Fresno State Visits SDSU for Three-Game Conference Series
April 25, 2013
After defeating UC Irvine on Tuesday, San Diego State will resume conference play when they host a three-game series against Fresno State that gets underway on Friday (April 26) at 6:00 p.m. (PT). The teams will also meet for contests on Saturday (April 27) and Sunday (April 28) at 2:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. (PT) respectively.
SDSU's record against Fresno State stands at 81-85 with the Bulldogs being the team that the Aztecs have faced the most in the sport of baseball. SDSU captured two of the three games played between the teams earlier this season in Fresno. The Aztecs are 39-41 at home, 38-43 in Fresno and 4-1 on neutral fields against FSU.
San Diego State's 17-inning loss at UNLV last weekend (April 19) tied for the longest game (by innings) in school history. SDSU' other 17 innings contests came vs. Cal State Northridge in 1972 and vs. Loyola Marymount in 1985. As was the case vs. UNLV, the Aztecs lost both of their previous 17-inning games. SDSU is 0-2 in extra-inning games this season having lost in 11 frames at Long Beach State on April 9.
ROMANSKI STELLAR DEFENSIVELY
Catcher Jake Romanski has thrown out six of the last seven (and eight of the last 12) runners trying to steal when he is behind the plate. Included in those numbers are six of seven in the last five contests including six in a row. He also picked a runner off second base during last weekend's series at UNLV. Romanski reached base four times in the win over UC Irvine in Tuesday with two singles and two walks.
HAYNAL GOES DEEP
Brad Haynal tied his season high with three hits against UC Irvine on Tuesday when he drove in two runs and scored twice. He appeared at catcher in that contest for the first time since injuring his hand at Fresno State on March 16. He hit a pair of home runs in the series opener at UNLV on April 19. It was the first two-homer game by an Aztec since Chris Wilson accomplished the feat at Cal Poly on March 23 of last season.
MUNO SOLID AT THE PLATE
First baseman Ryan Muno had two hits and a walk vs. UC Irvine on Tuesday to extend his streak of having reached base safely (via hit, walk or hit by pitch) to 19 straight games. That streak is the longest by an Aztec this season
MUÑOZ GETS ON
Outfielder Matt Muñoz made his debut as the leadoff hitter in the contest at UNLV last Sunday (April 21). In that game he had a pair of hits, a walk and scored a run. In that role on Tuesday vs. UC Irvine he had a hit, walk and two RBI to make him 3-for-8 with two walks (.500 on-base percentage) as SDSU's leadoff hitter. He has reached base safely (via hit, walk or hit by pitch) in each of his last 10 games.
ROBARDS GETS THIRD WIN
Over his last four appearances (three starts, two relief) sophomore lefty Mike Robards has a 1.93 earned run average. Over those four outings he has tossed 23.1 innings and allowed five runs with four walks and 14 strikeouts. In his most recent start vs. UC Irvine on April 23, he went 7.2 innings allowing a run on seven hits while picking up the win to improve to 3-0 on the season.
ENTERING THE RECORD BOOK
Ty France has been hit by pitch eight times this season, a figure that ties for 20th in the Aztec record book. Evan Potter's 11 sacrifice bunts ties for fifth in the all-time SDSU listing. Tim Zier's nine sac bunts ties for 10th. On the SDSU career list, Potter's 24 sac bunts rank third while Zier's 15 career sac bunts are tied for 17th. Tim Zier has been hit by pitch 18 times during his career to rank eighth Brad Haynal has 13 career hit by pitch to tie for 17th on the all-time last.