No. 2 SDSU eliminates No. 5 Air Force in MW Championship
RENO, Nev. – No. 2 San Diego State defeated No. 5 Air Force 8-2 in the third elimination game of the Mountain West Baseball Championship on Friday afternoon. The Aztecs move on to play top-seeded Nevada this afternoon in the 3 p.m. PT in another elimination game.
Seby Zavala led the Aztec offense with two hits, one home run, three runs scored and two runs batted in, while Justin Wylie and Spencer Thornton had three hits each. Danny Sheehan also contributed, homering to plate two runs. Starting pitcher Mark Seyler went seven innings deep and allowed just three hits.
“I wanted to make sure I kept my pitch count low and attacked those hitters,” Seyler said. “My guys played great behind me defensively.”
After a scoreless first inning, Zavala got the scoring started with a solo shot to left field, giving San Diego State an early 1-0 lead.
More runs came for the Aztecs in the bottom of the third when Sheehan shot a ball over the fence in left-center field to score two. Thornton followed two batters later with a double into the corner in right field to drive home Zavala, who had been hit by a pitch, 4-0.
Sheehan reached base to start the bottom of the fifth after he was struck with the pitch. A double from Ty France brought him home with no outs. Zavala got an RBI double of his own the next at-bat to bring the score to 6-0. The Aztecs tacked on one more run before the end of the inning to head into the sixth with a 7-0 lead.
SDSU was able to put up one more run in the bottom of the eighth to extend their advantage to 8-0.
Despite the loss, Air Force managed to erase the shutout in the top of the ninth. Noah Pierce singled to center field to begin the frame and was driven home by Bradley Haslam to give the Falcons their first run of the day. Jacob DeVries came in to pinch hit and brought Haslam home with a single up the middle. The Falcon rally was then cut short on a groundball out which ended the game in favor of SDSU 8-2.
Pierce and Haslam had two hits apiece and each scored a run for the Falcons.
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