San Diego, California - Led by a two-run seventh inning, a quality start from SDSU right-hander Garrett Hill, and 2.1 innings of perfect relief by Jacob Erickson, the San Diego State baseball team opened the Mountain West Baseball Championships with a 2-1 win over No. 3-seeded San Jose State on Thursday night at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
In a battle of the two Mountain West Co-Pitchers of the Year, the game lived up to the hype of a pitcher's duel as SJSU posted the game's only run in the first six and a half frames in the top of the fourth to take a 1-0 lead.
Garrett Hill recorded one of his best starts of the season, allowing five hits and one run over 6.1 innings of work while retiring 12 of the first 13 batters he faced.
A one-out single to Spartan designated hitter Chris Williams ended Hill's night, but opened the door to a spectacular performance from Jacob Erickson, who retired all seven batters he faced and left Williams stranded at first base to set up SDSU's bottom of the seventh.
The Aztecs worked its way into the SJSU bullpen, as Co-Pitcher of the Year Andrew Mitchel finished his outing with 6.1 innings, four hits, nine strikeouts, and two runs allowed that were scored as inherited runners against Finneas Del Monta-Smith.
Dean Nevarez led off the top of the seventh with a double off the wall in left-centerfield and later advanced to third on an infield single by Jacob Maekawa. Both of those runners proved to pay dividends for the Aztecs, as Nevarez scored two batters later on a one-out sacrifice fly by David Hensley and Chase Calabuig posted a go-ahead, two-out RBI single to score Maekawa and give SDSU a 2-1 edge.
Calabuig, Maekawa, Nevarez, Julian Escobedo and Chad Bible all recorded one hit each.