Baseball Resumes Conference Play vs. Air Force This Weekend
March 29, 2012
The Aztecs continue their current five-game home stand as they host Air Force for a three-game Mountain West series this weekend. SDSU and Air Force will open play on Friday, March 30, with a contest slated for a 6:00 p.m. start. The series will continue with games on Saturday (March 31) and Sunday (April 1) at 6:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. respectively.
San Diego State holds an 82-17 edge over Air force in their series. The Falcons won two of three in Colorado Springs last season. The Aztecs are 43-7 vs. the Falcons in San Diego and 34-10 at Air Force's home field. The Aztecs have won all five meetings at neutral sites.
SDSU's current longest hitting streak is three games by both Matt Muñoz and Cody Slader. Freshman outfielder Greg Allen had his six-game streak ended on Tuesday (March 27) against UC Riverside. Center fielder Cody Smith had an 11-game streak, the longest by an Aztec this season, end in the contest against St. Mary's on Saturday, March 10. Freshman infielder Steven Pallares had a nine-game hitting stopped halted Friday, March 9, vs. St. Mary's. During his streak, Pallares hit .360 (9-for-25) with six runs scored. Seby Zavala's seven-game streak ended on Sunday (March 24) at Cal Poly. Over those seven contests he hit .464 (13-for-28) with three doubles and five runs scored. Pallares has reached base safely (via hit, walk or hit by pitch) in each of his last 14 games.
WILSON HEATS UP
Catcher/outfielder Chris Wilson had a stellar weekend at the plate in the four-game series at Cal Poly (March 23-24). He went 8-for-15 (.533) with a triple, two home runs and eight RBI. In the series opener last Friday (March 23), he hit a pair of three-run homers and drove in seven runs in SDSU's 10-4 victory. The home runs were his second and third of the season as he has accounted for half of the team's six in 2w012. Wilson entered the Cal Poly series with a .172 batting average and emerged with a .295 average.
MUÑOZ HITTING AWAY
Freshman Matt Muñoz made his first appearance at shortstop during the Cal Poly series, starting their in all four contests. All of his previous playing time in the infield (18 games) had been at second base. Muñoz drove in three runs in the third game against Cal Poly with a bases-loaded double He had a stellar weekend at the plate in the three-game series at New Mexico (March 16-18). In those contests he went 8-for-12 (.667) with three runs scored and two runs batted in. Muñoz had two runs batted in against UC Riverside on Tuesday (March 27). Entering this weekend he leads SDSU in hitting with a .365 average.
ALLEN FOR THE DEFENSE
Freshman outfielder Greg Allen has already recorded six assists this season. In right field he has thrown a runner out at the plate and completed a pair of double plays on line drive outs by throwing to first base. He also had an assist vs. St. Mary's on March 9 when he threw behind a runner who had singled, catching him off first base. In left field, he has thrown a runner out at the plate directly and also had a rely that led to a runner being cut down at home. Allen has hit safely in each of the last six games and 13 of SDSU's last 15 contests, going 21-for-58 (.362) over that span.
Freshman pitcher Michael Cederoth was impressive in his start in the second game of last Friday's (March 23) doubleheader at Cal Poly. The right-hander from Steele Canyon High School went eight innings, allowing a run on three hits with three walks and six strikeouts. It was his longest outing of the year as he tied his season-best strikeout total. Cederoth left the contest after eight innings with a 5-1 lead, but was not involved in the decision as the Mustangs rallied in the ninth inning for the win.
ANAWALT PROVIDES RELIEF
Freshman pitcher Adam Anawalt had his longest outing of the season in the first game of Saturday's (March 24) DH at Cal Poly. He entered the game in the fourth inning and went the final five frames allowing a run on five hits with no walks and four strikeouts. His four strikeouts was a personal best. His previous longest outing was two innings in relief appearances on two occasions.
Sophomore right-hander Justin Hepner recorded his third save of the seasons in the win over Cal Poly last Friday (March 23). He notched his first two career saves and his first win as an Aztec over an eight-day span recently. In SDSU's win over San Francisco on Saturday, March 3, he went the final three innings, allowing no runs on four hits with four strikeouts for the save. On Tuesday, March 6, at Long Beach State, he came on to pitch with the score tied at 1-1, going the final two innings in a contest won by SDSU in the final frame, to record his first collegiate win. Last Saturday (March 10) vs. St. Mary's, he tossed the final three frames in a 4-1 Aztec victory to record another save.
POTTER IN THE RECORD BOOK
Evan Potter's three sacrifice bunts against St. Mary's last Sunday (March 11) tied an SDSU record. The only other player to record three sac bunts in a game is former catcher Brian Manfred, who did so against Utah on March 5, 2001. Potter's five sacrifice bunts are the most in the Mountain West this season.
HITTING IN A PINCH
Aztec pinch hitters are batting .321 (17-for-53). That group is led by Spencer Thornton, who is 5-for-8 in a pinch-hitting role while Jomel Torres is 5-for-10. Five pinch hitters have at least two hits apiece, a group that includes Andre Bollar (2-for-6), Matt Muñoz (2-for-4) and Cody Slader (2-for-7). Opposing pinch hitters have gone 5-for-24 (.208).
Seby Zavala is hitting .382 over SDSU's last 10 game with a pair of doubles while teammate Chris Wilson is batting .361 with three home runs and 10 RBI over that same span ... Travis Pitcher (2-2) is the only SDSU starter to record a win this season. The Aztecs' other nine victories have been credited to relievers ... The Aztecs have hit only six homes through the first 26 games of the season. Those have been hit by three players: Chris Wilson (3), John Spirk (2) and Ryan Muno (1) ... Sophomore pitcher Philip Walby made his season debut with an inning of relief against Cal Poly on Sunday (March 24). He tossed one inning, allowing a hit but retiring that runner on a double play. His first start of the year came three days later (March 27) against UC Riverside ... Chris Wilson's seven RBI against Cal Poly on March 23 was his career high and one shy of the SDSU record ... Freshman lefty Brandon Thomas made his third relief appearance of the season in the final game at Cal Poly, throwing a perfect eight inning on Sunday (March 24). In his three relief stints in 2012, Thomas had allowed no runs and no hits in 3.2 innings ... Mike Hachadorian picked up his team-leading third win of the season with 2.1 innings of relief in the victory over Cal Poly on Friday (March 23). He allowed no runs on three hits with two walks and a strikeout as he improved to 3-1.