Aztecs Defeat San Francisco, 4-2
April 3, 2017
SAN DIEGO - San Diego State used some timely hitting and a solid pitching performance from five hurlers as it defeated San Francisco, 4-2, Monday afternoon at Tony Gwynn Stadium.
With the victory, the Aztecs reached the 20-win plateau one game past the mid-point of the regular season as they improved to 20-9 on the year. USF, meanwhile, dropped it fourth straight contest to fall to 14-15.
SDSU opened the scoring with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning and led the rest of the way. Jordan Verdon’s double plus a one-out walk to Andrew Martinez put runners at first and second before Chase Calabuig’s single through the right side brought home Verdon with the opening marker. Dean Nevarez then hit a hard shot toward shortstop that went for an infield single to drive in Martinez and give the Aztecs a 2-0 advantage.
The Dons wasted little time in cutting into that lead, however, as Matt Sinatro took a Harrison Pyatt pitch over the right field fence in the top of the third to cut the deficit to 2-1.
San Diego State reclaimed a two-run lead in its half of the fourth when Tyler Adkison walked, stole second and scored on a double to right center field by Calabuig.
Pyatt pitched into the fifth inning, but was lifted with two out in that frame after allowing a run on a walk and two singles. He would finish with 4.2 innings pitched over which he allowed two runs on four hits with a walk and five strikeouts.
Senior lefty Marcus Reyes came on to get the final out in the fifth and would toss two complete innings, surrendering a lone single while striking out two. He would be credited with the win to improve to 1-2.
CJ Saylor would come on and pitch a three-up-and-three-down ninth inning to record his seventh save of the season.
For the second day in a row, Calabuig was the lone Aztec with more than one hit as he recorded a single and double with two RBI.
San Diego State will wrap up a run of five games in five days on Tuesday (April 4) when it travels to Lake Elsinore to face UCLA in a contest scheduled to get underway at 6:00 p.m. That game will be played at The Diamond, the home of the Class-A Lake Elsinore Storm, a minor league affiliate of the San Diego Padres.