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Aztecs Host Nevada For Mountain West Series

Andrew Brown had three hits including a home run and three RBI in the win over USD this past Tuesday.
Andrew Brown had three hits including a home run and three RBI in the win over USD this past Tuesday.

March 6, 2014

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WHAT'S ON TAP THIS WEEKEND IN AZTEC BASEBALL
San Diego State continues a four-game home stand with a three-game Mountain West series against Nevada this weekend. SDSU will face the Wolf Pack in single games on Friday (Mar. 7) at 6:00 p.m., Saturday (Mar. 8) at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday (Mar. 9) at 12:00 p.m. All three of those contests can be viewed live on the Mountain Digital Network with links available at www.GoAztecs.com.

SERIES RECORD
San Diego State leads the series with Nevada by a 9-8 margin since the teams first met during the 1986 season. Last season the Aztecs swept a three-game series vs. the Wolf Pack at Tony Gwynn Stadium and lost two of three in Reno. The Aztecs are 4-3 at home, 2-4 away and 3-1 at neutral sites vs. Nevada.fn

FRANCE HAS BIG WEEK
Over SDSU¡¦s last six contests, third baseman Ty France has hit .560 (14-for-25) with seven extra-base hits (five doubles, two home runs), nine RBI and six runs scored. In those six games he has compiled a 1.000 slugging percentage and a .607 on-base percentage. Most recently he went 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored in the win over the University of San Diego on Tuesday (Mar. 4). He leads the team in batting average, runs scored, doubles, home runs and runs batted in. His three doubles in the contest vs. West Virginia on Sunday (Feb. 23) tied the SDSU record for two-baggers in a game.

CEDEROTH SAVES
Since moving to the SDSU bullpen as the closer, junior Michael Cederoth has made six appearances and recorded a win and four saves. In those six relief stints he has allowed no runs on one hit while striking out 10 over eight innings.

BROWN EMERGES
Freshman Andrew Brown made the start at first base on Tuesday vs. USD due to the illness of regular starter Ryan Muno. Brown responded by registering the first three hits of his collegiate career including a solo home run that provided SDSU¡¦s final run of the contest in the eighth inning. On the night he recorded three RBI and scored once as he lifted is batting average to the .333 mark.

ZIER LEADS THE HIT PARADE
Tim Zier had a five-game hitting streak end in the series finale at St. Mary¡¦s last Sunday (Mar. 2). During that steak he hit .571 (12-for-21) with four doubles, eight runs scored and four RBI. He ended a streak of recording a double in four straight contests on Sunday as well. In the Tuesday (Mr. 4) game against USD, he had an RBI single in the first inning Zier has a pair of four-hit games this season, the only Aztec to accomplish that feat thus far in 2014.

HITTING STREAKS
Ty France has the team¡¦s current longest hitting streak at eight games. That matches longest for an Aztec this season by both Seby Zavala and Tim Zier. Ryan Muno has a five-game hitting streak in progress entering the weekend as well. France and Zavala have reached safely in all 12 games (via hit, walk or hit by pitch) while Muno has done so in the 11 games in which he has appeared.

MOVING UP THE CHARTS
Senior second baseman Tim Zier is within striking distance of several San Diego State career marks. He has played in 186 games during his SDSU career and could catch the record of 225 contests by Jake McLintock (2002-05). He is currently tied for fourth in career at bats with 737. The record is 843 by McLintock. Zier is also fourth in career hits with 241. The top Aztec mark is 281 by McLintock. His 28 times hit by pitch ranks fourth, eight behind record holder Pat Colwell (2007-09, 11).

AMONG THE LEAGUE LEADERS
Ty France¡¦s .457 batting average leads the Mountain West heading into the week. He is also first in slugging percentage (.761), on-base percentage (.518), doubles (8) and runs scored (12) along with second in RBI (14). He is also tied for the league home run lead with two. Tim Zier¡¦s .385 average ranks fourth in the league and he is third in hits with 20. Greg Allen¡¦s .385 batting average ties with Zier for fourth in the conference this week while his .519 slugging percentage is fifth. Pitcher Mark Seyler is second in strikeouts with 21. Michael Cederoth is leads the conference with four saves. As a team, San Diego State is second in team batting average (.309), third in earned run average (3.60) and fourth in fielding percentage (.966).

AZTEC NOTES
With a record of 9-3, San Diego State is off to its best start under Head Coach Tony Gwynn and the best for an SDSU squad since the 1997 team opened with a record of 14-2 ¡K The Aztecs have used only one player as a pinch hitter through the first seven games of the season, that being freshman Tyler Adkison who is 1-for-2 in that role ¡K Five players have started every game thus far ¡K Ty France is 8-for-13 (.615) with runners in scoring position while Greg Allen is also 8-for-13 (.615) ¡K Freshman Ryan Alvarez made his first appearance as an Aztec in the win at St. Mary¡¦s last Sunday (Mar. 2). He did not record a hit in two at bats, but did have an RBI on a fielder¡¦s choice ¡K Tanner Reibenspies has made two plate appearances as the DH and has singled in both at bats. He had the game-winning RBI in the ninth inning of the game at UC Riverside on Feb. 25.