Baeball To Begin Busy Week With Contest At UC Riverside
Feb. 20, 2012
San Diego State begins the week with its first road trip of the year as it travels north to take on UC Riverside on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 6:00 p.m. at the Riverside Sports Complex. The Aztecs will then return home for four games in three days during the annual USD tournament. On Thursday, Feb. 23, SSU will host Kansas State at Tony Gwynn Stadium at 6:00 p.m. The next evening (Friday, Feb. 24), Oregon State will visit Tony Gwynn Stadium for a 6:00 p.m. contest. On Saturday, Feb. 25, the Aztecs will play a split doubleheader. They will face Kansas State at 2:00 0p.m. followed by a game against Pacific at 6:00 p.m. Both contests will be held at Tony Gwynn Stadium. There will also be a game at Tony Gwynn Stadium in Sunday, Feb. 26, as Kansas State and Oregon State will play at 11:00 a.m.
San Diego State holds a 29-21-2 advantage in its series against UC Riverside that began during the 1968 season. Last year each team won on the opponent's home field.
SDSU and Kansas State have met only twice previously with each team claiming a win. The first meeting came in 1999 in Peoria, Ariz., in a game won by the Aztec 10-7. The other contest came in 2009 at Tony Gwynn Stadium with the Wildcats claiming a 5-4 victory in 10 innings.
San Diego State's record vs. Oregon State stands at 5-7-1.The Beavers have won the last three contests between the teams, most recently a 22-3 victory at Tony Gwynn Stadium in 2008.
SDSU leads the series against Pacific by a 34-24-1 margin. The Aztecs and Tigers first met in 1946 with their last encounter coming in 2009 in San Diego, a contest won by the Aztecs, 6-3.
Freshman Adam Anawalt will get the start in Tuesday's game at UC Riverside. It will mark his first collegiate appearance. SDSU's pitching rotation for the remainder of the week includes Cole Swanson on Thursday along with Travis Pitcher and TJ Kendzora on Friday and in Saturday's first game respectively. Swanson (0-0, 1.50) was a 2011 Freshman All-American and a 2012 preseason all-Mountain West selection. Pitcher is a transfer from Cypress Junior college and is 0-0 with a 6.00 ERA after his start against Washington last Saturday. Kendzora (0-0, 3.00) went six innings vs. Washington on Sunday giving up three runs (two earned) with a walk and six strikeouts.
Freshman Kevin Muno began his collegiate career with a double in his first at bat as an Aztec last Friday against Washington. He went 3-for-5 in that contest and for the weekend + was 6-for-13 with two doubles and two RBI. After striking out in a pinch hitting role on Saturday in his first plate appearance for SDSU, freshman first baseman John Spirk went 3-for-4 with an RBI in Sunday's series finale. Freshman shortstop Tanner Reibenspies recorded a single in his first plate appearance at SDSU as the starter in Saturday's game vs. Washington. Junior catcher Jake Romanski had two hits in each of the two contests he played (Saturday and Sunday), going 4-for-7 (.571) in those games.
Sophomore second baseman Tim Zier went hitless in Sunday's contest vs. Washington and ended a 16-game hitting streak dating back to the final 14 contests of the 201 season. He ended the 2011 season by hitting in 14 straight contests, hitting .414 (24-for-58) with 11 runs scored over that span. Including the final 16 games of last year, Zier has also reached base safely (hit, walk or hit by pitch) in 17 consecutive contests including all three this season. Center fielder Cody Smith carried a six-game hitting streak into the 2012 season and has a nine-game streak now after hitting safely in e ach of the first three games of 2012. Junior catcher Brad Haynal and freshman first baseman Ryan Muno were the only other Aztecs to hit safely in each of the first three games of the 2012 campaign.
Sophomores Cody Smith and Cole Swanson have been tabbed to the Preseason all-Mountain West team in a vote of the league's coaches. Both were named Louisville Slugger Freshman all-Americans in 2011. Smith is the team's leading returning hitter (.320, 12 2B, 2 HR, 30 RBI) while Swanson is expected to be the Aztecs' No. 1 starter on the mound to begin the 2012 campaign.
Two of SDSU new players who played locally were drafted by Major League clubs in June 2010. That duo includes freshman pitcher Michael Cederoth of Steele Canyon HS in San Diego and Westview HS (42nd rd., Arizona Diamondbacks) and junior pitcher Travis Pitcher from Cypress JC (50th rd., Oakland Athletics).
Video of all of San Diego State's home games will be available on the SDSU web site (www.goaztecs.com) again this season. Fans can go to the Event Calendar tab on the Aztec home page and click on the speaker icon for the game. The video broadcast of these games is free of charge. An audio broadcast of all home and away contests will be carried on the SDSU web site as well.