock Ungricht to ground out before unleashing a wild pitch that allowed Berry to score the go-ahead run.
In the sixth, San Diego State scratched across a run on three hits. O'Brien reached on a lead-off infield single and moved to third on a one-out base hit by Nick Romero. A Jordan Swaydan base hit gave the Aztecs a 2-0 lead. Arrieta settled down and retired the next two batters to get out of the inning without anymore damage.
Following a lead-off walk to Walker in the second inning, Masterson retired the next 22 batters he face, before allowing a one-out single off the bat of Kervin in the ninth inning. He needed just 103 pitches for his fourth complete game of the season as he struck out 11 batters in the game.
A four-run eighth inning put the game out of reach as the Aztecs took a commanding 6-0 lead. Curt Mendoza doubled and scored on a Nick Romero home run and Lance Zawadski singled in two more runs.
Arrieta falls to 9-4 with the loss. He gave up two runs (one earned) on eight hits, struck out three and walked two. Omar Arif twirled a perfect inning of relief, striking out one.
The Frogs fall to 25-18 on the season and 11-3 in conference play. They will try and even the series at a game apiece Saturday afternoon. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. (CST). Brad Furnish will take the mound for TCU and face the Aztecs' Lance Sewell.