If it was his last college start, Aztecs right hander Stephen Strasburg would like to forget how it ended. He lost for the first time this season, as Virginia beat San Diego State 5-1 in an NCAA tournament opener for both teams.
Strasburg, the probable top pick in the Major League draft next month, gave up a solo homer to Phil Goselin in the first inning. The Cavaliers added another early run, and that's all they needed. Strasburg settled down and struck out 15 batters in seven innings.
"I was excited to be out there," said Strasburg. "It's tough to pitch against a team you've never really heard of or have a scouting report on."
Virginia, who won the Atlantic Coast Conference, is now riding a six-game winning streak. Their starter, Robert Morey, threw six shutout innings to get the win and beat Strasburg. The Aztecs managed just five hits off him, and Morey struck out nine. The Aztecs only run scored on a sacrifice fly by Chris Wilson in the eighth inning.
The Aztecs will play the loser between Fresno State and UC Irvine Saturday afternoon. They can't afford another loss or their season will be over. This is the Aztecs' first appearance in the NCAA tournament since 1991.