Aztecs Visit 10th-Ranked Texas A&M For Weekend Series
May 10, 2012
After a brief four-game home stand, San Diego State will be on the road this weekend as it visits College Station, Texas, to take on Texas A&M. The Aggies and Aztecs will open the series with a game on Friday (May 11) at 6:35 p.m. (CT) at Blue Bell Park. SDSU and Texas A&M will also meet for games on Saturday (May 12) and Sunday (May 13) at 2:05 p.m. and 12:05 p.m. (CT) respectively.
AZTECS ON TV
Sunday's contest between the Aztecs and Texas A&M will be carried live in San Diego on Cox SD4 (channels 4 and 1004 on Cox Cable in San Diego). That broadcast will commence at 10:00 a.m. local time.
This weekend's contest will be the first-ever meetings between San Diego State and Texas A&M on the baseball field.
CONFERENCE TOURNEY SEEDING
As a result of winning two of three against UNLV last weekend, the Aztecs have secured the No. 3 seeding at the 2012 Mountain West Tournament. Air Force still has the potential to match SDSU's conference record at season's end, but the Aztecs hold the seeding tiebreaker over the Falcons.
SDSU's current longest hitting streak is held by Tim Zier at 20 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 20 games and has an RBI in 10 of those contests. During his current 20-game hitting streak he is batting .386 (34-for-88) with nine doubles, 11 runs batted in and 13 runs scored. Zier is second on the team with 16 multiple-hit games.
Sophomore right-hander Justin Hepner will get his third start of the year in Friday's series opener at Texas A&M. He made the start last Friday in the game against UNLV, but was not involved in the decision as he went five innings allowing four runs on five hits while tying his season high with six strikeouts. His other start came in the contest against Pacific on Feb. 25 when he went 5.1 innings and was not involved in the decision. 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 39 strikeouts in 38.1 innings this season.
TORRES COMING ON
Senior first baseman Jomel Torres has gone 5-for-12 (.417) in the last six games in which he has appeared. He has scored at least one run in each of his last five contests. With 12 walks this season, Jomel Torres now has 106 for his career to rank seventh on the SDSU all-time list.
WILSON PROVIDING POWER
Chris Wilson hit his eighth home run of the season in the contest against UNLV last Sunday (May 6). His eight homers this season leads the team and accounts half of SDSU's total on the year. He now has 23 career home runs as an Aztec, a number that ties for seventh on the SDSU career list in that category. Wilson's seven doubles this season give him a career total of 46, a number that ranks seventh on the SDSU all-time list.
Freshman third baseman Ryan Muno hit safely in all three games vs. UNLV last weekend and has done so in eight of SDSU's last nine contests. Over those nine games he has gone 12-for-30 (.400) with five doubles, seven runs scored and five RBI. Muno is hitting .400 (third) in Mountain West play with a .573 slugging percentage (fourth). He has been hit by pitch 11 times this season, a number that ties for eighth on the SDSU single-season list. He has reached base safely (via hit, walk or hit by pitch) in each of the last eight games.
HITTING IN A PINCH
Aztec pinch hitters are batting .310 (22-for-71). That group is led by Spencer Thornton, who is 5-for-8 in a pinch-hitting role while Jomel Torres is 6-for-13. Five pinch hitters have at least two hits apiece, a group that includes Andre Bollar (4-for-11), Matt Munoz (4-for-7) and Cody Slader (2-for-7). Opposing pinch hitters are 9-for-42 (.214).
Following this weekend's games at Texas A&M, the Aztecs will return home for their final home game on Tuesday (May 15) against Loyola Marymount at 6:00 p.m. at Tony Gwynn Stadium. SDSU will then be back on the road next weekend as it travels to Fort Worth, Texas, for a three-game conference series at TCU that gets underway on Friday, May 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Horned Frogs' Lupton Stadium.