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Stephen Strasburg once was asked if he has thrown faster than he's driven or driven faster than he's thrown.“Thrown faster than I've driven,” he said.That's prudent, especially when you have a fastball that touches triple digits. Besides, no good can come of it when you're spotted on the road by someone holding a radar gun. It's a different story when they're sitting in the stands. Strasburg can light up the gun with regularity and without repercussion. Only exclamation.Strasburg was clocked at a new high last night against Nevada – 102 mph. Seven times!His velocity, coupled with the location of his pitches, helped Strasburg to 16 strikeouts in the Aztecs' 5-2 victory at Tony Gwynn Stadium.Said SDSU coach Tony Gwynn: “He was throwing good, in rhythm. The ball was down. He's pitching. You can't ask for any more than that.”Strasburg (2-0) struck out every player in Nevada's starting lineup at least once except first baseman Shaun Kort, who may have viewed it as a moral victory to go flyout, single, flyout in his three at-bats against the Aztecs'All-American.Strasburg struck out the side in the first, third, fifth and sixth innings, fueling hopes in the crowd of 1,027 that he might approach the record 23 strikeouts he had here against Utah last season. It wasn't to be. Not on this night, anyway.The Aztecs (3-2) broke through for three runs in the third inning – all with two outs – scoring on a wild pitch and a two-run single by freshman Brandon Meredith. SDSU added two more runs in the fifth to make it 5-0.“With the runs on the board, I was just trying to fill up the strike zone and let them get themselves out,” said Strasburg, who allowed five hits and walked one in 6 2/3 innings. “Most of the night, it worked out that way.”Strasburg departed with two outs in the seventh after allowing two runs to Nevada (2-3) on a two-out walk, a double and a single.SDSU relievers Kegan Sharp and Addison Reed added four strikeouts to Nevada's total, giving the Wolf Pack batters 20 for the game.
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