Colin Poche (2-0) combined with Brandon Moore and Barrett Astin to blank the Aztecs on six hits. The Hogs turned four double plays behind them to ruin a couple of threats by the visitors.
Poche gave up three hits in four innings. Moore went three innings, giving up two infield hits. Astin pitched the final two innings for his first save after opening the season with three starts.
The Hogs (8-5) scored both runs in the third off of hard-throwing San Diego State righthander Michael Cederoth. He allowed just three hits, but two of them came in that inning. Cederoth went the distance for San Diego State (7-6).
The 6-5 junior had walked 14 in 18 innings in his first three starts. He Hogs got only three free passes this time, but it was Brett McAfee's lead-off walk that came back to haunt him in the form of the game's first run.
McAee stole second. Jacob Mahan slapped a single into right center with Mahan pausing at second to make sure it got through. When Cederoth threw in the dirt for a wild pitch, Mahan induced a throw to second with McAfee breaking to score on what UA head coach Dave Van Horn called a double steal.
Brian Anderson sat on a fast ball on a 2-0 count to drive a Cederoth fast ball to the wall in right center to plate Mahan. It would be the last hit for the Hogs.
"It was a well pitched game by both teams," Van Horn said. "Colin did a real nice job. My concern was we had a freshman going against a weekend guy. But Colin was calm and cool and threw strikes."
Cederoth was a strike thrower, too. Generally, he opened the game with all fast balls, but had his breaker going by the middle innings. He threw 74 of 114 pitches for strikes.
"We were told he was 92 to 95, but mostly 95 mph," Van Horn said. "I'd say he was mid 90s and he got better as he went. He was everything we thought, a big arm. We had a couple of opportunities and didn't get anything the first time. After we scored, he seemed to pick it up."
Van Horn was pleased with all of his pitchers, especially Moore, a tough-luck loser in the finale last weekend in Arizona.
"It wasn't going well at first for Brandon, but he was getting ground balls, like he usually does," Van Horn said. "It was good for him, after the way it ended in Arizona. This should help his confidence.
"He threw a lot of pitches (42) and he won't be available tomorrow. But he can come back later in the weekend."
The Hogs meet the Aztecs three more times. Friday's game is scheduled for 3:05 p.m., ahead of the NCAA track meet next door.
"Anderson got the big hit for us," Van Horn said. "It doubled our lead. He did a great job of staying over the pitch and driving it. It was a big hit and gave us a little bit of a cushion."
Centerfielder Matt Vinson left the game in the early innings when he dove for a line drive and rolled over his wrist. The early diagnosis was a wrist sprained. Van Horn said Vinson was doubtful for Friday. Second baseman Dominic Ficociello did not play.