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NCAA Baseball Regional: San Diego State upsets UC Santa Barbara

In their first game in the Lake Elsinore regional, San Diego State outlasts top seeded UC Santa Barbara, 4-3.

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Led by a strong pitching performance by junior Bubba Derby and a spectacular performance by senior Steven Pallares, the fourth seeded San Diego State Aztecs defeated the top seeded UC Santa Barbara Gauchos 4-3 in the second game of the Lake Elsinore regional on Friday.  

Derby performed very well on the mound while out-pitching the Gauchos ace Dillion Tate, who many have projected to be a possible first round draft pick. Derby pitched a complete game while giving up seven hits, three runs and striking out nine hitters and Derby retired the last seven batters in the game tonight. Steven Pallares played a great game as well going 3 for 3 with a home run, a RBI and three stolen bases. The biggest stolen base was when he stole home to give the Aztecs the lead for good in the top of the eighth inning.

The Aztecs took the lead early on in the game when on a wild pitch by Dillion Tate, Steven Pallares scored from third base to make it a 1-0 Aztecs lead. Then, Spencer Thorton hit a RBI single to score Danny Sheehan which made it 2-0 Aztecs. In the top of the third inning, Pallares hit a solo home run to give the Aztecs a 3-0 lead.

The Gauchos mounted their comeback in the bottom of the second inning when Dalton Kelly hit a RBI ground-out to score a run and in the bottom of the third, a wild pitch by Bubba Derby scored Andrew Calica from third base to cut the Aztecs lead to 3-2. In the bottom of the fifth, Calica's base hit scored a run to tie the game at 3-3. The game stayed tied until the top of the eight inning when Pallares, who advanced from second to third base after a Ty France pop-out, attempted to steal home and the pitch from Gauchos reliever Kyle Nelson was not on time and Pallares was safe at home. The stealing of home was the game winning run for San Diego State.

This is San Diego State's first win in a regional since 2009 when the Aztecs defeated Fresno State in the Irvine regional. The Aztecs will now face Virginia, who defeated USC 6-1 in the first game of the regional, in the winners bracket of the regional. Ironically, the last time the Aztecs faced Virginia was in the Irvine regional in 2009 where Virginia defeated SDSU 5-1. The first pitch between the Aztecs and the Cavaliers will be at 7 pm PST on ESPN3.