The San Diego Toreros and the San Diego State Aztecs squared off in the first of three games on Friday night. The Toreros were set to break in their new field at Fowler Park and welcomed in their cross-town rivals to share in on the fun. At the end of the night, the only team having much fun was the Aztecs.
San Diego State started off early and never let their foot off the throttle. They quickly put up two runs in the top of the first, with the first run coming off a line drive double to the wall by Tim Zier. The Aztecs were hitting the ball well off of Toreros’ starter Dylan Covey. Covey allowed six runs in three innings of work, allowing four of the first five Aztec batters on base. San Diego state went on to score in every inning until the 5th and finally put together a strong 8-1 victory.
For San Diego, shortstop Logan Davis was the only productive hitter. The juco transfer went 3-3 with a walk. First baseman Connor Joe provided the only RBI with a single in the 5th inning. It was his only hit. All American Kris Bryant went 0-3 with a walk. Covey pitched three innings, giving up 5 earned runs and 8 hits in a disappointing outing.
Tim Zier led the Aztec offense for the night. The second baseman went 3-5 with 3 doubles and 3 RBIs. Greg Allen and Brad Hynal also got in on the action. Allen went 4-5 with an RBI and a stolen base. Hynal went 3-5 with an 2 RBIs, one coming on a streaking triple in the 8th inning. Michael Cederoth picked up the win on the mound for the Aztecs. He pitched five innings, only giving up 1 run on 4 hits. He racked up 6 strikeouts in his 5 innings of work. Justin Hepner came on in relief to get the save after 4 scoreless innings, only allowing 2 hits on the night.
The Aztecs and Toreros will face off again Saturday evening at 9:00 pm ET (6:00 pm PT) at Fowler Park.