You won't see a capacity crowd on a Thursday afternoon in college baseball, but that's the Stephen Strasburg effect. The nation's top college pitcher didn't disappoint as San Diego State edged USD 5-3.
Some of the fans showed up to see the city rivalry renewed, but most wanted to watch Strasburg and his 100 mile an hour fastball. He actually got a pitch up to Nick McCoy in the third inning, and the Toreros catcher hit it out. The solo homer gave USD a 2-1 lead, and actually motivated Strasburg. He dominated after that striking out 18, the second highest total of his career.
"I didn't have my best stuff early," said Strasburg. "That's when you rely on learning how to pitch."
Aztecs Head Coach Tony Gwynn feels Strasburg is an awfully good student.
"He has learned, and is much improved from last year," said Gwynn. "He made some adjustments today, and gave us a chance to win."
Game two of this four game city series is tomorrow night at San Diego State.