San Diego State may call on its ace.
Aztecs coach Tony Gwynn hinted that he may use sophomore pitcher Stephen Strasburg (8-2) for Wednesday's 11 a.m. elimination game following their 6-2 loss to UNLV today.
''Don’t try to read my mind. Don’t put words in my mouth,'' Gwynn snapped when asked if Strasburg was getting the start. "I came here to try and win the tournament, and put us in the best position to win. It sucks. Cause you know you’ve got him, you know you’re going to have to use him. If we win that (UNLV) game, I don’t know. We’ll discuss it tonight. Pretty good bet yeah we probably will.''
San Diego State was hoping to use J.R. Murphy in its opener, but Murphy got sick on Monday and the Aztecs turned to James McLaughlin instead. Gwynn said he hadn’t got an update on Murphy’s status, but said he "was out of it" this morning.
Strasburg, who was named the Mountain West Conference Pitcher of the Year, has a 1.59 ERA. In 90 1/3 innings, he’s allowed 16 earned runs with 128 strikeouts and 13 walks. Opponents are hitting .178.