Aztecs Host West Virginia for Three-Game Series

Brad Haynal leads the Aztecs with a .364 batting average and six RBI.

Feb. 20, 2014

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San Diego State continues its four-game home stand this weekend with three games against West Virginia in Tuesday, Feb.18, at 6:00 p.m. at Tony Gwynn Stadium. SDSU and the Mountaineers will begin their series with a contest on Friday, Feb. 21, at 6:00 p.m. The teams will also meet in single games on Saturday (Feb. 22) at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday (Feb. 23) at noon.

Friday's contest will mark the first-ever meeting between San Diego State and West Virginia on the baseball diamond.

West Virginia (1-2) began its season by dropping games to No. 8 Louisville and Delaware before bouncing back to defeat The Citadel last weekend. All three of those contests were played in Charleston, S.C. as part of a tournament hosted by Citadel. The Mountaineer offense is led by right fielder Shaun Wood (.500, double), first baseman Ryan McBroom (.429, 2 HR, 6 RBI) and shortstop Taylor Munden (.357, double). Junior pitcher Harrison Musgrave was a second team All-American and the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year last season. West Virginia is hitting .330 as a team with a 3.29 earned run average.

After going hitless opening weekend in his one game as the designated hitter, freshman CJ Saylor made his first start at catcher on Tuesday vs. Loyola Marymount. He responded by going 2-for-4 with a double and triple. His triple came with the bases loaded in the sixth inning as he drove in all three runners to give SDSU its first lead of the contest.

Senior second baseman Tim Zier recorded the Aztecs' first four-hit effort of the young season when he had four singles in the win over Loyola Marymount on Tuesday. He also drove in a pair of runs and scored once in that contest. Last season Zier had four four-hit games and one five-hit effort.

Senior Shortstop Evan Potter got his 2014 season off to a good start by going 4-for-11 with three runs scored, two RBI and a stolen base at San Jose State. He was also hit by pitch twice to bring his career total to 22 to rank sixth on the SDSU all-time list. The Aztec record is 36 by Pat Colwell (2007-09, 11). Potter also ranks third in career sac bunts with 27, just four off the school record of 31 held by Steve Dietz (1990-93).

Junior Mike Robards turned in an excellent pitching performance in his first start of the season last Saturday at San Jose State. He went 6.2 innings scattering six hits and allowing two runs with a walk and strikeout. The runs were the result of a two-run home to a short left field fence. RoBards was the lone Aztec starter to post a victory during opening weekend and his ERA stands at 2.70.

Freshman left-hander Brett Seeburger (Oceanside, Calif./Vista HS) made his SDSU debut on Sunday (Feb. 16), entering the game in the second inning with the bases-loaded. After a shaky start in which he surrendered four hits in San Jose State's seven-run inning, he settled in and did a stellar job over the final seven frames. Over the final seven innings of that contest he gave up a run on three hits with no walks and four strikeouts. He faced the minimum over the final four innings, allowing just a single in the ninth that was erased with a double play.

Seby Zavala and Evan Potter are the only Aztecs to hit safely in all four games. Those two along with Ty France, Ryan Muno, Greg Allen and Spencer Thornton have reached safely in all four games (via hit, walk or hit by pitch). France hit safely in the first three contests to extend his hitting streak (which carried over from last season) to nine games before going hitless on Tuesday vs. LMU. Going back to the 2013 campaign, Allen has reached safely in 28 straight games (including the final 24 last year).

Senior second baseman Tim Zier is within striking distance of several SDSU career marks. He has played in 178 games during his SDSU career could catch the record of 225 contests by Jake McLintock (2002-05). He is currently sixth in career at bats with 706. The record is 843 by McLintock. Zier is also eight in career hits with 228. The top Aztec mark is 281 by McLintock. His 26 times hit by pitch ranks third, 10 behind record holder Pat Colwell (2007-09, 11). Zier's 26 career sacrifice bunts in only five shy of the school record of 31 held by Steve Dietz (1990-93).

The Aztecs have not used a pinch hitter through the first four games of the season ... Six players have started every game thus far with the only changes coming at first base, catcher and DH ... Of SDSU's six errors, two have come as a result of errant pickoff throws by the pitcher ... Steve Pallares made his SDSU debut as a pitcher in the season opener at San Jose State. He went two-thirds of an inning allowing a hit and recording two outs ... Greg Allen is 3-for-5 with runners in scoring position while Brad Haynal is 4-for-6 ... The Aztecs have had to come from behind in two of their three wins ... SDSU has scored 12 of its 31 runs in the sixth inning.

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