SDSU Hosts UNLV In Final Weekend Home Series
May 3, 2012
THIS WEEK IN AZTEC BASEBALL
San Diego State plays its final home weekend series of the season with three games against Mountain West foe UNLV at Tony Gwynn stadium this week. The Rebels and Aztecs will open the series with a game on Friday (May 4) at 6:00 p.m. UNLV and SDSU will also meet for games on Saturday (May 5) and Sunday (May 6) at 6:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. respectively.
ON THE AIR
All three of this weekend's contests against UNLV will be televised live on Cox Cable 4 SD in San Diego as well as on The Mtn network. Craig Elsten and Jack Cronin will call the action. Those games may also be viewed live on the Internet at www.GoAztecs.com.
Sunday's (May 6) contests against UNLV will be Senior Day at Tony Gwynn Stadium. SDSU will honor a trio of senior athletes in a ceremony prior to the beginning of that contest. The Aztecs' senior class includes first baseman Jomel Torres, outfielder/catcher Chris Wilson and pitcher Mike Hachadorian.
CONFERENCE TOURNEY IMPLICATIONS
San Diego State is currently in third place in the five-team Mountain West and holds a four-game lead over both UNLV and Air Force with six games remaining. The Aztecs need one win vs. UNLV plus an Air Force loss to lock up third place and the No. 3 seeding at the conference tournament to be played at UNLV May 24-27. With a victory over UNLV this coming weekend, SDSU would hold the tiebreaker over both the Rebels and Falcons should they finish with identical won-loss records.
SDSU's record against UNLV over the years stands at 64-45. The teams first met in 1978 and were members of the Western Athletic Conference together for 19 years before moving to the Mountain West. The Aztecs have won 15 of the last 17 against the Rebels over the past three seasons including a sweep of three games in Las Vegas in early April. SDSU is 30-13 vs. UNLV in San Diego, 33-28 in Las Vegas and 1-4 at neutral sites.
SDSU's current longest hitting streak is held by Tim Zier at 17 games, the longest by an Aztec this season. Matt Muñoz had a 10-game streak snapped against Long Beach State on Tuesday, April 10. During that run he hit .438 (14-for-32) with three doubles, seven RBI and six runs scored. Ryan Muno had an eight-game streak ended during the April 9 game vs. San Diego. His average during that eight-game skein was .500 (16-for-32) with a double, home runs, three RBI and eight runs scored.
ZIER ON THE OFFENSIVE
Second baseman Tim Zier has hit safely in each of SDSU's last 17 games and has an RBI in eight of those contests. During his current 17-game hitting streak he is batting .408 (31-for-76) with eight doubles, nine runs batted in and 10 runs scored. Last weekend (April 27-29)at Air Force he went 7-for-14 with five runs scored. He had a pair of hits including a double against UC Irvine on Tuesday (May 1). Zier leads the Aztecs with 16 multiple-hit games.
Sophomore right-hander Justin Hepner will get his second start of the year in Friday's series opener against UNLV. His other starter came in the contest against Pacific on Feb. 25 when he went 5.1 innings and was not involved in the decision. He notched his seventh save of the season on the victory over TCU on April 22. Hepner was named the Mou8tnain west Pitcher of the Week this past Monday for his effort in SDSU's 12-2 win at Air Force on April 28.
TORRES POWERS UP
Senior first baseman Jomel Torres hit safely in all three games at Air Force last weekend (April 27-29) as he made a pair of pinch hitting appearance and one start. In those contests he went 4-for-6 with two doubles, a home run, four RBI and three runs scored. His home run in the series finale was his first of the season. In his lone plate appearance as a pinch hitter against UC Irvine on Tuesday (May 1), he walked and scored a run. With 10 walks this season, Jomel Torres now has 104 for his career rank seventh on the SDSU all-time list.
After having his eight-game hitting streak ended by the University of San Diego on Monday, April 9, freshman third baseman Ryan Muno hit safely in the next five games. Over those five contests he batted .368 (7-for-19) with a double. Most recently he had gone 8-for-19 (.421) over the last five games while hitting safely in all four. Prior to Tuesday's (May 1) game against UC Irvine, he had scored at least once and recorded at least one RBI in each of the previous four contests. Muno is hitting .406 in Mountain West play with a .578 slugging percentage. Ryan Muno has been hit by pitch 10 times this season to tie for 11th-most ever in a season by an Aztec.