After a heart-breaking loss to LSU on Friday, the San Diego State baseball team was eliminated from the NCAA Baseball Regional in Corvallis on Saturday after getting shutout 9-0 by Northwestern State. It was only the second time the Aztecs were shutout this season.
The Aztecs were hampered by Northwestern’s starting pitcher Jerry Maddox, who allowed just three hits over six shutout innings. Reliever David Hodo held SDSU hitless in the final three innings.
“Jerry Maddox pitched like Greg Maddux today,” Aztecs coach Mark Martinez said. “He held us in check. He did a great job throwing strikes. I think we did a poor job of managing our at-bats but he definitely did not do us any favors. He pitched very well so you have to give him a lot of credit.”
Northwestern took an early 1-0 lead top of the first and followed that with a three-run homer by Tyler Smith in the third to extend the Demons’ lead to 4-0. The Aztecs had a chance at catching in the sixth when they had the bases loaded with one out but Maddox forced Julian Escobedo to ground into an inning-ending double play, ending the threat.
“He was changing speeds a lot. He had good command of his fastball in and out of the zone,” David Hensley said of Maddox. “When he needed to, he would throw that off-speed pitch to keep us off balance. I think some of our hitters had a tough time keeping that out of their heads when they went into the box. He pitched a good game.”
Hensley started the Aztecs rally in the sixth with a double and went 2-for-4 in the game.
SDSU ended the season with a 39-21 record.
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