Cole Swanson will make his first start since March 1 in the opener at TCU on Friday.
May 17, 2012
Complete Release and Season Statistics THIS WEEK IN AZTEC BASEBALL
San Diego State concludes its 2012 regular season trip to Texas for a three-game series against Mountain West foe TCU. The Aztecs and Horned Frogs will open the series with a game on Friday (May 18) at 6:30 p.m. (CT) at Lupton Stadium in Fort Worth. SDSU and TCU will also meet for games on Saturday (May 19) and Sunday (May 20) at 4:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. (CT) respectively. All three games of this weekend's contests at TCU will be televised live on The Mtn network.
San Diego State's all-time record against TCU stands at 11-21 in the series that began back in 1998. The Aztecs dropped two of the three games played in San Diego during the weekend of April 20-22. The Horned Frogs have been victorious in nine of the last 11 meetings. San Diego State is 7-10 against TCU in San Diego and 4-11 in meetings in Fort Worth.
CONFERENCE TOURNEY SEEDING
The Aztecs have secured the No. 3 seeding at the 2012 Mountain West Tournament which will be held in Las Vegas May 24-27. SDSU will open play on Thursday, May 22, against the No. 2 seed (either TCU or New Mexico) at 3:00 p.m. at Earl E. Wilson Stadium. TCU currently has a one-game lead over the Lobos heading into the final weekend of conference play.
ZIER STREAK ENDS
Second baseman Tim Zier had his 21-game hitting streak end in the contest at Texas A&M last Saturday (May 12) when he went 0-for-3. During that streak he batted .386 (34-for-88) with nine doubles, 11 runs batted in and 13 runs scored. That streak was the longest by an Aztec since the 2005 season when outfielder Quintin Berry hit in 27 consecutive contests. In the two games since his streak ended Zier has gone 3-for-9 with two RBI. He is second on the team with 16 multiple-hit games and leads the squad with a .326 batting average entering the week.
Sophomore left-hander Cole Swanson made his first appearance on the mound since March 1 in last Saturday's (May 12) contest at Texas A&M. He missed the past two months after undergoing an emergency appendectomy on March 3. Against the Aggies last weekend he tossed 2.2 innings, allowing no runs on two hits with a walk and strikeout. Swanson will make his first start since March 1 in the series opener at TCU on Friday.
Sophomore right-hander Justin Hepner got his third start of the year in the series opener at Texas A&M last Friday (May 11). He took the loss in that contest after surrendering four runs (one earned) on eight hits with three walks and five strikeouts in a complete-game effort, the first by an Aztec this season. 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 44 strikeouts in 46.1 innings this season.
POTTER DOUBLES DOWN
Sophomore shortstop Evan Potter had a pair of doubles, three RBI and two runs scored in the win over Loyola Marymount on Tuesday (May 15). It was his first two-double game as an Aztec. The three runs batted in were also a career high.
TORRES COMING ON
Senior first baseman Jomel Torres has gone 7-for-23 (.304) in the last 10 games in which he has appeared. He had a streak of scoring at least one run in six straight games end last Saturday (May 12) at Texas A&M. With 13 walks this season, Jomel Torres now has 107 for his career to rank seventh on the SDSU all-time list.
WILSON PROVIDING POWER
Chris Wilson hit his ninth home run of the season in the contest against Loyola Marymount this past Tuesday (May 15). His nine homers this season leads the team and accounts for over half of SDSU's total on the year. He now has 24 career home runs as an Aztec, a number that ranks 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. Over the last five games he has gone 7-for-20 (.350).
Freshman third baseman Ryan Muno had a short four-game hitting streak end on Saturday (May 12) at Texas A&M. He hit safely in all three games vs. UNLV the previous weekend (May 4-6) and has done so in nine of SDSU's last 11 contests. Over those nine games he has gone 14-for-43 (.326) with five doubles, eight 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.
ALLEN FOR THE DEFENSE
Freshman outfielder Greg Allen has recorded nine assists from the outfield this season. Most recently he threw out a Texas A&M runner trying to stretch a single into a double on a ball hit into the right center field gap in last Friday's (May 11) game in College Station. Over the last eight games he is hitting .429 (12-for-28) with a two doubles, five runs scored and seven RBI. Allen's nine HBPs this season tie him for 13th on the SDSU list. He leads the team in multiple-hit games with 19 and he is second with seven multiple-RBI efforts. Allen stole three bases in the contest against Loyola Marymount on Tuesday (May 15) and has been successful on his last six attempts.
REIBENSPIES ANSWERS THE CALL
Freshman Tanner Reibenspies made his second start at first base in the game vs. Loyola Marymount on Tuesday (May 15). He responded by recording a season-high three hits with a stolen base and three runs scored. Reibenspies had made his initial start at first in the series finale at Texas A&M last Sunday (May 13). In that contest he went 1-for-4 with a double and recorded seven putouts. He has now played all four infield positions this season.
SDSU's nine stolen bases in the contest against Loyola Marymount on Tuesday (May 15) was the most by the team since joining the Mountain West in 2000 ... Ethan Miller picked up his third win of the season on Tuesday tossing two innings of relief and allowing a hit while striking out one ... No SDSU pitcher has more than three victories this season. Six hurlers are tied for the team lead in that category: Justin Hepner, Mike Hachadorian, Ryan Doran, Michael Cederoth, Travis Pitcher and Ethan Miller ... First baseman John Spirk has driven in at least one run in his last four games with a total of six RBI in those contests ... SDSU has used 11 different starting pitchers during the 2012 season.