Baseball Falls to San Diego State in Aztec Invitational Opener
March 11, 2004
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - San Diego State pitcher Scott Shoemaker struck out a career-best 14 batters to help lead the Aztecs to a 4-0 win over the University of Houston baseball team on Thursday in the opener of the Aztec Invitational at PETCO Park.
Shoemaker improved to 2-5 after allowing only three hits in the game. The senior righthander retired 17 of the last 20 batters that he faced and allowed only one baserunner beyond second base.
Thursday's game drew 40,106 fans to PETCO Park, setting a new NCAA single-game attendance record. It topped the old mark of 27,673 set by LSU and Tulane during the 2002 season.
UH starter Brett Cooley dropped to 1-1 after giving up four runs off six hits with a career-best eight strikeouts in six innings of work.
The Cougars (5-11) continue their stay at the tournament at 11 a.m. (CST) Saturday when they meet San Diego.
The game can be heard live on KAXF 88.3 FM or over the Internet at www.UHcougars.com with C.B. Devoy and Pat Cauley calling the action. Fans also can follow the action through live stats by clicking on the Gametracker at the bottom of the main page at www.UHCougars.com.
After drawing a leadoff walk, Landon Burt worked his way around the bases and scored on James Guerrero's sacrifice fly to center field. Lance Zawadzki put the Aztecs 2-0 after scoring from third base on a Cougar infield error.
The score remained that way until the fifth inning when Rielly Embrey blasted two-run homer down the right field line.
Embrey led the Aztecs (10-15) offensively, going 3-for-4 with a run and three RBIs. Guerrero finished the night 2-for-3 with a run and RBI.