San Diego State’s Derby Pitches Aztecs To 15-1 Win Over San José State At MW Championship
LAS VEGAS – It was No. 3 San Diego State sophomore pitcher Bubba Derby throwing eight scoreless innings in a 15-1 victory over No. 7 San José State (19-37) in game two of the 2014 Mountain West Championship on Wednesday afternoon at UNLV’s Earl E. Wilson Stadium.
Derby now moves to 8-3 overall in his fourteenth start of the year to help his team advance to play the No. 2 New Mexico Lobos on Thursday at 3 p.m. PT.
“In my last start I had seven walks so I learned to just let my defense do their job today and it worked out for us. Our defense makes my job a lot easier. When we work hard and play hard – when things fall into place for us no one can beat us,” Derby said.
The SDSU defense currently ranks atop of the conference with a .972 fielding percentage, which is also the third best in school history.
With the loss, SJSU moves into the losers’ bracket and will face the losing team of tonight’s 7 p.m. PT game between No. 4 Nevada and No. 5 Fresno State.
The Aztecs (38-18) got on the board first in the second inning on the bat of freshman right fielder Tyler Adkison, who had a two-RBI single to right center field that knocked home both designated hitter Steven Pallares and first baseman Ryan Muno.
Adkison led all hitters with a four-RBI performance before finishing the game going 3-for-4 from the plate with one run scored.
SDSU continued their impressive offensive outing in the bottom of the eighth inning as they scored eight runs on eight hits that was highlighted by SDSU junior center fielder Greg Allen’s two-RBI triple. Allen finished the day 2-for-5 with two runs scored. SDSU junior catcher Brad Haynal had a game-high four hits with two more RBI and two runs scored.
Aztec third baseman Ty France finished 3-for-5 in the game with two RBI and three runs scored. France is now hitting a combined .731 average in the MW Tournament dating back to last season.
SJSU finally got on the board in the top-half of the ninth inning when senior left fielder Matt Lopez had an RBI single that scored senior second baseman Jacob Valdez who led the inning off with a triple. Sophomore Jonathan Hernandez picked up the loss (0-7).