Hepner Named MW Pitcher Of The Week

April 30, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - San Diego State's Justin Hepner has earned Mountain West Baseball Pitcher of the Week honors for games played from April 23-29, 2012. It is the first such honor of the season for the Aztec right-hander.

Hepner, a sophomore from Carlsbad, Calif. (Carlsbad HS), tossed the final five and one-third innings of the Aztecs' 12-2 win over Air Force on Saturday. He entered the contest with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the fourth and SDSU up, 2-1. Hepner got the Falcon clean-up hitter to pop up to the shortstop to end the inning.

He went on to retire the side in the next two innings before giving up a run on three hits in the seventh, the only hits against him in the game. Over the last two innings, Hepner only gave up a two-out walk in the ninth before closing out the contest for his third win of the season. His six strikeouts in the game tied his career-best.

The Aztecs resume action on Tuesday May 1) when they host UC Irvine for a contest scheduled to get underway at 6:00 p.m. at Tony Gwynn Stadium.