Aztecs Visit Air Force For Conference Baseball Series
April 10, 2013
After its mid-week contest at Long Beach State, the Aztecs will hit the road for a three-game conference series at Air Force in Colorado Springs, Colo., that gets underway on Friday (April 12) at 3:00 p.m. (MT) at Falcon Field. The teams will also meet for contests on Saturday (April 13) and Sunday (April 14) at 1:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. (MT) respectively.
San Diego State's all-time record against Air Force stands at 86-19 since the teams first met in 1961. The Aztecs have won the last 36 of the last 40 meeting between the teams and have dropped only five games to the Falcons during Tony Gwynn's reign as head coach. Among those five losses is a pair of setbacks in Colorado Springs during the 2012 season. The Aztecs are 46-7 vs. the Falcons in San Diego and 35-12 at Air Force's home field. The Aztecs have won all five meetings at neutral sites.
Freshman closer Bubba Derby made two appearances last weekend against Nevada picking up a save and a win in the first two games of that series. On Friday (April 5) he tossed the final inning of the Aztecs' 2-0 win over the Wolf Pack to notch his seventh save of the year. His seven saves is tied for the most in the Mountain West this week.
Greg Allen is on a six-game hitting streak during which he has gone 8-for-24 (.333) with five runs scored and four RBI. He has scored at least once in six of SDSU's last seven contests (eight runs). Allen has reached base safely (via hit, walk or hit by pitch) in each of the last 14 games.
FRANCE PLAYS LONG BALL
Freshman third baseman Ty France hit his third home run of the year last Saturday (April 6) against Nevada, a shot that tied the contest in the eighth inning of a game won by SDSU in its final at bat. His three home runs lead the team this season as no other Aztec has more than one.
Second baseman Tim Zier has a nine-game hitting streak in progress during which he has gone 14-for-33 (.424) with two doubles, eight runs scored and six RBI.
As a team, San Diego state ranks among the top 50 in the nation in two categories. There are currently a total of 295 teams playing Division I baseball. That list included strikeouts per nine innings (7.8 - 44th)) and fielding percentage (.974 - 48th). Individually, Bubba Derby ranks 20th in the nation in saves with seven and Michael Cederoth is 22nd in strikeouts per nine innings (10.24). Other Aztecs in the top 50 include Evan Potter and Time Zier in sacrifice bunts (8 - 33rd) and Jake Romanski among toughest to strike out (1K per 14 ABs - 48th).
The 2-0 win over Nevada last Friday (April 5) was the first time in 16 contests this season that SDSU has won when scoring three or fewer runs ... Tim Zier leads the team with seven multiple-RBI games followed by Ty France with five ... Zier's 10 multiple-hit contests trails only Jake Romanski, who has 12 this season ... Zier, France and Greg Allen are the only three players to have started all 33 games for the Aztecs this season ... Michael Cederoth's .208 opponent batting average ranks second in the conference this week while Philip Walby's mark of .217 is sixth ... Freshman right-hander Tyler Sapp made his first collegiate start a good one as he went seven innings allowing one run on three hits with two walk and seven strikeouts over seven innings in a no-decision at UC Riverside on April 2.