|Strasburg led SDSU to its first postseason since 1991
Stephen Strasburg started the NCAA tournament opener for San Diego State on Friday night and the game against Virginia was televised on ESPN Classic, giving many people their first look at the phenom who'll be the No. 1 overall pick next week.
Virginia jumped on Strasburg early with a solo homer in the first inning and then turned two singles and two wild pitches into another run in the second frame.
Strasburg was pretty much untouchable after that, using his high-90s fastball and video game-like slider to rack up 15 strikeouts and zero walks over seven innings, but enough damage was already done.
San Diego State's offense couldn't break through against Virginia starter Robert Morey and the bullpen coughed up three runs once Strasburg departed, leading to a 5-1 loss. The Aztecs staved off elimination Saturday with a win over Fresno State, but were knocked out of the tournament yesterday with a 14-3 loss to UC Irvine.
Strasburg's college career isn't officially over yet because he's just a junior, but there's little chance of him returning for another season even if contract negotiations with the Nationals break down. Despite finishing on a losing note, Strasburg was dominant even in defeat and ends his historic season 13-1 with a 1.32 ERA and 195/19 K/BB ratio in 109 innings.