Baseball Claims Series Against Cal State Fullerton With 9-6 Win
April 15, 2018
SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State baseball team claimed a non-conference series win against Cal State Fullerton on Sunday afternoon, defeating the Titans 9-6 at Tony Gwynn Stadium. SDSU improves to 23-13 on the season while CSF falls to 17-17.
SDSU scored in each of the game's first three frames and jumped out to a 2-0 lead after Chase Calabuig doubled home a pair of runs, scoring David Hensley and Matt Rudick in the first.
In the second, SDSU added a run on a Jacob Maekawa RBI single before breaking things open in the third with a six-run, four-hit showing. Each of the first seven batters in the inning reached base, beginning with David Hensley's third home run of the season. Julian Escobedo drew a bases-loaded walk and Chad Bible smacked a 2-RBI opposite-field double off the wall in right-center to extend SDSU's lead to 7-2. The Aztecs capped the third-inning with a Casey Schmitt RBI single and a Maekawa sacrifice fly, extending the lead to 9-2.
The Titans showed signs of a potential comeback in the top of the fifth after scoring a run on a two-out bases-loaded walk to make the score 9-6. However, with the tying run on base, Christian Winston stranded the bases loaded after inducing a 4-6 putout on a fielder's choice against CSF's Chris Prescott.
That proved to be more than enough offense for SDSU, as the Aztecs were held scoreless for the game's final four innings. The freshman duo of Winston and Schmitt kept CSF scoreless for the game's final four innings, as they collectively posted 4.1 innings of relief with no runs and four hits allowed. Winston earned his first collegiate win, while Schmitt recorded his third save of the season.
Six different Aztecs recorded a multi-hit performance as SDSU posted 15 hits collectively. Calabuig and Maekawa each recorded performances with two hits and two RBIs each.
- David Hensley extended his on-base streak to 29 games after reaching base four times on Sunday.
- Over four games this week, David Hensley went 10-for-16 (.625). His current 29-game on-base streak is the longest by an Aztec since the start of the 2016 season.
- Chase Calabuig extended his on-base streak in home games to 39.
- SDSU scored in the first inning for the third consecutive game on Sunday. SDSU is 13-4 this season when scoring in its first set of at-bats and have scored 35 runs in the first inning of games this season, good for the most of any single inning this season.
- San Diego State improves to 5-4 against teams which participated in the College World Series the year prior since Mark Martinez took over as head coach before the 2015 season.
- SDSU leaps to 23-8 against Big West teams since the start of the 2017 season.
- SDSU is now 4-1 in its last five meetings against Cal State Fullerton.
- San Diego State won its 70th consecutive game when leading after eight innings.
- SDSU's 1-4 and 8-9 hitters all recorded two hits each.
- Casey Schmitt extended his scoreless appearance streak to six and his consecutive innings streak without allowing an earned run to 9.2. Schmitt has not allowed an earned run since March 17 at Cal Poly, and it is his only earned run allowed this season. Schmitt leads the SDSU bullpen with a 0.57 ERA after recording his third save of the season.
SDSU will play its fifth consecutive non-conference game on Tuesday, hosting CSUN for a 6:00 p.m. contest.