MW Co-Leaders SDSU and UNM Set for Three-Game Series
March 27, 2013
SDSU will be on the road this week for Mountain West play with a three-game series at conference foe New Mexico beginning Thursday, March 28, at 2:05 p.m. (MT) at Lobo Field in Albuquerque. The Aztecs and Rebels will also meet in singles games on Friday (March 29) and Saturday (March 30) at 2:05 p.m. and 1:05 p.m. respectively. The games were originally scheduled to be played at Isotopes Park, but have been moved to the on-campus Lobo Field with all three contests being played in the afternoon. The series runs Thursday through Saturday due to Easter falling on Sunday (March 31).
SDSU leads its series against New Mexico by the count of 98-61. The Lobos have won 18 of the last 25 meetings between the teams dating back to the 2008 season. That mark includes the Lobos winning five of six during the 2012 regular season as well as the contest between the teams in the championship game of the 2012 Mountain West tournament. San Diego State has a record of 63-27 vs. UNM in San Diego, 31-30 in Albuquerque and 4-4 on neutral fields.
First baseman Ryan Muno made his return to the lineup last weekend after missing five weeks with a broken hand suffered during practice on Feb. 19. Over the three games against UNLV (March 22-24)he went 4-for-8 with a pair of doubles, one RBI and three runs scored. He also drew four walks and was hit by pitch to record a .692 on-base percentage for the series vs. the Rebels. Muno had previously appeared in only the three-game season-opening series at the University of San Diego (Feb. 15-17).
Freshman closer Bubba Derby made two appearances last weekend during the series against UNLV and picked up a save and a win. On Friday he tossed a perfect ninth inning to preserve SDSU's 5-3 victory and earn his sixth save of the year. On Sunday he entered the contest in the top of the ninth with the Aztec trailing 4-3 and UNLV having runners at first and second with one out. He retired the next two batters and was credited with the win when SDSU rallied in the bottom of the ninth. Derby has made a total of 11 relief appearances this season covering 14.1 innings and has struck out 19 batters. His six saves rank second in the Mountain West this week.
MILLER TOUGH ON THE MOUND
Senior Ethan Miller tossed four more innings of shutout baseball in two appearances during last weekend's (March 22-24) series vs. UNLV. In the process he lowered his team-leading earned run average to 1.50. His overall ERA ranks second in the conference this week while his 0.00 ERA in league contests (7.0 innings) ranks first. He has not allowed a run over his last eight appearances (one start, seven relief) covering 19.1 innings.
FRANCE HEATS UP
Freshman third baseman Ty France has hit safely in each of the last seven contests. Over that span he has gone 9-for-26 (.346) with 9 RBI. He singled in the winning runs in the bottom of the eighth inning in the 5-3 win over UNLV last Friday (March 22). His seven-game hitting streak is the longest current streak on the team.
ROBARDS GETS FIRST WIN
Sophomore lefty Mike Robards picked up his first win of the season as the starting pitcher against Long Beach State last Tuesday (March 19). He went 5.2 innings allowing two runs (one earned) on eight hits with a walk and three strikeouts. RoBards made four relief appearances prior to his two starts and has moved into the role of SDSU's mid-week starting pitcher.
Freshman Danny Sheehan had his second two-hit effort in his last three games with a pair of singles vs. Long Beach State on Tuesday (March 19). He had an RBI and scored once in the series final win over UNLV on Sunday (March 24) ... Matt Muñoz has a personal season-high three hits and two runs scored in the victory over Long Beach State last Tuesday (March 19) ... The Aztec pitching staff has a 1.60 earned run average over the past five contests (8 earned runs allowed over 45 innings) ... Philip Walby's .186 opponent batting average ranks second in the conference this week while Michael Cederoth's mark of .189 is fourth ... Catcher Brad Haynal suffered a hairline fracture in his hand during the game at Fresno State on March 16. He could return for next week's games against UC Riverside (April 1-2).