Baseball Visits Air Force For Three-Game Series
April 26, 2012
San Diego State continues Mountain West action this weekend as it visits Air Force for a three-game series that gets underway on Friday (April 27) at 3:00 p.m. (MT) at Falcon Field. The Falcons and Aztecs will also meet for games on Saturday (April 28) and Sunday (April 29) at 1:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. respectively.
San Diego State's all-time record against Air Force stands at 85-17 since the teams first met in 1961. The Aztecs have won the last 35 of the last 37 meeting between the teams and have dropped only three games to the Falcons during Tony Gwynn's reign as head coach. Among the three losses is a pair of setbacks in Colorado Springs during the 2011 season. SDSU swept a three-game series vs. Air force at home during the weekend of March 30-April 1. The Aztecs are 46-7 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.
WALBY GETS WEEKEND START
After pitching well in his last two outings, sophomore Philip Walby has been moved into the role of Saturday starter for this weekend's series at Air Force. In his start at UC Irvine on April 17, he gave up an unearned run on three hits in a start that lasted 2.1 innings. In the April 21 contest vs. TCU, he came on relief and went the final 5.1 innings against the Horned Frogs, allowing no runs on three hits with no walks and a pair of strikeouts.
ZIER ON THE OFFENSIVE
Second baseman Tim Zier has hit safely in each of SDSU's last 13 games and has an RBI in seven of those contests. During his current 13-game hitting streak he is batting .379 (22-for-58) with four doubles and seven runs batted in. Zier leads the Aztecs with 13 multiple-hit games.
ZAVALA DOUBLES UP
Freshman catcher Seby Zavala went 3-for-6 (.500) in the two games in which he played during last weekend's (April 20-22) series against TCU. All three of his hits against the Frogs were doubles including two in Sunday's series finale when he drove in two runs. He also drew a pair of walks and did not strike out in those contests. Zavala is 5-for-9 in his last three games with four doubles. He has not committed an error behind the plate in his nine games there (69 chances).
THORNTON SOLID AT THE PLATE
Freshman outfielder Spencer Thornton has been solid at the plate during his first season of collegiate ball. He saw a seven-game hitting streak end last Sunday (April 22) vs. TCU. It was his second seven-game streak of the season, tying his personal best as an Aztec. Over his latest seven-game streak he went 8-for-22 (.364) with four RBI and two runs scored. He has reached base safely (via hit, walk or hit by pitch) in 16 straight contests. He has drawn at least one base on balls in 10 of the last 11 contests.
ROMANSKI GETTING OFFENSIVE
Catcher Jake Romanski comes into the weekend on a nine-game hitting streak during which he is batting .324 (12-for-27) with two doubles, four RBI and six runs scored. He has scored at least one run in six of his last nine games. He had his first stolen base of the year on his only attempt of 2012 in the game vs. Air Force on April 1.
DORAN HAS SOLID OUTING
Junior Ryan Doran turned in a solid performance in Sunday's (April 22) series finale against TCU. He went 6.2 innings against the Horned Frogs, giving up three runs on nine hits with no walks and seven strikeouts en route to picking up the win. His seven strikeouts vs. TCU tied his best as an Aztec, a number he first set against Air Force on April 1. In his last four starts he has totaled 26.1 innings and has a 3.08 earned run average with four walks and 23 strikeouts.
Sophomore right-hander Justin Hepner notched his seventh save of the season on the victory over TCU on April 22. He came on with SDSU holding one-run lead in the seventh and gave up just a lone single over the final 2.1 innings. Hepner has notched 27 strikeouts in 28 innings this season. He picked up his second victory of the year on Sunday (April 15) against New Mexico, tossing the final two innings of a contest won by SDSU in the bottom of the ninth.
With eight walks this season, Jomel Torres now has 102 for his career to tie for eighth on the SDSU all-time list ... Greg Allen has been hit by pitch eight time this season to tie for 15th-most ever in a season by an Aztec ... The Aztecs are 4-1 in one-run games this season and 3-2 in two-run contests ... Dillon Bryant has recorded a base hit in the four of the last five games in which he has played ... Chris Wilson's seven RBI against Cal Poly on March 23 was his career high and one shy of the SDSU record.