Aztec Baseball To Host Seton Hall This Weekend

Feb. 28, 2013

WHAT'S ON TAP THIS WEEK IN AZTEC BASEBALL
After a mid-week two-game road swing at Santa Clara, San Diego State returns home this weekend to face Seton Hall in a three-game non-conference series. The opener between the Aztecs and Pirates is scheduled for Friday, March 1, at 6:00 p.m. at Tony Gwynn Stadium. The teams will also meet in single games on Saturday (March 2) and Sunday (March 3) at 1:00 p.m. each day.

SERIES RECORD
San Diego State and Seton Hall have met only once previously with that contest coming during the 1984 season. The result was a 9-7 Aztec victory at the Riverside Baseball Invitational in Riverside, Calif.

ALLEN ON THE OFFENSIVE
Sophomore center fielder Greg Allen turned in his second four-hit effort of the young season on Tuesday in the 7-4 win at Santa Clara. He also had four RBI in that contest with a pair of bases-loaded singles. Allen's other four-hit game came in the 8-1 win in the season opener at the University of San Diego. He leads the team in hits (13), runs (7) and stolen bases (2).

ROBARDS SOLID ON THE MOUND
Sophomore left-hander Mike Robards had his most impressive relief outing as an Aztec in Monday's loss at Santa Clara. He entered the game in the bottom fo the sixth with no outs and proceeded to toss the final three innings allowing no runs, no hits and no walks while striking out two. He has not allowed a run, hit or walk in his two appearances this season covering 3.2 innings.

MILLER IMPRESSIVE
Senior Ethan Miller had a stellar relief outing in Tuesday's win at Santa Clara. The senior right-hander entered the contest in the bottom of the second with SDSU holding a 2-1 lead and pitched the next 4.1 innings allowing no runs on three hits with five strikeouts. Miller was eventually credited with the victory to improve to 2-0 on the season. Two weeks ago he made an impressive season debut in game two of the three-game series at USD during opening weekend as tossed a total of 4.2 innings during which he allowed a run on three hits with no walks and six strikeouts as he picked up the win.

DERBY SAVES
Freshman closer Bubba Derby recorded his third save of the season in the win at Santa Clara on Tuesday. Entering the game in the bottom of the eighth with a runner on first and one out, he retired the side and then sat down the Broncos in order in the ninth the notch the save. In his 1.2 innings pitched in that contest he recorded three strikeouts. Derby had made a total of four relief appearances this season covering 5.2 innings with 11 of his 17 outs coming via the strikeout. That strikeout pace averages out to 17.47 strikeouts per nine innings.

ROMANSKI STREAKING
Catcher Jake Romanski in currently in the midst of a six-game hitting streak, the longest by an Aztec this season. During the streak he has hit .391 (9-for-23) with three doubles. Romanski has appeared in seven of SDSU's nine contest this season, failing to get a hit in only the season opener at USD.

HAYNAL RETURNS
Brad Haynal has hit safely in eight of SDSU's first nine game this season. That includes a pair of hits with a two-run double in the win at Santa Clara on Tuesday. He has a team-leading four doubles including one in each of the Aztecs' last two contests. Haynal returns this year after missing the 2012 campaign with a broken leg.

SPIRK ON THE OFFENSIVE
John Spirk has hit safely in each of SDSU's last four games, going 5-for-11 (.455) with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Spirk is platooning at first base so far in 2103, playing primarily against left-handed opponent pitching.

AZTEC NOTES
Freshman Justin Gheorghe recorded a single in his first collegiate at bat as a pinch hitter against No. 6 Oregon State on Feb. 23 ... Outfielder Avondre Bollar hit his first collegiate triple during the series finale at USD on Feb. 17. The hit drove in SDSU's fourth run of the game in a 5-3 victory ... Aztec pinch hitters are 1-for-4 (.250) after the first two weeks of the season. Opponents have gone 2-for-14 (.143) ... The Aztecs have caught 11 of 18 runners attempting to steal this season. Catcher Brad Haynal has nabbed 5-of-7 while Jake Romanski has caught 4-of-9 ... First baseman Ryan Muno suffered a broken hand during practice two weeks ago and is expected to miss 3-4 more weeks. Muno went 4-for-13 (.308) during the opening weekend of the season ... Tim Zier is hitting .545 (6-for-11) with runners in scoring position.