No. 2 SDSU forces second game for MW Championship title
RENO, Nev. – No. 2 San Diego State (39-21) defeated No. 4 New Mexico in Saturday night’s Mountain West Baseball Championship title game, forcing a second contest to be played Sunday at 1 p.m. PT. The winner of that game will receive the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
SDSU batters combined for 16 hits in the win. Seby Zavala went 3-for-4 on the night with three RBIs and a home run. Alan Trejo had a home run as well in his 3-for-3 evening. The second baseman also drove home three runs and scored two. Jacob Erikson recorded a complete game in his first-ever career start, allowing just one run and three hits.
“A lot of jitters there,” Erikson said. “I just had to learn to find my rhythm. I knew I sparked a fire in us.”
The Lobos scored their only run of the game early in the top of the first. Sam Haggerty walked to lead things off, and advanced to third on a single from Danny Collier. Cory Voss flied out to center field two batters later, and Haggerty tagged up to give New Mexico a 1-0 lead.
With one out on the board, SDSU threatened with runners on first and second in the bottom of the third. Steven Pallares dropped a line drive into left field, and Alan Trejo rounded third to tie things up at one. Runners remained on first and second for Danny Sheehan, who hit a double down the left field line, bringing them both home. Ty France doubled to the same spot, and Seby Zavala sent one over the fence in left center field to score two more. The very next at-bat, Spencer Thornton pulled one over the right field fence, putting the score at 6-1 Aztecs. SDSU tagged on two more before the inning was over and took an 8-1 lead over the Lobos.
Seby Zavala picked up RBI number three on the day with a double in the bottom of the fourth to bring Sheehan home and give the Aztecs a 9-1 lead. He also tied a tournament record with five home runs in the Aztecs’ five games.
The home runs kept coming for SDSU in the bottom of the fifth. This time, it was Trejo with a two-run shot to left field to extend the Aztec advantage to 11-1.
“Jacob’s answered the bell for us all season out of the bullpen,” said Mark Martinez, head coach for the Aztecs.
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